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House Pro-Contractor Caucus Forming

A House caucus advocating for government increasing its use of contractors will launch this week, Federal Times reports. The “Yellow Pages” caucus has drawn interest from 20 possible members and is holding a kickoff event Tuesday at Capital Triangle. The Business Coalition for Fair Competition said in a Facebook announcement that if …

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Obama Nominates Joseph Jordan OFPP Director

President Obama has nominated Joseph Jordan director of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, according to a White House announcement. Upon congressional approval, Jordan will succeed Dan Gordon, who took up a teaching position at George Washington University‘s law school. Jordan currently serves as a senior adviser to acting OMB …

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Cyber Expert: Govt. Lacks Power to Handle Grid Disruptions

The federal government will not have authority to mitigate electric grid disruptions until at least 2013, a cybersecurity expert said according to NextGov James Lewis, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said a former U.S. senior official told him the country will experience a major disruption and …

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Obama Admits to US Drone Use in Pakistan

As promised, the White House is using its new Google Plus page to conduct hangouts that include President Obama and a group of Google Plus users. In one of the first hangouts Monday, President Obama admitted the U.S. has attacked Taliban and al-Qaida targets in Pakistan with unmanned drones. “For …

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DHS Going Paperless for Contract Bids

Contractors who provide services to the Department of Homeland Security will soon be able to submit bids electronically, Federal Times reports. Rafael Borras, DHS’ management undersecretary, said Thursday the current submission process will be reformed so companies can focus on the bid and save money on paper costs. At a …

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Federal CTO Chopra Leaving White House

Federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra is stepping down from his post, the White House announced Friday. A White House official told Federal News Radio that Chopra’s last day will be Feb. 8, but the official did not indicate Chopra’s future plans. FedScoop first reported Chopra’s departure and reports that some …

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NIST Gives Agencies Cloud Computing Guidance

The National Institute of Standards and Technologies is calling on agencies to take the lead in addressing security and privacy challenges relating to public cloud computing. NIST’s Guidelines on Security and Privacy in Public Cloud Computing do not suggest any specific service or deployment method for cloud computing, but lists …

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Obama Proposes Infrastructure Spending in State of the Union

In his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Obama called for money that was previously being spent for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to be used to rebuild America’s infrastructure. “So much of America needs to be rebuilt,” Obama said. “We’ve got crumbling roads and bridges; a power grid …

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Private Sector Board Calls for More Power to Defense CIO

The Defense Business Board believes Defense Department Chief Information Officer Teri Takai should have more authority over military and Pentagon agency CIOs, according to Federal Times. The board, consisting of private sector executives, recommended Takai have more authority to enforce policies for data center consolidation and cloud computing, according to the …

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