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Rep. John Barrow Files Bill to Extend DoD Furlough Immunity

Rep. John Barrow, D-Ga., has proposed exempting all defense civilians from sequestration-induced furloughs, Government Executive reported Tuesday. Eric Katz writes that at the Pentagon, only active-duty personnel are currently exempt. The report said the lawmaker filed the bill on Monday, the first day of forced unpaid leaves for about 650,000 …

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FCC Wants Mobile App to Collect Network Data

The Federal Communications Commission plans to develop a mobile application with the goal of collecting Internet network data, Federal Times reported Tuesday. Andy Medici writes the FCC will collaborate with more than 500,000 Americans to collect data on broadband network coverage and signal strength as part of efforts to forge …

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Defense Dept. Announces Education Grant Beneficiaries

The Defense Department has announced the initial beneficiaries of a $20 million educational grant intended to elevate the quality of public schools near military installations, the American Forces Press Service reported Tuesday. Karen Parrish writes Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the announced in a speech at a Military Child Education …

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GSA Debuts Online Reverse Auction Service; Thomas Sharpe Comments

The General Services Administration has launched an online reverse auction tool for federal agencies to acquire information technology products and services. Officials intend for the new service to increase opportunities for small businesses to bid on government business and improve transparency, GSA said Tuesday. “Reverse auctions can drive down prices …

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Pentagon: US-Afghanistan Security Pact Talks Alive

Discussions continue between the United States and Afghanistan to hammer out a bilateral security agreement, including U.S. military presence in the country, ahead of the White House’s planned 2014 Afghan drawdown, the American Forces Press Service reported Tuesday. Jim Garamone writes that Defense Press Secretary George Little assured the talks …

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DoD Outlines Goals of Revised Cyber Policy

One of the Defense Department‘s key aims for revising its cybersecurity policy is to come up with a single set of instructions that can be understood and used governmentwide across all departments, Federal News Radio reported Monday. Jared Serbu writes the agency also intends the new policies to figure prominently in federal managers’ …

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Intell Agencies Aim to Standardize IT Procurements

U.S. intelligence agencies are looking to adopt a standardized approach for purchasing similar information technology products and services, Federal Times reported Sunday. Nicole Blake Johnson writes Al Tarasiuk, the IC’s chief information officer, is leading a five-year effort to standardize IT programs across the community. Nuhad Karaki, executive vice president and …

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Report: Pentagon Officials Fear Layoffs in FY 2014

Defense Department officials are concerned the Pentagon may have to lay off civilian employees in fiscal year 2014 as furloughs of workers started Monday, the Washington Post reported Sunday. Lolita Baldor writes thousands of civilian, military and contract employees could be furloughed next fiscal year if sequestration stays in place. …

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White House Reduces FY 2013 Deficit Estimate by $214B

The White House’s mid-year report projects that the U.S. budget deficit for fiscal 2013 will drop to $759 billion, Fedscoop reported Monday. Cory Bennett writes the deficit was estimated at $973 billion when the Obama administration released its 2014 budget plan in April. If either estimate is correct, it will …

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Report: Obama Eyes Full Military Pullout in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama is looking at a total pullout of U.S. troops from Afghanistan following last month’s failed talks to iron out policy differences with his Afghan counterpart, Reuters reported Tuesday. The report quoted U.S. officials as saying the administration had been willing to leave a few thousand troops in …

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