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Anticounterfeiting $100 Note

Officials from the Department of the Treasury, the Federal Reserve System and the Secret Service have unveiled the new design for the $100 note, complete with advanced technology to combat counterfeiting. Among new security features in the redesigned note are a 3-D Security Ribbon and the so-called "Bell in the Inkwell." The blue Ribbon on the front of the bill contains images of bells and the number 100 that move and change as you tilt the note. The Bell in the Inkwell changes color from copper to green when the note is tilted, an effect that makes it seem to appear and disappear within a copper inkwell. The new security features come after more than a decade of research.The new note will be issued on February 10th of 2011.

Tags: Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology

Monday - 04/26/2010, 11:24am EDT

Earthquake Detection

The U.S. Geological Survey has awarded $2.7 million in cooperative agreements under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to several American universities and UNAVCO, Incorporated, to improve networks that detect minute changes in the earth's crust caused by faulting in earthquake-prone regions. The agency says monitoring the changes - undetectable except through the methods of advanced technology - is an integral part of assessing the likely rate of large earthquakes. They say, for optimal performance in real time, many existing monitoring stations will need modern sensors and improved communication systems. Funds provided through six cooperative agreements will improve monitoring capabilities by replacing obsolete sensors.

Tags: Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , American Recovery and Reinvestment Act , UNAVCO

Monday - 04/26/2010, 11:22am EDT

Energy Efficiency Retrofits

In observation of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the Vice President's Office announced the selection of 25 communities for up to $452 million in Recovery Act funding to "ramp-up" energy efficiency building retrofits. Under a Department of Energy initiative, communities, governments, private sector companies and non-profits will work together on programs for concentrated retrofits of neighborhoods and towns - and eventually entire states. Meeting one of the Energy Department's missions, the models are expected to save households and businesses about a $100 million annually in utility bills, while leveraging private sector resources, to create what could be as many as 30,000 new jobs over the next three years.

Tags: Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , Earth Day , Recovery Act , Department of Energy

Monday - 04/26/2010, 11:21am EDT

Iran not alone in seeking a nuclear weapon

A nuclear arms race in the Middle East is one of the biggest concerns among western diplomats. Iran is at the center of this issue. Experts like Dr. David Kay, a former U.N. weapons inspector have said repeatedly that if Iran is successful in building a nuclear weapon, other countries in the region will feel compelled to do the same just to protect themselves. As a result, the Saudi press agency reports officials there have established a renewable energy complex, confirming the country's interest in nuclear energy.

Tags: pentagon , Iran , Middle East , David Kay , U.N.

Monday - 04/26/2010, 11:05am EDT

More funding slated for DHS Science & Technology

Legislation authorizes critical management functions and programs within S&T, including the Securing the Cities program and authorizing the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL). Rep. Yvette Clarke explains.

Tags: mngt , DHS , Science and Technology Directorate , Yvette Clarke , first responders , interoperability , cybersecurity

Monday - 04/26/2010, 10:45am EDT
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Cyber Defense Competition

It's competition time for the armed forces universities. The National Security Agency and the Central Security Service are testing the five U.S. service academies during the 10th annual Cyber Defense Exercise. Teams will be tested on their ability to defend computer networks the students designed themselves. The winner will take home the coveted CDX trophy. The competition will take place at Lockheed Martin in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Tags: Cyber Security Report , NSA , Central Security Service

Monday - 04/26/2010, 03:31am EDT

FISMA REFORM

Major changes are coming to the way federal agencies deal with cyber- security. In issuing new guidance over FISMA (The Federal Information Security Management Act), the Office of Management and Budget wants to find out the cybersecurity status of all civilian agency networks. One requirement is that agencies submit real-time data about the state of their networks. The second; a government-wide benchmarking study on the state of cybersecurity. The third; a series of interviews between OMB and agencies to tailor cybersecurity programs to each agencies needs.

Tags: Cyber Security Report , Office of Management and Budget , FISMA , OMB

Monday - 04/26/2010, 03:29am EDT

GSA to issue new solicitations for cloud

Agency plans to release a RFI for software-as-a-service in the next week, and a RFQ for infrastructure-as-a-service in the next month. GSA says it has learned from the previous acquisition attempts and will come out with strategies that better fit agency needs, and vendor offerings.

Tags: contracting , Dave McClure , GSA , cloud computing , infrastructure-as-a-service , software-as-a-service , FedRAMP

Friday - 04/23/2010, 07:07pm EDT
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