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Today's headlines: From Federal Times, NextGov and more

Here are some stories of interest from the day's news:

GSA readies for onslaught of stimulus spending
The General Services Administration's schedules contract program stands to benefit not just from the nearly $7 billion in direct appropriations to the agency, but also from appropriations to other agencies that could well be channeled through the agency’s pre-existing contracts, according to the Federal Times

Spared large cuts, IT stakeholders will lobby to restore stimulus funding
The Senate's compromise economic stimulus package has preserved much of the original measure's investments and incentives to spur adoption of electronic health records, although some stakeholders will still fight to restore cuts, NextGov reports.

Head of DHS cyber receives promotion
Federal News Radio reports that Michael Brown, assistant deputy director, Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications in the Homeland Security Department's National Protection and Programs directorate, is being promoted to rear admiral upper-half.

News leak: Brown also is a winner of Federal Computer Week's 2009 Federal 100 award.

Group urges Obama on open-source software for feds
Information Week reports that a group of open source code practitioners has written a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to require wider adoption of open source code throughout the government.

On a related note, FCW recently reported that the Defense Department has created a site for open-source software developers who want to create software for DOD. Read the story and its comments here.

Posted by John Stein Monroe on Feb 10, 2009 at 12:14 PM


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  • Telecommunications
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    GSA extends EIS deadline to 2023

    Agencies are getting up to three more years on existing telecom contracts before having to shift to the $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions vehicle.

  • Workforce
    Shutterstock image ID: 569172169 By Zenzen

    OMB looks to retrain feds to fill cyber needs

    The federal government is taking steps to fill high-demand, skills-gap positions in tech by retraining employees already working within agencies without a cyber or IT background.

  • Acquisition
    GSA Headquarters (Photo by Rena Schild/Shutterstock)

    GSA to consolidate multiple award schedules

    The General Services Administration plans to consolidate dozens of its buying schedules across product areas including IT and services to reduce duplication.

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