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Open Government Deadline Eve

February 5, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Feb 6 marks the next deadline in the Obama administration's open government directive, the date by which agencies must have a new Web page up and running. The pages, hosted at www.[agency].gov/open, provide space for public feedback on each agency's open government plan and the quality and prioritization of information...

With budget released, administration starts pushing cloud message

February 5, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration has asked Congress for tens of millions of dollars to fund one of its key technology initiatives, moving common computer applications and hardware out of agencies and onto networks operated by private service providers, the government's top technology executive said in an interview with Nextgov on Thursday....

Senate Confirms Johnson as GSA Chief

February 4, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate confirmed Martha Johnson as General Services Administration administrator on Thursday, nearly 10 months after her nomination to the post. The conflict over Johnson's appointment compelled President Obama to speak up on her behalf. On Wednesday, at the Senate Democratic Policy Committee Issues Conference, he asked lawmakers not to...

You Ask, YouTube Answers

February 4, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Obama on Monday addressed the nation, but not from the Oval Office or the House floor. Instead, he did what anyone looking for a big audience would do: He got on YouTube and answered questions from videos uploaded by users around the world. According to Citizentube, the channel responsible...

Google Goes to Washington -- Again

February 3, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If ever there were doubts about Google ruling the world (or at least parts of it), a recent addition to President Obama's technology focused staff might settle some uncertainty. The Defense Department last week announced the appointment of Sumit Agarwal as deputy assistant secretary of defense for outreach and social...

Budget freeze could lead agencies to focus on IT projects that reduce costs, report says

February 2, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration's proposed discretionary spending freeze for fiscal 2011 could end up increasing investments in information technology, according to a report released on Monday by a government research firm. In an analysis of priorities laid out in the president's Jan. 27 State of the Union address, IDC Government Insights,...

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February 2, 2010 The Obama administration's proposed discretionary spending freeze for fiscal 2011 could end up increasing investments in information technology, according to a report released on Monday by a government research firm. Read the full story on

Interior plan reduces travel, IT spending

February 1, 2010 The Interior Department seeks to reduce spending on employee travel and information technology and to boost investment in renewable energy and climate change initiatives in fiscal 2011, Secretary Ken Salazar announced on Monday. President Obama's proposed $12.2 billion budget for Interior in fiscal 2011 is $38.7 million below the level...

Agriculture’s cafeteria serves healthy meals alongside traditional fare

January 5, 2010 Editor's Note: This story is the first in an occasional series on food offered at federal agencies in the Washington area. As a result of the Obama administration's emphasis on federal employees' well-being, Government Executive staff will sample the cuisine in agency cafeterias and cover the government's continued efforts to...

Veterans Affairs employee wins cost-cutting contest

December 11, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Allowing veterans to take unused medications home upon hospital discharge was the top cost-saving strategy in a governmentwide contest, the Office of Management and Budget announced on Friday. Nancy Fichtner, a Veterans Affairs Department employee from Colorado, submitted this suggestion to the Securing Americans Value and Efficiency Award contest held...

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