A few items that caught our attention on Thursday:

The General Motors headquarters in Detroit. (Stan Honda/Getty Images). The General Motors headquarters in Detroit. (Stan Honda/Getty Images).

Treasury expects to sell remaining GM shares by end of year: The U.S. Treasury said it plans to accelerate its exit from General Motors Co., which the government propped up with a heavy influx of financing during the economic downturn. The agency plans to sell its remaining 31.1 million shares of the Detroit automaker by Dec. 31, but taxpayers will incur a loss of more than $10 billion on the bailout, according to a Detroit News report.

A new era in federal technology: Two sea changes are in store for the federal technology community, with agencies expected to spend less on IT next year than in 2013 and with a revolution of sorts in how people work, who they work with, and how agencies buy and operate their IT infrastructure. Learn more about the developments with a multi-part special report from Federal News Radio.

Europe contemplates NSA-proof cloud: European politicians from Estonia to Germany are calling for the European Union to create a cloud-computing infrastructure of its own to protect data from being searched by the U.S. intelligence community, according to an Atlantic article.

How JFK’s Cabinet found out he was dead: Many Cabinet members were in a flight over Wake Island on their way to an annual gathering with Japan’s Cabinet when news of the shooting came via telegram. They didn’t know whether Kennedy had survived the incident until the left wing of the plane dropped, signaling to everyone on board that the president was dead and that they were heading home, according to a 2008 memoir detailed in an In the Loop article.

Senate panel questions security-clearance designations: A Senate subcommittee on Wednesday examined cases involving two federal employees whose positions were designated as “national security sensitive” before one was demoted and the other was fired. A federal court determined that the workers had no recourse with the Merit Systems Protection Board because of their classifications, but critics say that policy strips employees of their rights, according to an article from Federal Diary columnist Joe Davidson.

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