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No Replacement Named for GSA’s Chief of Staff

Yesterday we reported that GSA’s Chief of Staff, Danielle Germain, had her last day in office. However, the reports that Cathy Kronopolus will be her replacement are not yet confirmed. According to Federal News Radio reports, Sahar Wali, the GSA’s deputy associate administrator for communications and marketing said, “Former Acting …

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Steven Kempf to Head Federal Acquisition Service

Yesterday, January 7th, 2010, the General Services Administration announced that Steven Kempf is the new deputy commissioner of the Federal Acquisition Service. Kempf will replace Tyree Varnado, who is retiring after working in the federal service for 35 years. Kempf is an experienced veteran of the Federal Acquisition Service; he …

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Secretary Gates to Stay Onboard for Another Year

According to CNN, Geoff Morrell, deputy assistant secretary of defense and Pentagon press secretary, “Secretary Gates met with the president just before Christmas and gave him a commitment to stay on the job for at least another year.” Gates served under President Bush and remained in office when the transition …

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Admiral Mullen Speaks at GWU

The chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, spoke to an audience at George Washington University yesterday, January 7th, about issues concerning national security. Due to recent instances of failed intelligence, Admiral Mullen was asked several questions concerning U.S. intelligence agencies and their efforts. The failed attempt, …

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National Health Security Strategy

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released yesterday The National Health Security Strategy, which addresses the protection of public health services during a large-scale emergency. In the event of health threats or incidents with negative health consequences, such as Bioterrorism or natural disasters, the strategy will reinforce actions that strengthen and sustain …

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GSA’s Chief of Staff Has Last Day

Yesterday, January 6th was the last day as GSA’s Chief of Staff for Danielle Germain. She has held the Chief of Staff position at GSA since June of 2009. According to Washington Technology, Germain said, “We all know that [GSA has] been in a period of transition for the last …

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Intelligence Chief in Afghanistan Calls for Overhaul

Major General Michael Flynn, Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence in Afghanistan, recently published a report with the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) which examines the flaws in intelligence analysis in Afghanistan and what should be done to fix the problems. The report, titled “Fixing Intel: A Blueprint …

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Obama to Release Preliminary Report on Christmas Day Attack

Last night in an address to the Nation, President Obama admitted the government had sufficient information to uncover the plot of the attack and then eventually disrupt the attack. Placing much of the blame on the intelligence community,Obama recognized their inability  “to connect the dots.” In addition to the wrong …

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Office of Personnel Management Reorganizes

In a January 5th press release, the Office of Personnel Management announced its reorganization to better meet the needs of their customers. This reorganization goes hand in hand with the Obama Administration’s goals to make the government more open and transparent. The reorganization went into effect after the signing of …

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Cyber Command Plans Put on Hold

Privacy concerns have become an issue for the Pentagon’s cybersecurity plans. Due to this, the Pentagon has delayed and may end the Cyber Command plan. With Congress questioning the privacy issues, as well as the overall mission, a launch date is not in sight. It was first supposed to be …

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