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Pentagon Biodefense Project Duplicates HHS Effort

November 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Defense Department biodefense facility under construction in Florida is widely seen as unnecessarily duplicating work carried out by the Health and Human Services Department, the Los Angeles Times reported on Saturday. The Pentagon plant, once finished, would manufacture medical countermeasures for U.S. troops that could be used against biowarfare...

Shutdown Said to Cost U.S. Nuclear Agency More Than $300 Million

November 18, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The recent federal government shutdown is said to have cost the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration at least $330 million, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. The agency is a semi-autonomous arm of the Energy Department that oversees the nation's atomic arsenal. Speaking at a conference in Tennessee last week, Don...

Don’t Fear It, 5 Registrants a Second and Other HealthCare.Gov News

November 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The rocky rollout of HealthCare.gov, the website for people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, has garnered a lot of attention from the media as well as technology analysts. Here's our daily roundup of some of the key reports you may have missed: The government...

Firm Retains Contested Contract to Manage Nuclear Sites

November 5, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration has re-awarded a major nuclear-arms-site-management contract to its original recipient after reviewing other bids, leaving competitors 10 days to potentially challenge the latest decision, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Congressional investigators prompted the U.S. Energy Department's nuclear weapons branch to re-evaluate its January decision to award the...

Finnish Foreign Ministry Hacked for Years

November 1, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A communications network at Finland's foreign ministry was hacked for as many as four years, the nation's top envoy said on Thursday, according to a Wall Street Journal report. No suspects have been publicly identified in the intrusion of the North European country's diplomatic agency computers, which Foreign Minister Erkki...

Nuclear Labs Leader Concerned About Budget Cuts

October 31, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sandia National Laboratories' leader said the organization's basic nuclear work could be delayed and cost more because of "sequestration" budget cuts and other crimps on federal spending, according to the Albuquerque Business First newspaper. Paul Hommert, president and director of Sandia, visited Capitol Hill on Wednesday to testify before a...

Hagel Wants Unclassified Sensitive Data Protected From Cyber Spying

October 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the Defense Department to take steps to reduce cyber hackers' ability to gain access to unclassified controlled data, according to a Thursday report from the Pentagon's American Forces Press Service. In an Oct. 10 memo laying out the new directives, Hagel said, "stolen...

Attention Shifts to House-Senate Budget Conference

October 21, 2013 The Senate is out on recess, but the House returns to session Tuesday for the start of what could be a bellwether week to gauge the political tone in Washington for the rest of the year. Much of the attention is already shifting to focus on the formal start of...

Los Alamos Accused of Disregarding Security During VIP Visits

October 17, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A Los Alamos National Laboratory employee with responsibility for site security is charging that the facility suspended some safety procedures during VIP visits in 2011, and then after he complained about the practice retaliated against him because of his outspokenness, the Albuquerque Journal reported. In a lawsuit filed in federal...

House Passes Debt Ceiling Deal, Sends to President Obama

October 16, 2013 National Journal has updates on the deal to end the government shutdown and suspend the debt ceiling. Read below or click here for the latest. UPDATE (10:30 p.m.): Confusion on the Floor A House stenographer made an outburst during the vote, and was then dragged off the floor and yelling...