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From Nextgov: USAID to stand up new Geospatial Intelligence Center

Agencies are putting off spending on new staff and technologies aimed at defending critical networks against intrusions.

Facebook Faux Pas

Feds could use a primer on how to handle sensitive information on social media sites, watchdog says.

From Nextgov: Government IT may fare well under debt ceiling deal

The $2.5 trillion in projected cuts are unlikely to lead to canceling major IT initiatives, experts say, but automatically triggered cuts could do damage.

From Nextgov: Crowd sourcing can supplement whistleblowing, experts say

Transparency advocates tout whistleblower protections as a cost-saving measure.

From Nextgov: Leaked FAA report adds fuel to debate over LightSquared broadband network

Document says the project could knock out GPS for aviation use across the continental U.S., but company argues that assessment is based on outdated information.

From Nextgov: GSA moves all 17,000 employee email accounts to the cloud

The agency is the first to move all employees to Web-based email under the administration's push for greater IT efficiency.

Critical Competencies

New model identifies the general and technical skills program managers need at each grade level.

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Engineers, safety inspectors among thousands furloughed at FAA

Until Congress agrees on funding bill, the agency cannot collect federal taxes on airline tickets, which feed the account used to pay employees.

From Nextgov: VA will allow iPhones and iPads to connect to its network this fall

The department will not require the use of federal wireless encryption standards.

Agencies lack clear guidance on telework during emergencies, report says

Watchdog identifies problems with IT, personnel readiness related to federal telework and continuity of government operations.

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