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Key Civilian Personnel Shuffle at DoD

The Defense Department has announced a recent host of civilian personnel changes. David M. Wennergren, who now serves as assistant deputy chief management officer for the defense secretary, will take over as the director of the Business Transformation Agency in Washington, D.C. BTA is tasked with modernizing DoD’s business operations. …

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Odierno Preps for JFCOM Closing, Transition

Following President Barack Obama’s stamp of approval on plans to close the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Va., Defense Department leaders are preparing for the transition. “We hope that the implementation plan will be finished within the next 30 to 45 days and approved so we can begin execution,” said …

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DHS Cancels ‘Troubled’ SBInet Program

After months of speculation and guessing games, more than $1 billion spent and a mere 53 miles of the Southwest border covered, the Department of Homeland Security canceled the virtual border fence program known as SBInet. “SBInet cannot meet its original objective of providing a single, integrated border security technology …

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Cloud Concerns Not Limited to Security

Cloud computing— or at least cloud talk — in the federal sector has taken off, aided by the Office of Management and Budget’s cloud-first policy and the ever-shifting technological zeitgeist. But questions about cloud security have managed to put the brakes on too much enthusiasm for some. And, according to …

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House Websites — Makeover by Drupal

The inside of the House of Representatives is getting a face lift. Rather, the back end. According to a notice from the chief administrative officer of the House, the chamber has decided on open source content management system Drupal to host its plethora of websites and is now seeking developers. …

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GAO Finds ‘Gaps’ in Smart Grid Cybersecurity Guidelines

As electric companies make increasing gains to modernize the power grid, some have raised the concern of a malicious hacker breaking into the smart grid and wreaking havoc. With that in mind, the Government Accountability Office issued a report this month, assessing the cybersecurity issues that continue to afflict the …

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DoD Gets Earful over Amended Contractor Withholding Plan

The Defense Department recently scaled down plans to withhold a percentage of payment if a contractor supplies a deficient business system. The original rule change, which would apply to internal company controls, such as accounting measures, had drawn significant outcry from industry circles and the amendment appeared to assuage critics …

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