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OMB: Two Open-gov Sites to Close, Others to be Scaled Back

The Office of Management and Budget has announced it will close down two open-government federal websites because of cuts to the E-Government Fund, Federal News Radio reports. The two sites slated for shuttering are FedSpace, the General Services Administration’s online collaboration portal, and the Citizen Services Dashboard, which was to …

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Army’s Cloud Migration in Question

The Army’s cloud transition — moving 1.6 million email accounts to a Defense Information Systems Agency enterprise cloud — is now in question, after a House subcommittee voted to withhold 98 percent  of the program’s budget. The House Armed Services Committee’s Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee voted to withhold funding …

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DoD Makes Plans for Audit

DoD Comptroller Robert Hale, Photo: defense.gov Defense News takes a hard look at why efforts to audit the Defense Department are so difficult. As reported last week, the Pentagon has a deadline of 2017 to be fully auditable, a goal many think may be entirely unrealistic. Defense News reports efforts …

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GSA to Consolidate Contractor Databases Using Open Source

The General Services Administration will begin next year consolidating eight different databases containing information about contractors — everything from solicitation data and contract award amounts to rosters of suspended contractors — into a single database powered by open-source software. Federal Times reports that GSA will begin making progress next year …

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Gates: Budget Reductions a Strategic, Not Math Problem

In efforts to wring an additional $400 billion in cost-savings over 12 years out of the Defense Department, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said budget cutters should avoid the “managerial cowardice” of across-the-board cuts. In a question-and-answer session at the U.S. Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, …

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Intel Community Calls for Innovative Research Ideas

The Intelligence and National Security Alliance is partnering with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to showcase innovative ideas in intelligence. INSA has issued a call for abstracts on a number of different intelligence-related research areas: from energy storage and robotics to WMD detection and cybersecurity. The entries, …

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