Federal News Countdown: national security team shuffle

Friday - 4/29/2011, 5:13pm EDT

Federal News Countdown

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Today's guests are:
Alan Balutis, Director of Global Public Sector Internet Business Solutions Group, Cisco
Tom Temin, anchor, Federal Drive

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#3 Government closing data centers as part of federal IT overhaul
From Washington Post:

The government is closing 137 of about 2,100 data centers this year as part of an effort to close 800 of the facilities by 2015.

Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra said Wednesday that the government has already closed 39 data centers. Fifteen of the shuttered centers are based in the Washington area. One-third of the closed facilities belonged to NASA.

#2 House Republicans mull plan to hike debt ceiling every two months
From The Hill:

House Republicans are considering a plan to grant only incremental increases to the federal debt limit in a bid to extract more concessions on spending cuts and budgetary reform from the Obama administration.

The idea has a champion in Grover Norquist, the conservative activist and president of Americans for Tax Reform, who says he is "building allies" in the House Republican Conference to push for extending the debt limit every two months.

#1 CIA's new boss once a customer of its spy efforts
From Federal News Radio:

When he leaves the Afghan battlefield for the CIA's headquarters in Langley, Va., Gen. David Petraeus will have an opportunity to put his imprint on the spy agency, possibly shaking up the way it does business.

Petraeus already has a deep understanding of what he perceives to be the agency's weaknesses and strengths, as a commander who has drawn on CIA information to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. As a military man who values discipline and honesty, he has a reputation of holding people accountable who serve under his command.

Tom Temin stories
#3 Agencies given 6 months to revamp online services
From Federal News Radio:

Agencies have six months to decide which citizen-facing service will get a facelift.

President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order Wednesday requiring agencies to streamline and make services to citizens more efficient.

#2 Twister death toll 318; most since 1932 outbreak
From Federal News Radio:

Authorities say the death toll from the devastating tornado outbreak across the South has climbed to 318, making it the deadliest day for twisters since the Great Depression.

Alabama was in the path of the most destruction from Wednesday's storms. Authorities on Friday raised the number of confirmed dead to 228. More than 30 lost their lives in Tuscaloosa, which is home to the University of Alabama. Two students are among the dead.

#1 Officials: Obama to shuffle national security team
From Federal News Radio:

The White House says President Barack Obama will make personnel announcements Thursday, and officials tell The Associated Press the president will unveil a major shuffling of his national security team.