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Kathleen Hickey

Kathleen Hickey is a freelance writer for GCN.
IT Modernization

Intelligence agencies seek crystal ball

The Open Source Indicators Program would extract and analyze public data to reveal patterns that precede global upheavals and generate warnings of such events.

IT Modernization

Android risk of cyber crime is growing fast

Malware targeting the Android smart phone is proliferating rapidly, security firm reports.

IT Modernization

Cloud efforts to get 25 percent of IT spending

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra's Federal Cloud Computing Strategy calls for 25 percent of federal IT spending to go to the cloud, with data center consolidation helping to pay for it.


States face IT worker shortage; cost-cutting measures partly to blame

States are facing critical shortages of IT workers, made worse by furloughs, hiring freezes and stagnant salaries -- similar to measures that are in effect or proposed for feds.

Geospatial data management refined

The OMB has issued supplemental guidance to improve the management of geospatial data

Army sets up central medical care site for wounded warriors

A new website is geared toward helping soldiers and veterans who need complex medical care to navigate all the available information on benefits and other resources.

GSA employee's error exposes entire staff to potential identity theft

A GSA employee's error has exposed the Social Security numbers of everyone in the agency.


Federal vs. private pay: The latest take on who makes more

A new government report shows that federal workers make an average of 2.1 percent less than their counterparts in the private sector.

FBI's new website has more than just the facts

The new design, based on user feedback, includes a simplified home page, easier navigation, a new search engine and even a "Fun & Games" section.

BSA debuts asset management standard

A trade group has developed a certification program that will help agency managers keep cloud operations and software management humming.

Army tests electronic, updatable manuals for the field

The Army is testing a variety of applications and devices, including a Kindle, six iPads and an Entourage Edge, as potential platforms for battlefield systems manuals.

Sewer-band Internet could come to your town

Quincy, Ill., tests the sewers for providing Internet service. It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it.

Mobile relay system takes air combat training to sea

New mobile technology for the Navy and Marine Corps makes the TCTS air combat training system "rangeless," allowing for advanced training over water.

DHS to combine databases for immigration management

A new Homeland Security Department system will combine data from multiple databases to detect fraud more readily and respond to information requests more quickly.

TSA may have a solution for virtual-striptease body scans

Privacy concerns regarding full-body scanners in airports may be put to rest, if a new technology now being tested proves effective.

Former New Orleans mayor wasted money with outsourcing, IG says

Inspector general faults former Mayor Ray Nagin for outsourcing technology that increased the costs of recovery after Hurricane Katrina.

Which state is the first deploy a mass mobile alerting system?

The new system – which sends text messages to mobile phones - can target specific geographic areas, which could be as large as a city or as small as a few blocks.

Billions expected for cybersecurity research

The deputy director of national intelligence for acquisition and technology told a recent cybersecurity connference that her office and the White House Office of Science and Technology plan a multibillion dollar research project on cybersecurity.

Sexting case outcome changes the rules on workplace privacy

Supreme Court rules that government employers can look at private messages on employer-owned equipment, as long as they have a legitimate reason to do so.

Cyberattacks are biggest fear, survey shows

A survey of more than 250 government and industry IT professionals found that the majority of respondents believe cyberattacks are the top threat to U.S. national security. The findings differ from similar surveys of government and private-sector experts