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House Seeks to Extend Export-Import Bank Authorization

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A group of House lawmakers are pushing to re-authorize the Export-Import Bank‘s operations until early 2015, Politico reported Wednesday. John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman write that Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) have agreed to work to renew the authorization of the international finance bank for a short …

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GSA Details Professional Services Schedule Changes

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The General Services Administration has announced a series of changes to its professional services schedule offerings in order to reduce the number of contracts vendors manage and consolidate contract vehicles. GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service removed the special item number of non-professional service from the current consolidated schedule, expect for information technology and human resources, the agency said Tuesday. Tiffany …

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Gordon Roesler: DARPA-Industry Robotics Partnership Aims to Bolster Space Infrastructure

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is planning to establish partnerships with the private sector to bring DARPA-developed robotic servicing technology for satellites on geostationary Earth orbit to both the military and commercial markets. The agency said Wednesday it is issuing a request for information from industry on the business, technical and security …

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Joshua Skule to Head FBI Washington Field Office Intelligence Division

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Joshua Skule, former deputy assistant director of the counterterrorism division at FBI headquarters, has been appointed special agent in charge of the intelligence division at the bureau’s Washington field office, FBI said Tuesday. Skule has held several leadership roles within CTD, including as head of counterterrorism investigations on domestic and international U.S. interests. …

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Jack Blackhurst: DoD Aims to Help Gov’t, Industry Dialogue Through Innovation Marketplace Website

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The Defense Department has been using the Web to interact and exchange information with industry on needed technology and ongoing research and development work, Defense News reported Tuesday. Marcus Weisgerber writes that the Defense Innovation Marketplace website works to help Pentagon officials and contractors securely discuss potential technology opportunities. “We’re trying to take a …

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Rolf von Roessing: New ISACA Cyber Audit/Assurance Program to Highlight Resilience

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ISACA will release an audit and assurance program on cybersecurity in October as Forfa‘s Rolf von Roessing highlighted a growing emphasis of cybersecurity-related governance and policy in Europe, GovInfoSecurity reported Tuesday. “[We] proceeded to developing a European view on cybersecurity . . . to make sure that for the European users, we have an answer to the new …

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Richard Spires: Agencies Should Highlight Contractor Relationships in IT Programs

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Richard Spires, CEO of Resilient Network Systems, believes government agencies should develop good relationships with contractors to accomplish information technology programs. Spires wrote in a column for FCW published Friday that a procurement team should collaborate with the program management office on the procurement aspect of that relationship in order to achieve program …

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Sonny Hashmi: GSA Eyes ‘Internet of Things’ to Manage Building Space

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The General Services Administration has been experimenting with a network of sensors in its Washington-based building as the agency seeks to reduce real estate costs and improve its space management work, the Washington Post reported Sunday. Mohana Ravindranath writes the agency also plans to implement the “Internet of Things” system in …

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Judith Lamont: Federal Agencies See Value of Cloud Computing

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The Obama administration’s “cloud-first” strategy helps federal agencies leverage data sharing, video conferencing and collaboration tools while saving money, research analyst Judith Lamont writes in a KMWorld Magazine article published Monday. According to Lamont, former Federal CIO Vivek Kundra introduced the program in late 2010 with the goal of helping …

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