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Air Force CIO Sees Future in Smartphones

The U.S. Air Force chief information officer wants the service to use smartphones and mobile applications to begin laying the foundation for a 21st-century fighting force, according to a report on Nextgov. In echoes of the Army’s smartphone plans, the other military services are discovering that yes, there is even …

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Post-election Prospects for Net Neutrality Remain Uncertain

As expected, an uncertain road lies ahead for net neutrality following the congressional midterm elections, which saw Republicans regain the majority in the House of Representatives. The Hill reports Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski, a supporter of net neutrality, still has the option of taking the unilateral move of …

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US Cyber Command Fully Operational

The U.S. Cyber Command is now fully operational after months of completing essential tasks to reach its “fully operational capability” status, the Defense Department announced Nov. 3. Cyber Command completed a number of tasks to reach FOC status, including establishing a Joint Operations Center and transitioning personnel and functions from …

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NGA Head Sees Future in Geospatial Apps

The head of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency wants to better equip those working in the Intelligence Community with high-tech tools, such as cutting-edge mobile apps to fundamentally change how NGA does business. Speaking before the National Geospatial Intelligence Symposium in New Orleans, Letitia A. Long said the agency wants …

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Clapper Details Contracting Cuts, Cyber Role

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper, Jr. said he would “smartly” cut back intelligence service contracts over the next two to three years, according to a report in Federal Times. “What I’d look to do is profit from what happened to us in the 1990s,” he said at the …

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Federal Pay Gap Disputed

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released numbers showing federal pay in 2010 lagged behind private sector pay by 24 percent. The gap has widened by two points since 2009, according to The Federal Times. The statistics were presented at a meeting of the Federal Salary Council, which will make …

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Midterm Elections Wrap-up: Future of Feds?

The congressional midterm elections resulted in historic gains by Republicans, as well as an historic anomaly — marking the first time in 80 years a minority party retook control of the House of Representatives but not the Senate. The election has repercussions across the board: the Obama administration is reading …

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Kundra Plans Next-Gen Social Security Administration

There were glimmers of what’s to come on the IT front from federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra at the Excellence in Government conference on Nov. 1, according to FederalNewsRadio. In the wake of across-the-board federal IT reform and restructuring, Kundra also hinted at a new focus for IT expansion …

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