Weekly News Kick Off: No government shutdown this holiday; NVTC seeking innovative companies - (Archived)

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Senate passes $1.1 trillion government spending bill
There won’t be a government shutdown this holiday season. The spending bill, to fund most of the government through late summer, passed Saturday night, the Washington Posts reported.

ISO the most innovative companies in the Washington area
The Northern Virginia Technology Council and Capital Business are on the hunt for the Washington region’s most innovative companies. NVTC is kicking off its fourth annual pitch contest and exhibition, Destination Innovation. On April 29, 16 local companies will compete to pitch their products in front of a panel of business leaders, during an event held at the Washington Post’s headquarters in Northwest Washington. Area companies can apply to pitch at Destination Innovation at NVTC.org. The deadline is Feb. 13, 2015.

Justice Department to form team on cybersecurity, privacy
The Justice Department’s criminal division will soon have a dedicated cybersecurity group that will give legal guidance on electronic surveillance cases and collaborate with U.S. lawmakers on cyber legislation, The Hill reported. Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell said the cyber unit will work with both industry and government to address cybersecurity and privacy concerns.

OPM planning case management system to fine tune retirement
The Office of Personnel Management plans to procure a case management system to automate federal retirement procedures. Ken Zawodny, associate director of retirement services at OPM, testified in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, U.S. Postal Service and the Census, shedding light on the plan Fed Scoop reported.

IG: DoD failed to execute cloud policy
The Federal Times reports that the Defense Department failed to create a strategy for implementing its 2012 cloud computing policy, causing the department to miss out on many of the benefits offered by cloud services, according to an Inspector General report issued Dec. 4. Read the full IG report.

President to create SES reform council, development program
President Obama said at a conference convened for senior leaders that while the Senior Executive Service consists of top talent, agencies must do more to ensure a strong and vibrant workforce for future generations, the Federal Times reported. He said new initiatives aimed at senior leaders will help spur innovation and good ideas, while strengthening the senior executive service. The new initiatives include the White House Leadership Development Program for Future Senior Career Executives.

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