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Agencies scramble to define critical functions as shutdown looms

April 8, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated With just hours left before the federal government runs out of money, departments began posting plans for shutting themselves down until Congress passes a new 2011 funding plan. The White House Office of Management and Budget warned employees not to use BlackBerrys, laptop computers and ...

From Nextgov: Agencies scamble to define critical functions

April 8, 2011 With just hours left before the federal government runs out of money, departments began posting plans for shutting themselves down until Congress passes a new 2011 funding plan. Read the full story on Nextgov.

Furloughed feds cannot telework or use BlackBerrys

April 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For congressional employees, a government shutdown will mean an information blackout as well. Capitol Hill staffers won't be allowed to use government-issued BlackBerrys, laptops or cellphones, the Committee on House Administration said in 10 pages of guidance issued as Republicans and Democrats remain deadlocked over how much to cut the ...

White House says critical websites won't be affected by shutdown

April 7, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This story has been updated. In the event of a government shutdown, federal websites "would remain operational" if they are deemed "necessary to avoid significant damage to the execution of authorized or accepted activities," a White House official told Nextgov in an email message late Wednesday. Websites deemed critical would ...

From Nextgov.com: Furloughed feds cannot telework or use BlackBerrys

April 7, 2011 For congressional employees, a government shutdown will mean an information blackout as well. Capitol Hill staffers won't be allowed to use government-issued BlackBerrys, laptops or cellphones, the Committee on House Administration said in 10 pages of guidance issued as Republicans and Democrats remain deadlocked over how much to cut the ...

White House says critical websites won’t be affected by shutdown

April 7, 2011 This story has been updated. In the event of a government shutdown, federal websites "would remain operational" if they are deemed "necessary to avoid significant damage to the execution of authorized or accepted activities," a White House official told Nextgov in an email message late Wednesday. Websites deemed critical would ...

Energy managers in a fog about labs in the cloud, audit finds

April 6, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Eighteen months into a cloud computing experiment at two Energy Department laboratories some officials remained shrouded in fog: Managers at the two headquarters offices were unaware their labs were in the cloud, according to an agency review. Officials in the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Office of Science "stated ...

Missing emails fuel whistleblower complaints against FDA and HHS

April 5, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Missing emails are the latest flashpoint in an ongoing battle between whistleblowers and administrators at the Food and Drug Administration and its parent agency, the Health and Human Services Department. The National Whistleblowers Center along with six current and former employees from FDA and HHS are suing three federal agencies ...

Doctors Go Digital

April 1, 2011 Stimulus payments are putting e-records within reach for many health care providers. 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 ...

Pentagon Prophecies

April 1, 2011 When military spending leans more toward supply than demand. After three decades covering the U.S. military, journalist Andrew Cockburn has seen it often enough to recognize the pattern: The Air Force spends $100 million to build an EC-130H aircraft with ground-penetrating radar to hunt for $25 homemade bombs buried along ...