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House Reauthorizes NSF Cyber Grants

Cyber bills have dominated the House’s agenda this past week, including a bill that reauthorizes several National Science Foundation grant-funded cyber programs, FierceGovernment IT reports. The House passed the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act last Friday in a 395-10 vote, giving the NSF’s cybersecurity grant programs $420 million over the next three …

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GSA’s Casey Coleman Reports Personal, Agency Telework Benefits

Telework and mobility tools help the General Services Administration continue business as usual while its headquarters is undergoing renovations, FCW reports. GSA Chief Information Officer Casey Coleman told attendees of a Telework Exchange Town Hall meeting Monday she has experienced the benefits of teleworking first hand. Coleman said she spent four …

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NARA: Agencies Don’t Understand Electronic Records Management

Since the White House first issued a memo in November 2011 asking agencies to improve their archiving practices, the National Archives and Records Administration has been taking in agency records management status reports. Agencies were required to submit reports on their records processes to NARA and provide a roadmap for how …

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Senators Want Equal Contractor, Civilian Workforce Reduction

Several senators told Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that the number of contractor employees should be capped if the Defense Department keeps its civilian workforce at 2010 levels, Federal Times reports. The 26 senators told Panetta in a letter Wednesday they are concerned that proposed civilian cuts would lead agencies to …

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Smart Grid Operators: Upgrades Not Equaling Better Security

Through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, organizations received $2.5 billion to upgrade the nation’s electric systems, NextGov reports. However, a recent survey of 104 energy security practitioners indicated that many believe the smart grid modernization did not translate to improved security. The Energy Department-funded group EnergySec, along with nCircle, found …

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Marion Blakey: Hypersonic Research Loses Out From Flat Budgets

NASA and the aerospace industry are affected by flat or declining budgets but but Defense Department programs already underway are impacted as well, an aeronautics industry official said, according to FierceGovernment IT. Marion Blakey, aeronautics committee chair on NASA’s Advisory Council and president of the Aerospace Industries Association, told the House …

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Federal IT Managers: $5.5B Cloud Savings Could Have Been $12B

While the federal government saved nearly $5.5 billion annually using cloud computing, federal information technology managers believe that number could have reached $12 billion, CRN reports. In surveying 108 IT managers and chief information officers, the MeriTalk Cloud Computing Exchange found the government could have saved more if it had …

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CRS Says Sequestration Cuts FY 2013 Discretionary Spending 12%

Sequestration will start next January and reduce discretionary spending by 12.1 percent in fiscal year 2013 if Congress does not reverse the Budget Control Act, FierceGovernment IT reports. Across-the-board cuts will affect mandatory programs such as Medicare but discretionary spending will see the largest year-over-year percentage drop, according to a …

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