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DorobekInsider: Godspeed Nick DeCarlo

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I am sad to hear the news that Nick DeCarlo, the husband of Sara DeCarlo, the current chairwoman of the Industry Advisory Council and the executive vice president of strategic business development of the newly created Avaya Government Solutions, passed away on Wednesday after a long battle with cancer.

Our deep condolences go out to Sara and the DeCarlo family during this difficult time. Our thoughts are with them and Nick.

This is the note she sent out…

It is with great sadness that I am writing to say that my dear husband passed away early this morning at home. I have been swamped today with getting the details for the services in order, so am just writing now. I want to thank you all for your constant support of me as Nick fought his cancer. There could not have been a more wonderful group of friends and colleagues to support me while going through this very difficult time. We are really urging people to not send flowers as some of our friends have started the Nick DeCarlo Scholars Fund for an eighth grader at Holy Trinity [Catholic Church] where he taught for 10 years. This legacy is very important to me and the family.

I am attaching the information on all the upcoming funeral arrangements. They should also be in the Post in the next day or so…

Thank you again for all the prayers. Nick’s battle is over and he is at rest.


And the text of the notice with funeral arrangements:

Nicholas Peter DeCarlo

On Wednesday, December 30, Nicholas Peter DeCarlo, former teacher for 10 years and retired captain, US Navy JAG Corps, passed away at his Arlington home after a long fight with cancer. The family will receive friends at Murphy’s Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA on Sunday, January 3, from 1-5 pm. Rosary at 4:30 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Monday, January 4, at 11 am at Holy Trinity Church,1325 36th St. NW , Washington DC. A reception will follow. To continue Nick’s legacy and passion for scholarship, service and leadership, we urge friends to donate to the Nick DeCarlo Scholars Award, c/o Holy Trinity School, 1325 36th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007 in lieu of flowers.

Written by cdorobek

December 30, 2009 at 8:31 PM

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DorobekInsider: My “dinner” with the President

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As most of you probably know, President Obama and family are enjoying some time off in his childhood home of Hawaii, much to the joy of the White House — and despite snippy criticism from the Mainland. And I too am here just outside of Honolulu spending time with my family, who visit here each Christmas for decades now.

One of our favorite Hawaiian restaurants is Alan Wong’s — a CJD fav, if you ever are in Honolulu. Apparently it is an Obama fav too.

We were at Alan Wong’s this week — and when we got there, we were told that our table was no longer available. We’d have to split our large group across two tables. There was a VIP — and that was where they were putting him. It ended up the “him” was, in fact, President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, a contingent of others — and security, of course.

My family and friends, being the good, security conscience American’s that they are, saw me tweeting that we were dining with the President — and they all said, ‘Don’t put the location!’ Of course, outside the restaurant, there were a dozen black SUVs and scores of cops, but… I hope I didn’t give anything away.

Somewhat surprisingly, this is the first time I have actually seen President Obama in person — and I have to come all the way to Hawaii to do it.

As far as what he ordered… I’m told the President had  the 5-course tasting menu:

  • wine pairings also available (menu subject to change)
    • Appetizer Duo
    • Butter Poached Kona Lobster
    • Nagaimo Potato Cake, Green Onion Oil
    • Ginger Crusted Onaga
    • Organically Grown Hamakua Mushrooms and Corn, Miso Sesame Vinaigrette
    • Twice Cooked Shortrib, Soy Braised and Grilled “Kalbi” Style
    • Gingered Shrimp, Ko Choo Jang Sauce
    • Dessert Duet

More about the dinner from Politico here… and other stories here.

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December 30, 2009 at 3:34 PM

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DorobekInsider: What you read in 2009…. on the DorobekInsider

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I have been (slowly) pulling together the most read items from the different programs on Federal News Radio 1500 AM over the past 12 months.

