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NIST Removes NSA-Tainted Algorithm From Cryptographic Standards

April 29, 2014 The National Institute of Standards and Technology has finally removed a cryptographic algorithm from its draft guidance on random number generators, more than six months after leaked top-secret documents suggested the algorithm had been deliberately sabotaged by the National Security Agency. The announcement came as NIST opened to a final...

First Instrument Deemed Ready for NOAA’s Next-Gen Polar Orbiting Satellite

April 28, 2014 The first of five advanced instruments to be installed aboard the country’s next-generation polar orbiting environmental satellite successfully completed a key review in late April. The instrument, known as the Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System (CERES), was developed by Northrop Grumman and will help scientists understand the Earth’s...

Pentagon Readies Record $11B Health Care Contract Bid

April 25, 2014 Sometime in the coming months, the Defense Department will bid out its Healthcare Management Systems Modernization contract, an effort so large in monetary size and game-changing scope that it could significantly influence the future of health care in the U.S. The DHMSM contract’s estimated lifecycle value is approximately $11 billion...

Coming Soon: Pentagon’s Multi-Billion Dollar Health Records Contract

April 25, 2014 Sometime in the coming months, the Defense Department will bid out its Healthcare Management Systems Modernization contract, an effort so large in monetary size and game-changing scope that it could significantly influence the future of health care in the United States. The DHMSM contract’s estimated lifecycle value is approximately $11...

GSA's Bev Godwin to Retire

April 24, 2014 After a 32-year career as a public servant – the past 14 spent primarily at the General Services Administration – Bev Godwin, director of GSA’s Federal Citizen Information Center, formally announced her retirement on Thursday. Godwin built a stellar reputation in government as a technology expert and champion of innovation...

GSA Has a New Plan for Cloud Providers Navigating Changing Security Standards

April 22, 2014 The General Services Administration released a transition plan on Tuesday that provides guidance to cloud computing service providers that will have to adhere to new baseline security standards slated for release in June. The transition plan will govern how CSPs adhere to upcoming changes to the Federal Risk and Authorization...

White House: No Deportation for Justin Bieber

April 21, 2014 In a decision sure to break a few American hearts, the White House has announced it won’t be deporting Canadian-born pop-star and wearer-of-strange-outfits Justin Bieber. The Obama administration was forced to respond to a petition launched in January to “deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card” after it exceeded...

NASA Found the New ‘Earth-like’ Planet Using Old Data

April 18, 2014 With much fanfare, NASA announced this week that its Kepler Space Telescope had discovered the first Earth-size planet that orbits a parent star in the so-called habitable zone, where temperatures could allow liquid water to collect on the surface. The planet has been named Kepler-186f, and the discovery itself is...

GSA's Dave McClure to Retire

April 16, 2014 Long-time public servant and technology innovator David McClure, Associate Administrator for the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies at the General Services Administration, announced his retirement April 16 in an email to staff, according to multiple sources. McClure played a leadership role in some of GSA’s most integral public-facing...

Using Drones as Wireless Hotspots on the Battlefield

April 15, 2014 A small collection of aging surveillance drones are about to have something in common with a typical Starbucks: the ability to provide high-speed Wi-Fi access. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is a step closer to perfecting the repurposing of aging surveillance drones into high-bandwidth mobile hotspots designed to ensure...