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Federal Pay Gap Disputed

The Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released numbers showing federal pay in 2010 lagged behind private sector pay by 24 percent. The gap has widened by two points since 2009, according to The Federal Times. The statistics were presented at a meeting of the Federal Salary Council, which will make …

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Midterm Elections Wrap-up: Future of Feds?

The congressional midterm elections resulted in historic gains by Republicans, as well as an historic anomaly — marking the first time in 80 years a minority party retook control of the House of Representatives but not the Senate. The election has repercussions across the board: the Obama administration is reading …

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Kundra Plans Next-Gen Social Security Administration

There were glimmers of what’s to come on the IT front from federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra at the Excellence in Government conference on Nov. 1, according to FederalNewsRadio. In the wake of across-the-board federal IT reform and restructuring, Kundra also hinted at a new focus for IT expansion …

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Zients Says Gov’t Working to Stop Payments to Deceased

In the wake of revelations that the federal government had mistakenly or improperly paid almost $1 billion to deceased people over 10 years, Director Deputy of the Office of Management and Budget Jeffrey Zients took to the blogosphere to detail new methods to curb improper payments. “Whether the budget is …

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Cyber Attacks against DoD on the Decline?

Cyber attacks against the Defense Department declined in 2010, according to a report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission and reported on by Wired’s Danger Room blog. In the first half of 2010, there were some 30,000 malicious cyber incidents against the Pentagon. In 2009, there were about …

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Report: DOT Recovery Act Websites Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks

An official in the Transportation Department’s Office of Inspector General says DOT websites launched to provide the public with information about Recovery Act funding and projects are vulnerable to cyber attacks. DOT officials launched an audit from December 2009 to July 2010 to examine if DOT’s recovery websites, which track …

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Mullen: Odierno ‘Right Leader’ for JFCOM

In a ceremony marking Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno’s assumption of command of the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff praised the new leader who will lead JFCOM into its uncertain future. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, …

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DoD Puts Spotlight on CIO Award Winners

Following a high-profile pick for a new chief information officer at the Defense Department earlier this week, DoD officials named this year’s winners of the DoD Chief Information Officer awards. At a Pentagon ceremony Oct. 28, Deputy Chief Management Officer David Wennergren, who works in the office of the deputy …

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Latest Piece of Army Equipment: Smartphone?

The Army’s use of smartphones has a high-level champion in Vice Chief of Staff Peter Chiarelli. In an interview with Nextgov, Chiarelli, an avid smartphone user, said he wanted the Army to harness the power of smartphones. Chiarelli’s said his support of smartphones only makes sense. Most younger personnel are …

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