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Intel Has a Good Story with McAfee

August 19, 2010 Intel Corp.'s announcement that it would by security firm McAfee Inc. for $7.68 billion could have an interesting play in the federal information technology market, according to Washington tech analysts. By having a McAfee at your fingertips, Intel can bolster the security in its chips, giving it a leg up...

North 'Hermit Kingdom' Korea on Twitter

August 18, 2010 North Korea is on Twitter and the United States asked the communist country if it was "prepared to allow its citizens to be connected as well?" tweeted Philip J. Crowley on Tuesday welcomed North Korea, assistant secretary of State for public affairs. The country had more than 7,800 followers as...

US-VISIT Gets First CTO

August 17, 2010 Chase Garwood, until recently chief information officer for the National Protection and Programs Directorate at the Homeland Security Department, last week started work as the chief technology officer for US-VISIT (a.k.a. the United States Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology program). The CTO position is a new one at US-VISIT...

Photo of the Day

August 16, 2010 Yes, that's Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., chairman of the Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services and International Security Subcommittee and author of cybersecurity bills, standing next to a Nerf gun "modified to hold long-range antennas and a computer that can monitor data sent over wireless networks." Carper appeared at...

Grants for Insurance Monitoring

August 16, 2010 The Health and Human Services Department announced $46 million in grants to 45 states and the District of Columbia to apply a check on the increase in health insurance premiums. Part of the money, which came from the 2010 Affordable Care Act, will pay for upgrades to systems or for...

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Two Takes on the Pay Debate

August 16, 2010 Derek Thompson, a blogger at theAtlantic.com (part of Atlantic Media, Nextgov's parent company as well) tries to add more insight into the ongoing (and confusing) debate about whether federal workers make more or less than their private sector counterparts. Thompson posted edited excerpts from two interviews with researchers who have...

An Open Government Lesson

August 13, 2010 The New York Times had a front-page article on Friday on how the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, drug and medical-imaging companies, universities and nonprofit groups worked together to try to find the biological markers that show the progression of Alzheimer's disease. "Now, the effort is...

Two Takes on Federal Pay Debate

August 13, 2010 Derek Thompson, a blogger at theAtlantic.com (part of Atlantic Media, Nextgov's parent company as well) tries to add more insight into the ongoing (and confusing) debate about whether federal workers make more or less than their private sector counterparts. Thompson posted edited excerpts from two interviews with researchers who have...

NMCI Comments Wanted

August 13, 2010 Looks like the editors over at Wired's Danger Room blog are working on a piece on NMCI, the Navy's massive intranet, which is up for an upgrade. They want your opinions, according to a Tweet. The Navy, with NMCI prime contractor EDS, which is now part of HP, conducts quarterly...

Pentagon mulls plan for NSA to monitor Defense contractors' network traffic

August 13, 2010 The Defense and Homeland Security departments are considering a plan that would allow the National Security Agency to monitor certain Defense contractors' networks for malicious activity, according a report posted by The Atlantic Web site. The NSA would set up equipment at the contractors' Internet Service Providers to detect anomalies,...