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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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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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Blumenthal Provides Health IT Guidance ahead of 2012 Budget

As skirmishes over the upcoming 2012 budget are expected to switch into high gear over the next few weeks, health IT coordinator David Blumenthal laid out the guidelines agencies must follow for health IT investments. Blumenthal, along with federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra developed the guidelines, consisting of five …

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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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FCC Chairman Genachowski On ‘Mobile Revolution’ and its Pitfalls

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski dropped by the Consumer Electronics Show to speak about both the “immense opportunity and the critical challenge” of U.S. wireless capacity. Genachowski said the United States is at the beginning stages of a “mobile revolution that is sparking an explosion in wireless traffic.” But, …

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Comings, Goings at OMB, GSA

President Barack Obama nominated a number of officials to fill key economic posts ahead of the forthcoming release of the 2012 budget, according to a Government Executive report. Among those nominated, is a new No. 2 for the Office of Management and Budget — Heather Higginbottom, who was nominated to …

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Military Branches among Top Facebookers in Gov’t

In a poll of social media experts and Facebook users, the armed services were singled out for their social media savvy, according to a report on Nextgov. Facebook’s Washington department polled what Nextgov said was a “handful” of social media experts as well as Facebook users on three of the …

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Major Reorganization of NIST Underway

This week, President Barack Obama signed into a law a major reorganization of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The America Competes Reauthorization Act of 2010 directs NIST, part of the Commerce Department, to develop cloud-computing solutions with private-sector partners to formalize the organization’s cloud posture, according to a …

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Agencies to Address IPv6 in New IT Contracts

Transitioning to next-generation Internet will now be more firmly entrenched in the federal IT acquisition process, according to a new rule published in the Federal Register last month. The new rule, proposed by the Defense Department, the General Services Administration and NASA, adds certain provisions to the Federal Acquisition Regulation, …

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