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USGS shakes up earthquake maps

An updated National Seismic Hazard Map reminds that the risks extend far beyond California.

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Moving targets, Logan kiosks and industry's view of LPTA

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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A $300 million IT flop

Six years and nearly $300 million later, the Social Security Administration has decided to press "reset" on its project to improve the claim processing system. Here's what happened.

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FBI plans Amazon cloud for developers

The FBI is looking for an unclassified system that conforms to the FISMA-moderate security level.

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State's passport and visa system crashes

Problems with the Consular Consolidated Database could strand thousands of people waiting for documents around the globe.

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VA secretary approved, Chopra promotes his book and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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FTC wants to stretch regulatory arm in big data

FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen says the key to using big data is understanding its limits and “emphasizing the need for human judgment.”

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GAO: What Congress' watchdogs are thinking

Meet the leaders behind all those audits.

The original front cover of the 9/11 Commission Report released by the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States.

'History may be repeating itself' in cyberspace

On the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 report's release, the men who guided the investigation are warning of new threats going unaddressed.

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The power of priorities, postponing DCGS-A and opening data in D.C.

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Former Navy secretary calls for minimalist approach to IT security

Richard Danzig argues that the U.S. government should "forsake some efficiencies" in the pursuit of security.

Members of the NAS team and National Academies representatives with the NIST scanner. From left to right: Leslie Braby, Erik Svedberg, Sandra Hyland, David Hintenlang, and Sadije Redzovic.

NIST, NAS still assessing controversial airport scanners

Privacy concerns forced TSA to scrap its backscatter machines, but radiation levels -- and possible future uses -- are still being studied.