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Continuing Resolutions Often a Headache for Contractors

The recent showdown over Senate approval of defense appropriations highlights the reliance on continuing resolutions to keep government agencies, as well as the companies they do business with afloat. But it’s often a bumpy ride, experts say. A continuing resolution is the legal authority approved by Congress if an appropriations …

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Kundra, Chopra Lead Efforts on IPv6

Could the Internet run out of space? It’s not likely, but it’s possible if Internet-service providers don’t upgrade to a newer ‘Net infrastructure, Gautham Nagesh of The Hill reports. The Obama administration is pushing ISPs to continue the implementation of Internet Protocol Version 6, which can support more web addresses …

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Defense Contractors Making Shift to Services

Many defense contractors are no longer solely focused on large industrial manufacturing, such as building planes or tanks. Much like the rest of the U.S. economy, they are adjusting to the service sector, offering top-notch expertise in fields such as security and intelligence. Fearing a “realignment” of Defense Department spending, …

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FCC Sets Stage for Super Wi-Fi

The Federal Communications Commission unanimously approved last week the use of unlicensed parts of the broadcast television spectrum that could enhance wireless networks across the United States. The unlicensed airspace, which sits between TV channels on the spectrum and is called “white space,” uses a lower frequency than traditional Wi-Fi, …

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Showdown at JFCOM Hearings?

When top Defense Department officials testify before Senate and House panels this week about the closing of the Joint Forces Command, Virginia lawmakers hope the hearings will shed light on what they have characterized as a murky process. The Senate and House Armed Services Committees will hear testimony from a …

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Cloudy Forecast for Math, Science Education

An updated report on U.S. math and science education titled “Rising Above the Gathering Storm” indicates the nation shouldn’t start singing “Blue Skies” anytime soon. The report, an update of a 2005 study, finds that proficiency in math and science enables the United States to compete globally, especially in the …

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FCC’s Week: Schools Proposal Followed by Waffles

The Federal Communications Commission began the week by championing more efficient high-speed Internet services to students in U.S. schools. But by the end of the week, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski was harangued at an open meeting by advocates of net neutrality carrying waffle-adorned signage. In a presentation Tuesday in Mountain …

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Insourcing’s Dubious Journey: Where We Stand Now

There were two main pillars laying the foundation for insourcing – canceling government-contractor positions in favor of an increased federal workforce. One was that it would help reduce ballooning costs at the Pentagon. The other was that it would repurpose jobs that should belong in the federal sector, the so-called …

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VA Sec. Shinseki Defends Expanding Agent Orange Benefits

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki defended an expansion of benefits under the 1991 Agent Orange law against a Senate panel with its eye on trimming the budget in congressional testimony Sept. 23. VA recently added heart disease, B-cell leukemia and Parkinson’s disease to a list of “presumptions” under the Agent …

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