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Lawmakers honor outstanding feds on Capitol Hill

May 5, 2010 The Partnership for Public Service on Wednesday announced 32 federal employees as finalists for the 2010 Service to America Medals. The breakfast on Capitol Hill, held during Public Service Recognition Week, honored employees from across the country, including 17 from the Washington area and two who now live and work...

Prize Performers

May 1, 2010 Presidential Rank Award winners play critical roles in missions ranging from project management to scientific research and defense. Each year the president holds up an exclusive group of top senior executives as prime examples of dedication to good government by awarding them the Presidential Rank Award. The 2009 winners represent...

Standards agency moves closer to $1 billion lab overhaul

April 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The National Institute of Standards and Technology is a step closer to a major overhaul to streamline its research structure and double funding for its labs and manufacturing partners. On Wednesday, the House Science and Technology Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation passed legislative language that would authorize funding of nearly...

DHS Consolidates Databases

April 21, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Infrastructure Protection at the Homeland Security Department is in the midst of consolidating its dozens of infrastructure security databases--and adding new ones to the pool--to help government agencies and private partners better monitor threats. Under the current system, authorized users go to separate portals and multiple systems...

Justices question public employees' expectations of privacy

April 20, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow During arguments on Monday about whether personal text messages sent by public employees on government-supplied devices are private, a top Justice Department official cautioned Supreme Court justices not to "freeze into place" privacy requirements on electronic communications. Neal Katyal, principal deputy solicitor general at Justice, said a blanket rule giving...

From Justices question public employees’ expectations of privacy

April 20, 2010 During arguments on Monday about whether personal text messages sent by public employees on government-supplied devices are private, a top Justice Department official cautioned Supreme Court justices not to "freeze into place" privacy requirements on electronic communications. Read the full story on

Should All Texts Be Private?

April 16, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Before you pick up that office-provided cell phone to send out that text, think again. On Monday, the Supreme Court will deal with the question: Is there a reasonable expectation of privacy for text messages transmitted on a police SWAT pager? The court's ruling could impact feds' right to keep...

Lawmakers announce initiative to increase diversity on Capitol Hill

April 16, 2010 Lawmakers have launched an initiative to increase diversity among House staff after a recent report spotlighted the lack of minorities working on Capitol Hill. The plan, announced on Tuesday by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Administration Committee Chairman Rep. Robert Brady, D-Pa., will require House officers and legislative agencies...

House committee OKs bill to boost Homeland Security technology

April 15, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Homeland Security Committee passed on Thursday a $2.27 billion authorization bill for the Directorate of Science and Technology, the Homeland Security Department's research and development arm, to address gaps in technology. The Homeland Security Science and Technology Authorization Act (H.R. 4842) and its amendments, which passed by unanimous...

Lawmakers divided on extent of FCC's regulatory authority over broadband

April 15, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As lawmakers review a blueprint to extend low-cost, high-speed Internet service nationwide, a fight is brewing over how much regulatory authority the Federal Communications Commission should have. During a hearing on Wednesday, Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee Chairman John Rockefeller, D-W.Va., urged FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to "bend the...

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