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White House Launches Biz Development Portal

The White House has launched a new online platform to provide businesses with information and services to aid with development and growth. Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said in a blogpost that the administration had been working on the BusinessUSA website for the last several months. VanRoekel said BusinessUSA will …

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Katrina McFarland Nominated Asst. Defense Acquisition Secretary

President Obama has nominated Katrina McFarland as assistant defense secretary for acquisition, the White House announced Friday. McFarland has served as president of the Defense Acquisition University since 2010 and was previously acquisition director at the Missile Defense Agency from 2006 to 2010. She held several positions with the U.S. …

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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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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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Lt. Gen. John Kelly Nominated to Lead US Southern Command

President Obama nominated Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly as commander of the U.S. Southern Command, according to a Pentagon announcement Friday. If confirmed by the Senate, he would replace U.S. Air Force Gen. Douglas M. Fraser, who has held the position since June 2009. Fraser has not announced …

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Pentagon Deputy CIO Says IT Budget Looks Safe

The Defense Department does not expect major cuts in the area of information technology, the Pentagon’s Deputy Chief Information Officer Robert Carey told Federal Times. The Pentagon currently operates with a $38.5 billion IT budget. The Pentagon is looking to trim around $40 billion from its overall budget in 2013 in …

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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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White House Names Zients Acting OMB Head

President Obama has named Jeffrey Zients as acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, according to a White House announcement Tuesday. Zients held the positions of deputy director for management and chief performance officer for the OMB since June 19, 2009. From July-November 2010, Zients filled in as …

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Obama Pursues Power to Consolidate Six Federal Agencies

On Friday, President Obama will ask Congress for the power to merge six federal trade and commerce agencies, the Wall Street Journal reports. The report says Obama will ask Congress for “reorganizational” power. The last president to have this power was Ronald Reagan. The new power would allow the president to …

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Pentagon’s New Strategy Shifts Focus to Asia, Reduces Forces

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and President Obama called for a shift in U.S. military strategy from Europe to the Asia-Pacific region during a Thursday briefing. Earlier this week, reports indicated that the plan would include reducing the standing forces and refocusing them to different areas. According to a Reuters report, this differs …

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