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Contractors will see 2.5 percent drop in quarterly revenue, research firm says

February 17, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Contractors won't be able to make up revenue lost due to snow storms that shut the federal government for four days.Jacquelyn Martin/AP Some federal technology contractors will see an average 2.5 percent revenue reduction this quarter as a result of last week's four-day government closure, according to data from BB&T ...

The Administration in 140 Characters

February 16, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Democratic National Committee last week announced a new job opening sure to invite a flood of responses. The position? Social networks manager, otherwise known as Barack Obama's twitterer. The new hire will work with the DNC/Organizing for America new media staff to manage the President's Twitter, Facebook and MySpace ...

Software developers are to blame for most cyberattacks, say security experts

February 16, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Software developers should be accountable for programming errors that enable cyberattacks, security observers said on Tuesday. Programming errors are behind most major cyber crimes and security bugs, such as the flaw in Microsoft's Internet Explorer Web browser that led to recent attacks on Google, according to a new list of ...

Xbox to Aid E-Health?

February 12, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Xbox 360, Microsoft's powerful video game console, may soon be good for more than just virtual basketball games and war simulations. Company researchers currently are looking to adapt the device to various health care needs, including the transfer and display of electronic medical records. The Xbox may be used ...

Postal Service financial woes will continue in 2011

February 12, 2010 The ailing U.S. Postal Service will experience a net loss in fiscal 2011 similar to that of 2010, according to agency estimates in President Obama's budget. Declining mail volumes have contributed to net losses for the agency every year since 2007. The Postal Service expects that trend to continue through ...

OSTP Launches New Web Site

February 11, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Science and Technology Policy on Wednesday announced the launch of its redesigned Web portal, which updates the old site's features and incorporates a few new ones. Aside from an all-new aesthetic, which closely matches other White House blogs, OSTP's site now has a center column devoted to ...

Taking Twitter Too Far?

February 10, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Sun Microsystems Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Schwartz late last week announced his resignation on Twitter. His tweet incorporated a bit of haiku -- Financial crisis/Stalled too many customers/CEO no more -- and fell just below the platform's 140-character maximum. When major private sector players start using social media to break ...

Operating Status: Down

February 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow With record-breaking snow pounding the Washington area over the weekend (and more expected Tuesday night and well into Wednesday) much has been made of the Office of Personnel Management's decision to close the federal government two days in a row. Feds in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area have been so anxious for ...

Use E-mail or Pay $15,000 Penalty?

February 9, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Small businesses that don't have email may find themselves in trouble with the Labor Department, according to The Pension Department, a New York-based consultancy. As of Jan. 1, Labor is requiring businesses -- without exception -- to submit 401k and pension plan forms electronically. Brett Goldstein, president of The Pension ...

Crowdsourcing Contests Continue

February 8, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When it comes to brainstorming solutions for just about anything, federal agencies under the Obama administration like to turn first to their employee suggestion boxes -- which often are attached to major rewards. Federal Computer Week on Friday reported that the General Services Administration is offering a $25,000 prize to ...