Nextgov - All Contenthttp://www.nextgov.com/Federal technology news, best practices, and web 2.0 tools.en-usTue, 29 Jul 2014 18:18:59 -0400After Delays, USCIS Sets New Deadline for Digital Immigration Recordshttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/07/immigration-casework-will-be-computerized-2019/90023/USCIS chief calls modernizing IT systems ‘one of my top challenges'Aliya SternsteinTue, 29 Jul 2014 18:18:59 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/07/immigration-casework-will-be-computerized-2019/90023/CIO BriefingAn orientation seminar for illegal immigrants, to determine if they qualify for temporary work permits, at the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.Reed Saxon/APWant to Fix Federal IT Contracting? Don’t Just Focus on IThttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/07/new-idea-fixing-federal-it-contracting-dont-focus-it/90014/Group calls for broad overhaul of the acquisition system writ large -- not just tech fix.Jack MooreTue, 29 Jul 2014 17:35:33 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/07/new-idea-fixing-federal-it-contracting-dont-focus-it/90014/CIO Briefingcosma/Shutterstock.comHere's How the Senate Plans to End NSA Mass Surveillancehttp://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/07/heres-how-senate-plans-end-nsa-mass-surveillance/89981/Sen. Patrick Leahy on Tuesday introduced a meatier version of the USA Freedom Act that passed the House in May.Dustin Volz, National JournalTue, 29 Jul 2014 15:41:59 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/07/heres-how-senate-plans-end-nsa-mass-surveillance/89981/Big Data The National Security Agency's Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah.Rick Bowmer/APHow ‘Game of Thrones’ Will Predict the Next Bin Ladenhttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/07/how-game-thrones-will-predict-next-bin-laden/89960/Targeting the next terrorist mastermind is a lot like a close watch of the HBO show.Patrick Tucker, Defense OneTue, 29 Jul 2014 13:06:19 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/07/how-game-thrones-will-predict-next-bin-laden/89960/DefenseIn the show 'Game of Thrones,' the diabolical Tywin Lannister has a high influence, enabling him to effectively determine the course of events despite not being king.HBO/AP German Official Thinks Snowden Should Give Up Being 'Hunted'http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/07/german-official-thinks-snowden-should-give-being-hunted/89951/Snowden's asylum in Russia expires July 31.Shirley Li, The WireTue, 29 Jul 2014 12:16:01 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/07/german-official-thinks-snowden-should-give-being-hunted/89951/DefenseProtesters hold posters of former National Security Agency member Edward Snowden in front of the German parliament building.Markus Schreiber/APNeed to Know Memo: Going Hybridhttp://www.nextgov.com/cloud-computing/2014/07/need-know-memo-going-hybrid/89957/Going hybrid could be the answer to your agency's cloud conundrum.Nextgov StaffTue, 29 Jul 2014 11:49:46 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cloud-computing/2014/07/need-know-memo-going-hybrid/89957/CloudMelpomene/Shutterstock.comSenate Expected to Confirm McDonald as VA Secretary Todayhttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/07/confirmation-mcdonald-va-secretary-expected-today/89939/Opposition to prospective VA chief likely to be in short supply.Bob BrewinTue, 29 Jul 2014 10:48:23 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/07/confirmation-mcdonald-va-secretary-expected-today/89939/Defense - What's BrewinVeterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonaldAP PhotoHouse Wants Agency CIOs to Vouch for Security of Their Websiteshttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/07/house-wants-cios-certify-fed-websites-collect-personal-info/89921/‘This bill forces bureaucrats to protect your personal information,’ lawmaker says.Nextgov StaffTue, 29 Jul 2014 09:39:22 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/07/house-wants-cios-certify-fed-websites-collect-personal-info/89921/CIO Briefingktsdesign/Shutterstock.comHouse Approves Stronger Cyber Protections for Critical infrastructurehttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/07/house-passes-bills-protect-critical-infrastructure-cyberattacks/89918/Separate bill to bolster DHS’ cyber workforce also passes.Rebecca CarrollTue, 29 Jul 2014 09:18:29 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/07/house-passes-bills-protect-critical-infrastructure-cyberattacks/89918/CybersecurityWlad74/Shutterstock.comHackers Raided Israeli Contractors That Built Iron Dome Missile Shieldhttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/07/hackers-raided-israeli-contractors-built-iron-dome-missile-shield/89879/Details on U.S. missile technologies also were copied by the allegedly China-based attackers.Nextgov StaffMon, 28 Jul 2014 17:57:09 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/07/hackers-raided-israeli-contractors-built-iron-dome-missile-shield/89879/CybersecurityAn Iron Dome air defense system fires to intercept a rocket from Gaza Strip in the costal city of Ashkelon, Israel. Tsafrir Abayov/AP File PhotoThe Senate Has a New Plot to Thwart NSA Spyinghttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/07/senate-has-new-plot-thwart-nsa-spying/89873/A reworked bill in the Senate being introduced this week is renewing confidence among anti-surveillance crusaders still hollering for reform.Dustin Volz, National JournalMon, 28 Jul 2014 16:52:51 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/07/senate-has-new-plot-thwart-nsa-spying/89873/DefenseSenate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP File PhotoBritish Activist Lauri Love Accused of Hacking Deltekhttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/07/british-activist-lauri-love-accused-hacking-deltek/89858/Breach occurred July 2013, but the government market research firm didn’t realize it until eight months later.Aliya SternsteinMon, 28 Jul 2014 16:30:09 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/07/british-activist-lauri-love-accused-hacking-deltek/89858/CybersecurityGlebStock/Shutterstock.comA Drawback of the House-Senate VA Bill? Congress Can’t Create Doctorshttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/07/drawback-house-senate-va-reform-congress-cant-create-doctors/89855/The entire country, not just VA, faces a shortage of primary care physicians.Bob BrewinMon, 28 Jul 2014 15:32:13 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/07/drawback-house-senate-va-reform-congress-cant-create-doctors/89855/Defense - What's BrewinYevhen Vitte/Shutterstock.comHow Lasers and 3-D Maps Can Help the U.S. Prepare for Climate Changehttp://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/07/how-lasers-and-3-d-maps-can-help-us-prepare-climate-change/89840/Federal flood maps are outdated, and climate change will only make them more so, leaving states and localities without the information they need to plan for and mitigate flood risks.Jason Plautz, National JournalMon, 28 Jul 2014 14:39:40 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2014/07/how-lasers-and-3-d-maps-can-help-us-prepare-climate-change/89840/Big DataUSGS personnel monitoring flood waters in Waverly, IA USGSThe CIA Fears the Internet of Thingshttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/07/cia-fears-internet-things/89819/The battleground of tomorrow is everywhere at once.Patrick Tucker, Defense OneMon, 28 Jul 2014 12:41:39 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/07/cia-fears-internet-things/89819/DefenseAnna Hoychuk/Shutterstock.comIf You Want To Be Rich and Powerful, Majoring in STEM Is a Good Place to Starthttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/07/if-you-want-be-rich-and-powerful-majoring-stem-good-place-start/89816/STEM education teaches creative problem solving, which is widely applicable and more necessary than ever today.Jonathan Wai, QuartzMon, 28 Jul 2014 10:49:20 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2014/07/if-you-want-be-rich-and-powerful-majoring-stem-good-place-start/89816/CIO Briefing - Wired WorkplaceSergey Nivens/Shutterstock.comHacker Breached NOAA Satellite Data from Contractor’s PChttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/07/hacker-breached-noaa-satellite-data-contractors-pc/89771/Watchdog says it's a