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Interior Dept., Federal Agencies Follow Private Sector’s Lead in Using iPads

The Interior Department is conducting a limited “pilot study” into the use of iPads to boost productivity and efficiency, Nextgov reports. Andrew Jackson, deputy assistant secretary for technology, information and business services said individual Interior Department agencies purchased the tablet devices for staff who travel or telework often. Jackson, himself, …

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NIST Puts Cloud Security Guidelines Up for Debate

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has been thinking cloud for a while — but now, NIST is getting serious about hammering out clear security requirements for Web-based computing applications and services. NIST was tasked by federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra with accelerating the formation of security guidelines …

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Mullen Calls for DoD Workplace ‘Flexibility’

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen said the Defense Department needs to focus more on being a “flexible” workplace. The efforts are underscored by the needs of military families and children, who have been strained by nearly 10 years of war, he said, at a National …

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NIST Names Industry Veteran to Lead ‘Identity Ecosystem’

When Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt announced the government’s new plan for large-scale identity management — a secure “identity ecosystem” — for online transactions, they promised the private sector would have a role to play. And, with the recent appointment of Jeremy Grant, who …

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Senate Committee Mulls Future of DCAA

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held hearings yesterday on the fate and the future of contracting oversight, taking testimony from diametrically opposed sides. On one hand, watchdog groups advocated for a beefed up role for the Defense Contract Audit Agency (which, belying its name, also audits most …

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