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DHS Deems Critical Infrastructure Month Successful

While many people were celebrating the New Year, the Department of Homeland Security was marking the end of Critical Infrastructure Month. The month-long campaign’s purpose was to raise awareness about the vital role protecting things such as telecommunications networks, nuclear and chemical facilities, and transportation systems plays in U.S. national …

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DoD Predictions for 2011

Most of the big issues facing the Defense Department in 2011 can be boiled down to one word: budget. A duo of defense experts talked to DoDBuzz about what to look for on the defense horizon for 2011 and mostly agreed that 2010 economic uncertainty and the political grandstanding surrounding …

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DoD, GSA to Keep Tabs on Contractor IDs

The Defense Department, the General Services Administration and NASA are playing tough in an effort to ensure that special access cards used by government contractors are returned after a contract’s terms are over. Until all the microchip-embedded cards are returned, the new rules, published in the Federal Register last week, …

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Chopra Chats ExpertNet, Civic Participation

Late last year, federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra proclaimed 2011 “the year of civic participation.” Chopra made his comments at a forum marking the one-year anniversary of the Open Government Directive, where he also unveiled the latest civic engagement tool: ExpertNet, a government wiki, which aims to leverage citizen …

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Cybersecurity Civil Servants: OPM to Create Cyber Career Track

As cybersecurity awareness continues to increase throughout the federal space, the government’s personnel office has good news for future cyber workers. Nancy Kichak, chief human capital officer of the Office of Personnel Management, said her agency is looking into creating a separate federal career track for cybersecurity. Now, most cybersecurity …

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DoD Scales Back Conflict-of-interest Rules

The Defense Department is scaling back a tough, new conflict-of-interest rule for some contracts, including those for IT and professional services. According to a final rule, published in the Federal Register, only major weapons systems contracts and systems engineering and technical assistance will be subject to stricter standards. Those new …

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