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House Oversight Committee Approves Streamlined Federal Spending Tracker Bill

The House Oversight Committee has unanimously approved a bill that would streamline information about federal spending — including contracts, loans, grants and agencies’ internal spending. Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) introduced last week the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, which would provide a single, electronic platform to track federal …

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Mobile Devices, Cloud Computing Pushing New Geospatial ‘Phase’

The proliferation of smartphones and technological innovations such as cloud computing could point to a new era for geospatial intelligence, according to a recent Defense Systems report. The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is sounding out the new tech tools to more easily put high-value geospatial imagery into the hands of warfighters. …

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NATO Uses Twitter for Intelligence Gathering

Following the social disruptions and political upheaval of the Arab Spring, it should come as no surprise that monitoring social networks, such as Twitter, is quickly becoming an important intelligence-gathering technique. And recently, that analysis was given confirmation, according to a report on TMCNet.com. A NATO spokesman said recently the …

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DoD Service Contracting to Take a Hit under Senate Committee Plan

Under a spending measure approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Defense Department’s funding for service contracts would be cut down to 2010 levels, in what Federal News Radio said amounted to a service-contractor hiring freeze. DoD’s service-contracting budget would take a $1.1 billion cut, according to a committee …

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House Appropriations Committee Could Boost E-Gov Funding

After being drastically cut, the E-Government budget, which funds open-government websites, such as Data.gov and the IT Dashboard, may be getting a boost to its bottom line. On Friday, the House Appropriations Committee on Friday appeared to approve $13 million for the E-government fund for next fiscal year. That represents …

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Senate Armed Services OKs $6B Defense Cut

The Senate Armed Services Committee has given its go-ahead to cut $6 billion from the Defense Department’s 2012 budget, according to a report in Defense News. The chairman of the panel, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), called the cut a “down payment” on the a plan the White House introduced in …

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