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Government

+ - Feds need 11k new 'critical' IT employees->

fast66 writes: "A study by the Partnership for Public Service found that the government will need to hire approximately 11,549 IT workers during the next three years, in part to replace retiring baby boomers and those leaving federal service for other reasons. The largest demand for IT expertise will come at the Defense, Army, Navy and Homeland Security departments, each of which stand to hire more than 1,000 workers during that period — largely due to turnover."
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Government

+ - Stimulus Site Exempt from Federal Web Restrictions->

fast66 writes: "The Obama administration waived certain rules applicable to all federal web sites in order to quickly launch its stimulus reporting web site. All federal web sites must comply with the 1995 Paperwork Reduction Act, which requires that adequate public notice for using online submission forms. According to Nextgov.com, the Office of Management and Budget waived these rules for the board overseeing economic stimulus spending, allowing it to collect recipient information online without giving the public notice or waiting six months to obtain the required federal approvals for online forms."
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Government

+ - Senator Seeks Cyber Czar Departure Letter->

fast66 writes: "Senator Susan Collins seeks more information about the sudden departure of Obama's cybersecurity czar, Melissa Hathaway, a Bush appointee who resigned yesterday. Collins, who serves as ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee seeks a copy of the resignation letter of Melissa Hathaway, senior cybersecurity adviser to the Director of National Intelligence, and asked her staff to interview Hathaway about why she is leaving the Obama administration. Hathaway, who began working for the Bush administration under Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell in 2007, is the chief architect of the Obama administration's review of the government's ability to identify and thwart high-tech attacks."
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Government

+ - Feds May Soon Be Allowed to Use Cookies-> 1 1

fast66 writes: "The White House may lift its policy barring federal Web sites from tracking users' online behavior. In place since 2000, the cookie policy issued by the Office of Management and Budget was intended to protect citizen privacy but has sparked criticism — even from White House officials — for hampering citizen outreach. On Friday, Bev Godwin, the director of online resources and interagency development at the White House's new media office, blogged on the White House Web site, "We want to use cookies for good, not evil" — and invited the public to comment on cookies through various online channels, including the Office of Science and Technology Policy blog."
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Government

+ - Military Ethics Tested in Health Systems Contract->

fast66 writes: "Internal e-mails allege top officials provided a technology company with software code and documents for the military's massive electronic health record system and awarded it a contract without competition. The House Appropriations Committee estimated in its report on the fiscal 2010 Defense appropriations bill that it would cost MHS $1.2 billion to develop its health IT architecture during the next two years."
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Government

+ - Fed IT pay increases; private sector down or flat->

fast66 writes: "The pay gap between federal technologists and private contractors may narrow. While private sector IT salaries remain flat or dip, federal IT salaries will likely increase 2 percent in fiscal year 2010, according to Nextgov.com. More than 35 percent of private sector IT managers believe salaries will hold at the same levels as last year, and 41 percent report that salaries have already dipped slightly."
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Privacy

+ - Feds to Punish Internet-monitoring Cos. in Iran->

fast66 writes: "After hearing about Nokia-Siemens sale of Internet-monitoring software to Iran, U.S. Senators Schumer and Graham want to bar them from receiving federal contracts. They planned the action after hearing about a joint venture of Nokia Corp. of Finland and Siemens AG of Germany that sold a sophisticated Internet-monitoring system to Iran in 2008. According to Nextgov.com, Schumer and Graham's bill would require the Obama administration to identify foreign companies that export sensitive technology to Iran and ban them from bidding on federal contracts, or renew expiring ones, unless they first stop exports to Iran."
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Government

+ - Obama names Kundra federal CIO->

fast66 writes: "President Obama Thursday named Vivek Kundra to serve as federal chief information officer at the White House. Kundra has been rumored to be a candidate both for the CTO job and to be administrator for e-government and information technology in the Office of Management and Budget. He had been serving as chief technology officer for the District of Columbia, where he was responsible for managing technology operations at 86 city agencies."
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Security

+ - Prof peer to peer to access medical files->

Gov IT writes: Just days after President Obama signed a law giving billions of dollars to develop electronic health records, a university technology professor submitted a paper showing that he was able to uncover tens of thousands of medical files containing names, addresses and Social Security numbers for patients seeking treatment for conditions ranging from AIDS to mental health problems.
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Government

+ - Feds' Wireless System Tested on Inauguration Day->

fast66 writes: "National Communication System, the federal agency charged with planning and protecting federal emergency communications, says Inauguration Day marked one of the largest use of cell phones in one concentrated area in history. The Wireless Priority Service operated by NCS for national security and emergency preparedness personnel performed as designed. Though Inauguration Day was just one day, NCS said it required close to three months planning between NCS and all the wireline and wireless carriers to get ready for a potentially network straining event and was a partnership between industry and government."
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Government

+ - New Defense CIO in the Works for Obama?->

fast66 writes: "Nextgov.com reports that the Obama administration has decided on the new Defense CIO. Retired Radm. Robert "Willie" Williamson will replace John Grimes, who was present at a time when the Bush administration elevated the role of CIO. In December, Nextgov.com also interviewed the first federal CTO on how the Obama team should view the role of a federal CTO."
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