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Hard to talk? It’s training, not tech

A Virginia police official said the communications problems on the day of the Navy Yard shooting were a result of too much talking, not too little.

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Social Security seeks software for private cloud

SSA was an early cloud computing adopter and is one of the few non-intelligence agencies to put big data to use.

Handheld controller for the Pointman robots being used by U.S. Border Patrol to explore under-border tunnels.

Border bots target tunnel smuggling

The wireless robot-based program is aimed at disrupting the flow of contraband without putting agents in harms' way.

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GWAC goes social

The GSA portal is aimed at building a dialogue between government and contractors.

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Getting in the big-data game

Government faces a multitude of challenges in using big data effectively -- including legal obstacles and cultural barriers -- but experts say the reward is worth the risk.

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VA still dragging feet in answering congressional inquiries

Veterans Affairs has not fully responded to questions from Congress about data breaches dating back almost two years.


Report reveals feds’ mobile security gaps

Federal employees are much more likely to play fast and loose with mobile security than with a desktop computer, a new study says.

DHS St. Elizabeth

Telework, IT could aid in 'major reassessment' of DHS HQ consolidation

Congressional report finds department has not factored tech advances into its space needs at St. Elizabeth's campus.

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Encryption challenges move to the cloud

Cloud computing is expanding the data encryption and key management issues agencies face.

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Defense Health Agency focusing on IT for savings, efficiencies

Beyond migrating to a new electronic health records system, the agency is consolidating IT infrastructure, moving to DOD enterprise email and boosting R&D.

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Looking for LinkedIn's next tipping point

Will 2014 see feds start to actively engage in the social network?

Ben Balter

Seizing the real open-gov opportunity

GitHub’s government evangelist, a former Presidential Innovation Fellow, says collaboration, not cost, could be the big win of 2014.