Nextgov - All Contenthttp://www.nextgov.com/Federal technology news, best practices, and web 2.0 tools.en-usWed, 30 Jul 2014 17:49:25 -0400Congress Passed a Cell-Phone Unlocking Bill. But It Won't Do Much.http://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2014/07/congress-passed-cell-phone-unlocking-bill-it-wont-do-much/90128/It's a popular cause, but the legislation is mostly symbolic.Brendan Sasso, National JournalWed, 30 Jul 2014 17:49:25 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2014/07/congress-passed-cell-phone-unlocking-bill-it-wont-do-much/90128/MobileRick Moser/Shutterstock.comObamacare Website Has Cost $840 Millionhttp://www.nextgov.com/health/2014/07/obamacare-website-has-cost-840-million/90122/A slew of management failures led to the site's disastrous launch, according to a new GAO report.Sam Baker, National JournalWed, 30 Jul 2014 17:33:03 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/health/2014/07/obamacare-website-has-cost-840-million/90122/Healthtxking/Shutterstock.comThe USPS's Hail-Mary Idea: Embrace 3-D Printinghttp://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/07/uspss-hail-mary-idea-embrace-3-d-printing/90134/Even if the USPS were agile enough to adapt to 3-D printing, doing so would only scratch the surface of remedying the agency's financial troubles.Joe Pinsker, The AtlanticWed, 30 Jul 2014 17:27:27 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2014/07/uspss-hail-mary-idea-embrace-3-d-printing/90134/Emerging TechA 3D printing module on display at Staples. The Postal Service's use of 3D printing might not be such an easy fix.Matt Sayles/AP File PhotoIs a Senate-Confirmed Federal CIO the Key to IT Reform?http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/07/senate-confirmed-federal-cio-key-it-reform/90125/Bill envisions a newly created Digital Government Office in the White HouseJack MooreWed, 30 Jul 2014 17:03:06 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/07/senate-confirmed-federal-cio-key-it-reform/90125/CIO BriefingRep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif.Charles Dharapak/AP File PhotoWhy Federal IT Reform Is Getting Cheaperhttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/07/why-federal-it-reform-getting-cheaper/90098/Pared-down Senate bill is projected to cost less than House-passed measure.Rebecca CarrollWed, 30 Jul 2014 15:50:08 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/07/why-federal-it-reform-getting-cheaper/90098/CIO Briefing House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., right, reacts to Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va.J. Scott Applewhite/APTerror Victims Can’t Seize Iranian and Syrian Web Addresseshttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/07/terror-victims-cant-seize-iranian-and-syrian-web-addresses/90101/ICANN: Internet domains aren’t owned by anybody, including ICANN.Aliya SternsteinWed, 30 Jul 2014 15:41:02 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2014/07/terror-victims-cant-seize-iranian-and-syrian-web-addresses/90101/Defenseartcalin/Shutterstock.comMcDonald Takes Over as VA Secretary Todayhttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/07/mcdonald-takes-over-va-secretary-today/90092/The new VA chief's first day began with what appears to be a low-key ceremony at agency headquarters.Bob BrewinWed, 30 Jul 2014 15:11:36 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/defense/whats-brewin/2014/07/mcdonald-takes-over-va-secretary-today/90092/Defense - What's BrewinRobert McDonald, secretary of the Veteran Affairs Department.Charles Dharapak/APWhat Congress Should Be Talking About When It Talks About a National Transportation Planhttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/07/what-congress-should-be-talking-about-when-it-talks-about-national-transportation-plan/90074/There's a worthy federal infrastructure program staring America right in the face: broadband.Eric Jaffe, CityLabWed, 30 Jul 2014 11:43:12 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/07/what-congress-should-be-talking-about-when-it-talks-about-national-transportation-plan/90074/CIO BriefingZorabc/Shutterstock.comReid Vows to Defend Net Neutrality From Republican Attackshttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/07/reid-vows-defend-net-neutrality-republican-attacks/90071/The letter could give the FCC political cover to enact tougher rules.Brendan Sasso, National JournalWed, 30 Jul 2014 11:27:08 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2014/07/reid-vows-defend-net-neutrality-republican-attacks/90071/CIO BriefingSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev.Senate Democrats FlickrCanada Research Agency Goes Offline to Contain Chinese Infectionhttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/07/canada-research-agency-goes-offline-contain-chinese-infection/90032/Breach could have deeper implications.Nextgov StaffWed, 30 Jul 2014 09:26:37 -0400http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/07/canada-research-agency-goes-offline-contain-chinese-infection/90032/CybersecurityDuc Dao/Shutterstock.comAfter 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.com