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GSA’s Martha Johnson on Green Goals for 2011

Writing on the White House blog, General Services Administrator Martha Johnson said 2010 was a “historic” year for the agency and its efforts to “go green,” and she provided a glimpse of what to look for in 2011. GSA took the lead in developing sustainable buildings, Johnson said, to spearhead …

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Chopra, Locke to Chat up Public-Private NIST Partnerships

Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have announced a public roundtable for next week on the federal government’s efforts to engage industry. The Jan. 25 forum will feature federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra and White House economic and technology advisers, who will …

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Cyber Coordinator Says Intel Agencies Will Keep Businesses in Loop about Cyber Threats

The White House’s cybersecurity coordinator said the administration will provide universities and private companies with information about cyber threats from the nation’s law enforcement and intelligence agencies. “I think we all recognize that the government has unique access to information,” said White House cyber guru Howard Schmidt at a Washington …

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Cloud Concerns Not Limited to Security

Cloud computing— or at least cloud talk — in the federal sector has taken off, aided by the Office of Management and Budget’s cloud-first policy and the ever-shifting technological zeitgeist. But questions about cloud security have managed to put the brakes on too much enthusiasm for some. And, according to …

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House Websites — Makeover by Drupal

The inside of the House of Representatives is getting a face lift. Rather, the back end. According to a notice from the chief administrative officer of the House, the chamber has decided on open source content management system Drupal to host its plethora of websites and is now seeking developers. …

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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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