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E-MAIL UNDER WRAPS. A federal court ruled that the White House's Office of Administration does not have to comply with Freedom of Information Act requests for documents that detail the White House's e-mail archive practices because the office does not qualify as an independent federal agency.


NEW SPEED LIMIT. An industry group called the Road to 100G Alliance wants to pave the way for a 100 gigabits/sec data path and optical interfaces by assigning working groups to evaluate the obstacles to interoperability early in the development process.


DON'T HAVE THE TECHNOLOGY. The International Air Transport Association, which represents 230 airlines worldwide, says airlines lack the infrastructure and bandwidth to comply with a Homeland Security Department plan to make them collect biometric information from most foreign travelers.


SMALL CHANGE. The Office of Inspector General says the Homeland Security Department has implemented only 27 of the IG's 1,070 recommendations. Many of them are information technologyrelated and about half apply to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.


RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD. The Army's Future Combat Systems initiative has produced its first manned vehicle, the Non Line of Site Cannon. Eight prototypes, designed to be operated by a two-soldier artillery crew, will be delivered to Yuma Proving Grounds in December and early 2009.


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