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Kundra Looks to ‘Faster, Smarter Cybersecurity’

Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra recently unveiled the new Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) guidance which will look to use “real-time electronic data that feed directly and immediately into security monitoring and alert systems.” In a blog post, Kundra writes “This change means that agencies will be able …

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New Chief of Staff at GSA

Michael J. Robertson will be the new chief of staff at GSA. He is moving from his position as Associate Administrator of Governmentwide Policy and Chief Acquisition Officer, which he has held since August 2009. Before working at GSA, Robertson worked as the deputy working group lead for the Energy …

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National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

The Department of Justice is observing the annual National Crime Victims’ Rights Week this week. From April 18, 2010 to April 24, 2010, The Department of Justice, along with other state and local agencies, as well as the public and victim services providers, will observe this week in order to …

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DoD a ‘Green’ Winner, Says Report

Just in time for Earth Day celebrations, a major independent research group has named the Department of Defense a leader in energy conservation. “The department is doing more than sounding an alarm; it has enacted energy goals and is inventing, testing and deploying new technologies and alternative fuels to meet …

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Obama Creates Advisory Board Pooling Expertise from CEOs

A new advisory board composed of private-sector CEOs who will provide recommendations about the best practices around productivity, technology and customer service was created yesterday by President Barack Obama. Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orzag announced in his blog Monday that the new board will complement the President’s …

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Wind Turbines a National Security Threat, Says NORAD General

Homeland Security can now add another slightly unexpected suspect to its list of national security threats: wind turbines. According to Homeland Security Newswire, wind turbines create a shadow that makes airplanes disappear from radar screens, as well as clutter the screens with the turbines’ “signature,” which changes as blades accelerate …

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NASA Continues to Track Iceland’s Volcano

Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano in Iceland, is continuing to erupt and now we have clear images thanks to NASA. The Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument, which is on NASA’s Terra spacecraft, has been able to take images of the ash plumes. The ASTER has been able to …

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Napolitano Commemorates 15th Anniversary of Oklahoma City Bombing

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano yesterday visited Oklahoma to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing and delivered remarks about the department’s efforts to protect against evolving threats of terrorism. Honoring the 168 people who lost their lives in what she called “an unspeakable act of …

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Insourcing: The Baker’s “Dirty Dozen”

Just over a year ago, Robert Gates announced a plan to add 20,000 employees to the defense acquisition workforce by 2015:  11,000 jobs converted from contractor-held positions and 9,000 new jobs.  He also announced plans to insource another 19,000 non-acquisition jobs currently performed by contractors.  That’s a total of 30,000 …

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