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7:06 am, October 21, 2014

Government Contracting Myth No. 1: We should never protest

In the first part of a 10-part series on government contracting, expert Tim Sullivan says even if a company has a no-protest policy, it is na´ve to believe that it can completely insulate itself from the protest process.

Lots of loot for the taking in GSA's open-floor headquarters

Thieves would like GSA's new open-floor design, the inspector general finds.

Treasury names Bhagowalia as its new CIO

Sonny Bhagowalia comes back to the federal government after spending almost three years working for the Hawaii state government as a technology executive.

GAO sustains protest of DHS contract to USIS

The Government Accountability Office says the Citizenship and Immigration Services directorate should reevaluate USIS to determine if it's indeed a responsible contractor in light of allegations of defrauding the government and an investigation by the Justice Department on those charges.

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Progress in the effort to verify who people are online

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The Computer-Electronic Accommodations Program celebrates its 25th anniversary.

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The secrets are out on CBP's covert operations budget.

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Tough leadership and flexible financing are essential to contingency procurement.

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The Supreme court is set to hear the first-ever federal whistleblower case.

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Federal Employment Attorney

How VA officials charged with malfeasance were allowed to simply retire.

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Contract Compliance Week

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International Government Contracting Week

Monday, October 20th, 2014 - Friday, October 24th, 2014

KM Institute - Knowledge Management Certification Training

Monday, October 20th, 2014 - Friday, October 24th, 2014

3d Printing and Additive Manufacturing Symposium

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Federal Cybersecurity Update II: Detecting Cyber Intrusions Within

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National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) IT Security Day

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TECHEXPO Cyber Security Hiring Event

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Using Cloud Service Level Agreements (SLA) and Monitoring SLA Performance...

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2014 Precision Strike Technology Symposium

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Aberdeen Proving Ground Fall Technology Expo

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 - Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

AFCEA DC: Small Business Entrepreneur Panel

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 - Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

EMC Federal Summit 2014: Redefine Federal IT

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 - Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

LID Breakfast - Featuring Mr. Eric Fanning, Undersecretary of the Air Force

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 - Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

BP-101 Cost and Pricing for Federal Technology Contracts: Bid, No/Bid Decisions

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 - Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

AFCEA Bethesda's Monthly Breakfast

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 - Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

DOE Germantown Cybersecurity Awareness Day

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 - Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Library of Congress Cybersecurity Awareness Expo

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 - Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Red Hat Forum 2014

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 - Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Washington, DC ROTC Scholarship Awards Luncheon

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Young AFCEA Bethesda's 7th Annual Fiscal New Year Networking Event

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AFCEA Washington, DC Monthly Luncheon

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Billion Dollar Proposal Graphics

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Security Effectiveness & Programmatic Progress Metrics Project Workshop

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UMD-NVIDIA GPU Summit

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NDIA's 17th Annual Systems Engineering Conference

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Fall Outreach Seminar and Matchmaker

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MOAA Career Fair

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Technical Exchange on Network Management Interoperability

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2014 Vision Conference

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USDA Cyber Security Symposium and Expo 2014

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L 2030 23.7666 0.14 3.70%
L 2040 25.1143 0.17 3.88%
L 2050 14.1715 0.11 3.97%
G Fund 14.5553 0.00 1.75%
F Fund 16.7386 0.02 4.73%
C Fund 25.0095 0.23 8.41%
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