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Maryland CTO Bryan Sivak Joining HHS As CTO

The Department of Health and Human Services has appointed veteran Maryland and D.C. government technology executive Bryan Sivak chief technology officer, Fedscoop reports. Sivak will join HHS next month and succeeds Todd Park, who was appointed U.S. CTO in March. Sivak will also serve as HHS’ tech entrepreneur-in-residence, according to …

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Carl Levin: Sequestration Not Happening In January

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) is optimistic that there will be no automatic budget cuts in January, Defense News reports. According to Rick Maze, Levin said that between 80 and 90 percent of Congress wants to prevent sequestration. Levin said that before the upcoming election, Congress should …

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Senate Panel Reaches Deal On NRC Nominees Vote

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee has reached a settlement to advance the two nominees for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission last Wednesday, GovExec reports. Nominations of Allison MacFarlane and Kristine Svinicki will go to a floor vote and MacFarlane will be designated chairman if confirmed, succeeding Gregory Jaczko. MacFarlane …

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Panetta Wants Senate Support For Pentagon 2013 Budget Request

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently asked a Senate panel to support the Pentagon’s budget request for fiscal year 2013, the American Forces Press Service reports. Panetta told the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on defense that the DoD’s budget request are based on the military spending projections from department leaders. Some of …

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AF Gen. Schwartz Addresses FY 2013 ‘Balance’ In Speech

Gen. Norton Schwartz, the Air Force’s chief of staff, recently gave his view on maintaining balance as the branch prepares for fiscal year 2013, according to an Air Force release. The general spoke at the Air Force Association’s monthly breakfast on Monday in front of civilian and industry leaders. Schwartz …

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Senate Subpanel Proposes $12.5B IRS Budget For FY 2013

A Senate Appropriations subcommittee is proposing a six percent increase in fiscal year 2013 funding for the Internal Revenue Service, the Washington Post reports. According to Eric Yoder, legislation from the financial services and general government subcommittee would give the IRS $12.5 billion for fiscal 2013. The White House’s request …

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Post Office Head Compares Agency Shortfalls To Greece

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe recently compared his agency’s financial situation to that of Greece, Reuters reports. At a recent conference, he said the agency’s debt-to-revenue ratio similar to Greece’s debt-to-GDP ratio, Emily Stephenson reported. Donahoe does not believe the agency will default on payments or need taxpayer funding to ease …

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NWS Outlines Budget Shortages, Wants To Avoid Furloughs

The National Weather Service has published a reprogramming fact sheet for fiscal year 2012, highlighting budget shortages in areas needed to run important programs. A recent audit concluded the agency’s program for local warnings and forecasting has inadequate funds to fully compensate labor expenses of NWS employees for FY 2012. …

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Congress Debating 2013 Federal Pay

Federal employees would not receive a pay increase under proposed legislation from the House, the Washington Post reports. After crafting its bill last week, the House has officially denied the White House’s request to increase federal pay for fiscal 2013 by a half percent. Federal pay rates are currently frozen …

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