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Tough summer ahead in Afghanistan, says Joint Chiefs chair

April 28, 2011 Prepare for a bad year in Afghanistan, the top U.S. military commander warned on Thursday. "This year's going to be a very, very difficult year" because Taliban forces are expected to mount a major effort to reclaim territory they lost in 2010, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs ...

Doctors Go Digital

April 27, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For more than a decade, federal health officials have tried to persuade doctors and hospitals to abandon paper and switch to electronic health records, but it's been a tough sell. The cost of equipment and training, the hassle of digitizing paper records, and uncertainty about how well information technology systems ...

Nearly a decade behind schedule, new satellite is to provide earlier missile-launch warning

April 26, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Nine years late, the Air Force is finally ready to launch a new missile-spotting satellite that it says will usher in "a new era in persistent infrared surveillance." Barring further delays, the first of four Space-Based Infrared System satellites will blast off May 6 and climb to an altitude of ...

New tools calculate your tax dollars at work

April 25, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The moment is probably still etched in your mind. After hours of reading, factoring and figuring, you filed your 2010 tax return. Ever wonder how all that money is being spent? There are several new ways to find out. The White House has created a website called Your 2010 Federal ...

From Nextgov.com: New tools calculate your tax dollars at work

April 25, 2011 The White House has created a website called Your 2010 Federal Taxpayer Receipt. Taxpayers can enter the taxes paid, and "for the first time ever" they can "see exactly how their federal tax dollars are spent," the website says. Read the whole story on Nextgov.com.

Malware and other cyber threats, many of which are state sponsored, are growing

April 20, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The wild, wild Web grows ever wilder, and U.S. companies and critical infrastructure remain vulnerable targets, executives from cybersecurity giant McAfee warned Wednesday. Sixty million malware programs are written annually now, up from 3 million in 2007, McAfee president Dave DeWalt told a conference that included government information technology specialists. ...

Lawmaker seeks to soften budget blow to transparency websites

April 19, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government transparency websites were badly wounded in the battle over the 2011 federal budget, but it looks like at least some will survive. Spending for sites such as USASpending.gov, Data.gov and the IT Dashboard was cut from $34 million to $8 million, but there are signs that a fiscal transfusion ...

Consumer product website dodges GOP budget ax

April 18, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Four days after St. Patrick's Day, the battery in a St. Patrick's light-up necklace burst into flames in a house in Wisconsin, burning a kitchen table and causing smoke damage to the home, a buyer reported to the Consumer Products Safety Commission. Soon, a warning about the combustible cosmetic jewelry ...

Transparency websites hit by budget ax

April 12, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Government transparency websites likely will be scaled back or even eliminated as a result of a 75 percent budget cut that congressional leaders and the White House agreed to last week. The proposed $35 million Electronic Government Fund was slashed to $8 million in the deal struck late last Friday ...

Transparency websites hit by budget ax

April 12, 2011 Government transparency websites likely will be scaled back or even eliminated as a result of a 75 percent budget cut that congressional leaders and the White House agreed to last week. The $34 million Electronic Government Fund was slashed to $8 million in the deal struck late last Friday to ...