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Defense acquisition chief foresees more industry mergers

February 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As a decade-long defense spending spree comes to an end, senior Pentagon officials foresee a new round of defense company mergers and acquisitions, the military's chief weapons buyer said Wednesday. But the Pentagon probably won't permit mergers between major weapons makers, Ashton B. Carter, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology ...

Social media has far-reaching implications for U.S. diplomacy

February 16, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Experts say that social media helped enable the Egyptian revolution.Nasser Nouri/Newscom After being mistreated by a policewoman and ignored by municipal officials, Mohamed Bouazizi, 26, doused himself with gasoline and set himself on fire Dec. 17, 2010, in the Tunisian town of Sidi Bouzid. He died Jan. 4. Bouazizi's act, ...

Republican-proposed budget cuts would undermine broadcasting board's mission at a critical time, critics say

February 15, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Internet broadcasts and social networking services funded by the U.S. government might have helped topple autocrats in Tunisia and Egypt, but now they're facing a determined adversary here at home. House Republicans' plans to cut more than $100 billion from the federal budget would lop nearly 10 percent from the ...

Internet diplomacy faces challenge at home

February 15, 2011 Internet broadcasts and social networking services funded by the U.S. government might have helped topple autocrats in Tunisia and Egypt, but now they're facing a determined adversary here at home. House Republicans' plans to cut more than $100 billion from the federal budget would lop nearly 10 percent from the ...

Tightened Homeland Security budget still adequate, officials say

February 14, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow At 0.7 percent, the budget increase proposed for the Homeland Security Department won't keep up with inflation, but the $43.2 billion allocation is enough to defend U.S. aviation, surface transportation, infrastructure and cyber networks, DHS officials said on Monday. The proposed budget would give the agency $309 million more than ...

Tightened Homeland Security budget still adequate, officials say

February 14, 2011 At 0.7 percent, the budget increase proposed for the Homeland Security Department won't keep up with inflation, but the $43.2 billion allocation is enough to defend U.S. aviation, surface transportation, infrastructure and cyber networks, DHS officials said on Monday. The proposed budget would give the agency $309 million more than ...

SSA's new data center is at least five years away, while the existing center risks 'catastrophic failure'

February 11, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It will take the Social Security Administration at least until mid 2016 to build a new data center to safely handle and store nearly 500,000 electronic records that determine benefits. Meanwhile, the agency's current data center is in danger of "catastrophic failure," government officials told two congressional subcommittees Friday. The ...

Pentagon budget relies heavily on anticipated savings

February 10, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When Robert Hale was a defense budget analyst at a think tank in 2002, he urged the Defense Department not to count on savings from efficiency efforts to pay for new weapons. Too often, he warned, the savings never materialized. But Hale seems to have abandoned that counsel. Now the ...

From Nextgov.com: Pentagon budget relies heavily on anticipated savings

February 10, 2011 When Robert Hale was a defense budget analyst at a think tank in 2002, he urged the Defense Department not to count on savings from efficiency efforts to pay for new weapons. Too often, he warned, the savings never materialized. But Hale seems to have abandoned that counsel. Now the ...

HHS accelerates modeling technology to combat Medicare fraud

February 9, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said predictive modeling is already used in the private sector.Newscom In an escalating battle against Medicare fraud, the Health and Human Services Department plans this summer to begin computer analysis of medical bills nationwide. The department originally intended to introduce the program in phases during a ...