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FCC’s Week: Schools Proposal Followed by Waffles

The Federal Communications Commission began the week by championing more efficient high-speed Internet services to students in U.S. schools. But by the end of the week, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski was harangued at an open meeting by advocates of net neutrality carrying waffle-adorned signage. In a presentation Tuesday in Mountain …

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Insourcing’s Dubious Journey: Where We Stand Now

There were two main pillars laying the foundation for insourcing – canceling government-contractor positions in favor of an increased federal workforce. One was that it would help reduce ballooning costs at the Pentagon. The other was that it would repurpose jobs that should belong in the federal sector, the so-called …

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VA Sec. Shinseki Defends Expanding Agent Orange Benefits

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki defended an expansion of benefits under the 1991 Agent Orange law against a Senate panel with its eye on trimming the budget in congressional testimony Sept. 23. VA recently added heart disease, B-cell leukemia and Parkinson’s disease to a list of “presumptions” under the Agent …

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NCTC Head: Al-Qaeda Plotting More Frequent, Small-Scale Attacks

Director of the National Counterterrorism Center Michael Leiter yesterday submitted an official report to the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee,  reporting that al-Qaeda is likely plotting more frequent smaller-scale attacks in the United States. The report also mentioned the increased threat of homegrown terrorism. The report concludes that …

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Small Business Leads Innovation in Regional ‘Clusters’

Head of the Small Business Administration Karen Mills announced support for a pilot program that recognizes 10 regional economies or “clusters” and that will enhance the role SBA plays in these regional areas. The communities and economies chosen reflect collaborations between small businesses, the public sector, economic development and other …

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Service Members Arm Themselves against ID Theft

They’ve dodged bullets and bombs in some of the most dangerous corners of the globe, but now the Defense Department says U.S. service members should be on the lookout for a different type of threat: identity theft. DoD is partnering with the Federal Trade Commission on its “Deter, Detect and …

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Second Chance for SBINet? Mexican Border Heats Up

Will SBINet get a second chance? Some say “yes,” but its brand may change. Last week, Alan Bersin, commissioner of Customs & Border Protection (CBP) at DHS, promoted Mark Borkowski, SBINet’s project manager, to run a new office tasked with managing complex acquisition processes for CBP.  The move is part …

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Dialing Back on Teleworking?

At a monthly meeting of the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations earlier this week, co-chair of the council John Berry got the ball rolling on the future of teleworking by asking members to volunteer for a work group. But the ball may not roll very far. Federal Chief Performance …

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