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NRO to Open Communication Line with Liaison Office

It seems the line of communication between the Defense Department and the National Reconnaissance Office is opening up, with recent meetings at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio and the newly created Air Force Materiel Command/NRO Liaison Office. The Air Force released a notice that following the NRO liaison office …

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Army Outlines Civilian Workforce Reductions

The Army is moving forward with plans to reduce the size of its civilian workforce, according to a Friday statement from the Defense Department. About 8,700 reductions will take place by September 2013 with 37 states being affected. The Army said about 90 percent of the cuts will take place …

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FedRAMP Gives Contractors, Agencies Guide to Securing Clouds

The long-anticipated guidance regarding how contractors can provide the federal government cloud solutions was unveiled Thursday after nearly two years of being in the works. Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel issued a policy memo detailing how agencies will use the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, to …

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Students Rank Agencies High on ‘Ideal Employer’ Survey

In a recent survey of nearly 62,000 undergraduates at 362 colleges, students put government agencies in the ranks for top 100 ideal places to work. The survey, conducted by Universum, polled students from Dec. 2010 to March 2011 and yielded the Top 100 Ideal Employer Rankings in categories including business, engineering, …

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Senate Defense Bill Requires Contractors to Monitor Supply Chain

The Senate’s version of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2012 passed Thursday by a 93-7 vote with a provision requiring contractors to monitor their supply chain. The amendment, sponsored by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), also requires contractors to buy parts from trusted suppliers as …

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Pentagon Planning Intel Facility at Former NGA Bethesda Site

The Defense Department is planning to set up an intelligence-gathering hub at the former Bethesda, Md. home of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the Washington Business Journal reports. The Army Corps of Engineers and the Defense Intelligence Agency are working on the large-scale project, which could take nearly five years. The …

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Report: Sequestration Cuts Not Included in Pentagon Budget Draft

The Defense Department has submitted a draft budget plan to President Obama that includes the $450 billion in cuts required from the debt ceiling compromise, according to Bloomberg. It does not include the additional $600 billion cuts by sequestration that are mandated by the supercommittee’s failure to reach an agreement …

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Senate Bill Moves Up Pentagon Audit Deadline

In mid-October, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told the House Armed Services Committee he wanted the Pentagon to be ready for an audit by 2014, three years earlier than the deadline mandated by Congress. Later in a memo to Pentagon comptroller Robert Hale Panetta ordered the department’s statement of budgetary resources …

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