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Kundra, GSA: Cloud-Computing Shop Open for Business

Government agencies will have access to cloud-based technology with a simple download from the U.S. General Services Administration’s Apps.gov website. GSA announced it would offer cloud-computing infrastructure-as-a-service offerings, including cloud storage, virtualization and web-hosting services on the cloud-computing applications website. Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra said the new cloud …

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SmartGrid Summit Aims to Beat Gridlock on Energy

Representatives from the Obama administration, industry leaders and regulators, and energy advocates and entrepreneurs will all converge in Washington this week for the annual Smart Grid summit, GridWeek. The event aims to explore the impact implementing the Smart Grid–the modern electricity network that uses two-way digital communications technology–will have on …

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Feds Learn How to Count (Data Centers)

The Office of Management and Budget recently announced it was shuttering and consolidating federal centers throughout the country. However, after OMB completed its reviews of the centers before the consolidation, it discovered there are nearly 1,000 more data centers than initial estimates, Data Center Knowledge reports. The previous underestimated number …

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Performance.gov Now Postponed.gov?

The Office of Management and Budget is using the new online portal Performance.gov to track quarterly federal agencies’ progress on a number of goals. But the site, which is currently open to federal employees, is having a slow- go on its aim of becoming available to the general public sometime …

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Can You Hear Me Now? FCC Debuts New Phone Bill Proposals

The Federal Communications Commission’s newest initiative doesn’t involve making phone calls clearer; it’s about making phone bills themselves easier to understand. FCC voted Thursday to move forward on its proposal to limit “bill shock,” a term for surprising, often hidden, or unknown charges customers discover on their monthly phone bills, …

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Broadband Crisis? GAO Doubtful

While Obama administration officials have painted a picture of crisis in implementing broadband technology, according to a new Government Accountability Office report, the United States is on track with other developed nations. And the biggest stumbling block to wider deployment, The Hill reports, is cost, not availability of access. According …

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