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Netcentric In a Snap

June 1, 2006 The goal of netcentric warfare is to enable troops to adapt on the fly, but that means technology has to become plug-and-play. A line of Humvees carrying U.S. soldiers rumbles through the night in enemy territory in 2016. The convoy turns right, but one section mistakenly goes left-straight into the...

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No break for agencies on ID card deadline

May 30, 2006 Agencies will not get a break on an Oct. 27 deadline for issuing new wireless chip identity cards to employees and contractors, federal officials said Tuesday. But not every regional office will be required to issue cards to its employees, if agencies agree to procure cards through cooperative agreements with...

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Senate confirms FEMA, GSA chiefs

May 26, 2006 As part of a spate of confirmation votes Friday afternoon, the Senate approved President Bush's picks to head the Federal Emergency Management Agency and General Services Administration. Senators confirmed acting FEMA chief R. David Paulison as the agency's permanent director, in a move praised by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff....

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Some agencies could get break on smart identity card deadline

May 26, 2006 Editor's Note: Since this article was published, federal officials have retracted some of the information included in it. For an updated follow-up story, please click here. Agencies struggling to meet an Oct. 27 deadline for issuing new wireless-chip identity cards could gain relief under a policy that could be issued...

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VA to shift up to $25 million to handle data theft inquiries

May 24, 2006 The Veterans Affairs Department is prepared to shift up to $25 million of its fiscal 2006 funding to handle initial costs associated with the theft of as many as 26.5 million veterans' personal data from an employee's suburban Maryland home. The overall price tag could climb. Lawmakers on Wednesday granted...

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Data on millions of vets stolen from VA employee’s home

May 22, 2006 Personal information, including Social Security numbers, of possibly every living U.S. veteran discharged since 1975 was stolen earlier this month from the home of a Veterans Affairs employee, the department announced Monday. The employee took the electronic data without authorization, Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson said. Sources said the employee,...

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OMB official: Too soon to judge computer security law

May 18, 2006 The Federal Information Security Management Act isn't old enough for its most effective provisions to prompt great cybersecurity improvements, an Office of Management and Budget official said Thursday. The act, known as FISMA, took effect in 2002. It called for agencies, over a period of as long as two years,...

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Getting Down to Business

May 15, 2006 IAC refines its image as a vital partner for government. The Industry Advisory Council will have you know that it's a very, very serious organization, and not Northern Virginia's primary conduit for federal IT business networking. IAC "has matured to the level that content is important," says Venkatapathi Puvvada, chief...

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Unveiling Secrets

May 15, 2006 It's tough to share information when agencies are restricting access to more of it every day. "Loose lips might sink ships" proclaims the admonitory World War II poster. So might public access to the Defense Department's phone book, apparently. Until 2002, anyone could buy it from the Government Printing Office...

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Defense inspector general OKs use of GSA contracting offices

May 15, 2006 Despite an ongoing interagency contracting fight, the Pentagon's inspector general has decided against restricting the Defense Department's business with the General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service regional contracting shops, sources at both agencies said. In a possibly related development, GSA will acquiesce to the Pentagon's disputed interpretation of fiscal law...