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Rep. Wants Children’s Online Privacy Bill by Next Year

Following an announcement by the Federal Trade Commission that it would consider limiting advertisers’ ability to track customers online, a Democratic lawmaker said he wants to create a “Do Not Track” option specifically for children. Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), who Politico reports is one of the top online privacy advocates …

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DISA Seeks Upgrade on Supercomputer Network

While other agencies are looking to shutter federal data centers, the Defense Department is rolling out an ambitious project designed to link researchers with DoD supercomputer centers. The Defense Information Systems Agency submitted a formal request for proposal for its Defense Research and Engineering Network III, seeking companies to help …

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OMB to Federal Workers: Eyes off WikiLeaks Site

The Office of Management and Budget issued a memo late Friday night, instructing federal workers and contractors not to read WikiLeaks materials, according to The Washington Post. “Classified information, whether or not already posted on public websites or disclosed to the media, remains classified,” the memo states, “and must be …

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Sens. Snowe, Warner Propose All Fed Buildings Get Wi-Fi

A new bill proposed by Sens. Olympia Snow (R-Maine) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) would require all federal buildings to install small wireless base stations to free up space on overtaxed cellphone networks, according to a report in The Hill. The Federal Wi-Net Act, introduced Friday, directs all publicly accessible federal …

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Federal Pay Freezes, Firing and Other ‘Myths’ about Feds

President Barack Obama’s announcement last week of a proposed two-year pay freeze for federal workers was only outdone by the advice of his deficit commission a few days later, recommending even deeper cuts. It all serves to underscore how federal workers remain in the crosshairs of those advocating government cuts. …

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Gates Feeling Acrimonious about Acronyms? DoD Limits Alphabet Soup

The Defense Department’s executive secretary issued a memo this week instructing DoD officials to refrain from using acronyms in written correspondence with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, according to a report on Federal News Radio. According to the memo, sent by Michael Bruhn Nov. 30, which was first reported on …

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DHS Springs into Action as GAO Report Finds Gov’t BlackBerries, Laptops at Risk

A Government Accountability Office review of federal wireless security standards has prompted swift action from the Department of Homeland Security. According to the Nov. 30 GAO report, the watchdog agency found several security gaps regarding wireless technology, including government-issued laptops and mobile devices, such as BlackBerry phones. GAO auditors found …

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