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Sen. David Vitter to Continue Hold on OPM Director Nomination

Sen. David Vitter (R-Louisiana) David Vitter will continue his block of the nomination of Beth Cobert as director of the Office of Personnel Management on a full-time basis. Vitter told lawmakers in a letter posted Wednesday that his hold on Cobert — who currently serves as OPM acting director — remains in place due to concerns regarding the health …

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GSA Unveils New Website for Citizen Science & Crowdsourcing; Denise Turner Roth Comments

The General Services Administration and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars have launched a new online hub to facilitate citizen science and crowdsourcing projects in support of the federal government. Kelly Olson, senior innovation adviser and director of Challenge.gov, wrote in a blog post published Thursday that Citizenscience.gov looks to connect federal agencies to the public in …

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Virginia Tech’s Randy Marchany: Federal Gov’t Tends to Label Some Cyber Threat Data ‘Classified’

Randy Marchany, chief information security officer at Virginia Tech, has said the federal government has a propensity to restrict the sharing of some cyber threat data and ongoing breach campaigns, Nextgov reported Wednesday. Aliya Sternstein writes Marchany made his remarks at a cybersecurity conference Tuesday hosted by the U.S. Cyber Challenge and …

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Reports: Senate Panel OKs Airwaves Reallocation Bill

A Senate panel has cleared a bill that would require federal agencies to give up some of their airwaves for use in commercial wireless communications, Bloomberg BNA reported Friday. Lydia Beyoud writes the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Thursday voted to pass the proposed Mobile Now Act that Sens. …

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SBA’s Maria Contreras-Sweet: Women-Owned Small Firms Hit $18B in FY 2015 GovCon Dollars

Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the Small Business Administration, has announced that the federal government awarded contracts worth approximately $17.8 billion to women-owned small businesses in fiscal year 2015. She said in a statement published Wednesday the government has exceeded its goal to award 5 percent of all federal small business contracts …

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