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Do Agency Social Media Policies Need Tweaking?

The Department of Defense held a poll for its employees regarding which social media sites they use most frequently. The top three in order of favorites were Facebook, coming in at 84.6%, Email at 79.5%, and YouTube at 51.9%. Coming in next after the top three sites were LinkedIn, Twitter, …

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Obama Turns to Private Sector for Advice

President Barack Obama invited a who’s who of elite CEOs to the White House to discuss how the private sector has used new technologies to save money and increase ease and effectiveness when serving customers. Asked to attend were leaders from a wide variety of industries – from video game …

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U.S. Government’s Response to Quake in Haiti

As soon as there was word of the horrible natural disaster in Haiti, our government began making efforts to bring aid to the people of this country. The 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti on Tuesday night affected 3 million people; this is one-third of Haiti’s entire population. While it is …

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Gates Meets With, Reassures Defense Execs

Defense Secretary Robert Gates met with top executives from major defense contracting firms to reiterate the importance of fulfilling contracts on time and on budget, while assuring the relationship between the federal government and defense contractors will continue to be mutually beneficial moving forward. In attendance were leaders from major …

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Technology Breach Calls for Action

A recent technology breach by the Chinese government into U.S. systems has called attention to the issue of Internet freedom. The intrusion was into the Gmail accounts of Chinese human rights activists, Google Inc., financial institutions, defense contractors, and several other technology companies in Silicon Valley. The U.S. government has …

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FDA Rolls Out “Transparency Initiative”

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the first portion of its “Transparency Initiative,” an effort to make clear issues such as basic operations, the decision making process and the process by which drugs are judged and approved. The FDA’s effort coincides with a larger goal of overall transparency …

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Report Asks for Clarity When Reporting on Stimulus Projects

According to a report from the CGI Initiative for Collaborative Government, “People need to be able to understand what they are seeing,” in regards to the effects of the economic stimulus package, the first significant piece of legislation pushed forward during the Obama administration. The research program, led by the …

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Branding of ‘CyberMaryland’

Maryland wants to be the “silicon valley of cyber security.” Just yesterday, state officials, including Gov. Martin O’Malley, launched a movement to bring more cybersecurity to the state through jobs and research. And it makes perfect sense. Maryland is home to top universities like Johns Hopkins, several major military installations, …

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