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Kundra Announces Government-Wide Review of Federal IT Projects

The Office of Management and Budget issued yesterday a government-wide memorandum announcing an upcoming review of all high-risk IT projects across the federal government. The review comes as part of the OMB Memorandum 10-25, “Reforming the Federal Government’s Efforts to Manage Information Technology Projects.” Earlier in the month, federal Chief …

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House Approves $59 Billion for War Funding

The House Appropriations Committee yesterday passed a bill to increase funding for war efforts in Afghanistan and other programs. The House voted 308-114 on legislation that approves almost $59 billion for war efforts. It will allot nearly $37 billion to the military, which will go toward the surge of an …

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Online Privacy Vital for US Investment, Innovation, Says Genachowski

In testimony before yesterday’s Senate Commerce Committee hearing on online privacy, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski highlighted how privacy is critical for promoting investment and innovation that help promote global competitiveness and improve everyday lives. “The right to privacy is central to our nation’s values and way of life, …

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Mattis Appears before Senate in Confirmation Hearing

Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis yesterday appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing to head U.S. Central Command. Mattis, who was nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, explained the need for continued military, civilian and regional cooperation to successfully drive …

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Commerce Secretary Locke Highlights Cybersecurity Efforts at Symposium

The Department of Commerce yesterday hosted a symposium devoted to protecting the information of consumers and the commercial sector from increasingly sophisticated cyber threats. Held at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., the event featured senior government and private-sector leaders in a wide-ranging discussion of issues, best …

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Obama: WikiLeaks’ Release Contains No News

President Barack Obama yesterday for the first time commented on the WikiLeaks’ release of Afghanistan war documents, saying although he is concerned about the leaks, they do not reveal anything new. “While I’m concerned about the disclosure of sensitive information from the battlefield that could potentially jeopardize individuals or operations, …

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Google Receives FISMA Certification for Cloud Services

Google has announced it has received the first Federal Information Security Management Act certification for its Google Apps government cloud-computing services. David Mihalchik, business development executive with Google, explained Google is now certified as meeting the security controls under FISMA and a full suite of office applications will now be …

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Cybersecurity R&D Bill Passes through House

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2009 with a vote of 422-5. The bill reauthorizes computer and network research and development programs to the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The bill improves cybersecurity in the federal, private and …

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House Approves Bill to Enhance Internet Access for Disabled

The House yesterday voted 348 to 23 to pass a bill that gives Americans with disabilities full access to the Internet and television. The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, which was sponsored by Rep. Edward J. Markey, gives people with disabilities more options to view and listen to …

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