Previous ‘most read in 2009:
* Mike Causey edition
* In Depth with Francis Rose edition
* edition
* The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Jane Norris edition
* Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris edition

* Most read for 2009 on The DorobekInsider

  1. DorobekInsider EXCLUSIVE: USDA undertakes extensive management reorg – downgrading the CIO, CFO
  2. DorobekInsider: The buzz of federal government IT: Two scorching IG report on VA IT… sex, lies — but not video tape
  3. Ed DeSeve to join the Obama administration
  4. DHS director of the National Cybersecurity Center resigns
  5. DorobekInsider: What’s behind the cyber-czar Hathaway resignation? And why is this post so dif
  6. DorobekInsider: USDA officials offer more details on management reorganization
  7. DorobekInsider: OPM’s Berry reorganizes giving the CIO a more prominent role
  8. DorobekInsider: NASA names Linda Cureton as the new NASA CIO
  9. DorobekInsider: What’s the deal with GSA administrator nominee Johnson? The Kansas City Star finds out
  10. Another big merger: Deloitte buys struggling BearingPoint
  11. DorobekInsider: BREAKING NEWS — Sens. Collins, McCaskill, Bennett introduce acquisition workforce bills
  12. The DorobekInsider Reader: National Security Personnel System recommendations
  13. DorobekInsider: USDA gets approval for employee buy outs from OPM as mega-management reorg continues
  14. DorobekInsider: The era of e-mail is over — or ending, the WJS says — and we are terrifiied
  15. DorobekInsider: What happened in the federal government when we were away on vacation
  16. DorobekInsider: Obama expected to nominate GAO’s Gordon to OFPP post — soon
  17. DorobekInsider: Robertson to be named to head GSA’s OGP and CAO
  18. DorobekInsider: White House names Leeds as GSA’s new acting administrator
  19. DorobekInsider: OMB hires performance guru Shelley Metzenbaum
  20. DorobekInsider: USDA gets push back on massive management reorg, GovExec reports; USDA remains silen
  21. DorobekInsider: What are the most annoying buzz words?
  22. DorobekInsider: The era of social media is over – long live collaboration tools
  23. DorobekInsider: UPDATE – Grams to join VA as principal deputy assistant secretary for manageme
  24. DorobekInsider: GSA names Dave McClure to lead the Office of Citizen Services
  25. DorobekInsider: ODNI response to its decision to shut down Intellipedia’s uGov Web based e-mai
  26. DorobekInsider: Gov 2.0 moves beyond ’social media’ — and why it’s more than semantics
  27. DorobekInsider: Changes within the VA IT shop
  28. Congratulations on the wedding of Bob Suda and Joanne Connelly
  29. FOSE week: Causey on benefits… Web 2.0 and intel… and my panel: Goverment 2.0: Evolution or revolution
  30. DorobekInsider: Former USDA CIO Chistopherson lands at SAP, former Food and Drug acting CIO Chapman
  31. DorobekInsider: GSA’s O’Hare to replace Johnson as ITS Assistant Commissioner
  32. DorobekInsider: Intel on the government 2.0 front lines – and a new report assessing A-Space
  33. DorobekInsider: The real story behind the contract: The need for govt contracting transparency
  34. DorobekInsider: The new TSA CIO — Emma Garrison-Alexander
  35. DorobekInsider: The VA IG reports — what are the next steps? We ask government IT veterans
  36. Breaking news: NAPA’s DiGiammarino to join the Obama administration
  37. DorobekInsider: GSA’s Mike Sade, formerly with Commerce, quietly retires
  38. DorobekInsider: GSA names Danielle Germain as chief of staff
  39. The White House makes it official: Johnson nominated to be GSA administrator
  40. DorobekInsider: And it’s official — Gordon nominated to OFPP post
  41. DorobekInsider: GSA administrator nominee watch — developments on the Kansas City federal cent
  42. DorobekInsider: One part of the intel collaboration suite gets nixed, sparking protests — and
  43. DorobekInsider: 1105 Media cuts pay 20 percent — temporarily
  44. DorobekInsider: contractor Smartronix speaks — in a statement
