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Pentagon looks at TSA scanning technology to bolster security

June 7, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Steven Calvery says the Pentagon isn't "trying to reinvent the wheel" when developing a security system.Dawn Lim/Nextgov.com The Pentagon is considering installing scanning devices the Transportation Security Administration uses at airports to electronically screen Defense Department employees and visitors entering its headquarters. This proposed security measure is among a host ...

Bold Thinkers

June 1, 2010 Nextgov Awards honor eight managers who have conquered bureaucratic resistance to push through innovative ideas. Government Executive's online federal technology publication has named the winners of its inaugural Nextgov Awards, which recognize federal managers who overcome bureaucratic inertia, political resistance and entrenched business processes to push through bold ideas for ...

House votes to overturn ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

May 28, 2010 The House voted late on Thursday to overturn the ban on gays serving openly in the military, paving the way for the Pentagon to end the Clinton-era "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The repeal passed 234-194 as an amendment to a fiscal 2011 Defense policy bill (H.R. 5136) that authorizes ...

Eight named Nextgov Award winners

May 27, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nextgov named eight winners in its inaugural awards program on Thursday, recognizing federal managers who overcame bureaucratic inertia and political resistance to establish innovative processes that improved government operations and citizens' lives. The winners of the Nextgov Awards represented a range of efforts, from supporting e-diplomacy and streamlining the applications ...

Moving On

May 27, 2010 Even when working for Uncle Sam requires dangerous assignments or far-flung duty posts, there's always been the draw of family-friendly benefits. But if federal workers are killed on the job, will the families left behind still be offered help? Families of federal law enforcement officers who die in the line ...

White House and Pentagon clear way for repeal of military ban on gays

May 25, 2010 The Obama administration cautiously endorsed plans to repeal "don't ask, don't tell" on Monday, paving the way for Congress to overturn the 17-year ban on homosexuals serving in the military. In response to letters from lawmakers eager to press for a vote, Office of Management and Budget Director Peter R. ...

Spreading the Virtual Word

May 21, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 052110secondlifeNGins(May. 21) - After hours, Eric Hackathorn, center, plays with a multi-touch screen table, while Adam Bogue, far left, president of Circle Twelve, the start-up behind it, explains how it works.Dawn Lim/Nextgov.com It's after 7 p.m. and some of the staffers who organized the Federal Consortium for Virtual Worlds conference ...

House committee votes to honor public servants killed on home soil

May 20, 2010 A House panel on Wednesday passed a legislative provision requiring the Defense Department to give civilian employees and military members injured or killed in last year's shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, and at a Little Rock, Ark., recruiting station the same benefits and recognition as those wounded in combat zones. ...

Saving NASA's Constellation Program

May 17, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Lawmakers last week blocked President Obama's plans to liquidate NASA's Constellation program, reigniting hopes that the agency will be able to send astronauts up to the moon again. The Senate Appropriations Committee voted unanimously to tack a clause restricting funding cuts on NASA's $108 billion human spaceflight program onto a ...

White House to name FBI deputy director as new TSA head

May 17, 2010 President Obama announced on Monday that he would nominate FBI deputy director John S. Pistole as the new head of the Transportation Security Administration. Pistole is the third person the Obama administration has named for the position. The FBI veteran would inherit an agency that has been without a permanent ...