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Feature Added to Business.gov

July 12, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Small Business Administration, which operates Business Gateway, has added an application to the Web site intended to help businesses determine license and permit requirements. The tool was launched in response to feedback from its users in the business community. The new “Permit Me” feature, launched as a beta, is...

Administration’s financial management chief to retire

July 12, 2007 Office of Management and Budget Controller Linda Combs has announced that she will retire next month, after a career in federal government going back to the Reagan administration. Combs is planning to leave Aug. 10. Her announcement comes a month after her husband, David, said he would leave his position...

Keystroke Logging and the Constitution

July 11, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Here is something new for constitution lawyers to ponder: How would you apply constitutional law to the hacking technique known as "keystroke logging?" According to an article by CNET.com's Declan McCullagh, a federal agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration convinced a federal judge to legally authorize the installation of keystroke...

Senator criticizes GSA plans to cut office supply program

July 11, 2007 The chairman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee early this week urged the General Services Administration to hold off on eliminating part of a purchasing program that has high participation from small businesses. In a letter Monday to GSA Administrator Lurita Doan, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., asked the...

Corruption No Light Matter in China

July 10, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Communist government in China does not mess around when it comes to punishing government employees who are viewed as failures. According to USA Today, the former head of the State Food and Drug Administration was given a death sentence Tuesday for taking money from drug companies and signing off...

Bill to Require NIH to Publish Research Online

July 10, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Senate Appropriations Committee has included language in a spending bill that would require the National Institutes of Health to make federally funded research available to anyone on the Internet. According to the June 27 report for the fiscal 2008 appropriations bill (S.1710), which includes the Department of Health and...

Employee tried to mask extent of latest VA data breach

July 9, 2007 An information technology specialist at the Veterans Affairs Department misled investigators in an attempt to cover up the extent of a data breach early this year that jeopardized personal information on more than a million people, according to a recent audit report. In an interview with auditors, the specialist gave...

Pentagon to Hold Battery Pack Contest

July 5, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The increasing number of electronic gadgets carried by American soldiers in the field has prompted the Pentagon to hold a $1 million competition for developers to invent a better battery pack. Soldiers carry a lot of battery-powered electronics in the field today, including radios, night vision goggles and global positioning...

Audit finds FEMA laptops lack proper security settings

July 5, 2007 The Federal Emergency Management Agency needs better policies and procedures for safeguarding its inventory of 32,000 laptop computers from unauthorized users, according to a recent audit report. The partially redacted 37-page report from the Homeland Security Department's inspector general said that without the proper security configurations, sensitive data on the...

Scooter Libby Still Prisoner 28301-016

July 3, 2007 FROM NEXTGOV arrow President Bush may have commuted the prison sentence of Lewis "Scooter" Libby Monday, but his name still shows up in the Federal Bureau of Prison's Web site as inmate number 28301-016. He is listed as "not in BOP custody" and his release date is "unknown."

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