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Photo courtesy of Sandia National Labs: Jason Hamlet was on the Sandia National Laboratories team that developed SecuritySeal, a device that attaches to a container and detects tampering.

Physical security tech goes nuclear

Sandia Labs' SecuritySeal device for locking down nuclear materials can also secure more everyday items.

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Can NOAA pay industry to fill its weather data gap?

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration must balance its treaty obligations to provide weather data freely to the world against the private-sector innovation that weather data property rights could unleash.

No Social Media

OPM's shift in security posture raises labor law questions

OPM did not give unions a chance to bargain over the cutting off of social media and personal email accounts.

McCain at Heritage today.

McCain on defense bill, NGA on Hootenanny, Army on battlefield tech

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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CSIS, lawmakers launch cyber task force for next president

The new task force will take note of progress since the last one seven years ago, and make recommendations for executive action for whoever is elected in 2016.

aerial view of ORNL

Supercomputer centers, drone privacy and intel desktops

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

General Darren McDew and General Paul Selva.

Transportation Command upbeat in cyber progress report

Ten months after a Senate Armed Services Committee report faulted Transportation Command's cyber posture, the commander and his potential successor said progress has been made.


Pluto flyby earned NASA social media gold

NASA tweeted up a storm, engaged openly tongue-in-cheek on Twitter and gave Instagram the first look at a historic moment in U.S. space exploration history.

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IED-toting drones, NSA on GitHub, a new OASIS dashboard and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

Labor Secretary Tom Perez participates in a July 13 Q&A on Twitter

How not to do a Twitter Q&A

In support of the White House Conference on Aging, Labor Secretary Tom Perez took to Twitter to answer citizens' questions. It was a good idea, but failed to capitalize on social media's biggest draw: a personal touch.

FCW magazine June 30 issue icon set.

NASA: A good story well told

The space agency’s PR machine is second to none in the federal government. The secret: “Don’t suck all the fun out of what you do.”

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Feds targeted in Clandestine Wolf phishing campaign

DHS and the FBI are briefing agencies about a new threat from Chinese hackers.