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New PCI Regulations Mean New Costs

According to a 2008 GAO report, the government employees closest to the PCI situation, DoD program managers, generally agree that standard safeguards are needed for contractor employees participating in the acquisition process. However, most departments of the DoD already have safeguards in place against PCI, and “a number of program …

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Gates, Mullen Head US Crime-Fighting Delegation to Mexico

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will travel to Mexico City this week as part of a delegation focused on helping the Mexican government fight drug-trafficking cartels and other security threats. “It is in our interest that our friends …

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Kundra Calls for Data.gov Enhancement: YouTube

Vivek Kundra, the Federal CIO, is the backbone of data.gov.  The mission of data.gov is to “increase public access to high value, machine readable datasets generated by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government” as part of Obama’s Open Government Initiative. It has been a key tool to help the …

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Secretary Napolitano Pushes Immigration Reform

The Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, met with stakeholders last Friday, March 19, to talk about immigration reform. The goal was to work together to make steps towards creating a new and improved system. Involved in the meeting were members of Congress, representatives from the faith community, law …

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House Passes Historic Healthcare Bill

On a vote of 220 to 212, the House of Representatives yesterday passed a historic healthcare bill that will extend coverage to 32 million Americans, reduce deficits and ban insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing medical conditions. For the first time, most Americans would be required to …

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March 19th Open Government Deadline

Today marks yet another Open Government Initiative deadline. Agencies are required to have their public comments submitted by today. So far there have been 2,000 ideas from the public and NASA has received the most suggestions. Other agencies that received more feedback than others were the Environmental Protection Agency, the …

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Military Women Honored During Pentagon’s Women’s History Month

The contributions of military women throughout history were highlighted yesterday during remarks at the Pentagon’s Women’s History Month observation. The nation depends upon women, both military and civilian, at all levels of the Defense Department, from the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan to the upper echelons of military command, …

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FOIA Request Backlogs a ‘Continuing Concern’

Government agencies are getting better at reporting specific statistics about their Freedom of Information Act operations, according to a report by the U.S. General Accountability Office. In line with transparency efforts, Congress enacted the OPEN Government Act of 2007, which amended FOIA in several ways. Among other things, the act …

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Obesity, Drug Abuse Concerns Among DoD Recruiters

Despite historic recruitment rates since the end of the military draft, the Department of Defense continues to take measures to ensure prolonged recruitment successes, according to a senior Pentagon official. In a written testimony submitted to the House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on military personnel, Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel …

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DoD Briefing Reveals Afghans ‘Disillusioned’ with State Institutions

The key planks in the Obama strategy in Afghanistan can be characterized as the three R’s: regaining the initiative against the insurgency, resolving the political tensions and grievances,and rebuilding and reinforcing, said U.K. Ambassador to Afghanistan Mark Sedwill in a Department of Defense briefing yesterday. Coming to the end of …

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