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Former Microsoft Exec Set to be Federal CIO

Former Microsoft executive Steven VanRoekel is the next federal chief information officer, the New York Times reports. VanRoekel left Microsoft in 2009 to become managing director at the Federal Communications Commission and is currently on detail as an executive director at the Agency for International Development. VanRoekel worked at Microsoft …

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Commerce Names Former Microsoft Exec to Policy Shop

On the heels of the announcement that Barack Obama would nominate former energy executive John Bryson to head the Commerce Department comes news that former Microsoft executive and Clinton administration official Malcolm Lee would join Commerce’s policy shop. In a news release yesterday, the department announced Lee would take the …

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Will Cloud Moves Continue into 2011?

Any technology observer with a pulse is familiar with the term cloud computing. As far as media saturation and buzz-building, “cloud” was hard to beat in 2010. But as end-of-the year retrospectives tout the year in all things cloud, some are saying: “You ain’t seen nothin’ yet.” Ed Meagher, vice …

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OMB to Agencies: Get a Move on the Cloud

The Office of Management and Budget is done prodding, poking and coaxing agencies about moving to cloud-computing platforms. In a broad overhaul of federal IT management announced last week, federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra said it’s now time to begin acting. The new “cloud-first strategy” is not an abstract …

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Critics: Room for Improvement in US Protection against Cyber Threats

After last year’s cyber policy review, the government is making moves to protect U.S. networks against hackers and other threats, but critics say there is still a long way to go. Although President Barack Obama deemed cybersecurity a national priority last year, some government agencies have struggled to quickly deploy …

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NASA, Microsoft Bring Mars to Life in a Virtual Experience

NASA and Microsoft Research are bringing Mars to life with new features in the WorldWide Telescope software that gives viewers a high-resolution 3-D map of the Red Planet. Microsoft’s online virtual telescope explores the universe using images NASA spacecraft return from other worlds. Teams at NASA’s Ames Research Center in …

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Government, Big Corps Team Up to Squash Cyber Crime

In an effort to better fight online fraud, the private sector and the government have released a new online-fraud alert service designed to facilitate information sharing concerning compromised accounts. Microsoft, eBay and PayPal have teamed up with the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance to launch a program that will help …

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Congresswoman Donna Edwards Speaks at DigiGirlz Day

This morning at the Microsoft Office in Chevy Chase, Congresswoman Donna Edwards addressed local high school students at this year’s DigiGirlz Day. This event was created by Microsoft for 8th – 12th grade girls in the Maryland, D.C., Virginia area to dispel gender stereotypes of careers in the technology industry. …

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Microsoft Promotes Gov 2.0 through Cloud, Collaboration

Open government has become the buzz phrase in the Obama administration. When OMB Director Peter Orszag in December last year released the Open Government Directive to federal department and agency executives to expand upon President Barack Obama’s January memorandum on transparency and open government, he noted how transparency, participation and …

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