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Kundra Provides Glimpse into Cybersecurity Oversight Program

Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra provided the first public glimpse into a classified cybersecurity oversight program, designed to make sure federal agencies are making the proper headway in shoring up the protection of cyber networks. Speaking at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association in Bethesda, Md., last week, …

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Genachowski Takes National Broadband Plan on the Road

Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, took the agency’s plan to shore up national broadband networks on the road last week. “The spectrum crunch is real,” he said in a speech at Duke University Law, according to the Charlotte Observer. “If we don’t do something about it we’ll …

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Army Smartphone Pilot Study to Wrap up in 6-8 Months

The Army’s long-term vision supports putting a smartphone in the hands of every soldier, according to a recent Army News Service report. However, don’t expect to see BlackBerries and iPhones on the battlefield tomorrow, military officials said. At a roundtable last week, Lt. Gen. Michael Vane, director of the Army …

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DHS Report: Digital Immigration Records Vulnerable to ‘Insider Threat’

The Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services has made progress securing its cyber networks from potential insider threats. However, gaps in security still remain, including one that could allow malicious insiders to tamper with digital immigration records. A far-reaching security audit of USCIS, undertaken by the Software …

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Soon-to-depart Gates is Key to Pentagon Budget Trimming

In a series of articles today, Politico took on the “pruning the Pentagon.” And, while much ink has been spilled on the topic of the exit strategies from Afghanistan and Iraq, Politico focused on that of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, himself, and what his departure will mean for the …

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New Deputy CTO Starts to Take on Administration’s Open Gov Goals

The new deputy chief technology officer for government innovation is already receiving high marks, with many expressing high hopes for the tech official tasked with open government innovation, according to a Nextgov report. Previously, the chief information officer of San Francisco’s technology department, Chris Vein, worked on a clearinghouse of …

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VA CIO Touts Benefits of Centralized Budget Authority

As the federal government reforms IT acquisition, one of the main provisions has been beefing up the authority of agency chief information officers. CIO of the Department of Veterans Affairs Roger Baker has been an exemplar of the kind of agency-level CIO the administration wants to see more of. Spurred …

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