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Porn Still a Fed Problem

September 16, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It seems that viewing pornography is still a problem for some of those among the Federal ranks. At the National Science Foundation, whistleblowers told Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, there are continuing pornography viewing problems at the agency, The Washington Times reported on Wednesday. Then at the Defense Department the Pentagon ...

GSA issues first contract for satellite program

September 15, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration awarded its first contract for a governmentwide satellite communications program to Artel Inc., the agency said on Wednesday. "We reviewed the proposal and [Artel] met the stringent requirements," said Kevin Gallo, a GSA project manager for the Future Comsatcom Services Acquisitions program. A joint project between ...

OPM Seeking Input on Cybersecurity

September 14, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Personnel Management is conducting a cybersecurity survey to "identify the critical tasks and competencies for cybersecurity work in the federal government," it said on its website. The surveys will be e-mailed out between Sept. 13 and Oct. 11, and OPM advises in a posting that should you ...

To text or not to text during emergencies

September 14, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As part of National Preparedness Month, a group that promotes health and safety programs has launched an initiative to tell the public to use text messaging to communicate with friends and families immediately after an emergency or disaster before calling on the phone. But some telecommunications experts warn that might ...

GSA grants dozens of agencies deadline exceptions for Networx

September 14, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Faced with continued delays in moving to the government's massive new contract for telecommunications services, the General Services Administration has granted exceptions to more than 40 agencies that give them until next year to transition to the program. Federal managers now have until Aug. 31, 2011, to transition to the ...

From Nextgov.com: GSA grants dozens of agencies deadline exceptions for Networx

September 14, 2010 Faced with continued delays in moving to the government's massive new contract for telecommunications services, the General Services Administration has granted exceptions to more than 40 agencies that give them until next year to transition to the program. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

Communication among public safety agencies like talking into a brick

September 10, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Public safety agencies lack the ability to communicate with each other and with callers to the emergency 911 system, experts said on Friday. R. David Paulison, former administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said during the past 50 years the nation has created a communications system that makes interoperability ...

From Nextgov.com: Communication among public safety agencies is like talking into a brick

September 10, 2010 Public safety agencies lack the ability to communicate with each other and with callers to the emergency 911 system, experts said on Friday. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.

Despite a rocky start, sales on GSA's Alliant contract top $1.2 billion

September 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow After a troubled start, officials at the General Services Administration said they are pleased with first-year sales on the signature multibillion-dollar contract federal agencies can use to buy information technology services. Alliant, which GSA launched on May 1, 2009, has posted $1.2 billion in sales as of Sept. 3, for ...

One of the Silliest Things

September 8, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow California Secretary of State Debra Bowen is a big proponent of open source voting machines, which developers say are more secure and less buggy than the proprietary devices made by various manufacturers and in use nationwide. (Here's a helpful article published in IEEE Spectrum magazine explaining open source vs. closed ...