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Acquisition leaders concerned about eroding workforce

Agencies should provide better training and useful oversight to improve the procurement process, according to a survey of acquisition experts.

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GAO: Mixed progress on SES diversity

The percentage of female and minority senior executives increased overall but declined at one-third of major agencies, including the Office of Personnel Management.

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TSA wants companies to test technology

The Transportation Security Administration is asking companies to participate in a pilot program to test screening technologies for air cargo.

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Transition Watch: Obama faces major problems with DHS

Significant management challenges, an urgent requirement for investment in human capital and a growing list of acquisition programs need to be resolved.

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GAO: DHS slow to upgrade border security

Auditors report that the department has implemented only 11 of 50 recommendations for upgrading border security.

U.K. seeks tougher penalties for data loss

The actions come after several problems for the government, including the loss of a USB drive holding data on 84,000 prisoners.

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IG: TSA needs better ways to catch criminals

Airline employees had smuggled guns and marijuana aboard a commercial flight.

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Also in the News: DOD targeted by widespread malware

The L.A. Times reports that military computers in U.S. Central Command and elsewhere have been hit hard by an attack that might have originated in Russia.

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DHS seeks radical ways to detect dangerous cargo

A new program aims to monitor cargo after it is sealed and while it is in transit, according to a request for information.

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NASA shares Ares rocket development updates on iTunes

The agency’s video segments highlight milestones in the space vehicles’ progress.

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DOD toughens checks on risky contract type

Acquisition officials put more teeth in the defense acquisition rules to require more justifications for using time-and-materials contracts.

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Experts tackle guidance to stop cyberattacks

A new group is developing guidelines that would focus on strategies to fix vulnerabilities most often exploited to breach information and network security.

Also in the News: USDA reopens Networx competition

The Agriculture Department has reopened its competition to find a telecommunications services vendor under the Networx program after a protest by the losing bidders, NextGov reports.

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DOD wants to fix creaky distribution systems

The Defense Department seeks to replace multiple systems to have a single, unified program.

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Obama names CBO head Orszag as OMB's director

President-elect Barack Obama also promises to put the federal budget under a microscope to eliminate unnecessary programs and require others to be cost effective.

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How will your agency check its spending?

Recognizing the importance of acquisition, GAO gives Congress a few questions to ask President-elect Obama's nominees for top jobs.

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Coast Guard seeks training for acquisition staffers

After experiencing acquisition problems and losing some buying authority for major projects, the service is looking for a contractor to train employees.

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DHS eases rule on imports

The National Association of Manufacturers is hailing new flexibilities in the rule, which could have had a negative effect on computer makers, but says further modifications are needed.

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BREAKING NEWS: Obama picks Peter Orszag as OMB director

President-Elect Barack Obama picks Peter Orszag as the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Also in the News: DOD, VA to move records systems to SOA

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments will migrate their electronic health record systems to a service-oriented architecture to enhance the interoperability of clinical data, Government Health IT reports.

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