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Obama Appoints Bersin to CBP Commissioner

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s 57,000 employees have a new Commissioner, Alan Bersin. Bersin was recently appointed by President Obama to oversee the operation of CBP, which has a budget of more than $11 million. The new Commissioner said, “I believe CBP’s strength is based on the diligence, dedication, …

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Round Two of Census Forms Being Mailed Out

The U.S. Census Bureau has begun mailing a second round of forms to American households, 40 million households to be exact. However, the Census Bureau is trying a more cost-effective tactic. This year the Census Bureau is not going to follow up with households that have not returned their forms …

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DoD Senior Executive Service Appointment & Reassignment

Robert Gates, the U.S. Secretary of Defense, announced yesterday April 6, 2010, one appointment and one reassignment in the Department of Defense Senior Executive Service. Linda Allen was appointed to the Senior Executive Service. Allen was assigned as Director of the Acquisition and Procurement Office for the Washington D.C headquarters. …

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Federal Appeals Court Rules Against FCC on Net Neutrality

A federal appeals court ruled unanimously today that the Federal Communications  Commission (FCC) does not have the authority to require broadband providers to treat all Internet traffic moving through their networks equally. The three-judge panel of the DC Court of Appeals ruling is a major blow to the FCC’s National …

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Napolitano to Visit Spain to Discuss Terrorism, Transnational Crime

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will travel to Madrid, Spain to attend the U.S.-European Union Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Troika meeting, where she will discuss international cooperation to protect against terrorism and transnational crime, Press Secretary Clark Stevens announced yesterday. Napolitano will assess progress made on the joint …

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Inherently Governmental: Insourcing the Acquisition Process

According to a new draft policy letter published by OMB last Thursday, the Office of Federal Procurement Policy will expand its definition of “inherently governmental” soon.  The OFPP will now use the definition from the Federal Activities Inventory Reform Act (FAIR Act) of 1998, replacing the definition from Subpart 7.5 …

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Gates Revamps Policy for Pentagon Mentors

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates announced last week the revamping of the Pentagon mentor program, which will prohibit senior mentors from divulging nonpublic information to outside entities, or representing another party before any part of the federal government on issues in which they participated personally while serving in their …

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Navy to Tweak Social Media Policy

Following the Department of Defense-wide social-media policy issued in February for the Navy and Marine Corps, the Navy has begun taking steps toward tweaking its own policy regarding responsible and effective Internet use. In a March 26 blog post, Navy Department Chief Information Officer Rob Carey said his team, in …

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Restricted BlackBerry Use for Airmen

Starting this month, Air Force officials won’t be able to use their BlackBerry devices to send text messages with photos or videos attached, or download new applications. These Department of Defense-directed changes will be overseen by security specialists in 24th Air Force, which is the operational warfighting organization responsible for defending …

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Earth Day Celebrates EPA’s 40th Anniversary

This year, not only is it the 40th birthday of Earth Day, but it is also the 40th anniversary of the Environmental Protection Agency. To celebrate both occasions, the agency is encouraging everyone to get involved in its Go Green! initiative. With a newly redesigned Earth Day website, EPA is …

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