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USAID to create new policy organization

June 9, 2010 The U.S. Agency for International Development is creating a new bureau to give the agency a voice of its own -- and 60 job openings to make it happen -- according to an internal memo. The new Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning will be a voice independent of the...

Report profiles a new world for cybercrime

April 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The age of destructive nationwide viruses has faded and tailored attacks targeting individual data are on the rise, according to an annual Symantec Internet security report. The Symantec Internet Security Threat Report outlining international trends about malicious hacking from 2009 had Brazil ranked third as the source of malicious attacks...

Experts suggest eight ways to fix the VA claims backlog

April 20, 2010 The Obama administration has made a priority of transitioning the Veterans Affairs Department into the new millennium, but a years-old backlog of claims remains. VA Secretary Eric Shinseki noted earlier this month that the department completed 974,000 claims last year but still received approximately 1 million new claims during the...

VA looks to computerize processing of G.I. bill benefits

March 29, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Having missed its original deadline last summer to streamline claims processing for the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, the Obama administration is trying to make good by launching new software April 1. Veterans Affairs Department data shows the still-new college aid program has improved at getting payments to veterans and universities after...

VA aims for a better G.I. Bill

March 29, 2010 Having missed its original deadline last summer to streamline claims processing for the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, the Obama administration is trying to make good by launching new software April 1. Veterans Affairs Department data shows the still-new college aid program has improved at getting payments to veterans and universities after...

Can insurers protect the U.S. from cyberattack?

February 10, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The newest soldier on the frontlines of America's cyber defenses could be an insurance salesman. To prepare American companies for the costly fallout of hacks, as recently experienced by Google's operations in China, a market for cyber insurance has been taking root and is extending coverage to keep companies and...