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DOT Video Drives Home the Toll of Distracted Driving

March 10, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Transportation Department this week released its latest video aimed at putting an end to the "tragic consequences of texting and cell phone use while driving." The video is the eighth in DOT's "Faces of Distracted Driving" series, which was launched in October 2010 to dramatize the often deadly consequences...

At the 'Bleeding Edge' of Public Safety

March 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The need for public safety agencies to have interoperable radios is well-documented. In January the Federal Communications Commission unanimously approved an order that would establish interoperability standards for a nationwide public safety communications network. First responders rely heavily on scarce and shrinking VHF spectrum as well as complex radios, said...

Some tax preparers continue to resist the IRS e-filing system

March 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the Internal Revenue Service pushes taxpayers to file more returns electronically, tax preparers continue to face challenges with the e-filing system, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The 1998 IRS Restructuring and Reform Act required that 80 percent of tax returns be filed electronically by...

Some tax preparers continue to resist the IRS e-filing system

March 8, 2011 As the Internal Revenue Service pushes taxpayers to file more returns electronically, tax preparers continue to face challenges with the e-filing system, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The 1998 IRS Restructuring and Reform Act required that 80 percent of tax returns be filed electronically by...

DHS extends Real ID compliance date to January 2013

March 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department on Monday extended until 2013 the deadline for states to comply with costly and controversial new requirements for drivers' licenses. In 2005, Congress passed the Real ID Act, which prohibits federal agencies from accepting for official purposes drivers' licenses that fail to meet enhanced security features....

GSA strives to be 'green proving ground' for net-zero energy use

March 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With all new government buildings required to be net-zero -- or to produce as much energy as they consume -- by 2030, the General Services Administration has begun converting some existing facilities to attain net-zero usage in an effort to learn what works and what does not. It aims to...

GSA strives to be ‘green proving ground’ for net-zero energy use

March 7, 2011 With all new government buildings required to be net-zero -- or to produce as much energy as they consume -- by 2030, the General Services Administration has begun converting some existing facilities to attain net-zero usage in an effort to learn what works and what does not. It aims to...

CBP: Trolling eBay for Communications Parts

March 4, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The need for public safety agencies to have interoperable radios is well-documented. But for Customs and Border Protection, their legacy communications infrastructure is so antiquated that in some cases they are buying parts through the online auction site eBay. That's according to John Santo, executive director of the CBP's wireless...

ICE Tackles Internet Piracy in Texas

March 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The feds are getting tough with online crime. On Thursday, agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested one Texan for pirating broadcasts of live sporting events and announced the sentencing of another in a software piracy conspiracy. Bryan McCarthy, 32, of Deer Park, Texas, allegedly operated channelsurfing.net, which he used...

An app for that? iPads can replace paper maps in the cockpit, FAA says

March 3, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Aviation Administration has approved Apple's iPad as an alternative to paper aeronautical charts for all phases of a flight. Electronic flight materials are nothing new, according to FAA, but this is the first time iPad technology has been approved as a substitute for paper maps, including flight plans...

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