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Admiral Mullen Visits USNS Comfort

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Adm. Michael Mullen made a visit to the crew members of USNS Comfort on Friday. He wanted to personally thank them for the work they have done to provide medical assistance and care to the victims of the massive earthquake in Haiti. He said: “You …

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New DoD Policy Allows Access to Social Media with Some Restrictions

The Department of Defense last week issued a new policy allowing military personnel to access social-media sites and other Web 2.0 applications from nonclassified government computers, as long as it is done safe and securely. “This directive recognizes the importance of balancing appropriate security measures while maximizing the capabilities afforded …

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Kundra Hopes to Consolidate Data Centers

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra, along with Treasury CIO Michael Duffy and Department of Homeland Security CIO Richard Spires, plans to limit the number of federal data centers. The number of government data centers has been increasing steadily, going from 432 in 1998 to as many as 1,100 in 2009. According …

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Robert Carey Blogs About Navy Priorities

Robert Carey, the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer, does a good job of keeping up his blog. Last week he wrote a blog post about “Top 10 in 2010.” He talked about the top ten most important IT activities the Navy is working. Here are the activities the …

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Emergency Responders Network will Help D-Block

After a failed attempt with the private sector, the FCC will ask congress to foot the bill for a wireless communications network for improvement of emergency responders. The plan would cost an estimated $18 billion over the next ten years. The new state of the art network would allow emergency …

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OPM’s New Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey

The Office of Personnel Management is planning on increasing the number of federal government employees it polls this year. In fact, the agency plans to survey 100,000 more federal government employees than it did in 2008. The survey, which used to be the “Federal Human Capital Survey,” is now called …

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OPM Taps Public to Name New Online Recruiting Tool

The Office of Personnel Management is creating an innovative online recruiting tool to help managers, employees and human-resources professionals with planning and implementing recruiting strategies and promoting interagency sharing and learning via online forums, NextGov reported yesterday. OPM is collaborating with GovLoop, a social-networking site for government workers, on the still-unnamed resource …

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Open Government Ball Rolls On

Yesterday, we reported there are growing concerns that the open government directive may face some challenges. There are agencies that have not yet launched transparency pages, and there are concerns about agencies putting ideas into action. However, it remains clear that the initiative is still moving forward.  One way this …

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Kundra To Moderate AFCEA Budget Preview Breakfast

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra will moderate the discussion on 2011 Budget Preview at the AFCEA Bethesda Budget Preview Breakfast. It will be Friday morning, February 26th from 6:30-9:30 AM at the Ritz-Carlton in Tyson’s Corner. On February 1, 2010, President Barack Obama requested $79.4 billion in spending on information technology …

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