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Lawmaker questions consistency in crackdown on unpaid interns

April 13, 2010 The ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has asked the White House to report on whether its recruitment of unpaid interns is compliant with labor laws. Earlier in April, the Labor Department announced it would crack down on firms that failed to pay interns in accordance ...

DHS Testing Einstein 3

April 8, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Homeland Security Department has completed the first two stages of testing on the third and latest version of Einstein, a network security program that monitors traffic in government agencies to guard against cyber threats. DHS partnered with a commercial Internet service provider and one federal agency to conduct this ...

Centralizing Cloud Security

April 1, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A governmentwide program that provides a centralized approach to security issues in cloud and multiagency IT systems soon will go into pilot. Peter Mell, a computer scientist at the National Institutes for Standards and Technology and chairman of the interagency Federal Cloud Computing Security Working Group, released details of the ...

Census takes a walk on the cloud

April 1, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow April 1 marks National Census Day, the deadline for people residing in the United States to mail in their completed decennial census forms. As critics predict that the Census Bureau's IT systems will experience a great deal of stress this month, it is looking to cloud computing for help. While ...

E-Pay Stubs: Thinking About Defaults

March 31, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag announced on Monday that the National Finance Center, which processes payroll for 675,000 federal employees, will start issuing electronic pay stubs as a default. The idea, which will save taxpayers $4 million each year, came out of the SAVE Award, a contest ...

Unions seek bargaining over electronic pay stubs

March 30, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Employee groups praised the federal government's move toward electronic pay statements, but cautioned that agencies should not expect all workers to have the same level of computer access. The Office of Management and Budget announced on Monday that the National Finance Center, which processes payroll for 675,000 federal employees, will ...

Unions seek bargaining over electronic pay stubs

March 30, 2010 Employee groups praised the federal government's move toward electronic pay statements, but cautioned that agencies should not expect all workers to have the same level of computer access. The Office of Management and Budget announced on Monday that the National Finance Center, which processes payroll for 675,000 federal employees, will ...

House Panel Clears Grid Security Bill

March 26, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Energy and Environment Subcommittee passed a bill on Wednesday to protect the nation's electricity grid from terrorism and cyber threats. Passed on a unanimous voice vote, the Grid Reliability and Infrastructure Defense Act -- or the GRID Act -- directs the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to protect the electric ...

Photo Gallery: High Fliers

March 26, 2010 The first women who flew military aircraft were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor bestowed by Congress, this month in a highly anticipated ceremony at the Capitol. As aviators in noncombat roles, Women Airforce Service Pilots ferried and tested planes to free up male pilots for combat ...

Pentagon revises gay ban enforcement policies

March 25, 2010 The Pentagon has announced new regulations that would make it more difficult to dismiss homosexual service members. Beginning Thursday, the military will allow only generals and flag officers to dismiss those who flout the "don't ask don't tell" law, the 17-year-old ban on openly gay men and women serving in ...