Policy

Shop 'til you drop on the government's time?

The holiday shopping season is upon us. But with busy schedules and limited time to shop in the stores, is it OK for feds to to make personal online purchases while at work?

Study: Online privacy tools don't work

A Carnegie Mellon University study found nine online privacy tools were too complicated to use by non-technical consumers who were not knowledgeable about privacy tools.

Bottom line on whether health information exchanges can succeed

When grant money runs out, state-run HIEs need to ensure that revenues exceed costs, NASCIO says.

Net neutrality tool could help spot ISP cheaters

Security researcher Dan Kaminsky's Neutrality Router, unveiled at Black Hat, would detect when a service provider is interfering with traffic.

Administration to shutter 1,000 federal websites

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

EEOC hopes to find cost-savings in the commercial cloud

Cost increases from the Interior Department's National Business Center led the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to turn to a commercial cloud provider for financial management services.

EEOC takes financial management to the cloud

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is turning to a commercial cloud provider for financial management services after relying on the Department of Interior's National Business Center for support services.

White House cybersecurity report card falls a bit short

The Obama administration has received less-than-stellar marks in a recent report card on its cybersecurity policies, earning grades in the B to D range.

Pay freeze could be limited to a year

Federal employees facing a salary freeze could get a respite if lawmakers are able to persuade colleagues to limit their actions, reports Federal Computer Week.

OMB to push for big changes in IT management

The federal government is doing a major rehab on how it oversees and manages the $70 billion in annual IT spending.

White House pushes more telework paid leave

The White House issued a statement reiterating the president's strong support for more telework as a means to make the federal government more productive and also to attract some of today's most desirable workers to federal agencies.

DOD policy targets weak link in information security

The Defense Department has issued a new policy to protect military information that travels between unclassified networks administered by contractors and the government, reports Federal News Radio.

D.C. feds hunker down for another blizzard

The federal government in Washington, D.C., breaks out its telework plans as yet another blizzard threatens the capital.

FCC chairman speaks, says little

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski fielded questions about the National Broadband Plan at CES, but he was coy about specifics.

AFCEA branches into federal energy initiatives

Newly focused chapter to facilitate collaboration between industry and government leaders in science, technology and policy.

GCN's 2009 Executives of the Year

This year's honorees -- former Rep. Tom Davis, Martha Dorris, Rob Carey and Jim Lewis -- demonstrate the powerful role that IT innovations can play in improving the way government agencies accomplish their missions.

Senior House lawmaker urges Obama to appoint cybersecurity czar

House Homeland Security subcommittee on Cybersecurity Chairwoman Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) wants a cybersecurity official in the White House soon to ensure computer defense efforts are coordinated and disciplined.