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A National Lab's 5 Tips for Better Security

August 11, 2010 Roger Johnston, a member of the vulnerability assessment team at the Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, delivered a keynote on Wednesday at the USENIX security conference in Washington. Boiled down here from an article posted by eSecurity Planet on his speech, are five tips Johnston says will bolster your system...

5 Reasons Why Clinger-Cohen Failed

August 11, 2010 The 1996 Clinger-Cohen Act, which established the chief information officer position at agencies, among other things, was signed into law this month 14 years ago. By most accounts, it hasn't lived up to expectations. In fact, many say it's a downright failure. The latest to weigh in on the disappointment...

What's the Big Deal?

August 10, 2010 Arkansas is considering building a vaccine registry for adults so that doctors can quickly check if a resident has had a specific shot. From the Arkansas Democrat Gazette: [Dr. James Phillips, branch chief of infectious disease for the state Health Department] pointed to the Feb. 24, 2007, tornado in Dumas,...

Debunking the Net Generation

August 10, 2010 A lot of reports and articles -- including many on this site (here and here) and on Government Executive (here and here) -- depict younger workers and the Internet as joined at the hip. The 'Net and the social networking it spawned, the story goes, are indispensable to the so-called...

Cyber's Big Business

August 9, 2010 For Maryland, cybersecurity pays. The state's governor, Martin O'Malley, wrote on Monday in a commentary appearing in the Washington Post's business publication, Capital Business, "Maryland is better positioned than other states to recover from the national recession stronger and sooner." One reason: the business of cybersecurity, he said. O'Malley cited...

Do You Have Perishable Skills?

August 9, 2010 Who has a better chance of finding a job after being out of work for, say, six months? A software programmer (particularly in the health field) or a construction worker? If you said the programmer, you're wrong, according to some analysts. The reason is that the technology sector is changing...

More Medicaid Systems Woes

August 4, 2010 Two years ago I wrote about how state's Medicaid claims processing systems seem to be one of the most difficult IT projects to develop. Maine, North Carolina and Indiana, just to name a few, were having difficulties building workable systems. Now it's Idaho's turn. As reported by the Idaho Statesman:...

DOE Discloses Power Grid Threats

August 3, 2010 The following post was written by Nextgov reporter Aliya Sternstein. In the interest of serving the greater public good, the Energy Department recently disclosed an analysis of the cybersecurity vulnerabilities of private and government electric power grids. Typically cyber weaknesses at private utilities -- and even in specific government energy...

Craigslist creator tries to bring transparency initiative out of the shadows

July 29, 2010 Craigslist founder Craig Newmark started the online classifieds site in 1995.Gene X. Hwang The Obama administration's open government initiative is discussed regularly in some circles inside the Beltway, but travel just a few miles west and it's rarely, if ever, a topic of conversation. That's unfortunate, says Craig Newmark, creator...

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From Nextgov.com: Craigslist creator tries to bring transparency initiative out of the shadows

July 29, 2010 The Obama administration's open government initiative is discussed regularly in some circles inside the Beltway, but travel just a few miles west and it's rarely, if ever, a topic of conversation. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.