Nextgov - All Content 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 Records chief calls modernizing IT systems ‘one of my top challenges'Aliya SternsteinTue, 29 Jul 2014 18:18:59 -0400 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 IT calls for broad overhaul of the acquisition system writ large -- not just tech fix.Jack MooreTue, 29 Jul 2014 17:35:33 -0400 Briefingcosma/Shutterstock.comHere's How the Senate Plans to End NSA Mass Surveillance 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 -0400 Data The National Security Agency's Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah.Rick Bowmer/APHow ‘Game of Thrones’ Will Predict the Next Bin Laden 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 -0400 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''s asylum in Russia expires July 31.Shirley Li, The WireTue, 29 Jul 2014 12:16:01 -0400 hold posters of former National Security Agency member Edward Snowden in front of the German parliament building.Markus Schreiber/APNeed to Know Memo: Going Hybrid hybrid could be the answer to your agency's cloud conundrum.Nextgov StaffTue, 29 Jul 2014 11:49:46 -0400 Expected to Confirm McDonald as VA Secretary Today to prospective VA chief likely to be in short supply.Bob BrewinTue, 29 Jul 2014 10:48:23 -0400 - What's BrewinVeterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonaldAP PhotoHouse Wants Agency CIOs to Vouch for Security of Their Websites‘This bill forces bureaucrats to protect your personal information,’ lawmaker says.Nextgov StaffTue, 29 Jul 2014 09:39:22 -0400 Briefingktsdesign/Shutterstock.comHouse Approves Stronger Cyber Protections for Critical infrastructure bill to bolster DHS’ cyber workforce also passes.Rebecca CarrollTue, 29 Jul 2014 09:18:29 -0400 Raided Israeli Contractors That Built Iron Dome Missile Shield on U.S. missile technologies also were copied by the allegedly China-based attackers.Nextgov StaffMon, 28 Jul 2014 17:57:09 -0400 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 Spying 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 -0400 Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP File PhotoBritish Activist Lauri Love Accused of Hacking Deltek 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 -0400 Drawback of the House-Senate VA Bill? Congress Can’t Create Doctors entire country, not just VA, faces a shortage of primary care physicians.Bob BrewinMon, 28 Jul 2014 15:32:13 -0400 - What's BrewinYevhen Vitte/Shutterstock.comHow Lasers and 3-D Maps Can Help the U.S. Prepare for Climate Change 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 -0400 DataUSGS personnel monitoring flood waters in Waverly, IA USGSThe CIA Fears the Internet of Things battleground of tomorrow is everywhere at once.Patrick Tucker, Defense OneMon, 28 Jul 2014 12:41:39 -0400 Hoychuk/Shutterstock.comIf You Want To Be Rich and Powerful, Majoring in STEM Is a Good Place to Start education teaches creative problem solving, which is widely applicable and more necessary than ever today.Jonathan Wai, QuartzMon, 28 Jul 2014 10:49:20 -0400 Briefing - Wired WorkplaceSergey Nivens/Shutterstock.comHacker Breached NOAA Satellite Data from Contractor’s PC says it's a bad idea for personnel to access NOAA systems using personal computersAliya SternsteinMon, 28 Jul 2014 09:56:47 -0400 GOES-R Spacecraft System and Propulsion Modules in Lockheed Martin CleanroomNOAAEPA Doesn’t Know How Much It Uses the Cloud, IG Finds agency says it has 11 cloud contracts, but the IG doubts that number.Rebecca CarrollFri, 25 Jul 2014 16:20:35 -0400 a Misplaced Glove Cause Nuke Waste Dump Fire? goes the organic kitty litter theory.Bob BrewinFri, 25 Jul 2014 15:58:02 -0400 - What's BrewinThomas Herbert/AP4 Reasons Why the Internet of Everything Will Require a New Breed of IT Pros will demand a workforce shift.Sudarshan KrishnamurthiFri, 25 Jul 2014 15:24:00 -0400 TechManu Fernandez/APHackers Probe Dominion Power Staff, Bankroll Pickpockets’ Airfare to London, and Raid a Charity another week in ThreatWatch, our regularly updated index of noteworthy data breaches.Aliya SternsteinFri, 25 Jul 2014 14:31:32 -0400 anshar/Shutterstock.comVirtual Border Fence Project Halted After Raytheon Protest DHS 'prejudiced' the contract during a botched competition for the $145 million surveillance project.Aliya SternsteinFri, 25 Jul 2014 14:13:26 -0400 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 Security HHS audit detailed a total of six shortcomings with the agency’s handling of smart cards.Jack MooreFri, 25 Jul 2014 12:02:25 -0400 BriefingTashatuvango/Shutterstock.comSpaceX Scores an Early Win in its Lawsuit Against the US Government had charged the government with violating fair contracting procedures in its lawsuit.Tim Fernholz, Government ExecutiveFri, 25 Jul 2014 11:40:12 -0400 TechThe SpaceX Dragon capsule berths at the International Space StationNASAAmazon’s Cloud Price War With Google Is Starting to Hurt 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 -0400 Wolter/