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Pentagon Looking to Cap Defense Contractor Exec Pay

The Defense Department is looking to place a cap on the executive pay of defense contractors, extending the limit from the top five to all positions, according to an All Headline News report. Under the proposed $693,951-per-year cap, executive pay would include wages, salaries, bonuses and deferred compensation. The House …

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Senate Confirms Ashton Carter as Next Deputy Defense Secretary

In a unanimous vote Friday, the Senate confirmed Ashton Carter as the next deputy defense secretary. Carter currently serves as undersecretary of defense, technology and logistics. Carter replaces William Lynn, who announced his departure in July. “Ash has a steady hand, a keen intellect, and an effective management style that …

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GovConExec Magazine Finds Peak Markets for GovCon Industry

Executive Mosaic, the parent company of ExecutiveGov and a stable of online news properties geared toward the government-contracting industry, has launched the fall issue of its quarterly print magazine, GovConExec. The latest issue focuses on growth opportunities for government contractors. This issue comes at a time where the nation is …

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Senate Votes Down Short-Term Funding Bill

As promised by Democratic leaders, the Senate has rejected a short-term funding bill that would keep the government running into November. The impasse gives Congress little time to resolve the matter before Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year. Along party lines, the House had approved a continuing …

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FCC Seeking Public Comment on 911 Texts, Photos

The Federal Communications Commission voted Tuesday to seek public comment on ways to enable the country’s 911 system to receive text messages, pictures and videos. The 911 system only supports voice calls, but text and multimedia messaging has become commonplace. During the open hearing, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski referenced the …

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OPM Survey Says Feds Happy at Work

Times may get tougher for federal workers down the road, but a new study shows spirits are still high in federal offices. On Thursday, the Office of Personnel Management released the results of its 2011 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. OPM said it received a record 266,000 responses. Nearly 85 percent …

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Solyndra Execs Stay Silent in Front of House Panel

Executives from a failed solar power company that received large loans from the federal government remained silent before a House panel investigating the company. Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison and chief financial officer Bill Stover appeared before the House Energy Committee Friday, but lawyers advised both men to invoke their Fifth …

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House Passes Funding Bill, Senate Dems Say No Way

The Republican-controlled House approved a bill to fund the federal government Friday, but Democrats in the Senate have vowed to block it. Largely along party lines, the House voted 219-203 to keep the government running through Nov. 18. The bill also provides $3.65 billion for disaster relief, a point of …

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GOP Lawmakers Ask WH for LightSquared Contacts

The House Science Committee has asked the White House to turn over all documents related to contact with telecommunications company LightSquared, who is seeking to build a national 4G wireless network. On Tuesday, Chairman Ralph Hall (R-Texas) and six Republican committee members sent a letter to the Office of Budget …

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