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TSA Scanner Saga Continues

The advanced technology airport scanners continue to be shrouded in controversy. TSA revealed that the “virtual strip search” (as termed by privacy advocates) has sparked more than 600 privacy complaints by airport travelers in the last year. According to GovernmentExecutive, Ginger McCall, EPIC’s staff counsel stated, “These documents reveal that …

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KSAs Could be Banished from Federal Job Applications

In an effort to reform the hiring process of government jobs, the cumbersome knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) essay statements could be replaced with a resume-based system, Director of the Office of Personnel Management John Berry announced. Speaking to delegates at the Federal Managers Association conference held yesterday, Berry said …

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PCI and Contractors: Uncertainty and Doubt

A lot of ambiguity exists in personal conflicts of interest regulations for contractors.  The rules are not well defined and vary from agency to agency.  Take a look at the chart below: Bribery and graft are obviously verboten, but there is a lot of grey area when it comes to …

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Federal Departments Evade Tracking Technology Policy

Some federal departments have found a loophole in a policy that prohibits government websites from tracking online visitor activity, according to NextGov. In 2000, the Office of Management and Budget issued a federal policy banning the use of cookies, which collect data on a visitor’s use of the site to …

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D.C. CTO Sivak Brings New Ideas to Role

New District of Columbia Chief Technology Officer Bryan Sivak is bringing initiatives to his new role – and lots of initiatives for D.C. Included in his database of plans is the recently launched TrackDC program.  TrackDC functions as a real-time operational dashboard for every agency in the city. D.C. is …

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New OPM Plan Overhauls Federal Hiring Process

The Office of Personnel Management has released the final draft of its 2010-2015 strategic plan, which intends to overhaul and improve the federal hiring process. The five-year plan lays out approaches to rework the federal hiring process by promoting innovative ways of recruiting, streamlining the end-to-end hiring process to create …

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FCC Reveals National Broadband Plan

Yesterday, the Federal Communications Commission revealed a 360-page national broadband plan that includes six different long-term goals over the next decade. One of these goals is “Every American should have affordable access to robust broadband service, and the means and skills to subscribe if they so choose.” The other five …

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Microsoft Promotes Gov 2.0 through Cloud, Collaboration

Open government has become the buzz phrase in the Obama administration. When OMB Director Peter Orszag in December last year released the Open Government Directive to federal department and agency executives to expand upon President Barack Obama’s January memorandum on transparency and open government, he noted how transparency, participation and …

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