Government Executive - Techhttp://www.govexec.com/technology/Updates on federal IT management, in partnership with Nextgov.comen-usThu, 16 Oct 2014 17:00:00 -0400Tornado Swarms Are Now Upon Ushttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/10/tornado-swarms-are-now-upon-us/96680/Twisters are arriving more frequently in large "clusters," say NOAA scientists.John Metcalfe, CityLabThu, 16 Oct 2014 17:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/10/tornado-swarms-are-now-upon-us/96680/TechWeatherstorm.net via YouTubeSnowden's Closest Confidant Reveals What It Was Like Spilling the NSA's Secretshttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/10/snowdens-closest-confidant-reveals-what-it-was-spilling-nsas-secrets/96464/“We knew we were going to piss off the most powerful people in the world," Laura Poitras told National Journal.Dustin Volz, National JournalTue, 14 Oct 2014 17:26:57 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/10/snowdens-closest-confidant-reveals-what-it-was-spilling-nsas-secrets/96464/TechLaura PoitrasCharles Sykes/Invision/APEdward Snowden: Supreme Court Will Strike Down NSA Spying Programshttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/10/edward-snowden-supreme-court-will-strike-down-nsa-spying-programs/96359/The former NSA contractor also warned that Apple and Google’s new privacy protections on their mobile devices are not impenetrable.Dustin Volz, National JournalMon, 13 Oct 2014 13:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/10/edward-snowden-supreme-court-will-strike-down-nsa-spying-programs/96359/TechRena Schild / Shutterstock.comThe Simple Solution to Hiring Tech-Savvy Talent That Agencies Might be Overlookinghttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/10/simple-solution-hiring-tech-savvy-talent-agencies-might-be-overlooking/96323/OPM says agencies could be underutilizing authority to boost pay for highly-qualified STEM workersEric KatzFri, 10 Oct 2014 17:07:37 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/10/simple-solution-hiring-tech-savvy-talent-agencies-might-be-overlooking/96323/TechNASA engineers run tests in August to learn how loud the Space Launch System vehicle will be during liftoff.David Olive/NASA/MSFCHow Astronauts Vote From Spacehttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/10/how-astronauts-vote-space/96041/When civic-minded astronauts go into orbit, they don’t lose the ability to cast a ballot on affairs down below.Alex Brown, National JournalWed, 08 Oct 2014 09:32:23 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/10/how-astronauts-vote-space/96041/TechAstronaut Clayton Anderson was able to e-vote from space with an encoded document that only the Harris County Clerk could open.NASAThe FBI’s Secret Surveillance Program Is About to Go on Trialhttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/10/fbis-secret-surveillance-program-about-go-trial/96002/The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear a case this week that could have seismic implications for how the government spies on Americans.Dustin Volz, National JournalTue, 07 Oct 2014 16:29:42 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/10/fbis-secret-surveillance-program-about-go-trial/96002/TechFlickr user mneylonNASA Explains How Climate Change Is Like the Fluhttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/10/nasa-explains-how-climate-change-flu/95786/Like some of us mere mortals, Earth has a “fever.”Marina Koren, National JournalFri, 03 Oct 2014 16:20:38 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/10/nasa-explains-how-climate-change-flu/95786/TechNASA file photoFCC Unanimously Strikes Down NFL Blackout Rulehttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/09/fcc-unanimously-strikes-down-nfl-blackout-rule/95438/Commissioner calls the ruling a "victory for fans."Ross GianfortuneTue, 30 Sep 2014 12:34:55 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/09/fcc-unanimously-strikes-down-nfl-blackout-rule/95438/TechChicago Bear quarterback Jay Cutler throws a pass during the team's game Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.Charles Rex Arbogast/APReport: The Federal Consumer Watchdog Has Data on Up to 600 Million Credit-Card Accountshttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/09/report-federal-consumer-watchdog-has-data-600-million-credit-card-accounts/94805/The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is designed as a hedge against abusive business practices, but its bulk information collection is under fire.Laura Ryan, National JournalTue, 23 Sep 2014 10:31:03 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/09/report-federal-consumer-watchdog-has-data-600-million-credit-card-accounts/94805/TechHamik/Shutterstock.comHouse OKs Bill Mandating More Firings of Misbehaving Federal Employeeshttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/09/house-oks-bill-mandating-more-firings-misbehaving-federal-employees/94304/Measure would also require preservation of certain text messages from feds' personal cell phones.Eric KatzWed, 17 Sep 2014 10:06:46 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/09/house-oks-bill-mandating-more-firings-misbehaving-federal-employees/94304/TechFeds would need to keep electronic records of work text messages sent from their personal devices. rangizzz/Shutterstock.comDespite Obama’s Pledge to Curb It, NSA Mass Surveillance Wins Rubber Stamphttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/09/despite-obamas-pledge-curb-it-nsa-mass-surveillance-wins-rubber-stamp/94079/Mass surveillance just earned another 90-day blank check, nine months after President Obama promised to rein in the NSA’s spying powers.Dustin Volz, National JournalMon, 15 Sep 2014 12:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/09/despite-obamas-pledge-curb-it-nsa-mass-surveillance-wins-rubber-stamp/94079/TechPatrick Semansky/AP file photoHere's What Congress Tweeted While Obama Was Asking for Their Support Against ISILhttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/09/heres-what-congress-tweeted-while-obama-was-asking-their-support-against-isil/93800/On Twitter, Congress's reaction during and immediately after the speech was either disparaging, supportive, or completely off-topic.Arit John, The WireThu, 11 Sep 2014 10:05:58 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/09/heres-what-congress-tweeted-while-obama-was-asking-their-support-against-isil/93800/Tech Anthony Correia/Shutterstock.comISIL