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DHS develops new tools against common cyber threats

DHS, private research groups launch new tools to help agencies and industry close cybersecurity holes. DHS officials liken a rating system to the Energy Star labels that indicate how efficient appliances are.

Tags: cybersecurity , DHS , FISMA , MITRE , SANS , Alan Paller , Joe Jarzombek , Bob Martin , Cybersecurity Update

Tuesday - 06/28/2011, 08:18am EDT

Congress hears criticisms of WH cyber proposal

Congress heard criticisms of the White House's cybersecurity proposal Friday, including claims that it provides incentives that could make the nation's critical infrastructure less secure.

Tags: technology , policy , cybersecurity , Congress , DHS , Internet Security Alliance , Larry Clinton , Melissa Hathaway , critical infrastructure , Cybersecurity Update

Monday - 06/27/2011, 09:30am EDT

Reporters' roundup: Pentagon soldiers to shed camouflage

Soldiers working at the Pentagon will trade their combat camouflage for business-like uniforms.

Tags: Army , DoD , Pentagon , policy , DoD Report

Monday - 06/20/2011, 08:40pm EDT

NOAA takes 25,000 employees to cloud email

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it will cut its IT costs for email and collaboration services in half, by moving all its employees to the cloud. The science agency has just issued a three year contract to handle email, calendar, collaboration and mobile device synchronization. NOAA says it's the largest federal agency to move to a cloud solution so far. They expect to migrate 25,000 mailboxes to the new service by the end of this year.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission and Goals through Technology ,

Monday - 06/20/2011, 12:46pm EDT

Air Force uses telework to retain workforce

One part of the Air Force overcame the challenges surrounding a relocation from Washington to Fort Meade, Maryland, by pursing an aggressive telework system. The Air Force central adjudication facility, which processes security clearances, equipped and trained all 155 of its employees to telework. The agency credits the remote collaboration tools it created for letting it hold on to 92 percent of its workforce, in spite of the move to Maryland. They say they also increased productivity by 55 percent in just one year.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission and Goals through Technology ,

Monday - 06/20/2011, 12:45pm EDT

USDA pushes rural smart grid

The Agriculture Department's Rural Utilities Service is issuing 250-million dollars in low-interest loans to help smaller, rural electric providers add technology to their local power grids. USDA says the loans to implement smart grid technology will help bring innovative features like customized, real time electric usage monitoring to homes and businesses throughout America through smart electric meters. And technological improvements to the grid itself will decrease the number of blackouts.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission and Goals through Technology ,

Monday - 06/20/2011, 12:44pm EDT

23 Redskins players complete players-run practice

Twenty-three Washington Redskins players finished their third set of players-run practices Thursday morning with the hopes that the 14-week-old NFL lockout will be over before they have to think about working out again without their coaches.

Tags: DoD , DoD budget , Congress , Robert Gates , Michael Mullen , Senate Armed Services Committee , TRICARE , pay and benefits , Barbara Mikulski , BRAC ,

Thursday - 06/16/2011, 03:46pm EDT

DoD to treat energy as a critical military capability

The Defense Department says it's committed to changing both the way it uses energy and the kinds of energy the military uses.

Tags: DoD , Energy , industry , contracting , William Lynn , Sharon Burke , alternative fuels , green government , DoD Report

Wednesday - 06/15/2011, 08:11am EDT

White House launches 4-pillar smart grid plan

The Obama administration released its policy framework for modernizing the nation's electric grid Monday. As has been the case in national strategies on other topics the White House has released recently, the administration wants the federal government to emphasize its role as a facilitator and standards author rather than a regulator.

Tags: White House , technology , cybersecurity , industry , Smart Grid , John Holdren , OSTP , Nancy Sutley , Department of Energy , Stephen Chu ,

Monday - 06/13/2011, 09:02pm EDT
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