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Understaffed DCAA Faces Audit Backlog

The Defense Contract Audit Agency faces an audit backlog and a staff shortage,  according to a report this week in Federal Times. In 2006,  $110 billion had been spent by federal agencies on contracted work that had not yet been audited. By 2010, that number had grown to $405 billion. …

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Senate Confirms ODNI Deputy; Obama Appoints New Intel CIO

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence has a new No. 2, to report directly to the intel agency’s director, Gen. James Clapper. The Senate confirmed last week ODNI’s pick, Stephanie O’Sullivan, as principle deputy. She will hold the second-highest position in the Intelligence Community. In addition to her …

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3 Things You Should Know about the Intelligence Budget

The budget for the nation’s myriad of intelligence activities is bucking the historical trend in three important ways. First, unlike overall defense spending, which is expected to flat-line or decline in the coming years, the intelligence budget, which has doubled in the past 10 years, is growing and will likely …

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GSA’s Bhagowalia: Cloud Economics ‘Driving the Transformation’

The General Service’s Administrations point-person for all things cloud computing said, like almost every new technology, the economics “are driving the transformation.” Speaking at the Cloud/Gov 2011 conference, Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia, deputy associate administrator at the General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, said the government’s recently …

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OPM Telework: More than 5 Percent of Federal Workers Phone it In

As the winter weather has turned federal workers into potential teleworkers today, the Office of Personnel Management is highlighting new numbers that show teleworking is increasing across the federal government and bringing higher job satisfaction with it. According to an OPM report on teleworking the agency submitted to Congress, the …

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Lynn: ‘Space is No Longer Private Preserve of US’

When the Defense Department released its first-ever national security strategy for space last month, that was just the beginning of exploring the final frontier, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn said this week at a forum on space policy. “Space is no longer the private preserve of the U.S. and …

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OPM Survey to Provide Picture of Best Federal Cyber Pro

The Office of Personnel Management announced it has completed a governmentwide cybersecurity survey and the agency is now using those results to put together a picture of the perfect — or, at least, the most competent — federal cyber professional. “Cybersecurity is essential to protecting the American people,” said OPM …

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