  45. DorobekInsider: Another GovDelivery/GovLoop hiring coup: Andrew Krzmarzick — and passes 20K me
  46. DorobekInsider: I’m back from a bout with the flu… and government flu resources
  47. DorobekInsider: CIO Council publishes gov 2.0 guidance
  48. DorobekInsider: Leadership or management — that is the question?
  49. DorobekInsider: Learning more about Transportation Department CIO Nitin Pradham
  50. DorobekInsider: Avaya wins the auction for Nortel Government Solutions, Nortel says
  51. Martha Johnson to be nominated as GSA administrator soon — maybe today
  52. DorobekInsider: More GSA FAS shifts — King to retire, Ghiloni shifts, and FAS SES regional com
  53. GSA’s John Johnson to announce that he is retiring
  54. My favorite April Fools Day item — so far: Welcome GSA administrator nominee Shatner
  55. DorobekInsider: GSA’s Dorris, Army’s Sorenson, HP’s Hempfield earn AFCEA Bethesda
  56. DorobekInsider: More GSA changes — Leeds as senior counselor and Peck returning at PBS
  57. DorobekInsider: GSA and the Recovery Board release the redacted contract
  58. DorobekInsider: The buzz of the Input holiday party 2009
  59. DorobekInsider: Dee Lee to join the Professional Services Council
  60. DorobekInsider: Celebrating a Happy (Fiscal) New Year with GovLoop
  61. Former 1105 GovInfo group publisher Evilee Ebb joins TechTarget
  62. The Obama CTO reader
  63. The DorobekInsider reader: Obama cyber policy review
  64. DorobekInsider: Rumoring around the halls of GSA — playing GSA musical chairs
  65. DorobekInsider: Recovery Board responds to questions — and even posts the stateme
  66. DorobekInsider: HHS joins the management reorganization bandwagon — but this time, the CIO see
  67. Obama talks government procurement — a broken system, he says
  68. DorobekInsider: Women In Technology – Government Leaders at the Helm: A New Era — the liner notes
  69. DorobekInsider: Management of Change panel: The changing role of the CIO – the liner notes
  70. DorobekInsider: Recovery Board – and vendor – get pressure on transparency
  71. DorobekInsider: The Recovery Board speaks out on the contract award
  72. DorobekInsider: New DOT CFO nominee… and a possible DOT CIO nominee
  73. DorobekInsider: CGI Federal scores a coup hiring former EPA CIO Molly O’Neill
  74. GSA’s missed opportunity to be a collaboration leader
  75. DorobekInsider: What you read in 2009: Mike Causey edition
  76. GSA’s Johnson’s message to staff announcing his retirement
  77. 2009 Federal 100 Awards Gala… in Barry-vision
  78. DorobekInsider: NYT covers concern over Scientology’s buy of Governing
  79. Senate approves Zients as the new chief performance officer
  80. DorobekInsider: The USDA CIO to go to a career person – Chris Smith
  81. DorobekInsider: GovLoop graduates finding a great new home with GovDelivery — what will it mea
  82. DorobekInsider: New hires at Government Executive/NextGov… Sternstein… and Matt Dunie
  83. 2009 Federal 100 Award: Big awards to Molly O’Neill, Brad Boston
  84. Jerry Williams to take the HUD CIO helm
  85. Steve Ressler — GovLoop’s 10K man… and counting
  86. DorobekInsider: The hottest ticket in town — Roger Baker speaking at Input
  87. DC snow
  88. DorobekInsider on DC’s NewsChannel 8 tonight talking about the war on “social networking
  89. DorobekInsider: A picture worth almost 1,000 words – Obama and the IT dashboard
  90. DorobekInsider: The GSA Johnson hold update — Bond and Johnson have met
  91. DorobekInsider: 45 VA programs under temporary stop order pending fixes
  92. ACT/IAC Government 2.0 panel: The liner notes — about middle age and centralization
  93. The Kundra announcement held hostage… day… Oh! Who knows… Plus DDM and GSA appo
  94. DorobekInsider: Tracking the Gordon OFPP announcement — how soon is soon?
  95. DorobekInsider: Lieberman, Collins want Networx delay answers
  96. The DorobekInsider on DC’s NewsChannel 8 on dashboards — and the Kiviat graph
  97. DorobekInsider: The Roll Call-CQ marriage announcement
