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USDA Seeks 40% of Staff Teleworking by 2013

The Agriculture Department hopes to have 40 percent of eligible employees teleworking by the end of 2012, according to a case study by the Telework Exchange. USDA has more more than 58,000 teleworkers, a sharp increase from 16,000 teleworkers last year. The case study says USDA has revamped its telework …

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Pentagon Review: Defense Cuts $100B Greater than Advertised

The Defense Department and some politicians are becoming more vocal about their belief that the Budget Control Act will cause substantially larger defense spending cuts than the oft-advertised $350 billion in reductions by 2023. Aerospace Industries Association chief Marion Blakey estimates the real size of the cuts would be between $460 billion …

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Computer Virus Infects Predator, Reaper Drones

U.S. Predator and Reaper drones have recently been affected by a computer virus. The virus was detected two-weeks ago by the military’s Host-Based Security System, as reported by Wired.com. It has logged pilots’ every key stroke as they fly missions over Afghanistan and other war zones remotely. Currently, it is …

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VanRoekel Wants ‘Bold Steps’ in Cutting IT Costs

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel has the government’s data centers in his sights, aiming to close 472 of the IT hubs by the end of 2012. The number of centers on the chopping block has recently grown as VanRoekel is promoting “bolder steps” in curbing costs. Data center operations and related support …

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FBI Launching Facial Recognition Service

The FBI by mid-January will launch a nationwide facial recognition service in select states to help local police identify unknown subjects in photos, according to a report in NextGov. The FBI’s fingerprint database is being overhauled to apply other biometric markers, including iris scans and voice recordings, to help identify …

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White House Order Tightens Classified Info Policies

President Barack Obama issued an executive order Friday strengthening policies for handling classified information, following a review of policies and practices regarding the handling of classified information. The order requires federal agencies to designate a senior official to oversee the agency’s classified information and safeguarding. Agencies must also implement a …

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