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Record demand for information brought down Weather Service website

February 2, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Weather Service experienced nearly six times its normal volume of Web traffic as a major winter storm moved across the country Sunday night, leading to a slowdown and partial shutdown of its website and NWSChat, the tool the agency uses to communicate with emergency managers across the country....

Looking for a Few Good Cyber Warriors

February 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Cyber Challenge, a division of the non-profit Center for Internet Security, launched an online competition Monday to identify 10,000 "cyber warriors" among high school students with the skills to pursue advanced education and job opportunities in cybersecurity. The nationwide competition was chartered to identify young Americans with the...

Report: Agencies face challenges in delivering open government

February 1, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two years after President Obama announced his open government initiative, federal agencies still face numerous organizational, technical and resource challenges in its implementation, according to a new report from the IBM Center for the Business of Government. Obstacles to progress include outdated information technology infrastructure, risks of violating online privacy,...

From Nextgov.com: Agencies face challenges in delivering open government, report says

February 1, 2011 Two years after President Obama announced his open government initiative, federal agencies still face numerous organizational, technical and resource challenges in its implementation, according to a new report from the IBM Center for the Business of Government. Read the full story on Nextgov.com

State Department's use of social media in Egypt gets mixed reviews

January 31, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Experts disagree about how effectively the State Department is using social media to understand and influence the public uprising in Egypt. State is monitoring events and disseminating information through traditional media outlets, as well as Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites, said spokeswoman Leslie Phillips, who noted that the...

Egypt: Off the Map

January 29, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Egypt has gone dark. According to Renesys, a Manchester, N.H.-based company that monitors Internet routing data, the Egyptian government appears to have taken the unprecedented step of ordering service providers to shut down all international connections to the Internet. "Every Egyptian provider, every business, bank, Internet cafe, website, school, embassy...

Ford Invests in Talking Cars

January 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ford Motor Company said Thursday it will become the first automaker to build and demonstrate vehicle prototypes that communicate with other vehicles. Using short-range communication, a technology similar to WiFi, vehicles will exchange information about possible hazards, such as imminent crash situations. At the Washington Auto Show, Ford also said...

OMB Issues Network Security Guidance to Agenices

January 26, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Management and Budget has given agency chief information officers new guidance on installing software to continuously monitor the security of their networks by the end of fiscal 2012, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday. As part of the administration's annual IT budget passback guidance, which was obtained by...

App Makes Tracking Tax Refunds Easier

January 25, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Wondering when or if you are going to get the tax refund you think the Internal Revenue Service owes you? There's an app for that. On Monday, the IRS unveiled IRS2Go -- the first smartphone application that lets taxpayers track their refund and offers tips on tax planning and preparation....

FCC moves ahead on nationwide broadband system for first responders

January 25, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved an order that would establish interoperability standards for a nationwide public safety communications network. The order, which the commission will publish in the Federal Register as a proposed rule, requires all public safety mobile broadband networks to use a common air interface,...

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