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Latest Piece of Army Equipment: Smartphone?

The Army’s use of smartphones has a high-level champion in Vice Chief of Staff Peter Chiarelli. In an interview with Nextgov, Chiarelli, an avid smartphone user, said he wanted the Army to harness the power of smartphones. Chiarelli’s said his support of smartphones only makes sense. Most younger personnel are …

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Army Changing Green Standards – Even Down to the Lightbulbs

The Army is changing the way it does green, according to a new memo from one of the Army’s top energy and environment chiefs. Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and the environment, released an updated memo containing guidelines for improving green-building standards. It will revise …

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DHS Seeks Collaboration in IT

The Department of Homeland Security wants to increase collaboration on its IT projects, said DHS Chief Information Officer Richard Spires, continuing an ongoing theme of agency coordination Speaking before the American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council, Spires said this new approach, known as enterprise governance, would bring together those who …

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Blumenthal’s Meaningful Use Proposal: Fast-track vs. ‘Vanilla’ Users

National Coordinator for Health IT David Blumenthal sought to create new standards to recognize healthcare providers who have gone above and beyond in implementing electronic medical records, according to HealthSystemCIO.com. But the new classifications may create unnecessary complications, critics say. Speaking before the health IT policy subcommittee of the Department …

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DoD Picks CIO with Reformer Reputation

The Defense Department announced a new pick for chief information officer to lead DoD in a new direction following months of IT reorganization. Teri Takai, who previously served as the CIO of California, was originally nominated for her post in March. However, in September, her nomination was withdrawn because of …

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Industry Groups Reveal Fixes for Federal IT Projects

Two industry reports reveal several fixes for federal IT projects, which are often held back by policies and practices that are decades old, The Federal Times reports. TechAmerica’s solutions, presented in a report Monday, include better risk management, more robust oversight of programs and increased overall “agility,” according to the …

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White House Unveils Internet Privacy Subcommittee

The White House’s top science office announced the launch of a subcommittee tasked with privacy and Internet policy, according to a Department of Justice blog posting. In the post for the National Science and Technology Council, general counsel at the Department of Justice Cameron Kerry and Christopher Schroeder, assistant attorney …

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No Government Fix for ‘Fake Secure’ Sites

It’s a scary scenario in today’s cyber world, where all kinds of transactions are made with the click of a mouse. The site you think you’re on — where perhaps you have entered bank account information or a Social Security number — is not actually what it claims to be. …

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