Tag Archives: Obama

Report: Industry Group Wants Trump to Continue Weapons Export Control Reform

The Aerospace Industries Association expects President Donald Trump to continue the Obama administration’s efforts to accelerate the approval process for weapons exports, Defense News reported Friday. Valerie Insinna writes the previous administration worked to transfer defense items from the State Department‘s control under the U.S. Munitions List to the Commerce Department‘s Commerce Control List …

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Intel’s Jason Kimrey on Supercomputing at Federal Agencies & Industry’s Role in Cyber Framework Adoption

Jason Kimrey is a 13-year veteran of Intel and serves as the chip maker’s U.S. federal area director, where he leads a business development team focused on technology products and services for defense and civilian agencies. Intel’s focus areas for federal agencies include high-performance computing as the company is partnering with the Energy …

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Alan Bloodgood on Siemens’ Federal Energy Partnerships, White House’s Push for Renewable & Sustainable Sources

Alan Bloodgood oversees energy and infrastructure projects with responsibility over those with alternative financing models in his executive vice president role at Siemens Government Technologies — the German conglomerate’s federal business organization. Bloodgood’s portfolio at SGT includes programs that are funded under evolving contract arrangements such as energy performance savings contracts …

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Wes Bush: R&D to Take Sequestration Hit

Representatives from government contracting companies and the academic sector have urged lawmakers to act on automatic U.S. budget cuts to head off potential effects on the workforce and the economy, Reuters reported Monday. Andrea Shalal-Esa writes the renewed call follows warnings from the military top brass that the sequester could …

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Executive Compensation Benchmark Going Up $70K

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy raised the executive compensation benchmark to $763,029 annually, up $70,000, according to a Monday Federal Register post. The benchmark, previously set at $693,951, is the amount the government can reimburse private companies for its top five executives. Total wages, salaries, bonuses, restricted stock and …

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OMB Reports Reduced Contract Spending in 2010

The Washington Post today reported government spending on contracts went down $15 billion between 2009 and 2010. According to the White House, products and services contracts totaled $550 billion in 2009. In 2010, contracts totaled $535 billion. The cuts are a result of the Obama administration’s pledge to reduce $40 …

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UK Boy Sends Angry Email to Obama, Gets Banned Forever from US

A teenager from Bedfordshire, England, has been banned from ever entering the United States after sending a “threatening” email to the White House. BBC News reports how a 17-year-old male was investigated after he expressed his dislike of President Barack Obama and the American government. Bedfordshire police, who paid a …

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New CIA Spy Chief Represents Shift in Agency Priorities

Last week, the CIA announced the nomination of John Bennett, a former station chief and Marine Corps officer, to head the National Clandestine Service (NCS).  As the CIA’s station chief in Islamabad, Pakistan, he oversaw drone strikes that killed at least 20 high-level Al Qaeda leaders, including Baitullah Mehsud, and …

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Cameron and Obama Discuss Pentagon Hacker's Extradition

British Prime Minister David Cameron has raised the issue of Pentagon hacker Gary McKinnon’s extradition case with President Barack Obama, according to The Guardian. Cameron and his deputy PM, Nick Clegg, have each criticized the extradition attempts of McKinnon, arguing that he should instead appear in a British court. McKinnon …

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Obama Administration Puts GovCon Under the Gun

The Obama administration’s design to cut down “wasteful” spending is lurching toward reality. In a bid to curb wasteful spending, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition Ashton Carter is making good on Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ call to tighten the defense spending budget, while President Barack Obama’s budget and technology …

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Cybersecurity: A Year in Review

This past Saturday, May 29 marked the one year anniversary of the President Barack Obama’s speech on cybersecurity where he said “America’s economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on cybersecurity.” Since that speech, the United States has moved systematically towards enhancing cybersecurity through the following initiatives: The 60-day …

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Daily Government Contracting Recap – May 6, 2010

Bill Bodie resigned from KBR. GSA Administrator Martha Johnson wants a carbon-neutral government. President Obama signed the Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act. This French cyber expert says he “lives in a world of nightmares.” Non-latin characters are coming to the internet as ICANN opens up its registration. Brunei needs better …

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