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NASA Picks Seven Teams for Atom Research Grants

NASA has awarded $12.7 million in total grants to seven research teams to study atoms in space over the next four-to-five-years under the agency’s Physical Science Research Program. The seven chosen proposals from its recent call for physics research will involve ground-based and flight experiments using the Cold Atom Laboratory, …

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GAO Wants DHS, Other Agencies to Protect Emergency Response Systems from Cyberattacks

A new Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday recommends that the Department of Homeland Security should partner with other agencies to secure IP-based emergency response systems from cyber attacks, FCW reported Wednesday. Mark Rockwell writes GAO wants DHS to work with the Commerce, Justice and Transportation departments and the Federal Communications …

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Walter Reed Medical Center Deploys Interactive Crisis Warning System

A military medical center in Bethesda, Md., has installed a government subcontractor’s emergency notification software to alert on-site personnel to crisis situations and other disruptive events, FCW reported Wednesday. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s deployment of AtHoc’s Interactive Warning System also addresses Defense Department regulations on crisis communications that …

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Darrell Issa Says FISMA Led to HealthCare.gov Launch Failure

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) continues to question government security protocols that potentially led to problems with the launch of the HealthCare.gov website, FCW reported Tuesday. Adam Mazmanian writes Issa, in a closed hearing he attended this week, criticized the Federal Information Security Management Act, which allows top officials to decide …

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DoD-GSA Report Recommends Cybersecurity Controls in Contractor Operations

A joint study from the Defense Department and General Services Administration recommends implementing cybersecurity requirements in processes and services of government contractors, Fierce Government IT reported Monday. David Perera writes the “Improving Cybersecurity and Resilience through Acquisition” report proposes security controls to be integrated into a company’s operations and contracted …

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Karen Evans Proposes Cybersecurity Plan for Federal Cloud

Karen Evans, a former Office of Management and Budget official, has co-authored a white paper on the government’s cybersecurity activities and cloud computing initiatives, FierceGovernmentIT reported Wednesday. David Perera writes the paper, entitled “Staying Safe in Cyberspace: Cloud Security on the Horizon,” focuses on the implementation of stronger information technology …

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