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Laura Furgione Named NWS Acting Assistant Admin

Laura Furgione, a nearly two-decade veteran of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will serve as acting assistant administrator for the National Weather Service. In a May 25 announcement, NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco said shewill succeed Dr. Jack Hayes, who announced his plans to retire from his post. Furgione will be responsible …

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IRS To Consolidate Offices, Shed 1M Square Feet Of Space

The Internal Revenue Service plans to cut down on office space and rental costs as part of its cost-saving measures, according to a May 22 agency announcement. Forty-three small offices with no taxpayer assistance centers that employ less than 25 workers will close over the next two years, according to …

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Report: WH To Help Italy Upgrade General Atomics-Built Drones

The White House plans to add missiles and laser-guided bombs to Italy’s drone fleet, Adam Entous writes for the Wall Street Journal. Entous reports the White House submitted a letter of request to Congress in April to arm six Italian Reaper drones, built by General Atomics. U.S. officials have indicated that …

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Full Senate Approves Joseph Jordan To Head OFPP

The full U.S. Senate approved the White House’s nomination of Joseph Jordan to serve as administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement policy, the Federal Times reports. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee previously approved Jordan’s nomination to replace Dan Gordon on May 17. Jordan currently serves as senior adviser on procurement issues …

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Senate Confirms Frank Kendall Among Slate Of Defense Nominees

The Senate has confirmed seven officials to fill senior positions across the Defense Department, the Examiner reports. Frank Kendall will serve as undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, succeeding Ashton Carter, who was promoted to the Pentagon’s number two post. Other confirmations include: Katharina McFarland, assistant secretary for ATL Jessica …

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Senate Panel OKs FY 2013 Defense Bill, Includes 5% Service Contract Cut

The Senate Armed Services Committee approved its version of the fiscal 2013 defense spending bill Thursday, authorizing a $525.8 billion base budget for the Defense Department and $88.2 billion for overseas contingencies. According to David Alexander report for Reuters, lawmakers also gave the Energy Department $17.3 billion for its nuclear …

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Report: Pentagon To Push For More BRAC Rounds

The Defense Department is pushing to conduct two additional rounds of base closures and realignments, Andy Medici writes for Military Times. The Pentagon is prohibited from proposing or planning a BRAC round for 2013 under the defense authorization bill passed in the House on May 18, Medici noted. A Senate …

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Roger Baker: Initial VA-Pentagon EHR System To Use Legacy Systems

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments’ health records system will be implemented at two joint facilities by 2014 but exclude certain applications, Molly Bernhart Walker of Fierce Government IT reports. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki announced earlier this week that the entire iEHR system would be …

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Report: Research Group Outlines Possible Defense Cuts

The Defense Department can reduce spending on weapons systems and still maintain military strength, a U.S. research organization suggests, according to Defense News. Washington-based Center for a New American Security issued a report Wednesday explaining military pre-eminence does not require the Pentagon to maintain its current spending levels, Christopher Cavas …

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