Leave amateur night to the professionals: Society Fair offers food, favors for celebrating New Years Eve at home

Inflated menu prices, the challenge of getting a taxi and all those amateur party goers are among the many reasons even the most social people choose to stay in on New Year’s Eve.

GSA issues first provisional cloud security authorizations

The General Services Administration announced that North Carolina-based Autonomic Resources is the first company to receive provisional cloud security authorizations through the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program.

DOD signs $617 million joint enterprise Microsoft license agreement

The Department of Defense announced Thursday it signed a three-year, $617 million joint enterprise license agreement for Microsoft products, including Microsoft Office 2013, SharePoint 2013 and Windows 8.

EPA director Jackson to step down

Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Jackson announced Thursday she will step down from her position after the State of the Union address.

The Scoop with ‘Christmas Eve in Washington’ songwriter Maura Sullivan

It’s Christmas Eve in Washington, and if you’ve spent the holiday season in the District you’ve surely heard the most celebrated Christmas tune about in the nation’s capitol countless times by now.

White House hosts its first codeathon

In an address to the United Nations General Assembly, September 21, 2011, President Obama said, “the United States signed a new Declaration on Women’s Participation. Next year, we should each announce the steps we are taking to break down economic and political barriers that stand in the way of women and girls. That is what our commitment to human progress demands.”

HP enters VA contest (AUDIO)

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs recently announced that it is holding a contest to develop software solutions to address its medical appointment scheduling needs.

Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo decks the halls of Congress every Christmas

When Congresswoman Madeleine Bordallo talks about Guam her eyes sparkle like the lights on the tall, gold and silver Christmas tree that stands beside her desk…and the two trees that lead into her Rayburn office, and the faux fireplace (it’s a flat screen with flickering electronic flames bordered by brick construction paper) that “warms” visitors during December.

GSA highlights top links of 2012

The General Services Administration shared the most popular topics on the agency’s blog and on USA.gov in 2012.

Panetta reaches out to DOD personnel regarding sequestration

Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said he does not expect the department’s day-to-day operations to change dramatically on or immediately after Jan. 2, 2013, if sequestration should occur, he said in a memo to DOD personnel on Thursday.

Open source government with CollabNet’s Chris Nimmer

Chris Nimmer, sales manager for CollabNet, discusses the latest in open source in the federal government in this interview with FedScoopTV.

FedPod: White House info sharing strategy, $633B defense bill, 110,000 cyber attacks an hour

White House releases information sharing strategy, $633 billion defense bill passes committee, Navy prone to 110,000 cyber attacks per hour.

White House releases information sharing strategy

The White House released President Obama’s plan for how the federal government will responsibly share and safeguard information that enhances national security on Wednesday.

HP: Navy prone to 110,000 cyber attacks per hour

The company, who managed the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) and its transition to a Next Generation Enterprise Network, said that equates to 1,833 attacks per minute or 30 per second.

DISA to host Forge.mil webinar on Jan. 9

The webinar will include testimonials from the Communications-Electronics Command Software Engineering Center Intelligence Fusion Systems Division as well as the Forge.mil project team.

$633 billion defense bill passes committee, vote expected soon

The bill comes to allotting $527.5 billion in base Pentagon spending with an additional $88.5 billion to fund the war in Afghanistan and $17.4 billion in nuclear funding with the Department of Energy.

3 last-minute gift experiences to give the dare devils on your shopping list

Not everyone is a foodie. Not everyone needs a new sweater. For the person on your gift list who seems to need nothing, give the gift of an experience you can’t put under the tree … or find at the mall!

FedPod: Panetta on sequestration, SAVE Awards, Affleck on the Hill

Panetta blasts ‘political system’ on sequestration, OMB names SAVE Award finalists, Ben Affleck goes to Washington.

Panetta blasts ‘political system’ for depriving Pentagon

The nation’s political system is depriving the Department of Defense of the budget certainty it needs to play for the future, DOD Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

OMB names SAVE Award finalists

The Office of Management and Budget named the finalists for the annual SAVE Award, which honors federal employees that have offered ideas of how to improve government performance and ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely.

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