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Computer upgrade speeds tax rebate checks

The Internal Revenue Service said it will be able to start sending out the special tax refund stimulus payments four days earlier because of an improved computer program.

State & Local

Paper ballot technology drive downshifts as House nixes funding to replace e-voting machines

Trend to jettison high-tech direct recording electronic voting terminals in favor of optically-scanned paper ballots takes a hit as lawmakers reject a bill that would have helped states pay to replace their electronic voting machines with paper ballots.

NOAA creates national drought portal

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to build port to furnish improved drought information to state and federal agencies.

Cybersecurity

NSA to offer a secure platform

Agency prepares to certify its first high-assurance system for outside use.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Virtualization's costs, travails offset by greater efficiencies

Overcoming the virtualization headaches ushers in a brave new world of data center performance.

Cloud & Infrastructure

FBI unveils N-DEx rollout

Nationwide network to link law enforcement agencies.

Google humor at Fose

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Auditors rap new retirement system upgrade

OPM tests don't assure benefit accuracy, GAO says.

Navy mulls advanced IT for next-generation electronics gear

Service wants IT vendors to offer plans for technology that cannot be obtained from commercial sources.

GSA seeking efficiency advice

Agency has asked for permission to extend its program to solicit suggestions from federal vendors to boost the efficiency of engineered systems or services.

New name for MASINT

Intell agencies will now refer to the recondite spy discipline as the Advanced Technical Exploitation Program.

Cybersecurity

States fall in line with Real ID

All but a handful of states have made preparations to comply with a May 1 deadline for compliance with the federal Real ID law.

Can you hear me now?

Satcom backers say WiMax signals Menace crucial C-Band links.

Cybersecurity

NIST seeks comments on authentication, PIV

Comment period open on documents that furnish guidance on identity authentication and ways to evaluate Personal Identity Verification card issuers.

FBI data-sharing system set to roll this month

Ambitious law enforcement information sharing system is coming in roughly on time and just under budget.

Cybersecurity

Pass Card contract talks stall

State Department, General Dynamics have "reached an impasse" in talks about how to carry out the job.

Cybersecurity

FAA sets cybersecurity center buildup

Federal Aviation Administration is preparing to recompete Northop Grumman's existing contract to operate the agency's IT security management center.

March rollout for FBI's data sharing system

Bureau's Criminal Justice Information Service plans to launch first increment of its National Data Exchange law enforcement information sharing system March 19.

DHS bares Atlas plans

Immigration IT modernization work slated for 2009.

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