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Gates Named MTV College Network’s ‘Man of the Year’

What do Defense Secretary Robert Gates and hip-hop artist Nicki Minaj have in common? More than you might think. Gates was named the MTV college network’s first-ever Man of the Year, beating out pop stars and hip-hop powerhouses for the honor, which recognized the secretary as a “true role model.” …

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2010: The Breakout Year for GEOINT

In many others years, geospatial intelligence may have – pardon the pun – slipped under the radar; in fact, often that was the point. But 2010 saw a renewed sense of mission for the once-unknown network of agencies, companies and technologies. Or, as intelligence news and analysis webiste got geoint? …

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FCC’s Next-Generation 911 Gears up for Next Step

The Federal Communications Commission’s next-generation 911 initiative might not be as well-known as its more controversial net neutrality proposal, but changing the way people interact with emergency services could have as big an impact. At the same meeting the commissioners voted to move forward on its controversial open Internet regulations …

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Interior Dept. Eyes Strengthened CIO Role

One of the clarion calls to come from the recent federal IT management reform was for a strengthened agency chief information officer. And, the Interior Department is already taking steps to beef up its CIO role and streamline the department’s IT leadership pipeline. According to a department memo, DOI will …

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Congress Passes Stripped-Down Defense Appropriations

The House and the Senate both passed stripped-down versions of defense appropriations yesterday, uncharacteristically unladen with controversial, often non-defense related provisions. According to Government Executive, Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) said that they worked to remove all language that concerned any member in a …

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Federal Pay Freeze: A Lump of Coal for Feds?

After weeks of speculation, proposals and pushback, Congress approved the federal pay freeze Tuesday. The freeze affects most federal employees, many of whom are now circling Dec. 31, 2012 on their calendars – the date the freeze, which holds pay for civilian employees at 2010 levels, expires. President Barack Obama …

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Busy Year for DHS with Few Bumps in Road

The Department of Homeland Security has had a busy year. But for DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, the efforts to secure national security don’t just belong in the halls of power in Washington, D.C. but in the town square as well. “Over the past year, our efforts have been guided by …

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