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FCC, NIST leading fight against 'zombie armies'

A new Internet Botnet Group will bring together federal and industry experts to try to stem the tide against botnet attacks. Experts estimate one in 10 computers are controlled by bad actors using malicious software to attack organizations. FCC working groups released three reports with recommendations for improve cybersecurity.

Tags: technology , Miriam Perlberg , Julius Genachowski , FCC , NIST , National Security Council , cybersecurity , botnets , Steve Crocker , Shinkuro , Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group , Communications, Security, Reliability and Interoperability Council , DNSSEC , Jason Miller

Friday - 03/23/2012, 05:15am EDT

Congress balances openness with cyber protection

Lawmakers weigh public's right to know against the need to protect cyber secrets. Sen. Patrick Leahy's (D-Vt.) provision in 2012 Defense authorization bill tightens the definition of "exemptions," but he questions the need for further rules to give agencies power to withhold information.

Tags: Sunshine Week , transparency , open government , Congress , FOIA , Senate Judiciary Committee , Patrick Leahy , Charles Grassley , Paul Rosenzweig , Jerry Ensminger , Melanie Pustay , Kenneth Bunting , National Freedom of Information Coalition , Jared Serbu , DoJ , Barack Obama , Navy , DoD , management

Thursday - 03/15/2012, 05:39am EDT
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Emails show White House input on Sherrod ouster

White House officials were in close contact with the Agriculture Department in the hours leading up to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's decision to fire USDA employee Shirley Sherrod in 2010, according to administration emails.

Tags: USDA , Shirley Sherrod , Tom Vilsack , Barack Obama

Thursday - 03/08/2012, 07:56pm EST

White House paints cyber attack picture for Hill

An interagency group of senior officials will brief Senate lawmakers today on what would be the response if the nation's critical infrastructure suffered a cyber attack. The meetings come as Senate lawmakers debate two cyber bills that try to address critical infrastructure protection.

Tags: Congress , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Jason Miller , Senate , technology , Cybersecurity Update

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 02:21pm EST

Obama salutes Iraq war vets at White House dinner

The President thanked those who fought its battles by sitting down to a candlelit meal with a small cross section of the million-plus who served there over the past nine years.

Tags: DoD , Barack Obama , Iraq

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 11:00pm EST

2013 budget: Staffing levels remain mostly flat

The size of the federal workforce has been an issue of political discussion for the past couple years. But amid everything else in the official 2013 budget request unveiled Monday, the overall size of the federal government, in terms of staffing levels, will remain relatively constant.

Tags: budget , 2013 budget , workforce , staffing cuts , management , hiring , retention , workforce cuts

Monday - 02/13/2012, 09:07pm EST

OPM defends yo-yo effect of pay, benefits proposals

Director John Berry said the proposition in the 2013 budget request to increase pay by 0.5 percent and increase the contributions employees pay to their retirement by 0.4 percent is "responsible" and "protects the benefit." OPM also would have to figure out how best to meet its mission with a flat budget next year. Berry said his top priority is reducing the backlog of retirement claims.

Tags: pay and benefits , workforce , OPM , John Berry , retirement contribution , pay raise , Congress , Barack Obama , retirement claims processing , budget , rehired annuitants , Jason Miller

Thursday - 02/16/2012, 05:37am EST
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White House doesn't support sequestration, sees it as forcing function

The 2013 budget request reduces half of the agency's discretionary spending. All agencies could face deeper cuts if Congress and the administration don't agree on a plan for deficit reduction in the next 11 months.

Tags: management , Jeff Zients , OMB , 2013 budget , discretionary spending , sequestration , Jason Miller , Gene Sperling

Tuesday - 02/14/2012, 05:34am EST
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CTO Aneesh Chopra to step down

Aneesh Chopra, the White House's first chief technology officer, is stepping down, the White House has confirmed.

Tags: Aneesh Chopra , CTO , technology , people

Friday - 01/27/2012, 12:26pm EST

Obama wants small-business bill this year

Tags: Barack Obama , tax , Congress

Tuesday - 01/31/2012, 06:49pm EST
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