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FCC Launching Cybersecurity Tool for Small Businesses

In wake of a Symantec and National Cyber Security Alliance survey on cybersecurity practices of small businesses, the Federal Communications Commission announced it will launch a tool to help prevent attacks. The “Small Biz Cyber Planner” will help each individual company develop their own plan by answering questions such as, …

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GSA CIO Says Mobility More than Just Laptops

A senior General Services Administration official said the future of mobility  in the federal workplace holds much more than laptops during a panel discussion on mobility at the Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg, Va. According to Federal Computer Week, GSA Chief Information Officer Casey Coleman indicated mobility will play a key role in …

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VA Deploys 100K Tablet Computers

The Veterans Affairs Department is currently planning to deploy about 100,000 tablet computers. The computer request comes from the VA in a call for technical help and is the largest deployment in government history. The department will deploy Apple iPads and tablets that run on the Android and Windows operating …

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DARPA Planning Satellite Recycling Program

Recycling is spreading far beyond its debut platform of Earth. According to a Defense Department platform released last week, DARPA is working on plan to collect useful parts from dead satellites floating 22,000 miles above the planet in the geosynchronous orbit. The plan, coined Phoenix Program, will be collecting spare …

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VA CIO Says CIOs Should Have More IT Budget Authority

In a time where budgets are flat or declining, Roger Baker, the chief information officer at the Veterans Affairs Department, says giving the agency chief information officers more say in financial decisions could be a way to create savings for the federal technology enterprise. The suggestion comes from the only …

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Report Suggests Government Revamp Mobile Apps

Federal agencies are struggling to put together mobile applications of substance according to a report released last week from White Horse. NextGov is reporting that several government applications are flawed. The Postal Service’s Tools app is severely flawed in reporting where packages are. The report recommends a website used to …

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New Bill Pushes Agencies to Practice More Strategic Sourcing

Senators on the chamber’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee recently revealed a proposal for reform of the federal government’s acquisition process. Sponsored by Sens. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), the Acquisitions Reform Bill requires better use of federal strategic vehicles. This would allow …

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Push to Repeal Contractor Withholding Tax Paused

There seemed to be wide agreement from both sides of the aisle in Congress, plus the Obama administration, on repealing a law requiring the government withhold 3 percent of all contracts. However, the push to repeal the law has hit some stumbling blocks as the two parties disagree on how …

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