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Edward Morche is the Senior Vice President of Level 3 Federal Markets. He tells the DorobekINSIDER the reimbursement deadline is really a way for GSA to pay back the agencies for the extra work they incur by transitioning from one contract to another.
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Army Operating Concept gets an update,
China recently hailed Myanmar as a "friendly neighbor" and warned the world not to meddle in its upcoming election. This praise plus warning exposes the fundamental difference between the Chinese communist ideas of democracy and those of the West. Authoritarian Asian states like the legitimacy that voting lends, but the idea of an outcome determined by the electorate is alien to this political philosophy. General Tan Shway, head of Burma's military junta, arrived in Beijing last week for a state visit with President Hu Jintao. Burmese leaders are engaged in a dangerous balancing act to retain some freedom of action between India and China. Shway's visit indicates a tilt more towards China.
Agencies now have another 12 months to submit their transition plans and have GSA pay for the costs to move to the new telecommunications contract. GSA does an about-face after saying for the past year it would hold agencies to that Aug. 31 deadline. Congressman Towns to introduce legislation to require agencies to transition to Networx by June 2011.
India recently conveyed its concerns to China about 11,000 troops reported to be in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. The Chinese said soldiers were assisting with flood relief, yet earlier unconfirmed press reports indicated the troops were providing security for railroad construction. It appears that China is dropping the nuances in its policy actions of the past ten years as to disputed regions of Asia. It is siding openly and unequivocally with longstanding allies. This explains China's open embrace of Kim Jong-il, and its equally open tilt to Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir.
Big changes are in the works for the Pentagon Inspector General's Office after a report from one of the top Republicans in the Senate finds billions of dollars in possible fraud and overpayments. The Project on Government Oversight receives a response from the DoD IG detailing a new approach to how it does business.
The big IT projects your agency is working on are getting broken into smaller pieces, and one expert thinks that's a good thing.
VA issues second contract for Agent Orange claims
The Korean Central News Agency said on 6 September that North Korea will release the South Korean fishing boat and its crew captured last month. Like the US Citizen released to former President Carter, this is further confirmation that the North wants no grievances with neighbors and enemies to cast a shadow over the Party Conference - which may begin this week. While there is speculation that Kim Jong-il's third son, Kim Jong-un, will succeed him to power, Kim Jong-il is unlikely to make such a public designation during the conference. However, he may appoint his son to a post that will eventually lead to his succession. A public appearance by Kim Jong-un would be a sign that such speculation is accurate.