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Cloud computing, data center consolidations save feds $3.6B

A five-year-old effort by the U.S. government to cut IT costs through data center consolidations, cloud computing and other technology changes appears to be paying off.

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US Ignite shares $6M in NSF funds with cities for smart city app store

US Ignite, a nonprofit group that fosters Internet apps with public benefits said it had been awarded a $6 million grant from the National Science Foundation to build testbeds for smart gigabit applications in 15 U.S. cities.

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From Hillary to Ashley, black hats turn gray

Hacking medical records promises greater rewards than purely financial ones. The threat has grown worse over the last several years. In the future, telling the bad guys from the good may get tougher.


Shadow BYOD runs rampant in federal government

A new survey highlights the extent to which government employees insist on bringing their own devices to work, despite rules to the contrary.

IRS: Tax breach much worse than originally thought

The cyberattack on U.S. taxpayer data reported by the Internal Revenue Service earlier this year now appears to be much worse than originally thought, the agency announced Monday, with as many as 300,000 citizens now believed to be...

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Customer service: The proof is in the numbers

Customer satisfaction increases when you find your greatest weaknesses and then hone in with a laser focus to address them. Success stories from the Governor's Office of Information Technology.

AT&T a closer partner of NSA than previously known, Snowden docs show

A new analysis of documents leaked by Edward Snowden highlights massive surveillance efforts with special help from AT&T

University technology program launched to give peace a chance

Drexel University and PeaceTech Lab will enlist computer science and engineering students in conflict resolution efforts

UK government reportedly working to end its reliance on Oracle

The request is 'bad advice,' says one analyst

Leading AI researchers, scientists call for a ban on autonomous weapons

Ban weapons that choose their targets before they start an arms race, say Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk and other signatories of an open letter

OPM director resigns after unprecedented data breach

Katherine Archuleta stands down a day after scale of the massive breach was made clear

OPM hackers stole data on 21.5m people, including 1.1m fingerprints

Latest update reveals the massive size of the data breach

Zambia adopts e-procurement system to curb corruption

The country joins a growing list of African nations using automated systems to fight corrupt bidding practices

OPM's efforts to fix IT security are criticized by auditor

Senators rip into agency director for data losses from major breach

US visa system coming back online after major outage

Hundreds of thousands of people are waiting for US visas after significant system problems

NSA uses OpenFlow for tracking... its network

Spy agency uses SDN to keep tabs on IT inventory, simplify operations

US visa system won't be back online until at least next week

A hardware failure has stopped any visas from being issued at US embassies

Lawmakers worry US OPM breaches endanger national security

A breach of the agency's security clearance database could lead to serious problems

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