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Natl. Guard Chief Named Member of Joint Chiefs of Staff

Air Force Gen. Craig R. McKinley has been named a statutory member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, according to a Pentagon announcement. With more than 35 years of military experience, McKinley is chief of the National Guard Bureau, where he is responsible for developing and coordinating programs and policies …

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Medicare Chief Berwick to Step Down, Tavenner to Head CMS

President Obama announced plans on Wednesday to replace current administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Dr. Donald Berwick, with Marilyn Tavenner, according to a National Journal report. Berwick’s appointment “sidestepped the traditional confirmation process,” according to the National Journal. His appointment was blocked in the Senate and his departure will …

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Fed Officials Point to Acquisition Problems for Cloud

Aligning federal acquisition rules to better serve cloud services procurements “is a problem,” according to Steve Cooper, the Federal Aviation Administration‘s acting chief information officer. He spoke on the issue at a recent AFCEA Bethesda event and added, “we do not have an answer yet,” according to a report in …

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HHS Announces $1B Grant to Innovate, Create Health Care Jobs

Government Executive recently reported that the Department of Health and Human Services has announced a $1 billion grant program to identify innovations that both improve medical care and create jobs. In a press conference, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the Health Care Innovation Challenge and said that “in recent weeks, …

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Obama Signs Executive Order to Cut IT Device, Travel Spending 20%

President Obama signed an executive order Wednesday to cut waste and promote efficient spending. The order calls on federal agencies to reduce spending on IT devices, travel, vehicles and printing, among other areas. According to rttnews.com, the campaign consists of executive actions designed to boost up the economy and stimulate …

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Supercommittee May Want More Time on Deficit Deal

A top House Democrat recently spoke of the deficit reduction supercommittee currently working to seek an extension on finding ways to slash the budget deficit before its Thanksgiving deadline in a report by the New York Times. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said the panel may ask Congress to extend the …

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Pentagon Better Prepared to Deal with Cyber Attacks

According to the Defense Department’s cyberpolicy director Steve Schleien, the agency is better prepared to deal with cyber attacks globally today than it was in 2008. A 2008 military computer breach led the Pentagon to creating the U.S. Cyber Command in 2009. It is also the reason President Obama launched …

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