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White House Launches Biz Development Portal

The White House has launched a new online platform to provide businesses with information and services to aid with development and growth. Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said in a blogpost that the administration had been working on the BusinessUSA website for the last several months. VanRoekel said BusinessUSA will …

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Survey: Cyber Feds Have Top Opportunities, Recruiting a Challenge

The government is a stable and opportunity-bound work environment for information security professionals, according to a survey from (ISC)2. (ISC)2 released its 2012 Career Impact Survey this week, which found information security professionals have opportunities to advance and receive raises while working in the public sector. The study surveyed more than 2,250 …

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Napolitano Gives Public-Private Cyber Info Sharing Thumbs Up

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano voiced approval for a Senate cybersecurity bill at a House hearing Wednesday, NextGov reports. The Cybersecurity Act was introduced Tuesday and would give DHS the ability to handle private network breaches. The bill also calls for more information sharing between government and the private sector. The bill …

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Proposed Cyber Bill Puts DHS in Charge of Assessing Infrastructure

A bipartisan group of senators proposed a cybersecurity bill Tuesday that would put the Department of Homeland Security in charge of assessing risks and vulnerabilities to critical infrastructure. The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 also asks the government to improve the security of cyber networks through the Federal Information Security Management Act. Sens. …

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VA’s $3B IT Budget Request Focuses on Maintenance, Integrated Health Record System

The Department of Veterans Affairs has requested $3.37 billion for its information technology budget and plans to set aside $1.45 billion for IT systems maintenance, NextGov reports. The amount requested for IT system maintenance increased $80 million from the 2012 budget. The VA’s IT systems are comprised of 360,000 desktop computers, 70,000 printers, 40,000 laptops …

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2013 Federal IT Budget Request Down Less than 1% From 2012

President Obama requested $78.9 billion in fiscal year 2013 funding for federal information technology, down 0.7 percent from fiscal 2012 funds, Computerworld reports. Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said in a press conference the 2013 budget request represents the government’s effort to do more with less. VanRoekel said budget …

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Report: VA to Roll Out Patient Wi-Fi Network

The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to install patient wireless systems in all 152 of its hospitals, according to NextGov. Michael Lay, service delivery director for VA’s Southern and Midwest regionaoperations, told NextGov the agency aims to implement a nationwide patient Wi-Fi system. The VA started a procurement this week …

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NIST Releases New Cybersecurity Guidance Draft

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a new draft of its cybersecurity guidance for federal agencies. The newly released guidance is a second draft revision of the Computer Security Incident Handling Guide, which was originally released in March 2008. The guidance provides framework for agencies to establish …

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EPA, Pentagon Partnering to Develop Energy Efficient Bases

The Defense Department and the Environmental Protection Agency are partnering to develop technologies that would create sustainable U.S. military bases, the Pentagon announced Wednesday. Dorothy Robyn, deputy defense undersecretary for installations and environment, and Paul Anastas, EPA assistant administrator, signed the memorandum of understanding to establish the partnership. Scientists and …

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