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From Nextgov: Large solar flare likely disrupted radio systems in the Mideast

That and a separate event that forced officials to reroute commercial flights foreshadow future problems, scientist says.

Apps and Profiles

GSA launches new per diem smartphone app; mentor program looks to online matching.

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White House names new federal CIO

Steven VanRoekel was at Microsoft for 15 years before joining the Federal Communications Commission.

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New federal CIO named; no major strategy changes anticipated

White House chooses Steven VanRoekel to replace Vivek Kundra.

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could knock out GPS for aviation use across the continental U.S., but company argues that assessment is based on outdated information.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

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