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VanRoekel Talks Telework With Connolly, Cummings

U.S. government technology officials plan to tie the federal mobility strategy with the website reform strategy, according to Nextgov. Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel told lawmakers that the combined strategy will also focus heavily on telework, Joseph Marks reports. Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Gerry Connolly (D.-Va.) organized the …

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Groups Pushing GSA To Change Green Building Rating System

Industry and lawmakers want the General Services Administration to consider changing its green building standards, Federal Times’ Andy Medici writes. According to the report, the government is reviewing its green standards, shaping how building greenness will be measured and how to spend federal funding on construction over the next five …

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EPA, Commerce Partnering To Promote Environmental Exports, Jobs

The Commerce Department and the Environmental Protection Agency launched an effort Monday as part of an initiative to expand the U.S. environmental industry’s global presence. EPA recently held a Technology Market Summit, where Administrator Lisa Jackson and Commerce Secretary John Bryson detailed their agencies’ environmental technology and job creation efforts. …

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DISA Developing Mobile Device Management Plan

Defense Information Systems Agency officials recently detailed the agency’s plans to develop a mobile strategy in the coming months, FierceGovernment IT reports. DISA plans to establish a policy allowing personnel to use their own device to connect to unclassified networks by fall 2013 at the earliest. In the interim, the …

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McCain Asks Keith Alexander For Cyber Bill Support

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) believes the Defense Department should be in charge of defending the U.S. and critical infrastructure against cyber attacks, he wrote in a letter to the country’s highest-ranked cyber military officer. In the letter obtained by Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller, McCain told Army Gen. Keith Alexander …

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Energy, NNSA Execs Suggest Their Cloud Model For Other Agencies

The Energy Department and its sub-agency the National Nuclear Security Administration announced plans in March to begin to integrate their information technology and cloud computing assets. Energy and NNSA IT executives told attendees of InformationWeek’s recent Government IT Leadership Forum that the integrated cloud model may bode well for other …

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Report: FBI Seeking More Wiretap-Friendly Internet Code

The FBI wants legislation that would require Internet companies to build backdoors into their communication technologies that would allow government surveillance, CNET reports. White House, Senate and FBI representatives held a meeting discussing technological shifts in communication that make it difficult for investigators to conduct wiretapping and other “going dark” …

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Health CIO Group Asking CMS, ONC For More EHR Transition Time

The federal government should give healthcare organizations more time before starting the next phase of implementing electronic health records, according to letters from a group of health industry chief information officers. The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives told the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of …

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