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Panetta, Shinseki Meet to Discuss Joint Veteran Programs

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki met Monday to discuss issues of common interest to both departments, according to the Defense Department. Shinseki said he shares a vision with Panetta to provide a seamless service experience for veterans over a lifetime. “Over the past three years, VA and DoD …

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GAO: Little Progress Made on Duplicative Federal Programs

The Government Accountability Office says many federal government programs contain duplicative and overlapping projects and have not made progress for program efficiencies. The report released Tuesday cites several agency practices which are areas of interest for the White House‘s plan to consolidate agencies and functions. Comptroller General Gene Dodaro said …

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Report: Federal Real Estate Costs Rose $1.5B in 2010

Federal real estate maintenance costs rose by more than $1.5 billion in 2010, Federal Times reports. Federal Times obtained a General Services Administration report which said the government spent $30.7 billion to maintain 3.3 billion square feet of property in 2010. Maintenance costs went up from $29.9 billion in 2009, …

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Napolitano Gives Public-Private Cyber Info Sharing Thumbs Up

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano voiced approval for a Senate cybersecurity bill at a House hearing Wednesday, NextGov reports. The Cybersecurity Act was introduced Tuesday and would give DHS the ability to handle private network breaches. The bill also calls for more information sharing between government and the private sector. The bill …

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VA’s $3B IT Budget Request Focuses on Maintenance, Integrated Health Record System

The Department of Veterans Affairs has requested $3.37 billion for its information technology budget and plans to set aside $1.45 billion for IT systems maintenance, NextGov reports. The amount requested for IT system maintenance increased $80 million from the 2012 budget. The VA’s IT systems are comprised of 360,000 desktop computers, 70,000 printers, 40,000 laptops …

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2013 Federal IT Budget Request Down Less than 1% From 2012

President Obama requested $78.9 billion in fiscal year 2013 funding for federal information technology, down 0.7 percent from fiscal 2012 funds, Computerworld reports. Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said in a press conference the 2013 budget request represents the government’s effort to do more with less. VanRoekel said budget …

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Contractors Publishing R&D Info on Govt. Portal

Major defense contractors are now sharing independent research and development spending data with the government through a secure Web portal. A new rule, published Jan. 30 in the Federal Register, requires companies that claim more than $11 million a year on IR&D and bid and proposal costs to submit data …

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Pentagon Releases 2013 Budget Proposal

The Defense Department‘s budget proposal for fiscal year 2013 includes a $5.2 billion cut to the base budget from fiscal 2012, according to Pentagon guidance released Monday. The Pentagon’s 2013 budget request totals $613.9 billion; $525.4 billion for the base budget and $88.5 billion for operations in Afghanistan. The proposed …

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Defense CIO Takai Discusses Mobility, Supply Chain Approach in CGI Journal

Defense Department Chief Information Officer Teri Takai wants to use multiple approaches to handle mobile device usage in the Pentagon, she told the “Leadership” executive journal. “Leadership” is published quarterly by CGI‘s collaborative government initiative. The Pentagon hosts a highly mobile workforce in a time of mobile device proliferation and …

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EPA, Pentagon Partnering to Develop Energy Efficient Bases

The Defense Department and the Environmental Protection Agency are partnering to develop technologies that would create sustainable U.S. military bases, the Pentagon announced Wednesday. Dorothy Robyn, deputy defense undersecretary for installations and environment, and Paul Anastas, EPA assistant administrator, signed the memorandum of understanding to establish the partnership. Scientists and …

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