bad idea for personnel to access NOAA systems using personal computersAliya SternsteinMon, 28 Jul 2014 09:56:47 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/07/hacker-breached-noaa-satellite-data-contractors-pc/89771/CybersecurityA GOES-R Spacecraft System and Propulsion Modules in Lockheed Martin CleanroomNOAAEPA Doesn’t Know How Much It Uses the Cloud, IG Findshttp://www.nextgov.com/cloud-computing/2014/07/epa-doesnt-know-how-much-it-uses-cloud-ig-finds/89723/The agency says it has 11 cloud contracts, but the IG doubts that number.Rebecca CarrollFri, 25 Jul 2014 16:20:35 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cloud-computing/2014/07/epa-doesnt-know-how-much-it-uses-cloud-ig-finds/89723/Cloudkzww/Shutterstock.comDid a Misplaced Glove Cause Nuke Waste Dump Fire?http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/07/did-misplaced-glove-cause-nuke-waste-dump-fire/89738/There goes the organic kitty litter theory.Bob BrewinFri, 25 Jul 2014 15:58:02 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/07/did-misplaced-glove-cause-nuke-waste-dump-fire/89738/Defense - What's BrewinThomas Herbert/AP4 Reasons Why the Internet of Everything Will Require a New Breed of IT Proshttp://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/07/how-internet-everything-will-require-new-breed-it-pros/89684/IoE will demand a workforce shift.Sudarshan KrishnamurthiFri, 25 Jul 2014 15:24:00 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/07/how-internet-everything-will-require-new-breed-it-pros/89684/Emerging TechManu Fernandez/APHackers Probe Dominion Power Staff, Bankroll Pickpockets’ Airfare to London, and Raid a Charityhttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/07/hackers-probe-dominion-power-staff-bankroll-pickpockets-airfare-london-and-raid-charity/89708/Just another week in ThreatWatch, our regularly updated index of noteworthy data breaches.Aliya SternsteinFri, 25 Jul 2014 14:31:32 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/07/hackers-probe-dominion-power-staff-bankroll-pickpockets-airfare-london-and-raid-charity/89708/Cybersecurity anshar/Shutterstock.comVirtual Border Fence Project Halted After Raytheon Protesthttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/07/Southwest-Virtual-Fence-Project-Halted-After-Raytheon-Protest/89705/GAO: DHS 'prejudiced' the contract during a botched competition for the $145 million surveillance project.Aliya SternsteinFri, 25 Jul 2014 14:13:26 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/07/Southwest-Virtual-Fence-Project-Halted-After-Raytheon-Protest/89705/DefenseA prototype of a tower for a virtual fence along the U.S.-Mexico border at a test facility in Playas, N.M.U.S. Customs and Border Protection/APAgencies Still Plugging Gaps in Smart Card Securityhttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/07/agencies-still-plugging-gaps-smart-card-security/89696/An HHS audit detailed a total of six shortcomings with the agency’s handling of smart cards.Jack MooreFri, 25 Jul 2014 12:02:25 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/07/agencies-still-plugging-gaps-smart-card-security/89696/CIO BriefingTashatuvango/Shutterstock.comSpaceX Scores an Early Win in its Lawsuit Against the US Governmenthttp://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/07/spacex-scores-early-win-its-lawsuit-against-us-government/89681/SpaceX had charged the government with violating fair contracting procedures in its lawsuit.Tim Fernholz, Government ExecutiveFri, 25 Jul 2014 11:40:12 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/07/spacex-scores-early-win-its-lawsuit-against-us-government/89681/Emerging TechThe SpaceX Dragon capsule berths at the International Space StationNASAAmazon’s Cloud Price War With Google Is Starting to Hurthttp://www.nextgov.com/cloud-computing/2014/07/amazons-cloud-price-war-google-starting-hurt/89678/Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s cloud-computing business, is now mature enough to affect Amazon’s overall numbers.Dan Frommer, QuartzFri, 25 Jul 2014 10:48:08 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cloud-computing/2014/07/amazons-cloud-price-war-google-starting-hurt/89678/CloudKen Wolter/Shutterstock.com