Technology

DHS Springs into Action as GAO Report Finds Gov’t BlackBerries, Laptops at Risk

A Government Accountability Office review of federal wireless security standards has prompted swift action from the Department of Homeland Security. According to the Nov. 30 GAO report, the watchdog agency found several security gaps regarding wireless technology, including government-issued laptops and mobile devices, such as BlackBerry phones. GAO auditors found …

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FTC Floats Idea of ‘Do Not Track’ Option for Web Browsing

In a report yesterday, the Federal Trade Commission issued a framework for developing a do-not-track option for online browsing, which would seek to limit the ability of online advertisers to track Internet users’ viewing preferences. “Technological and business ingenuity have spawned a whole new online culture and vocabulary,” said FTC …

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OMB Thinks Green on Data Center Consolidation

Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra has long promoted the Office of Management and Budget’s efforts to shutter government data centers in a push to save costs and prepare the foundation for federal cloud-computing platforms. But a new partnership between OMB and the Council on Environmental Quality now means one …

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Report: NASA is a Social Media ‘Genius’

A new report ranking public sector, industry and advocacy organizations on their adoption of social media and digital savvy found that some government organizations – archaic reputations notwithstanding – are actually geniuses when it comes to new media. The report, commissioned by New York University’s Scott Galloway and George Washington …

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Zients Touts Flexible IT Budgeting Successes

Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director Jeffrey Zients touted new IT budgeting strategies at the Department of Veterans Affairs at a roundtable on federal IT earlier this month. Now, Zients, who is also the federal chief performance officer, says he would like to apply the two-year funding schedule to …

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