  98. DorobekInsider: Obama’s summer reading list – and autumn’s worthy reads
  99. DorobekInsider: GSA’s Tyree Varnado to retire
  100. Is the Economist’s CQ marriage official?
  101. 1105 GovInfo lays off two more… and 1105 looks online
  102. DorobekInsider: Ho-ho-ho… and recognize our troops
  103. DorobekInsider: A positive step for federal workers: Improving the buildings
  104. DorobekInsider: What question would you ask President Obama — Mine: Define “bureaucrat&r
  105. Team Obama puts out the help wanted sign for transparency ideas
  106. A big name jumps into the government 2.0 conference space
  107. DorobekInsider: Power IT Down Day – help Mother Earth (and Wounded Warriors) by turning off yo
  108. Federal News Radio 1500 AM Book Club: “What Would Google Do?” coming up on Friday
  109. DorobekInsider to judge Funniest Celebrity in Washington Contest
  110. DorobekInsider: DOD’s developing Web 2.0 policy — and collaborating around security
  111. The Federal News Radio Book Club — Grown Up Digital by Don Tapscott
  112. DorobekInsider: It’s my birthday, but… you get the gifts
  113. DorobekInsider: The benefits of the federal IT “dashboard” – and the liner notes f
  114. DorobekInsider on DC’s NewsChannel 8 tonight talking the Intellipedia and A-Space — the
  115. DorobekInsider: BREAKING – Government Technology parent buys Governing magazine
  116. DorobekInsider: USDA gets early out approval from OPM as mega-management reorg continues
  117. DorobekInsider: Coming and going – A new DOT CIO (mostly confirmed), Frank Puglese, former SSA
  118. Friday’s Federal News Radio Book Club – Fired Up or Burned Out &ndas
  119. DorobekInsider: Most read items for the first week of July
  120. The DorobekInsider transparency, openness and reader
  121. DorobekInsider: Winners of the 7th Annual Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards
  122. DorobekInsider: What you read 11.28 through 12.05 on the DorobekInsider, Daily Debrief, and FederalN
  123. DorobekInsider: The FCC joins the blogsphere — and Twitter
  124. DorobekInsider: Wolf warns to protect your PDAs — a good reminder. Read the CIO Council’
  125. The AFCEA Bethesda Kundra speech — did he tell people to go around the CIO
  126. DorobekInsider: 24-hour deal – get Federal News Radio Book Club book Fired Up or Burned Out&he
  127. The DorobekInsider returns… and the most read items for June 2009
  128. DorobekInsider: Cyber-attack 2009 – what does it mean?
  129. The Bisnow government 2.0 event Monday morning — the liner notes
  130. DorobekInsider: Judging DC’s funniest celebrity… and the winner is…
  131. DorobekInsider: June’s Federal News Radio Book Club book — Fired Up or Burned Out
  132. DorobekInsider: GovExec exec Matt Dunie exits… and media notes
  133. Is the age of GSA’s GWACs over? GSA says NO
  134. DorobekInsider: GSA names a OGP-CAO leader — and then merges the organizations
  135. Former 1105 GovInfo group publisher Evilee Ebb joins TechTarget
  136. DorobekInsider: The ACT/IAC 30/20 year celebration
  137. Kundra clears up the ‘go around the CIO’ controversy
  138. DorobekInsider: Godspeed Paul Nolan, husband of AFCEA’s Becky Nolan
  139. DorobekInsider: What you read for the week of Nov. 15-21 on DorobekInsider, Daily Debrief, and Feder
  140. DorobekInsider: The UK government encourages tweeting — and issues Twitter guidance
  141. DorobekInsider: Intel on the gov 2.0 front lines – and a new report assessing A-Space
  142. DorobekInsider: ConnellyWorks scores a coup hiring ACT/IAC’s Kelly Olson
  143. The Obama transparency initiative – phase III launches today
  144. DorobekInsider: CGI’s official announcement about Molly O’Neill
  145. GSA FAS changes: Mary Powers-King named acting deputy assistant commissioner
  146. DorobekInsider: UPDATED – Grams to join VA as principal deputy assistant secretary for managem
  147. Government 2.0 Camp: Meet the organizers
  148. DorobekInsider: Fleshing out the funniest celebrity “charity” controversy

