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NSF Gets New Chief Technology Officer

Dr. José Muñoz, acting director of the National Science Foundation’s Office of Cyberinfrastructure, has been named the new chief technology officer. “We want to thank Dr. Muñoz for the leadership and direction he provided to the Office of Cyberinfrastructure,” OCI said in an announcement. “We are especially grateful to him …

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$5M Grant to Finance Cyber Training for 700 Maryland Workers

The federal government has awarded Anne Arundel County nearly $5 million to finance a program that will give 700 laid-off workers free cybersecurity job training that could help prepare them for cybersecurity careers in both government and industry. Hometown Annapolis reports how the grant will pay for a three-year program …

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Obama Administration Unleashes Healthcare.gov

The Obama administration released yesterday Healthcare.gov, a website designed to show comprehensive list of all available public and private health-insurance plans across the nation. The new tool is part of the Affordable Care Act and, according to the site, is designed to “help you take control of your health care …

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FCC Appoints New Chief Technologist

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski yesterday announced the appointment of Dr. Douglas C. Sicker as chief technologist of the commission. Sicker will work in the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis and counsel the agency on technological issues. “I am delighted that Dr. Sicker is returning to provide …

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White House Removes Cookies Ban

White House officials announced the proposed end of a 10-year ban on persistent Internet cookies after consulting with public groups and privacy advocates. According to the Federal Register notice on the topic, “The goal of this review is for the federal government to continue to protect the privacy of people …

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Government Hosts Innovation Forums for University Leaders

The Department of Commerce plans to hold four innovation forums with university leaders and key stakeholders across the country to discuss the role of universities in innovation, economic development, job creation and commercialization of federally funded research. Participants of the forums will discuss topics like moving ideas from the labs …

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Petraeus Begins Confirmation Process at Senate Hearing

The newly appointed U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Gen. David Petraeus appeared yesterday before the Senate Armed Services Committee and gave his remarks on the situation in Afghanistan. The testimony was part of the confirmation process for the general after he was nominated by President Barack Obama to replace Stanley McChrystal …

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Martha Johnson: GSA ‘Stands Ready to Support Networx Transition’

Speaking at GSA’s 2010 Network Services Conference, GSA Administrator Martha Johnson told conference attendees: “There are huge benefits to government through the transition to Networx. GSA stands ready to support the transition. We provide free technical, contracting and planning support to help agencies meet their June 2011 deadlines.” The Networx …

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