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Chopra and Kundra Assess Open Gov Plans

Federal CTO and CIO Aneesh Chopra and Vivek Kundra believe that the Open Government Initiatives for each agency “are off to a good start–but have much more work to do.” In a blog post on the White House website, Chopra and Kundra outlined three major findings from reviews of the …

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Navy to Start Intergrating Women onto Submarines

Navy officials yesterday announced plans to integrate women onto submarines beginning late next year or early 2012, a decision that became public after Department of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told Congress in February that the Navy wants to add women to submarines. “There are extremely capable women in the …

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US Must Help Pakistan Defeat Insurgency, Flournoy Tells House Committee

The U.S.-Pakistani partnership is vital to U.S. strategic interests, senior Defense Department officials told Congress members yesterday. Michele Flournoy, undersecretary of defense for policy, and Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., director of operations for the Joint Staff, each said that continued funding of Pakistan’s civilian and military …

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Martha Johnson Requests $24.9 Million for Federal Acquisition Workforce

GSA Administrator Martha Johnson testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee yesterday to request $675 million for fiscal ’11, an $80 million increase from last year.  Administrator Johnson said that the funding increase was necessary to implement the Obama Administration’s priorities, including improvements to federal contracting via increases to the federal …

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EPA, NASA Collaborate to Foster New Generation of Scientists

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson and NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on Monday stressed the importance of science and engineering education and signed a Memorandum of Agreement to foster cooperation between the two agencies in environmental and Earth sciences and applications. The signing ceremony took place at the …

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FBI Facilitates Process of Accessing Records

The FBI on Monday unveiled a revamped website and a new electronic form that will make it easier to obtain certain records. “Our goal is to make the website as user-friendly as possible—to give people more ways to request our records and to explain the process as clearly as we …

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Military Pay Competitive With Private Sector

Military compensation is competing well against the private sector, with service members getting higher salaries than 70 percent of their private-sector peers of similar education and experience, William J. Carr, deputy undersecretary of defense for personnel policy, yesterday told the Senate Armed Services Committee’s personnel subcommittee. Using regular military compensation–basic …

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Lynn Talks Social Media, New DoD Policy at Facebook HQ

Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn yesterday visited the headquarters of Facebook in Palo Alto, Calif., to discuss how the Department of Defense and high-tech companies can better collaborate. “You’re very much a part of our world,” Lynn told Facebook employees in the company cafeteria. “We’re also very much a …

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DHS Partners with Sports Leagues Subsector

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Infrastructure is sponsoring The Sports League Conference. The sports leagues subsector and DHS partnership is a great example of the National Infrastructure Protection Plan framework at work. This event kicked off yesterday, April 28, 2010, and is continuing on today. Approximately 200 …

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UPS Data Center Consolidation Briefing

The U.S. Department of Treasury will be hosting the United Parcel Service (UPS) Data Center Consolidation briefing next Thursday, May 6, 2010. CIO’s and Agency Data Center Consolidation Team members are invited to attend this briefing to hear the UPS Vice President of IT Operations speak about the organizations lessons …

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