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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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FCC to Probe Cell Phone Problems After Quake

The Federal Communications Commission will investigate reports that some wireless calls to 911 could not get through because of congestion on cell networks after Tuesday’s East Coast earthquake. Broadcasting & Cable reports FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has directed the agency’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau to collaborate with wireless …

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GSA IT System Failed Due to Oversight Issue, Audit Finds

The General Services Administration lost another IT system because of recurring contract management issues and lack of accountability, an internal audit found. The GSA Office of Inspector General assessed the reliability of GSA’s Acquisition Career Managment Information System, the federal government’s acquisition workforce training and education database of record. The …

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Air Marshal BlackBerry Devices At Risk, OIG Report Says

Blackberry devices used by federal air marshals have a backlog of security patches, leaving them open to security threats, the Homeland Security Department inspector general found. In a redacted report released Aug. 22, the inspector general found scans of the air marshal program’s Blackberry service turned up numerous vulnerabilities. The …

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USDA Funds Connecting Rural America to Broadband

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday that more than $103 million in federal funds will go toward helping expand broadband Internet services to rural communities. The USDA funds will support 23 projects in 16 states, including an Oklahoma community damaged by a tornado earlier this year. “These loans and grants …

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Tom Ridge on Public Safety Net Inaction: ‘It’s Wrong’

Congress has failed first responders by not acting on legislation to establish a nationwide public safety network, Tom Ridge said Friday. The nation’s first Homeland Security Secretary told AOL Government it is unlikely anything will pass before the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. “It’s wrong. It’s really wrong for …

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