The attendees of a morning-long symposium on secure cloud computing April 13 were taken by surprise when they had to walk through metal detectors under the watchful eyes of uniformed and plainclothes law enforcement officers to get in. The reason: The event was held at the Willard Hotel, just two blocks from the White House and part of the area cordoned off for two days for the Nuclear Security Summit.
The heads of state of Germany and India were among the dignitaries staying at the Willard. Greg Gianforte, chief executive officer of cloud-computing provider Right Now, and keynote speaker at the event, told the audience: "We believe this is the most secure event in the history of government computing."
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Lurita Doan, former head of the General Services Administration, reappeared on the GSA scene April 9 as a guest on the Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends morning show to combat the Obama administration.
She came to the defense of the George W. Bush administration as a scandal broke out recently about a lavish conference hosted by her former agency in 2010 in Las Vegas.
Doan said the Obama administration has “diverted attention” away from the scandal by blaming the previous administration.
“They love to blame George Bush for all of their problems,” Doan said on the show. Video is available. “The fact of the matter is that there can be no comparison whatsoever, and when you look at it, it’s one of these situations where there’s simply no way that you can excuse the kinds of excesses that went on.”
Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Apr 09, 2012 at 7:21 PM0 comments
Former Sen. George Mitchell told an audience at the FOSE trade show that his ascent to the Senate was not necessarily auspicious.
Mitchell, who delivered the morning keynote address April 4, was serving as a federal judge in Maine when Sen. Edmund Muskie resigned to become President Jimmy Carter's secretary of state in 1980. Maine Gov. Joseph Brennan appointed Mitchell to the vacant seat, offering him some time to think it over.
Mitchell told the crowd that he consulted with his two brothers, with whom he had always been competitive. Both tried to discourage him, he said. One told him, "We don't know how you got to be a judge, let alone a senator," at least according to Mitchell's possibly embellished humorous retelling.
Mitchell accepted the offer and met then-Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd on the floor of the Senate for a quick swearing-in during the normal course of Senate business. It happened so quickly that "Nobody knew what had gone on, not even senators who were standing a few feet away," he said.
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