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Susan Brooks

DHS could get a bit more social

Bill would open up DHS social media workgroup to more private-sector input.

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Network disruptions, DISA's DECC shutdown and still more industry advice

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Another day, another cyber indictment

A second indictment in as many months accuses the owner of a Chinese aviation firm of selling data stolen from U.S. defense contractors to state-owned companies in China.

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Critical infrastructure under attack -- and unprepared

Only about one in four executives in a new survey said security was among the top five strategic priorities at their companies.

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Does interoperability have to be hard?

Everyone agrees that electronic health record systems work only when different platforms can communicate, but standards are still a work in progress.

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Panel recommends NIST declare independence from NSA

"NIST may seek the advice of the NSA on cryptographic matters but it must be in a position to assess it and reject it when warranted,” says a report from the Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology.

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Are the spending floodgates about to open?

New analysis from Deltek suggests that fourth-quarter agency spending could be especially strong this year.

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No thawing of cyber tensions on Kerry’s Beijing trip

A "frank exchange" of views between the U.S. and China yielded no concrete results on the cyber-attack front.

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Making the most of the cloud: A software-defined approach

Software-defined environments break down the silos between network, storage and computing capabilities -- something most agencies are just beginning to explore.

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Keeping tabs on costs at Interior

A decision by senior IT officials to review every tech purchase of more than $3,000 has paid handsome dividends at the Interior Department.

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Terrorist tweets, spectrum modeling, gun tracking and video conferencing

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Smartphones in space

NASA is sending the next generation of Google smartphones to the International Space Station with the goal of easing some of the workaday load for astronauts.