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Cybersecurity legislation clears Senate committee

March 24, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow 032410rockefellerNGins(Mar. 24) - Sen. John Rockefeller, D-W.Va., is one of two sponsors of the 2009 Cybersecurity Act.Haraz N. Ghanbari/AP The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on Wednesday passed legislation that would raise the profile of cybersecurity in the federal government and expand public-private partnerships against cyber threats. The 2009 ...

Open Government = Another Buzzword?

March 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Opening up the government means more than just putting information out there, said Rachel Flagg, General Services Administration web content manager and Federal Web Managers Council co-chair, on Tuesday at GovSec, a government security expo in Washington, D.C. As talk of open government continues to grow, it may be more ...

Lawmakers, employee groups clash over tax bill

March 17, 2010 Government employee and management groups on Wednesday said legislation that would ban tax delinquents from federal employment could punish federal workers more severely than civilians, and that provisions already exist to punish those civil servants who flout tax laws. "It is our belief that federal employees should be held to ...

Tax Free Smart Grid Grants

March 12, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal grants under the Smart Grid Investment Grant program will not be taxed, the Treasury and Energy Department announced on Wednesday. This means that the Internal revenue Service will provide a safe harbor for corporations receiving grants under the $3.4 billion federal stimulus program, which funds projects that aid the ...

Senator showcases exemplary feds

March 11, 2010 Being a federal employee isn't always that glamorous and, as recent attacks on government facilities have reminded us, it isn't always safe either. One Delaware Democrat is doing his part to temper the negative perceptions of government that appear to be behind some of the incidents. "The worth of federal ...

Real vs. Robotic Mules

March 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Afghanistan's mountainous terrain, there are places where Humvees, the military's four-wheeled and diesel-powered beasts, can't go. But mules can. Armed with a knack for survival and "entirely nonpartisan about the contents of its load," writes Susan Orlean in a New Yorker article, the mule has proved a valued trooper ...

Tweeting for Startup Visa

March 8, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and venture capitalists flew to Capitol Hill last week to promote the Startup Visa Act, a bill that would amend immigration law to make it easier for foreign entrepreneurs to stay in the United States -- and create jobs here -- if they demonstrate funding from U.S.-based ...

Timeline: Government Under Attack

March 5, 2010 Thursday evening's shootout between Pentagon police officers and a gunman apparently motivated by anti-government sentiment was the latest in a spate of attacks on federal employees and facilities and serves as a stark reminder that public servants too often find themselves unexpectedly in harm's way. The following timeline reviews major ...

State rolls out new online visa application for temporary visitors

March 4, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs is rolling out a new online application process for nonimmigrant visas aimed at reducing processing time. This is the bureau's first step to building the Consular Electronic Application Center, a Web-based system that eventually will host online applications for immigration visas and passports. ...

White House, NIST launch online forum to collect public input on smart grid

February 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The White House launched on Tuesday an online forum to collect feedback from the public on deploying a consumer interface for the smart power grid as part of the Obama administration's open government initiative. The Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Institute of Standards and Technology created ...