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China Warns World not to Meddle in Myanmar Election

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.

Tags: KGS , NightWatch , John McCreary

Monday - 09/13/2010, 08:00am EDT
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GSA to extend Networx reimbursement deadline

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.

Tags: technology , GSA , OMB , Networx , telecommunications , WITS , Jason Miller

Friday - 09/10/2010, 04:07pm EDT

India Expresses Concerns about Chinese Troops in Kashmir

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.

Tags: KGS , NightWatch , John McCreary

Friday - 09/10/2010, 08:00am EDT
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Grassley: DoD IG doesn't "follow the money"

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.

Tags: management , auditing , DoD , inspector general , Charles Grassley , Iowa , Ron Perlman , Holland and Knight , National Contract Management Association , POGO , Max Cacas

Friday - 09/10/2010, 06:56am EDT
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Breaking up big IT projects for better results - works!

The big IT projects your agency is working on are getting broken into smaller pieces, and one expert thinks that's a good thing.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Industry Chatter , Paul Strasser , DRC , cybersecurity , technology

Thursday - 09/09/2010, 08:30pm EDT
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Whistleblower: Army translators failed exams

VA issues second contract for Agent Orange claims

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , DoD , defense , VA , management , technology , Mission Essential Personnel , IBM , Agent Orange

Thursday - 09/09/2010, 08:40am EDT

North Korea Party Conference - Succession of Power

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.

Tags: KGS , John McCreary , NightWatch

Thursday - 09/09/2010, 08:00am EDT
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Grassley: DoD IG's lax oversight results in fraud

The Pentagon's top watchdog has abandoned efforts to do in-depth audits of defense contracts, leaving billions of dollars in taxpayer money at risk because of overpayments and fraud, according to an investigative report due to be made public Thursday.

Tags: newscast , DorobekInsider , Must Reads , Pentagon , management , DoD , defense spending , Chuck Grassley , IG

Wednesday - 09/08/2010, 04:37pm EDT

Social networking and the government

Amtower interviews GovLoop founder and president Steve Ressler.
Sept. 6 and 13, 2010

Tags: Amtower , Steve Ressler , social networking

Wednesday - 09/08/2010, 01:16pm EDT
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All things government events

Amtower interviews David Powell, COO of the Federal Business Council.
Aug. 30, 2010

Tags: Amtower , David Powell

Wednesday - 09/08/2010, 01:07pm EDT
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