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DNA data storage capabilities hold promise for federal agencies

DNA-based data storage technologies could be a more secure answer for federal agencies' encrypted data, according to researchers.

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Census moves ahead with 2017 testing plans

The Census Bureau is seeking public feedback on its plan to use Puerto Rico as a proving ground for tech in advance of the 2020 enumeration.

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NRC sheds 1962 handwriting rule

After 54 years, a rule requiring the atomic energy secretary to handwrite changes to official agency transcripts is being deleted.

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FCC: New 5G framework fosters health IT innovation

The FCC's 5G rules could enable health IT innovations such as remote medical care, mobile applications and wireless body sensors, according to a top agency official.

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Are U.S. chemical plants ready for cyberattacks?

A top DHS official said the coordinated cyberattack on the Ukrainian power grid last year should be a wake-up call for critical infrastructure providers in the U.S.

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A $5.8B argument for better IT management

IT COST Commission releases new taxonomy and metrics for managing IT spend, and says big agency savings can result from better data.

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CMS seeks new CTO

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is looking a new CTO, a job that involves taking a leadership role on the HealthCare.gov website.

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How states can opt out of FirstNet

States are getting an early look at what they might have to do to opt out of a nationwide, interoperable broadband network for first responders.

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Congress worries that virtual monsters are eating up data

House Democrats want assurances that the wildly popular Pokemon Go app is consuming the data of unsuspecting mobile consumers.

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Two years after Heartbleed, an improved OpenSSL aims for government approval

A much-improved version of the cryptographic building block lacks FIPS 140-2 validation, but SafeLogic is stepping in to change that.


Turkish hackers claim credit for Library of Congress attack

The attack on several congressional websites comes in the wake of a failed coup in Turkey -- an uprising some Turkish leaders have blamed in part on the U.S. government.

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GSA's Schedule 70 drills in on health IT

As federal health care agencies' spending on IT continues to rise, GSA gives health IT a dedicated Special Item Number on its largest, most-used contract.