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Treasury Dept. Takes Cloud Plunge with Website Migration

It’s not Fort Knox, but the Treasury Department will move its main public website and four of its agency websites to the cloud. The Washington Post‘s technology blog Post Tech reports Amazon Web Services will host Treasury’s recently renovated websites and Smartronix, which built the new site, will help lead …

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Open Gov Guru Leaving White House

Beth Noveck, deputy chief technology officer and director of the Open Government Initiative will follow her colleague Andrew McLaughlin out the door of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Noveck, the author of Wiki Government, a tome on social media and democracy, will return to teaching law …

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Proposed House Bill Expands Federal Pay Freeze, Cuts Workers

A bill proposed in the House of Representatives last week would add another year to the two-year federal pay freeze, reduce the federal workforce by 10 percent and cut Defense Department procurement by 15 percent. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) introduced the “Cut Unsustainable and Top-heavy Spending,”  last week, saying the …

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Mullen Calls for Military Self-Reflection

While the military faces broad public support, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen called for reflection and self-examination, amid some fears the military is growing out of touch. At a leadership conference at the National Defense University at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., Mullen said the …

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NSA Breaks Ground on $1.2B Cybersecurity ‘Spy Center’

The Intelligence Community’s efforts to strengthen cybersecurity got a billion-dollar upgrade last week. The National Security Agency, along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, broke ground last Thursday on a plot in Utah that eventually will become a one million square-foot, $1.2 billion state-of-the-art data center on the grounds …

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Comings, Goings at OMB, GSA

President Barack Obama nominated a number of officials to fill key economic posts ahead of the forthcoming release of the 2012 budget, according to a Government Executive report. Among those nominated, is a new No. 2 for the Office of Management and Budget — Heather Higginbottom, who was nominated to …

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Plans to Downsize JFCOM Go Ahead

President Barack Obama signed an official memo last week, giving his stamp of approval on Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ initiative to shutter the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va. “I hereby accept the recommendations of the secretary of defense and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and approve the …

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