DorobekInsider: What you read in 2009…. on The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris

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I have been (slowly) pulling together the most read items from the different programs on Federal News Radio 1500 AM over the past 12 months.

Previous ‘most read in 2009:
* Mike Causey edition
* In Depth with Francis Rose edition
* edition
* The Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Jane Norris

Today… the most read items of 2009::
* Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris

Coming up:
* Most read for the year on The DorobekInsider

But for now, here are the items you read in 2009 on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, hear weekdays from 3-7p ET:

  1. Lawmakers continue to discuss turning unused sick leave into TSP dollars
  2. Will House healthcare bill affect the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program?
  3. TSP continues success; memo details participant behavior
  4. How your Thrift Savings Plan has changed over the past decade
  5. Your Turn preview: A pay raise in your future?
  6. TSP and FERS tops legislative session
  7. Two top feds say it might be time for a change in telework policy
  8. Wednesday Afternoon Federal Newscast
  9. TSP Talk: Tobacco Bill signed into law
  10. Participants borrow less from their TSP accounts
  11. A Win for Retired Federal Employees
  12. Details about NSA cyberattack during Bush administration revealed
  13. Demo for new TSP website unveiled at board meeting
  14. Congressman calls for hearings about federal LTC insurance premium hikes
  15. TSP’s Trabucco: Thrift Savings Plan posts strong results in November
  16. Daily Debrief Reports: TSP required minimum distributions & you
  17. TSP changes and automatic enrollment updates
  18. The latest TSP news
  19. The Daily Debrief Reports: TSP participation continues to increase
  20. No COLA for federal retirees?
  21. Postal Service’s National Reassessment Process
  22. TSP funds see slow but steady gains in 2009
  23. New best practices at U.S. Patent and Trademark Office save time, taxpayer dollars
  24. TSP Talk: Loans available
  25. How to avoid getting into trouble while shopping online at work
  26. Preview: TSP Snapshot to start Monday
  27. Adding to Your TSP?
  28. Daily Debrief Reports: Your Thrift Savings Plan & the Market
  29. Postal Service announces final list of closures
  30. Your TSP: Changes coming tomorrow?
  31. Stories of the Decade: TSP sees many positive changes
  32. TSP Talk: Where is the market going?
  33. TSP preps for new Web site debut
  34. Bullish? What August might hold for your TSP account
  35. Daily Debrief Reports: No required minimum distributions for your TSP in 2010?
  36. The State of Your TSP
  37. Letter Carriers Union Responds to USPS Cuts
  38. Your Turn preview: Open Season, FEHBP and choosing a new health plan
  39. TSP Snapshot Snippet: Economic recovery, improved TSP?
  40. USDA’s Donald Sanders discusses employee reorganization
  41. How did the TSP do in May?
  42. Examining the role of China in U.S. cybersecurity policy
  43. Coming up on Your Turn: A personal Open Season?
  44. Causey on Pay-for-Performance
  45. Open Season is ending, prepare to get the details on Your Turn
  46. DoD will hire thousands of new workers
  47. Your Turn sneak peak – why you should plan on tuning in
  48. Proposed Budget Would Limit Raises in 2010
  49. Smithsonian changing its image to appeal to younger Americans
  50. No More FERS Flu?
  51. Secret Service takes on new responsibilities
  52. Nortel Government Solutions is now Avaya Government Solutions
  53. DoD senior executive requirements changing
  54. McAfee, Northrop Grumman partner to work on Host Based Security System
  55. Smithsonian uses innovative collaboration tools to reach out to public
  56. USAF set to reopen competition for KC-X tanker
  57. Federal Contracting workforce is growing
  58. ‘Citizen 2.0’ influence coming to your agency by 2012
  59. Are PDA’s safe?
  60. Gov. Kaine gives his reaction to BRAC extension
  61. Nortel Government Solutions, Avaya sign agreement
  62. Spending season: Why this FY is different
  63. FederalNewsRadio goes to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
  64. New survey shows usage of Web 2.0 collaboration tools skyrocketing
  65. Causey: 2009 a good year for feds
