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Taxpayer demand for human help soars, despite IRS automation

Phone requests grew by 20% from 2006 through 2015; the number of taxpayers grew by 6.5% over the same period.

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NASA's not so keen to talk about quantum computer security

When NASA showed off its D-Wave 2X quantum computer on Tuesday, engineers were keen to talk about the computer's capabilities but less so about security measures that might be in place to stop hackers.

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UK intelligence service GCHQ is on trial for hacking

GCHQ, the British signals intelligence service, is in the dock accused of hacking computers without individual warrants in order to tap communications.

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Feds look to breathe new life into legacy IT

Federal IT managers believe that they can breathe new life into a majority of aging applications, but say modernization as an ‘urgent’ priority.

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State CIOs will focus on security and cloud in 2016

Security concerns rate at the top of NASCIO poll for third straight year, while cultural and administrative challenges slow the adoption of cloud computing in state governments.

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Top tech turkeys of 2015

Hillary Clinton's email server, Comcast's merger with TWC, and Draftkings and FanDuel highlight our annual recap of the technology industry's "turkeys."

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How fully homomorphic encryption can prevent infiltration of secure networks

Research and advancements within technology are showing that fully homomorphic encryption can substantially limit the infiltration of secure networks, combat the offensive techniques used by nation-states and usher in a new generation...

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Irish privacy watchdog to investigate Facebook over spying allegations

Ireland's Data Protection Commissioner has agreed to investigate a complaint alleging that Facebook gave U.S. intelligence agencies bulk access to its users' personal data.

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Government watchdog blasts IRS for mismanaged migrations from Windows XP, Server 2003

In a recently released report, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration criticized the IRS for spending nearly $140 million on upgrading Windows XP to Windows 7 even as it failed to meet the support cut-off of April 2014....

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Innovation and digital transformation in federal IT

Mark Schwartz, the CIO of U.S. Citizenship and immigration services, discusses what is involved in initiating and running federal IT projects.

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The 3 essentials of clinical decision support

Clinical Decision Support tools will play an increasingly important tole in Health IT. Here's what you need to know for these tools to succeed now and in the future.

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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.

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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

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