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Chinese President Xi Jinping Visits Africa to Bolster Trade Links

China’s President Xi Jinping has arrived in Tanzania for his African tour that seeks to strengthen business partnerships with the continent, according to a Reuters article. From Tanzania’s business capital Dar es Salaam, Xi will continue on to South Africa to discuss the establishment of a joint foreign exchange reserves …

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Report: Julius Genachowski Leaving FCC

Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, will announce Friday he is stepping down after four years at the helm, the Wall Street Journal reports. Danny Yadron reports Tom Wheeler, a former head of the National Cable Television Association and the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association, is among those being …

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Senate Banking Panel Approves Cordray, White Nominations

The Senate Banking Committee has approved the nominations of Richard Cordray to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Mary Jo White to chair the Securities and Exchange Commission, Politico reports. White’s appointment moved through on a 21-1 vote while the panel voted 12-10 along party lines to approve Cordray, according …

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House Oversight Panel OKs Updated FISMA Bill

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee unanimously approved a bill on Wednesday to update a law governing information technology security at federal agencies, Fierce Government IT reports. David Perera writes the amended Federal Information Security Management Act would place the Office of Management and Budget in charge of agency …

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Gen. John Kelly: Southcom Taking 26% Cut Without Sequester

Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, chief of U.S. Southern Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee Tuesday the command is cutting its budget by 26 percent without the additional cuts under sequestration. With sequestration, Kelly said Southcom could have no assigned surface assets to conduct detention and monitoring operations as …

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Report: Federal Agencies Saved $300M Via Strategic Sourcing

U.S. General Services Administration Acting Administrator Daniel Tangherlini has said a federal strategic sourcing program has helped agencies save $300 million from the procurement of goods and services, the Washington Business Journal reported. Jill Aitoro writes that Tangherlini told a House subcommittee hearing Tuesday that careful planning helps government offices scout for …

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Paul Ryan Asks GAO To Review Agency Sequester Plans

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) has asked the Government Accountability Office to issue a report on how agencies are planning and preparing to cut their budgets under sequestration. Federal News Radio reports Ryan asked GAO auditors to review a March 1 order from President Barack Obama to implement …

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Kevin Perkins: FBI Could Save $44M By Moving HQ

The FBI could save $44 million per year if it consolidates its 21 headquarters locations into a single 2.1-million-square-foot facility, a top agency official told lawmakers Wednesday. Kevin Perkins, FBI associate deputy director, told the House committee overseeing federal buildings the agency leases many of those locations, the Washington Post …

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Accenture: Digital Mail Not Driving Postal Agency Profit

Private postal operators have become more aggressive in competing against postal agencies for mail and parcel businesses, according to an Accenture study. No postal operator has seen a positive financial impact from expansion of digital mail, nor have digital platforms in the market helped organizations achieve profit, the study says. …

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