Is Now Threatening to Assassinate Twitter Employeeshttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/09/isil-now-threatening-assassinate-twitter-employees/93536/The social media site has been engaged in monitoring and closing down accounts of ISIL fighters.Adam Chandler, The WireTue, 09 Sep 2014 10:13:26 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/09/isil-now-threatening-assassinate-twitter-employees/93536/TechWikimedia CommonsState Department Steps Up Trolling Against ISIL With Violent Mock Videohttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/09/state-department-steps-trolling-against-isil-violent-mock-video/93353/The State Department wants would-be ISIL recruits to see exactly how violent the group is — and ask them if that's still something they want to do.Allen McDuffee, The WireMon, 08 Sep 2014 09:36:23 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/09/state-department-steps-trolling-against-isil-violent-mock-video/93353/TechSupporters of the Islamic State rally in Mosul in June.APClinton: America Can Be Clean-Energy 'Superpower'http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/09/clinton-america-can-be-clean-energy-superpower/93251/In speech, former Secretary of State chastised the "false choice debate" between the environment and the economyJason Plautz, National JournalFri, 05 Sep 2014 11:06:50 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/09/clinton-america-can-be-clean-energy-superpower/93251/TechJohn Locher/APEven Supreme Court Justices Cite 'Internet Facts' (Just Like the Rest of Us)http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/09/even-supreme-court-justices-cite-internet-facts-just-rest-us/92978/A new study finds that Supreme Court justices often cite briefs whose facts come from dubious sources.Russell BermanWed, 03 Sep 2014 10:07:07 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/09/even-supreme-court-justices-cite-internet-facts-just-rest-us/92978/TechBrandon Bourdages/Shutterstock.comUber’s War on Lyft Could Prompt Federal Investigationhttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/08/ubers-war-lyft-could-prompt-federal-investigation/92570/The ride-share service’s apparent attempts to sabotage its competitors might become red meat for the Federal Trade Commission or state attorneys general.Dustin Volz, National JournalWed, 27 Aug 2014 15:35:26 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/08/ubers-war-lyft-could-prompt-federal-investigation/92570/TechUber has been accused of trying to poach drivers from Lyft with its ads in San Francisco.Flickr user ariIs There a Better Way to Measure Earthquakes?http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/08/there-better-way-measure-earthquakes/92447/USGS' logarithmic magnitude scale is confusing to many, but it's here to stay.Adrienne LaFrance, The AtlanticTue, 26 Aug 2014 18:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/08/there-better-way-measure-earthquakes/92447/TechA Northridge, Calif., bridge collapsed after a 1994 earthquake.spirit of america/Shutterstock.com file photoScientists Go Beyond Science to Explain Their Climate Terrorhttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/08/scientists-go-beyond-science-explain-their-climate-terror/92408/New site hosts handwritten letters from scientists expressing their fears about climate change.Jason Plautz, National JournalTue, 26 Aug 2014 14:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/08/scientists-go-beyond-science-explain-their-climate-terror/92408/TechDenis Burdin/Shutterstock.comHomeland Security Science Chief Wants to Know What You Think His Goals Should Behttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/08/homeland-security-science-chief-wants-know-what-you-think-his-goals-should-be/92342/Undersecretary Brothers launches collaborative online channel for feedback on long-term strategies.Charles S. ClarkMon, 25 Aug 2014 15:40:09 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/08/homeland-security-science-chief-wants-know-what-you-think-his-goals-should-be/92342/TechFirst responders are among those invited to submit ideas. TFoxFoto / Shutterstock.comMonkeys Can't Get a Copyrighthttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/08/monkeys-cant-get-copyright/92183/The U.S. Copyright Office includes monkeys on a list of things that do not qualify for copyright protection.Laura Ryan, National JournalFri, 22 Aug 2014 10:40:44 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/08/monkeys-cant-get-copyright/92183/TechWikimedia via a Macaca NigraVideo: Innovation in Government is Not Going to Come From a Guy in a Suithttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/08/video-innovation-government-not-going-come-guy-suit/92123/The new US Digital Service will fix up government websites.Sonali Kohli, QuartzThu, 21 Aug 2014 16:19:57 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/08/video-innovation-government-not-going-come-guy-suit/92123/TechWhite House via YouTubeMcConnell Promises Spending Standoff Over Obama’s Green Agendahttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/08/mcconnell-promises-spending-standoff-over-obamas-green-agenda/91937/The GOP leader stopped short of an explicit shutdown threat, but he did say a Republican majority would use the budget to go after EPA’s environmental rules.Ben GemanWed, 20 Aug 2014 16:00:00 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/08/mcconnell-promises-spending-standoff-over-obamas-green-agenda/91937/Tech Christopher Halloran/Shutterstock.comThe White House Must Now Respond to This Petition About Michael Brown’s Deathhttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/08/white-house-must-now-respond-petition-about-michael-browns-death/91895/Online petition tallied more than 100,000 signatures Tuesday, a benchmark that requires a response.Marina Koren, National JournalWed, 20 Aug 2014 10:53:08 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/08/white-house-must-now-respond-petition-about-michael-browns-death/91895/TechOrhan Cam/Shutterstock.comConsumer Bureau's Complaint Site Draws a Complaint of Its Ownhttp://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/08/consumer-bureaus-complaint-site-draws-complaint-its-own/91703/Financial Services Roundtable launches campaign against 'one-sided' website.Charles S. ClarkMon, 18 Aug 2014 16:26:39 -0400http://www.govexec.com/technology/2014/08/consumer-bureaus-complaint-site-draws-complaint-its-own/91703/TechFlickr user Adam Fagen