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House Websites — Makeover by Drupal

The inside of the House of Representatives is getting a face lift. Rather, the back end. According to a notice from the chief administrative officer of the House, the chamber has decided on open source content management system Drupal to host its plethora of websites and is now seeking developers. …

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GAO Finds ‘Gaps’ in Smart Grid Cybersecurity Guidelines

As electric companies make increasing gains to modernize the power grid, some have raised the concern of a malicious hacker breaking into the smart grid and wreaking havoc. With that in mind, the Government Accountability Office issued a report this month, assessing the cybersecurity issues that continue to afflict the …

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DoD Gets Earful over Amended Contractor Withholding Plan

The Defense Department recently scaled down plans to withhold a percentage of payment if a contractor supplies a deficient business system. The original rule change, which would apply to internal company controls, such as accounting measures, had drawn significant outcry from industry circles and the amendment appeared to assuage critics …

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Treasury Dept. Takes Cloud Plunge with Website Migration

It’s not Fort Knox, but the Treasury Department will move its main public website and four of its agency websites to the cloud. The Washington Post‘s technology blog Post Tech reports Amazon Web Services will host Treasury’s recently renovated websites and Smartronix, which built the new site, will help lead …

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Open Gov Guru Leaving White House

Beth Noveck, deputy chief technology officer and director of the Open Government Initiative will follow her colleague Andrew McLaughlin out the door of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Noveck, the author of Wiki Government, a tome on social media and democracy, will return to teaching law …

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Proposed House Bill Expands Federal Pay Freeze, Cuts Workers

A bill proposed in the House of Representatives last week would add another year to the two-year federal pay freeze, reduce the federal workforce by 10 percent and cut Defense Department procurement by 15 percent. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) introduced the “Cut Unsustainable and Top-heavy Spending,”  last week, saying the …

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