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FCC’s Baker Trades Commission for Comcast

Meredith Attwell Baker, one of two Republicans on the Federal Communication Commission, has announced she will step down from her post next month to join Comcast, the nation’s largest cable company. Baker joined a majority of FCC commissioners in January in approving Comcast’s venture with NBC Universal. According to a …

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House Armed Services Committee Authorizes DoD Funds

The House Armed Services Committee overwhelmingly voted to approve $553 billion in defense authorizations, part of what The Associated Press called a “broad defense blueprint,” which includes funding for a 1.6 percent increase in military pay, a number of weapons programs and additional money for the wars in Iraq and …

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Administration’s Proposal on Disclosing Contractors’ Political Donations Not a Hit on the Hill

Following a House oversight hearing yesterday about a draft executive order requiring government contractors to disclose political contributions, the administration’s proposal is continuing to plummet in popularity — on both sides of the aisle. A draft of the proposed executive order began circulating a few weeks ago, instantly drawing the …

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OFPP’s Gordon to Testify in Contractor Donations Hearings; Subpoena Averted

Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Darrell Issa has dropped plans to subpoena Office of Management and Budget officials, Politico reports, after the White House announced Office of Federal Procurement Policy Administrator Dan Gordon would testify before the committee in hearings dealing with government contractors’ political donations. …

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GSA Hires New Deputy for Office of Citizen Services, Tech Office

The General Services Administration Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies has announced a new addition to one of the agency’s top technology and policy shops. GSA wooed Kathy Conrad, formerly a senior vice president for Jefferson Consulting, a federal business development firm, to the office’s new principal deputy associate …

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