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Dan Friedman

IT Modernization

Don't bet on an online gambling bill

Senate leaders don't expect Congress to address gaming legislation.

CIO Briefing

Online-gambling bill stalled by tactical spat

After months of negotiations, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., appear to have come to an impasse

News

House, Senate postpone piracy bills under pressure

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CIO Briefing

Senate gets down to business, including NextGen implementation

Long-stalled FAA reauthorization bill will be examined.

News

Senate majority leader slows action on GSA nominee

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CIO Briefing

Democrats set fast schedule for Defense, other spending bills

Top Senate Democrats hope to dispense with the fiscal 2010 defense authorization in just four days next week so they can clear the Senate floor for health care legislation and a vote on Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. But with battles expected over several provisions of the defense bill, meeting that timeline might be a tall order.

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Senate Rules Committee pondering Facebook use

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CIO Briefing

Senators consider cutting Agriculture IT funds from stimulus

Money for Farm Service Agency upgrade could get the ax, but critic says money is needed to process payments for farmers.

CIO Briefing

Amendment to stimulus bill would cut funding for new computers

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News

Senator wants to put hold on GSA nominee over contract

Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has renewed charges that, as head of the agency's Federal Acquisition Service, Jim Williams helped the former administrator improperly pressure contracting officers.

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White House threatens to veto House e-mail storage bill

The administration opposes a provision that would give the National Archives and Records Administration new oversight responsibilities.

CIO Briefing

Davis asks committee to investigate Bloch's online defenses

Congressman questions the legality of Bloch ordering a subordinate to post online messages in his defense under pseudonyms in comment sections of Web publications.

News

OSC chief pushed subordinate to post online rebuttals

On many occasions since 2006, Scott Bloch, head of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, ordered a subordinate to post comments on blogs and in the "comment" sections of online news stories using a pseudonym.

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Obama, McCain give boost to contract data legislation

Bill would require federal agencies to include searchable copies of all contracts they award and details about the bidding process on USASpending.gov.

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National Archives reticent about broadening mission

While officials at NARA cite budgetary constraints as the problem moving forward in their new role as open-government cops, critics point to cultural reasons.

CIO Briefing

Authorization bill attracts contracting reform amendments

Democratic lawmakers are eyeing the House and Senate fiscal 2009 defense authorization bills as vehicles for a series of measures that would change the acquisition system, staffers and industry officials said.

News

Federal e-mail preservation clears House committee

The bill, which would force the White House and federal agencies to improve policies for storing e-mails, heads to the House floor.

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White House forces resignation of embattled GSA chief

Controversial administrator Lurita Doan was summoned to the White House for a late afternoon meeting Tuesday, and resigned later that evening.

CIO Briefing

OMB: Don't bother submitting 2010 budget requests

Instead of readying a full federal budget, OMB will prepare an estimate based on current spending that does not include proposed increases and new policy proposals.

CIO Briefing

GAO: Military gear for sale on Web poses security risk

A team of undercover GAO agents found parts for the fighter plane, body armor, night vision goggles and other military items for sale to the highest bidder on eBay, Craigslist.org and other Web sites.