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TSA moves toward e-check of IDs

Electronic checks of drivers' licenses and other documents now checked visually by TSA agents against passengers' boarding passes is intended to speed up security lines.

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GCN Award winners, online privacy, Syrian malware and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community

Smithsonian transcription project moves out of beta

After a year of testing, an effort to use volunteers to transcribe historical documents and data for online use is opening wide.

Infrastructure

Why FISMA is not enough for the Internet of Things

It's not just TSA devices that are vulnerable, says Billy Rios, director of threat intelligence at Qualys. And the procurement process is a crucial link in preventing back-door cyberattacks on federal facilities.

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HHS cloud plans, a key IT vacancy and talk of a cyber-specific service branch

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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What it takes to achieve effective cyber defense

Addressing nontechnical challenges could help overcome slow-moving government policies and a compliance-focused culture, writes FireEye's Travis Rosiek.

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FAA moves on drone test and research sites

The last of six authorizations to operate and a solicitation for a Center of Excellence for Unmanned Aircraft Systems came in the past week.

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For IG, the future is now at USPS

Inspector General David Williams takes a broad view of his role at the perennially cash-strapped U.S. Postal Service, including the development of new technologies and revenue streams.

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No on FITARA, yes on wearable gear, maybe on JSF software

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Leaked docs show spyware used to snoop on U.S. computers

ProPublica's report on software created by the controversial U.K.-based Gamma Group International provides yet another reminder of rapidly evolving cyber threats.

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Army hits reset button on intelligence-sharing system

The next phase of the $5 billion Distributed Common Ground System will likely be open to bidders in fiscal 2016.

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The story behind DOT's cyber makeover

CIO Richard McKinney says it started with the realization that staff considered cybersecurity measures to be "inconvenient."