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Soon-to-depart Gates is Key to Pentagon Budget Trimming

In a series of articles today, Politico took on the “pruning the Pentagon.” And, while much ink has been spilled on the topic of the exit strategies from Afghanistan and Iraq, Politico focused on that of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, himself, and what his departure will mean for the …

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New Deputy CTO Starts to Take on Administration’s Open Gov Goals

The new deputy chief technology officer for government innovation is already receiving high marks, with many expressing high hopes for the tech official tasked with open government innovation, according to a Nextgov report. Previously, the chief information officer of San Francisco’s technology department, Chris Vein, worked on a clearinghouse of …

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VA CIO Touts Benefits of Centralized Budget Authority

As the federal government reforms IT acquisition, one of the main provisions has been beefing up the authority of agency chief information officers. CIO of the Department of Veterans Affairs Roger Baker has been an exemplar of the kind of agency-level CIO the administration wants to see more of. Spurred …

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Executive Mosaic, Publisher of ExecutiveGov, Names New Editor-in-Chief

ExecutiveGov’s parent company and publisher, Executive Mosaic, announced today that Gerry A. Simone has been named editor-in-chief of the company’s host of media properties covering federal marketplace news and government contracting. Executive Mosaic CEO and Publisher Jim Garrettson praised Simone as “an accomplished and trusted adviser in online and media …

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Net Neutrality Faces Uphill Battle after House Defunding Vote

The Federal Communications Commission’s rules governing Internet content and traffic, known collectively as net neutrality, face an uphill battle after House Republicans voted to defund the provision in a stopgap spending bill. The continuing resolution passed by House Republicans last week also included $61 billion in cuts, making it politically …

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GSA Plucks New Chief Acquisition Officer from OFPP

The General Services Administration, the federal agency tasked with managing government buildings and properties, announced Thursday it has named Office of Federal Procurement Policy analyst Mindy Connolly GSA’s new chief procurement officer. GSA Administrator Martha Johnson announced the new hire in a Thursday staff memo, Government Executive reports. Connolly, a …

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OMB, OPM Make Changes to SES Training

The Obama administration announced last week it would take steps to improve training and hiring for the federal civilian workforce’s top executives, according to a report in Federal Times. In a memo to the 8,000-member Senior Executive Service from Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Jeffrey Zients and Office …

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