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Justice, USPTO file briefs opposing Microsoft's bid to change the burden of proof in patent challenges

The federal government joined "friend of the court" filings opposing Microsoft appeal to change the burden of proof in patent challenges.

Census director kick-starts efficiency blog

Census Bureau Director Robert Groves is putting a personal touch on the agency's second round of collecting ideas from employees for improving efficiency.

NIST document 'brings it all together' on FISMA

The new NIST guidance for managing information security risk is called the capstone of the agency's work on FISMA implementation.

NIST budget request could more than double cybersecurity spending

The Obama Administration wants the National Institute of Standards and Technology to get $43.4 million for cybersecurity programs, an increase that would more than double NIST's money for research and development programs in this area.

Broadband plan debate: federal bureaucracy or local initiative?

From reforming the Universal Service Fund to determining how grants are allocated, headaches remain for agencies in starting the National Broadband Plan. weak even without blizzard, study says

The National Weather Service's website failed as a massive blizzard bore down on the midwest, but its performance during normal times isn't so great either, according to a new study.

FedFlix federal video archive grows in popularity

The FedFlix online federal short film archive has won millions of views on YouTube, and now the Library of Congress is considering streaming films online as well.

IT fixes are needed before the next census, GAO says

The Census Bureau needs to fix some IT problems before the 2020 census that could cost as much as $30 billion, GAO says.

National strategy for identity management nearly done

The administration’s National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace is expected to be finalized this winter, and the standards-making process to support it already is under way.

For continuity, build telework into operations

The technology is available to enable secure, efficient access for remote working emergencies and day-to-day operations, but planning ahead is critical. Two agencies show that it can be done.

Big telework savings trumps butts in the seats

Telework remains a goal of most agencies. But a combination of technology, employee expectations and legislation can help make it a reality.

NIST late to start work after getting paid, GAO says

Auditors scold the National Institute of Standards and Technology for taking too long to deliver results on research studies paid for by federal agencies.

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