Powering and empowering the virtual worker in 2012

As 2012 takes off, agencies are shifting their focus to telework technologies and tools in an effort to foster greater collaboration between the virtual and physical work environment.

LiveBallot gets overseas votes to the polls on time

Voters living overseas from Florida, Virginia and California can now get absentee ballots via a secure Web portal powered by Microsoft's Azure cloud platform.

Patent pending: New law could help or hurt IT innovators

Proponents say it will lower costs by reducing litigation. Opponents say it puts small organizations and individuals at a disadvantage and won't stop patent trolls.

How a decency law protects online prostitution ads

A group for state attorney generals is appealing to a Craigslist-like publisher to stop hiding behind a 1996 law that allows the site to post what amounts to personal ads for prostitutes.

Texas tries again to criminalize some TSA pat-downs

The Lone Star state is close to putting restrictions on how and when TSA agents can conduct pat-downs when travelers can't or won't pass through security scanners.

Protect IP Act would create a lot of criminals

Sen. Patrick Leahy's copyright and trademark protection bill would impose draconian remedies and treat the entire Internet infrastructure as accomplices to online pirates and counterfeiters.

Administration to shutter 1,000 federal websites

The Obama administration is sharpening the blade for duplicative federal websites.

Privacy battles move to the fore, but who are the good guys?

Sens. John Kerry and John McCain have introduced a bill to put limits on what companies can do with customers' personal information, but it's just one front in the ongoing debate.

What shutdown? Get to work.

An 11th-hour deal averts a government shutdown and furloughs for about 800,000 federal workers that would have come with it. But down the road, a bigger budget battle looms.

Shutdown would highlight government's IT dependence, experts say

Many crucial IT systems would halt and leave the government in unchartered territory in the event of a shutdown -- and history provides no guidance for how to respond.

Who gets hit when the government shuts down?

More than 800,000 federal employees will be affected when funding for the government expires April 8.

Federal telework to-do list

The Telework Enhancement Act is calling agencies to set up telework policies and programs by June 9.

Proposed laws on ID tech take privacy to the extreme

You have to be careful in handling personal information, but legislation that would prohibit most uses of biometric data and RFID would throw the baby out with the bathwater.

DHS extends states' Real ID compliance deadline

The deadline for states to comply with the controversial Real ID Act of 2005 has been pushed back to early 2013.

Government shutdown averted, temporarily

Congress has approved a continuing resolution to fund the government until March 18, temporarily staving off fears of employee furloughs resulting from a government shutdown this Friday.

Shutdown could be on the shelf, for now

It now appears unlikely that the government will shut down at the end of this week, as Senate Democrats have reportedly accepted a Republican measure to immediately slash $4 billion in federal spending by cutting programs that President Barack Obama targeted for elimination in his latest budget proposal.

Will e-rulemaking catch on?

Getting more people involved in federal rulemaking is not easy, but the Regulation Room website is seeing some interesting results.