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Thousands of Federal Employees Volunteer as Surge Force for FEMA Relief Efforts

September 25, 2017 Thousands of federal employees are volunteering to join government relief efforts after successive hurricanes devastated the Gulf Coast and American Southeast. As of Monday, almost 2,200 federal volunteers are on the ground as part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Surge Capacity Force, with hundreds more volunteers ready to deploy...

Meet the 17-Year-Old Who Hacked the Air Force

September 22, 2017 Jack Cable is 17 years old. With a thin build and large, square glasses, he looks like any unassuming high school senior from the Chicago suburbs. Except he’s a military-grade hacker. Cable recently finished first in Hack the Air Force, a Pentagon-sponsored bug bounty program that recruited ethical hackers to...

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National Weather Service Develops New Career Path for Meteorologists

September 21, 2017 The National Weather Service is streamlining the career paths of aspiring meteorologists after a recent report revealed the current advancement process is inefficient and leaves some employees ill-prepared for higher-level positions. By clearly defining a career ladder, NWS is aiming to give its forecasters a more holistic experience and a...

Meet the 17-Year-Old Who Hacked the U.S. Air Force

September 21, 2017 Jack Cable is 17 years old. With a thin build and large, square glasses, he looks like any unassuming high school senior from the Chicago suburbs. Except he’s a military-grade hacker. Cable recently finished first in Hack the Air Force, a Pentagon-sponsored bug bounty program that recruited ethical hackers to...

Experts Warn Congress Anti-Sex Trafficking Bill Could Backfire

September 19, 2017 Internet law experts, human rights advocates and lawmakers warned Congress that a controversial anti-sex trafficking bill may allow human traffickers to increase their online presence, not eliminate it. The current version of Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act may reduce web services’ incentive to moderate content on their sites, experts told...

National Guard’s Smart Radios Create Networks in Disaster Zones

September 18, 2017 The Army National Guard’s Civil Support Teams recently joined a long list of military and law enforcement groups in adopting MANET technology, a smart radio system that creates an IP network to relay audio, video and location data. In July, the Army awarded an $8.9 million contract to Persistent Systems,...

Divisive Anti-Sex Trafficking Bill Gets Senate Hearing

September 14, 2017 Lawmakers announced a hearing on a controversial anti-sex trafficking bill that’s pitted internet freedom advocates against human rights groups, opting out of a potential plan to rush the bill through as an amendment to must-pass budget legislation. Supporters praise the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act as a much-needed weapon in...

VA, TSA Are on a Mission to Make Government More Human

September 14, 2017 Most people see interacting with the government as a tedious and impersonal task, but two agencies with spotty public image records want to improve customer experience by making the government work with citizens on a more human level. The Transportation Security Administration and Veterans Affairs Department have both taken steps...

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Veterans in Government Made $11,000 Less Than Non-Vets in 2016

September 13, 2017 The federal government employed almost 12,000 more veterans in fiscal 2016 than it did in 2015, but vets still earned significantly less than government employees who hadn’t served in the military, according to new data from the Office of Personnel Management. As of Sept. 30, 2016, veterans represented roughly 31.1...

FTC Cracks Down on Social Media Stars Who Don't Reveal Sponsorships

September 12, 2017 The Federal Trade Commission sent warnings on Thursday to nearly two dozen social media stars who have continually violated the agency’s endorsement guidelines by not disclosing when companies pay them to promote their products. The crackdown came the same day the agency settled a lawsuit against two influencers in the...