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Agriculture technology chief to leave at end of month

David Combs managed USDA’s $2 billion technology budget, covering 29 agencies and offices nationwide.

Kennedy Space Center contract workers have helped ready shuttle Atlantis for launch.

NASA contract workers threaten strike

All sides agree that a walkout beginning Sunday would not affect shuttle launch set for Friday.

Malicious software takes up time, resources

Office of Management and Budget official says agencies need to do more than the minimum to comply with cybersecurity law.

GSA announces new purchase card providers

Cards will have features to enhance oversight, such as automatic e-mail notification of purchases to supervisors.

Spy agency extends massive contract for IT support

Three-year extension will keep CSC and Northrop Grumman-led group of contractors at NSA through 2011.

Army medical units in Iraq struggle with information systems

Internal briefings show that units are using records system that runs on outdated Windows 2000 operating system.

Union bristles at background checks required under ID mandate

Presidential directive requires that all federal employees be verified as suitable for employment before receiving new, more secure credentials.

Tech firms wary of push for contracting reform

Companies contend cost-reimbursement contracts are necessary to complete work in emergency situations, and for research and development.

Survey: Unauthorized teleworkers a security risk

Report recommends that agencies audit unofficial teleworkers and give them the same home computer security training and equipment as official teleworkers.

Commerce Department touts public safety grant program

Nearly $1 billion in grants is set aside for improving the ability of state and local public safety networks to communicate with each other across jurisdictions.