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GAO Says Agency CIOs Need More IT Authority

Chief information officers at federal agencies are limited in their ability to exercise their authority on information technology management even though federal law calls for it, according to the Government Accountability Office. In its 72-page report, GAO found 14 of 30 surveyed CIOs held other job titles with different responsibilities, …

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BlackBerry Still Preferred by Feds In Wake of Outages

The recent BlackBerry outages may drive more smartphone users to the iPhone and Android platforms, but the BlackBerry is still preferred in government offices. According to National Journal, the main reason is simple: BlackBerry devices are more secure than the others. The devices have embedded encryption technology, making it difficult …

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NASA to Launch Earth-Observing Satellite

NASA announced it is planning to launch the very first Earth-observing satellite on Oct. 27. The ultimate goal for the satellite entitled The National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System Preparatory Project (NPP) will be to collect critical data on short and long-term weather patterns and increase our knowledge of climate …

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Space Taxis Could Soar Next Summer for NASA

NASA’s seven-seat space taxi could take flight next summer as part of a test, according to a story from Reuters. The launch site will either be from the Edwards Air Force base in California’s Mojave Desert or from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. There are four space …

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USDA Seeks 40% of Staff Teleworking by 2013

The Agriculture Department hopes to have 40 percent of eligible employees teleworking by the end of 2012, according to a case study by the Telework Exchange. USDA has more more than 58,000 teleworkers, a sharp increase from 16,000 teleworkers last year. The case study says USDA has revamped its telework …

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