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Rebecca Carroll

Senior Correspondent Before joining Government Executive’s editing team, Rebecca Carroll wrote and edited for The Associated Press in Washington, New York and Bangkok, and for National Geographic News. She also was a Peace Corps volunteer in China, where she returned to study at the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a double major in English and Philosophy.
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Why Federal IT Reform Is Getting Cheaper

July 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The latest plans to overhaul how the government buys and manages information technology are significantly less expensive than the ideas that circulated last year, according to nonpartisan projections. The version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act currently making its way through the Senate would cost $30 million over five ...

House Wants Private Sector To Help Bolster U.S. Cyber Defense

July 29, 2014 Two bills to strengthen cybersecurity in the systems that underlie the nation’s energy, water and food supplies passed the House on Monday evening, along with a measure to improve the federal government's cyber workforce. A bill (H.R. 3696) introduced by Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, seeks to strengthen the Department of ...

House Approves Stronger Cyber Protections for Critical infrastructure

July 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Two bills to strengthen cybersecurity in the systems that underlie the nation’s energy, water and food supplies passed the House on Monday evening, along with a measure to improve the federal government's cyber workforce. A bill (H.R. 3696) introduced by Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, seeks to strengthen the Department of ...

EPA Doesn’t Know How Much It Uses the Cloud, IG Finds

July 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Environmental Protection Agency doesn't know how many cloud computing contracts it has nor how secure they are, an audit has found. “The EPA did not know when its offices were using cloud computing,” the agency’s inspector general concluded in a report released Thursday. In at least one case, according ...

Census Rethinks How It Presents Its Many Data Points

July 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Census Bureau is brainstorming how to make its billions of statistics easier for website visitors to search and navigate. Although Census.gov offers data apps and visualization tools, information is still organized in a “survey-specific reporting structure,” according to the bureau, which has asked the private sector to weigh ...

How to Avoid the IRS' Technology Fumbles

July 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Internal Revenue Service has had difficulty accounting for a hard drive it says it destroyed and backup tapes that may or may not have been saved -- a situation that has sounded security alarms for some who see information technology management problems throughout government. “You can’t secure what you ...

Feds Join Lawsuit Alleging Symantec Overcharged Agencies for Software

July 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Computer security firm Symantec submitted false claims on a General Services Administration software contract, the Justice Department alleged Tuesday, announcing its backing of a whistleblower lawsuit. The suit alleges Symantec failed to disclose to government customers deep discounts it offered its favored commercial clients during the negotiation and performance of ...

IRS Seeks to Destroy More Hard Drives -- The Right Way This Time

July 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Amid criticism of its mishandling of one particular subpoenaed hard drive, the Internal Revenue Service is seeking the help of contractors to destroy another 75,000 storage devices, including 3,225 old hard drives and 5,856 floppy disks. Since 2008, the agency has amassed half a million pieces of electronic storage media, ...

The Most Valuable Data on Earth?

July 22, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Earth data creates for the economy about 10 times what the U.S. government spends to gather it, and the White House wants that margin to grow even wider. That’s the aim of the first National Plan for Civil Earth Observations, which the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy ...

Here's What It Will Take to 3-D Print Replacement Rocket Parts in Space

July 18, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Astronauts and robots won’t be manufacturing replacement rocket parts in space anytime soon, but space-based 3-D printing is worth researching and government should lead the way, according to a report released Friday. “Spacecraft manufacturing is a conservative field, and private companies are reluctant to introduce advanced technologies on their own ...