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Telework Bill Passes through House

The House voted 290-131 yesterday to approve the Telework Improvements Act, a legislation that allows federal employees to telework at least 20 percent of the hours worked in every two administrative workweeks. Under the bill, the Office of Personnel Management would develop a telework policy for all employees in federal …

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Cyber Czar Howard Schmidt Highligths Progress in Cybersecurity

The White House yesterday released a progress report on what concrete steps have been taken to make cyberspace a more secure place, highlighting identity authentication, a comprehensive cyber incident response plan, and new performance metrics introduced by the Federal Information Management Security Act. Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt yesterday hosted an …

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TSA Stays Ahead of Technology Curve with New Security Technologies

While the rate of advancing technology has resulted in countless benefits for U.S. intelligence, it has also resulted in more sophisticated and dangerous threats to national safety. In order to keep up with these evolving threats, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration has instituted new and innovative technologies in airports across …

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Armed Forces Report Recruiting Successes for June

The active-duty services reported recruiting successes for June, a traditionally active month for recruiting, defense officials said yesterday. As a majority of recruits are recent high school graduates, the busiest recruiting months typically are May through September, said Cynthia Smith, a DoD spokeswoman. The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine …

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NASA Invites Citizen Inventors to Compete for $5M

Citizen inventors will now get a chance to participate in a technology-oriented competition sponsored by NASA to win $5 million. The space agency yesterday announced three new Centennial Challenges, which are prize competitions for technological achievements by independent teams who work without government funding. “NASA sponsors prize competitions because the …

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NASA, Microsoft Bring Mars to Life in a Virtual Experience

NASA and Microsoft Research are bringing Mars to life with new features in the WorldWide Telescope software that gives viewers a high-resolution 3-D map of the Red Planet. Microsoft’s online virtual telescope explores the universe using images NASA spacecraft return from other worlds. Teams at NASA’s Ames Research Center in …

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Obama to Nomiate Jacob Lew and New OMB Director

President Barack Obama is expected today to announce Jacob Lew as the new director of the Office of Management and Budget, replacing Peter Orszag who plans to join the Council on Foreign Relations. “As the budget director who left the next administration a $237 billion surplus when he worked for …

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