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*** The General Services Administration got a rare bit of good news from an internal watchdog. The agency's Office of Inspector General gave GSA a pat on the back for the successful implementation of a plan to rein in price variation across IT resellers on the GSA general schedules and to improve management of acquisition staff workload. The problems were first identified in a 2016 IG report.

*** President Donald Trump will nominate James E. Hutton to serve as assistant secretary of Veterans Affairs for public and intergovernmental affairs. The Department of Veterans Affairs. Hutton is currently the deputy assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs and previously served as the agency's executive director of public affairs and media relations.

*** The CIA's response to a Freedom of Information Act request from Emma Best at MuckRock yielded an internal history of cartography at the agency, including a push to use technology to integrate maps, images and data. The heavily redacted report includes a 1967 map – the first "constructed almost wholly from by automatic data processing equipment, presaging a cartographic revolution still in the making." According to the publication dated 1972, the ability to generate maps with computers was then exclusive to CIA.

Posted on May 30, 2019 at 2:05 AM


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