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Bill Would Bar Pentagon From Using Private Security At Afghan Posts

House lawmakers will begin to consider the 2013 defense authorization bill this week, including a provision in regard to federal contracting in Afghanistan, the Washington Business Journal reports. According to writer Jill Aitoro, the measure would prohibit the Pentagon from contracting private companies for security guard services at Afghanistan-based military …

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Report: Capitol Police Radio Modernization Project Delayed

The U.S. Capitol Police force is still awaiting upgraded radio and communication systems in order to address connectivity issues around the Capitol, The Hill newspaper reports. In 2007, the organization allocated $35 million in order to modernize its radio and communication assets across the department, according to reporter Debbie Siegelbaum. …

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White House Cyber Head Howard Schmidt Retiring

White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt is set to retire at the end of May after a two and a half year stint, the Washington Post reports. Schmidt told the Post he plans to retire in order to spend more time with his family and to pursue opportunities to teach …

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Senate Panel OKs Joseph Jordan To Head OFPP

In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously approved President Obama’s nominee to head the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, GovExec reports. Joseph Jordan, currently an adviser in the Office of Management and Budget, was nominated in February to succeed Dan Gordon, who took …

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Report: House Lawmakers Propose More Weapon Buys In 2013 Budget

The Defense Department would receive $5.3 billion more to acquire more aircraft, ships, vehicles and weapons in 2013 if a House subcommittee’s ideas make way in Congress, according to a committee report obtained by Defense News. Among the House Appropriations defense subcommittee’s proposals, one that directs the Air Force to …

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Survey: Clearance Wait Times Down 30 Days In Past 2 Years

It only took four months for nearly half of many government and contracting professionals to complete the security clearance process, the Washington Business Journal reports. Over the last two years, the federal government cut the waiting time for most clearance applicants by 30 days, Jill Aitoro wrote, quoting a survey …

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