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Report: IARPA Head Lisa Porter Stepping Down

Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity Director Lisa Porter is stepping down from her post, Wired reports. Porter, IARPA leader since the agency’s 2008 start, announced her plans to colleagues March 30, according to the report. The agency is the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s research arm, similar to the …

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USPS Paid Out $717M in Unofficial Overtime for 2010, 2011

A recent Postal Service audit showed that employees worked nearly 2.3 billion hours for fiscal years 2010 and 2011, National Journal reports. Hours unapproved by managers and supervisors in that same timeframe add up to around $717 million in unauthorized overtime pay, auditors found. The audit said managers are responsible …

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Study Says US Leads World in E-Diplomacy

The State Department is the world’s largest user of web information and communication technologies for diplomatic objectives, according to a recent study from the Australian-based Lowy Institute for International Policy. The Sate Department has more than 150 full-time personnel implementing what the study calls e-diplomacy tools in programs such as Corridor …

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Treasury CFO Daniel Tangherlini Starts New Job as GSA Head

The General Services Administration named Treasury Department Chief Financial Officer Daniel Tangherlini to head the agency in an acting role following Martha Johnson’s resignation Monday. Tangherlini served in the Treasury as assistant secretary for management, CFO and chief performance officer since 2009. At GSA, he will manage assets, implement technology solutions …

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OMB Launches PortfolioStat to Track IT Spending

The Office of Management and Budget is working to reduce overlapping information technology government contracting services, Federal Chief Information Officer Steven Van Roekel wrote in a April 30 White House blog post. Jeffery Zients, deputy director for management at OMB, recently signed a memorandum launching PortfolioStat, an agency-wide IT portfolio …

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James Craft to Head Pentagon Anti-IED Office

The Marine Corps’ deputy chief information officer has been appointed CIO of the Defense Department’s lead organization for countering improvised explosive devices, NextGov reports. James Craft will assume his new post at the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization April 9. JIEDDO is responsible for developing and deploying new anti-IED technologies. …

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DHS Cyber Counselor: Remote Voting Still Too Young to Deploy

A cybersecurity counselor at the Department of Homeland Security believes Internet voting is not yet ready for U.S. elections, Fierce Government reports. “It’s definitely premature to deploy Internet voting in real elections,” Bruce McConnell said at the Election Verification Network Conference in Santa Fe, N.M. Election and watchdog officials attended …

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Industry Groups React to Senate Outscourcing Hearing

A Senate subcommittee heard testimony from government and industry representatives on outsourcing Thursday, Federal News Radio reports. Representatives from the Army, Homeland Security Department, Office of Personnel Management, watchdog groups, federal employee unions and private contracting firms attended the hearing. The Professional Services Council said in a statement that lifestyle …

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Treasury Wants New CTO to Manage IT Strategy

The Treasury Department is seeking an associate chief information officer and chief technology officer, FedScoop reports. The agency wants the new associate CIO/CTO to manage the Treasury’s information technology strategy for an annual salary ranging from $119,554 to $179,700 per year. The new hire will lead department programs focusing on …

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