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White House Amends OMB’s Circular A-11 to Boost Gov’t Customer Experience

The Office of Management and Budget introduced on June 29 a new part of its Circular A-11 that instructs government agencies to craft customer experience frameworks and guides on how to manage customer experience improvement efforts, NextGov reported Monday. The guidance covers the departments of Veterans Affairs, Agriculture, Commerce, Treasury and State. Official …

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Profile: Steve Cooper, Commerce Dept CIO

Steve Cooper serves as the chief information officer at the U.S. Department of Commerce. He leads the development and implementation of the Department’s enterprise-wide IT strategy and operations, oversees the building and operation of the enterprise IT security risk program and serves as an adviser on mission and business IT systems …

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Senate Subcommittee OKs $51B FY 2015 Commerce, Justice, Science Budget

A Senate appropriations subcommittee has approved a bill that provides the departments of Justice and Commerce as well as federal science organizations with a $51.2 billion combined budget for the next fiscal year, FCW reported Tuesday. Adam Mazmanian writes that legislation on those agencies’ FY 2015 budget allocations will undergo …

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China Criticizes New US IT Purchasing Law

China’s government is speaking out against a new law requiring some U.S. federal agencies to obtain approval from law enforcement before buying information technology products made in China, Reuters reports. Citing state media, Megha Rajagopalan writes that a Chinese commerce ministry spokesman claimed the bill is unfair to China-based enterprises …

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New CR Requires FBI Involvement in China IT Buys

U.S. government entities cannot acquire information technology equipment from companies owned or subsidized by China’s government without consulting the FBI first, Information Week reports. J. Nicholas Hoover writes Congress included the provision in the continuing resolution out of concerns over potential hackings and other risks posed by technology made by …

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Tom Carper: WH Exec Cyber Order Coming After State Of The Union

In an interview with The Hill newspaper, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) said he expects President Barack Obama to issue a cybersecurity executive order after the State of the Union address. Carper, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, told the newspaper he wants to hold a joint hearing with …

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US Trade Rep Ron Kirk Stepping Down in February

U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk will step down from his position in late February after nearly four years at the helm, Reuters reports. The report lists Lael Brainard, treasury under secretary for international affairs, Francisco Sanchez, commerce secretary for international affairs, and Fred Hochberg, president of the U.S. Export-Import bank, …

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