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A Fourth of Govt. Websites Unreachable, Survey Finds

Nearly a fourth of the domains are unreachable, according to a recent analysis of the federal government’s online portfolio. Ben Balter, a new media fellow at the Federal Communications Commission and M.B.A. candidate at George Washington University, surveyed the more-than 1,800 websites owned and operated by federal government agencies. Only …

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TSA Buying New Imaging Machines, Says Privacy Protected

The Transportation Security Administration announced Wednesday it is spending $44.8 million to purchase new imaging machines it claims will eliminate passenger-specific images and enhance privacy. TSA ordered 300 of the millimeter wave Advanced Imaging Technology machines for deployment at airports across the country. TSA said it began installing software on …

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White House Will Directly Accept Petitions Online

Citizens will soon be able to submit online petitions directly to the White House website, it was announced Thursday. Macon Phillips, White House Director of Digital Strategy, said citizens can be informed via e-mail when the site, “We the People,” goes live. Individuals will be able to create or sign …

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Army Issues New Social Media Guide

The Army issued its first Social Media Handbook in January, recognizing the importance of social media in its communication strategy in both peacetime and wartime. The Army now has updated its guidelines for new media, releasing a second version of the handbook Aug. 24 on its Slideshare page. The new …

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Forest Service Decentralized After Centralizing IT

The Forest Service centralized IT in the early 2000s in an effort to streamline and reduce cost of IT operations, but the resulting self-service approach at field units led to IT trouble-shooting decentralization, according to a Government Accountability Office report published Aug. 25. Instead of relying on a local field …

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Eric Holder Speaks in Support of Public Safety Network

Attorney General Eric Holder spoke out Tuesday in support of setting aside wireless spectrum for public safety. Cell phone networks were congested during the Aug. 23 earthquake on the east coast, prompting an FCC investigation into reports of 911 calls not getting through. The earthquake also prompted renewed calls to …

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Pentagon Shoring Up Smartphone Security

The Defense Department is opening up to smartphones and tablets and trying to do it securely, a Pentagon official said Monday. AFPS reports the department is concerned with issues regarding users’ general lack of knowledge of how the devices work, potentially compromising the devices. “We do want this innovation in …

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Limit Phone Calls During Emergencies, FCC Says

Echoing advice from the Federal Emergency Management Agency ahead of Hurricane Irene, the Federal Communications Commission advised consumers to limit phone calls during emergencies Saturday. The FCC warned consumers that more people try to use wireless and landline telephones during emergencies, creating network congestion. The FCC recommended keeping non-emergency calls …

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WH Budget Office Launches Performance.gov Portal

After much fanfare and speculation, the Office of Management and Budget has launched its new online dashboard to publicly show agency performance management. Performance.gov went live Thursday and is now open to the public, after previously being only available to federal employees. The site displays an agency-by-agency overview of performance …

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