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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

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

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

Taiwan to Deploy Cruise Missiles by End of Year

According to lawmaker Lin Yu fang, Taiwan plans to deploy its own cruise missiles by the end of this year. Lin said Taiwan started producing the new missiles after acquiring key components needed for assembly. The new missiles have a range of 800 kilometers, capable of reaching Shanghai, Hong Kong and coastal cities in between. In 2008, Taiwan ordered production of 300 missiles as a partial counter to 1,300 ballistic missiles China placed opposite Taiwan's coastline. Neither country has a proven, reliable defense against each other's missiles. The Chinese ballistic missiles can saturate Taiwan's limited air defense capability, while Taiwan's cruise missiles can penetrate China's air defense systems.

Tags: KGS , NightWatch , John McCreary

Wednesday - 09/08/2010, 08:00am EDT

India Leases Nuclear Sub from Russia

After 19 years, India has once again leased a nuclear-powered attack submarine from Russia. The Nerpa, which NATO classifies as an Akula II attack submarine, departed Russian waters on August 20th bound for India. Once the boat arrives, it will be rechristened INS Chakra and begin sea trials. The ten year lease provides time for India to exploit the Akula II for crew training and guidance in constructing its own nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines. A squadron of three is planned. The Akula II - and India's conventionally powered submarines -- can launch torpedoes and cruise missiles. India has purchased some of the most advanced underwater-launched cruise missiles in existence.

Tags: KGS , NightWatch , NATO , John McCreary

Tuesday - 09/07/2010, 08:00am EDT

Countdown: Martha Johnson upping the game at GSA

Jason Miller and Mark Amtower count down the top three most important Federal news stories of the week.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Federal News Countdown , Mark Amtower , Jason Miller , Martha Johnson ,

Friday - 09/03/2010, 08:00pm EDT

GSA not accepting new vendors for office supply schedule

The General Services Administration is suspending new companies from offering office supplies through Schedule 75 for two years.

Tags: GSA , EZGSA , Scott Orbach , Schedule 75 , office supplies , strategic sourcing , Jason Miller

Friday - 09/03/2010, 03:04pm EDT

How the Air Force is keeping the greens green

The Air Force Services Agency wants to acquire Golf Enterprise Solution software. We learn how and why from Transformation Director Elinor Gonzales.

Tags: Federal Drive , USAF , Air Force services , Elinor Gonzales , DoD Report

Friday - 09/03/2010, 09:40am EDT
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