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D.C. Braces for Monster Blizzard

The Washington D.C. metro area is preparing for a potentially paralyzing snowstorm that will hit mid-Friday and last through Saturday evening. With snowfall accumulation projected to be anywhere from one foot to over two feet, compounded with heavy winds and continued frigid temperatures throughout the week, cancellation or delay of …

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Cybersecurity Act Passed by House

Today, February 4th, 2010, the House passed the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act, H.R. 4061. The act was passed with overwhelming support: a 422 to 5 vote. This legislation included the reauthorization of several National Science Foundation cybersecurity programs. It also is put into place in order to improve the movement of …

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Chopra Launches Texting Program for Expecting Mothers

Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra has unveiled a new initiative: “Text4baby,” a free mobile information service designed to promote maternal and child health. According to the program’s site, it is an educational program of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition (HMHB), text4baby provides pregnant women and new moms with information …

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Kundra Needs You!

Are you a worker in the federal government?  Then Federal CIO Vivek Kundra needs your help. Kundra took to his blog to underscore the importance of making federal data open to the public, a major piece of the Open Government initiative.  As part of his message, he pointed out several …

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DNI Dennis Blair Gives Testimony

Yesterday, the Director of National Intelligence, Dennis Blair, gave his testimony on the Annual Threat Assessment of the US Intelligence Community in front the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. The first topic Blair addressed was the impact of the cyber threat. For an in depth report on his Blair’s comments …

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Where’s the Budget Crunch?

President Obama’s 2011 budget is expected to have more than $20 in savings through cuts from various federal programs – 120 to be exact.  So where are the program cuts? In the proposal, the Defense Department, the Veterans Affairs Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Education Department will …

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New FAA Budget Spells End for “User Fees”

As part of his new budget proposal, President Obama has opted to drop “User fee” language from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) budget. User fees would break from the traditional excise tax format of the past. Following ambiguous language hinting at a shift from the excise tax format to the …

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VA Department Plays Red Light, Green Light with IT Projects

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently introduced a test website. This website details the status of various IT projects from the federal IT Dashboard website. According to Roger Baker, the VA CIO, the website, called the “Veterans Affairs IT Product Delivery Dashboard” first went live about a month ago. However, …

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Obama Requests $80 Billion in IT Spending for 2011

Despite calling for a discretionary budget freeze for 2011, President Barack Obama has requested $79.4 billion in spending on information technology projects for fiscal 2011, a 1.2 percent increase over the amount he requested for fiscal 2010.  Included in the proposal are 29 new major IT projects, making for a total …

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