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FCC Sets Stage for Nationwide Presidential Alerts

The Federal Communications Commission took the first steps in implementing the first-ever presidential alert for the national Emergency Alert System, when FCC voted last week to run a full test of the system and to provide rules for its use. The alert system is not a new concept, but the …

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Army Secretary Halts In-sourcing

The Army is halting ongoing in-sourcing plans, effective immediately, according to a memo from Army Secretary John McHugh released earlier this week. In its place, McHugh said any plans to phase private contractor positions into in-house government ones would have to cross his desk. “In an era of significantly constrained …

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Energy Department Revamps Cyber Guidelines for Power Grid

The stakes were demonstrated in the sweltering summer of 2003, when a blackout powered down the Northeast United States, leaving about 45 million Americans without electricity. And that was an accident. As electric and power companies make increasing gains in modernizing the electric grid,  fears of a hacker sabotaging part …

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TSA Debuts Generic, ‘Privacy-enhancing’ Body Scanners

Say goodbye to the “naked scanners.” The U.S. Transportation Security Administration announced it will begin testing new software for its advanced imaging technology machines that will eliminate passenger-specific images in favor of detecting potential threat items on a generic outline of a person. TSA Administrator John Pistole, who made the …

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