  66. OMG txtng srsly taking off
  67. Talking about your TSP
  68. FAQ: Taking money out of your TSP
  69. GSA’s Tyree Varnado reflects on 39 years of government service
  70. Groups express concern about Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
  71. Daily Debrief Reports: Your TSP & the Market
  72. TSP Roth 401(k) option now on the table
  73. Agency insourcing initative causing a stir in the private sector
  74. Sen. Brownback asks for Air Force to revise Tanker Request for Proposal
  75. The Next Step for NSPS
  76. Update: NSPS recommendations
  77. OPM wants to change sick leave rules
  78. Stories of the Decade: 10 years of missed opportunities for the CIO
  79. Defense Business Board releases NSPS recommendations
  80. Who will inherit your TSP account?
  81. Does having a security clearance mean you have to give up those Web 2.0 tools?
  82. Agencies sued for policy documents on 2.0 information collection
  83. Plan to listen to Your Turn on Wednesday for Open Season advice
  84. Should Alaskan native corps. get special considerations?
  85. Stories of the Decade: How 9/11 changed the public’s perception of federal employees
  86. Snow Days
  87. Tom Davis: ‘Mindset has changed markedly’ on procurement
  88. NRC negotiates new contract with NTEU
  89. DoD begins gathering data per Open Government Initiative
  90. Senate takes up TSP changes in bill
  91. Pay parity still lacking for federal civilian employees
  92. Analysis: GAO’s Dan Gordon nominated as OFPP Administrator
  93. What will WHTI do?
  94. Former ODNI CIO Meyerrose talks about cybersecurity’s future
  95. Nominee to be TSA administrator testifies before Senate
  96. E-messaging, other benefits to come with new TSP Web site
  97. Holding onto good feds once you’ve got them
  98. Labor Department launches Web challenge seeking best practices
  99. What next, if not Networx? Word from GSA’s conference
  100. Whose Belt is Tightening More?
  101. The new Office of Government Information Services
  102. Your TSP: Big changes coming
  103. Navy CIO: Cyber czar needed soon
  104. New report: alternative energy methods key to securing troops on battlefield
  105. DDOT’s Twitter use keeps department ahead of blizzard cleanup
  106. Your Turn preview: FEHB update
  107. FireEye partners with In-Q-Tel to secure Intelligence Community
  108. Reaction: FEMA to stay under DHS
  109. Public ranks government healthcare Web sites high in new report
  110. Inauguration Day Traffic
  111. Update: TSP’s Roth option
  112. How Web 2.0 is changing responses to emergencies
  113. Learning more about USDA’s employee buyout
  114. Daily Debrief EXTRA: “Special Agent” Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., honored by FBI
  115. Breaking Down the BearingPoint Bankruptcy
  116. Whitepaper outlines identity issues for federal website users
  117. Phishing Scams and Your TSP
  118. NATCA on Babbitt
  119. Web 2.0 tools proving beneficial for government, industry
  120. CMAP: A new leadership program designed for you
  121. Sen. Reid’s amendment would shield FEHB from public option
  122. A possible cure for the FERS flu?
  123. Talkin’ about your TSP
  124. Taking a long look at NSPS
  125. USPTO gets new director
  126. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey mulls over 2009
  127. GAO: Security problems abound throughout FPS
  128. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey talks about your TSP
  129. NIMH entering first phase of largest ever study of suicide in the military
  130. Microsoft Federal focuses on options in the cloud
  131. Bob Peck is GSA’s new Commissioner of Public Buildings
  132. Analysis: Cybersecurity Coordinator faces many challenges, opportunities
  133. TSP changes coming soon
  134. OPM rolls out new plan to deal with snow days
  135. Pay Parity, Raises and the Budget
  136. NSPS update: Unions speak before Board final recommendations
  137. How the USO is helping the troops – and what you can do to lend a hand
  138. TSP Roth option right around the corner?
  139. DHS, Michigan launch unique cybersecurity partnership
  140. Will Maryland be the new home of cybersecurity?
  141. Special fed shakes his groove thing on WFED
  142. Great American Hackathon a success for ‘positive hacking’
  143. Senior executive requirements changing at DoD

Written by cdorobek

December 30, 2009 at 6:00 AM