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Robert Braun Named Chief Technologist at NASA

NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden has appointed Robert D. Braun the agency’s Chief Technologist.  Braun serves as the principal advisor and advocate on matters concerning agency-wide technology policy and programs. The appointment comes on the heels of NASA’s new initiative “that targets technologies that could be transformational in their ability …

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Bond Relents; Johnson Confirmed as Head of GSA

Following a nine month delay, Martha Johnson has been appointed to the position of head of the GSA. The road from nomination to senate confirmation had been a rocky one for Johnson, who faced a significant challenge from Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo). As reported by Executive Gov’s Ellen Scott: “Bond’s …

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D.C. Braces for Monster Blizzard

The Washington D.C. metro area is preparing for a potentially paralyzing snowstorm that will hit mid-Friday and last through Saturday evening. With snowfall accumulation projected to be anywhere from one foot to over two feet, compounded with heavy winds and continued frigid temperatures throughout the week, cancellation or delay of …

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Cybersecurity Act Passed by House

Today, February 4th, 2010, the House passed the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, H.R. 4061. The act was passed with overwhelming support: a 422 to 5 vote. This legislation included the reauthorization of several National Science Foundation cybersecurity programs. It also is put into place in order to improve the movement of …

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Chopra Launches Texting Program for Expecting Mothers

Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra has unveiled a new initiative: “Text4baby,” a free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health. According to the program’s site, it is an educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), text4baby provides pregnant women and new moms with information …

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Kundra Needs You!

Are you a worker in the federal government?  Then Federal CIO Vivek Kundra needs your help. Kundra took to his blog to underscore the importance of making federal data open to the public, a major piece of the Open Government initiative.  As part of his message, he pointed out several …

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DNI Dennis Blair Gives Testimony

Yesterday, the Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, gave his testimony on the Annual Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community in front the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The first topic Blair addressed was the impact of the cyber threat. For an in depth report on his Blair’s comments …

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Where’s the Budget Crunch?

President Obama’s 2011 budget is expected to have more than $20 in savings through cuts from various federal programs – 120 to be exact.  So where are the program cuts? In the proposal, the Defense Department, the Veterans Affairs Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Education Department will …

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New FAA Budget Spells End for “User Fees”

As part of his new budget proposal, President Obama has opted to drop “User fee” language from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) budget. User fees would break from the traditional excise tax format of the past. Following ambiguous language hinting at a shift from the excise tax format to the …

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