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What to Do About Federal Security?

May 11, 2007 USAToday's online editorial page invited readers in an Op-Ed this week to discuss what to do about the increasing number of incidents of agencies losing personal data. Only nine comments had been posted as of late Friday, ranging from one calling for more legislation to force agencies to protect the...

DHS Opposes DHS

May 11, 2007 You know you may have a policy problem when one of your own departmental committees questions a departmental program. That's what has happened at the Homeland Security Department, which just closed this week taking public comments on the department's proposed rules for implementing the Real ID Act of 2005. Among...

IT Vendor ACS Aims High

May 11, 2007 State government contractor Affiliated Computer Services Inc. has some ambitious growth plans. The provider of information technology outsourcing services for governments and the private sector announced yesterday that it would double its revenue to $10 billion by 2010, according to an Associated Press article. Much of the growth, said Lynn...

Vendor: Agencies Hot to Buy Networx Services

May 8, 2007 The General Services Administration just awarded the $48 billion Networx Universal telecommunications contract, but agencies are already drawing up plans to buy some of the contract's more sophisticated offerings, according to officials with Verizon Business Services, one of three holders of the contract. (The other two are AT&T Government Solutions...

Report: Feds Need Privacy Czar, More Oversight

May 7, 2007 The federal government should create a position for a federal privacy czar, who would oversee federal employees' information management practices and policies to ensure they do not compromise Americans' privacy, according to a report released last week by the National Research Council. The recommendations, laid out in a 456-page report...

Energy Lab Expert Warns of Growing Cyberthreat

May 7, 2007 The cybersecurity community has warned for years that the nation's critical infrastructure (the transportation, banking, electric, and oil and gas sectors, for example) is vulnerable to hackers or nation states looking to crash the computer networks that support that infrastructure. A serious attack has yet to materialize. But it's just...

Army Clarifies Soldier-Blog Policy

May 4, 2007 In a May 2 Tech Insider post, we linked to a Wired article on the Army's new policy of requiring soldiers (as well as contractors and soldier's family members) to have any blog material approved before posting. Some speculated it would effectively end all soldiers' blogs from Iraq. It looks...

Army Employees Charged With Contract Fraud

May 4, 2007 Two civilians working in an Army depot in Pennsylvania were charged yesterday with providing "inside information and no-bid contracts in exchange for cash and merchandise" to a computer supplier, the Associated Press reports. Federal prosecutors charged Leo John Yesvetz and Charles Marsala, who worked at the Tobyhanna Army Depot, an...

Feds Could Face Own Breach Notification Demand

May 3, 2007 If a hacker gains access to a company's database of customers' personal information, that company is required by many state laws to inform those customers that their personal information was exposed. Now federal agencies may be required to do the same, if a bill introduced today is eventually passed. Rep....

Ontario Blocks Access to Facebook

May 3, 2007 The United States isn't the only government struggling with what to allow employees to view on their government-issued computers during work hours. Ontario's provincial government is too. When Ontario government employees tried yesterday to call up the social-networking site Facebook, they were presented with an "access denied" message, the Toronto...