Agency News: NASA

Gov ID card program enters new phase

As most agencies get over the hump of issuing HSPD-12 computer identification cards to all employees and contractors, they must now tackle the next challenge of developing card-based security systems that will control access to government facilities and computer systems.

Regulators urged to lighten up on award-fee rules

Agencies asked regulators to avoid more burdensome rules and reporting requirements.

Astronaut sends Tweets from space

An Army officer is the first to post Twitter feeds from the International Space Station, NASA notes.

Agencies play by different rules on contractor award fees, says GAO

Federal agencies are not being consistent in how they distribute contractor award fees, according to a senior GAO official.

The lasting legacy of the Apollo space program

NASA and other sites offer different perspectives on the historic and contemporary importance of the Apollo program.

6 steps to cutting the cord with departing employees

NASA uses a check in/check out de-provisioning checklist that invokes six inter-departmental actions that cut off outgoing workers from networks, applications, e-mail accounts and other agency resources.

Web 2.0 can recruit new workforce

The next generation of federal employees will be looking for a government presence in social media, and the government will suffer if it is not there.

GSA expands on O'Hare's GWACs comments

In a recent interview with Federal Computer Week's acquisition editor, Matthew Weigelt, Ed O'Hare, assistant commissioner of the Office of Integrated Technology Services at GSA's Federal Acquisition Service, clarifies and expands upon his comments made during a panel discussion at the Washington Technology Top 100 Conference.

Agencies look inward for Web 2.0

When agencies are not able to use public services such as Facebook and Twitter, a growing collection of open-source tools is making it easier for them to create their own social-networking systems.

Spacebook launches at NASA Goddard

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center has developed a homegrown social-networking application that provides all NASA employees with the types of features found in Facebook but in a secure environment.

Spacebook brings secure social networking to NASA

The application is available to all NASA employees via the agency's intranet.

New NASA site orbits around manned space flight

A new NASA Web site is designed to let the public participate in reviewing the future of manned space flight.

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