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The Hill Still Favors Traditional Media over Social Media, Report Says

Most members of Congress use social media to reach their constituents but staffs still favor more traditional forms of communication, a Congressional Management Foundation report says. The CMF surveyed 260 Congressional Staffers between Oct. 12 and Dec. 13, 2010 for its report, released Tuesday. FierceGovernmentIT reports senior managers and social …

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Don’t Fear the Cloud, Fed CIO Says

Fears surrounding the security of public cloud computing have been exaggerated to discourage the federal government’s move to the cloud, federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra said Wednesday. Computerworld reports Kundra spoke at a forum on Capitol Hill he organized with Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), with Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) …

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GSA Email Now in the Cloud

The General Services Administration migrated all of its employees to Google Apps for Government, a cloud-based email and collaboration platform, GSA Administrator Martha Johnson wrote on the GSA’s blog. Government Computer News reports GSA awarded Unisys a contract in December to move 17,000 employee and contractor email addresses, content and …

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VA to Open Network for iPads, iPhones

The Department of Veterans Affairs will open its network to access by Apple iPads and iPhones starting in October, GovInfoSecurity.com reports. VA staff are currently limited to using only BlackBerry smart phones, with more than 20,000 employees using BlackBerry devices. VA staff will be able to access encrypted e-mail as …

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Agencies Need Guidance on Telework, Report Says

Federal agencies failed to coordinate on unscheduled telework policies for employees and government guidance does not clearly instruct agencies on incorporating the practice, the Government Accountability Office said in a July 22 report. In March, the Office of Personnel Management began to allow employees to request unscheduled leave or unscheduled …

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GSA Invests in Indiana Solar Building

The General Services Administration has invested $28 million into a solar roof for a federal building in Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Star reports. The Major General Emmett J. Bean Federal Center now has the largest array of solar panels producing electricity in the Midwest, with 6,152 SunPower solar panels on the …

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OMB Releases Telework Security Requirements

Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob Lew issued Friday a memo to agencies that outlined the minimum security guidelines for implementing the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010. The memo urged agencies to ensure that cybersecurity protections for information and information systems are used while teleworking. In the memo, Lew …

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LexisNexis Launches Mobile App for Government, Law Enforcement Agencies

  LexisNexis Risk Solutions announced today the launch of its Accurint mobile application for the Apple iPhone and iPad. FierceGovernmentIT reports the application connects government and law enforcement agencies to 30 billion public records and investigative tools to verify information in the field. “With government and law officials spending critical …

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Obama Holds Twitter Townhall at the White House

President Barack Obama President Barack Obama became the first president to hold a Twitter townhall meeting. The townhall, #WHTweetup@Townhall, took place yesterday at the White House East Room and featured 140 guests and 30 Tweetup participants from all around the country who follow @whitehouse on Twitter. To help the president …

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VA Approves Use of Mobile Devices for Employees

Starting Oct. 1, the Department of Veterans Affairs is allowing its hospitals and employees to use mobile devices, granted the devices are verified as secure and personal information is encrypted. Currently, the BlackBerry is the only approved device for VA employees, but other phones, such as Apple’s iPhone, are likely …

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