Content tagged with Government
posted in June 2009
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Amazon Drops More Affiliates Over Online Tax Issue
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The online retailer has been dropping affiliates in states that approve the collection of sales taxes for online transactions.
Supreme Court May Review Conviction Of Ex-Qwest CEO
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Joe Nacchio is serving six years in prison for illegal insider trading while head of the telecom firm.
Jobs Returns To Work At Apple
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
The Apple chief executive is splitting his time between the company's corporate offices and working from home.
NASA Mints Nine New Astronauts
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Space agency's class of 2009 features diverse group of experts.
Amazon Drops North Carolina SMBs Over Sales Tax Proposal
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Trying to make up for declining state revenue, North Carolina is preparing to collect taxes on online transactions.
Does Twitter Match The Mission?
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
A CIO with the U.S. Air Force argues that government-technology decision makers must apply cost-benefit analysis in determining whether Web 2.0 tools make sense for their agencies.
ICANN Names Security Expert As CEO
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
Rod Beckstrom, former director of the U.S. National Cybersecurity Center, faces demands to make the US organization into an international body.
Tesla Gets $465 Million For Electric-Car Production
News  |  6/24/2009  | 
Tesla plans to use $100 million of the funds from the Department of Energy for a powertrain manufacturing plant.
IBM 'Roadrunner' Holds World's Fastest Computer Crown
News  |  6/23/2009  | 
The 2009 International Supercomputing Conference also saw two new systems enter the top 10.
CSC In $29 Million Navy IT Deal
News  |  6/23/2009  | 
The outsourcer will support the fleet's naval enterprise network under a one-year task order.
NASA Probe Orbits Moon
News  |  6/23/2009  | 
The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will spend the next year mapping Earth's satellite.
Google Tries Blocking Pornography In China
News  |  6/19/2009  | 
The engineering effort may require disentangling Google.cn from search indexes associated with other Google search sites, like Google.com.
FCC Examining Exclusive Handset-Carrier Deals
News  |  6/19/2009  | 
Hearings will likely focus on AT&T's exclusive deal with Apple.
Virginia Probes Outsourcing Deal, CIO Fired
News  |  6/19/2009  | 
The state's $2.3 billion contract with Northrop Grumman is under fire from legislators.
Federal Jury: Music Downloader Owes $1.92 Million
News  |  6/19/2009  | 
Decision is a victory for the RIAA in its crackdown on illegal music file sharing.
Federal CIO Seeks 'Storefront' For Government IT Procurement
News  |  6/17/2009  | 
The goal is to have a central place to allow federal agencies to quickly buy systems and get them up and running.
E-Health Records Planned Despite Stimulus Uncertainty
News  |  6/17/2009  | 
More than 50% of healthcare providers surveyed by IVANS do not believe the federal stimulus package will successfully encourage health IT adoption.
FCC Chief Nominee To Promote Wireless, Broadband
News  |  6/17/2009  | 
At a hearing Tuesday, senators lavished praise on Julius Genachowski, but had harsh words for the FCC's performance over the past decade.
Government Debating 'Meaningful Use' Of E-Health Records
News  |  6/16/2009  | 
Members of the HIT Policy Committee are initially suggesting linking the use of health IT to individual care and public health outcomes.
Cloud Computing: 10 Questions For Federal CIO Vivek Kundra
News  |  6/16/2009  | 
Kundra discuss his thoughts about cloud computing in government, and what it would take to make cloud technologies easier to adopt in the federal space.
Senators Want To Grill Wireless Carriers, Manufacturers
News  |  6/16/2009  | 
Lawmakers say they want to determine whether "exclusivity agreements" between mobile handset makers and wireless carriers "are restricting consumer choice."
GE Offers Stimulus Loans To Bolster E-Medical Records
News  |  6/16/2009  | 
GE also promises that its GE Centricity e-medical record products will be certified to meet evolving health IT standards.
EDS Wins $34 Million DoD Contract
News  |  6/16/2009  | 
HP's outsourcing arm will provide the Defense Information Systems Agency with engineering and technical support.
10 Questions For Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra
News  |  6/15/2009  | 
Chopra talks about the role of technology in government policy, and advancing Obama's healthcare IT, smart grid, education technology, and economic development agendas.
NASA Eyes Wednesday Shuttle Launch
News  |  6/15/2009  | 
The space agency canceled Saturday liftoff after discovering a gas leak.
Federal CTO Sees IT Leading U.S. Out Of Recession
News  |  6/15/2009  | 
Aneesh Chopra is looking to other CIOs to advise him on fleshing out a more detailed agenda to best serve the president's IT agenda.
DTV Switch: Mostly A Smooth Move
News  |  6/15/2009  | 
The great majority of television-watching Americans weren't affected by the change to digital broadcasting because they receive their signals from cable and satellite TV providers.
IRS Mulls Cell Phone Tax Revisions
News  |  6/12/2009  | 
The government may simplify an old law to reflect the ubiquitous nature of cell phones and the plummeting cost of mobile phone calls.
Space Shuttle Set For Saturday Launch
News  |  6/12/2009  | 
Endeavour is poised for a mission to the ISS to deliver components to Japan's space lab.
General Services Administration's CIO Looks To The Cloud
News  |  6/12/2009  | 
Casey Coleman reveals the GSA's role in driving a government-wide cloud computing initiative and other IT priorities.
DTV Switch Is On: Millions To Lose Analog Signals
News  |  6/12/2009  | 
Virtually all TV stations are expected to have completed the switch to broadcasting digital television signals by Saturday. Three million U.S. homes are estimated to be unprepared.
Army Unblocks Some Social Media Sites
News  |  6/11/2009  | 
U.S. troops within the contiguous United States can now access Facebook, Delicious, Flickr, Twitter, Vimeo, and Web-based e-mail. YouTube and some other sites are still blocked.
EU Urges US To Drop Ban On Online Gambling
News  |  6/11/2009  | 
It believes U.S. laws on Internet gambling are a violation of international trade laws.
Dept. Of Energy Neglects Own Advice On Energy-Efficient IT
News  |  6/11/2009  | 
Audit finds that the Energy Department spent $1.6 million more than necessary on power costs in fiscal 2008.
Google Defends Itself Against Antitrust Regulation
News  |  6/10/2009  | 
In the face of growing scrutiny of corporate behavior, Google is hoping to dissuade the Department of Justice from bringing an antitrust case.
Health Care Overhaul Bill Calls For Online Enrollment
News  |  6/10/2009  | 
Proposed legislation calls for all Americans to have medical insurance and that everyone be able to enroll and manage their eligibility information online.
Internet Gambling Bill Awaits House Vote
News  |  6/10/2009  | 
Legislation seeks to enable some forms of online gambling such as Internet poker and wagering on horse racing.
Nominee For OMB Post Seeks Better IT Management
News  |  6/10/2009  | 
Jeffrey Zients, nominee for deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget and the country's first chief performance officer, addressed a Senate Committee on Wednesday.
GSA Backs Away From Federal Cloud CTO Appointment
News  |  6/9/2009  | 
Cloud computing is still a major initiative of federal CIO Vivek Kundra, and its importance was even outlined in an addendum to the president's 2010 budget last month.
Former AT&T Exec Ed Whitacre To Lead GM
News  |  6/9/2009  | 
The 6-foot-4-inch Texan retired from AT&T less than two years ago after taking over the old SBC telecom business.
Enhanced SMS Allows Vision, Hearing Impaired To Text 911
News  |  6/9/2009  | 
A public-safety group is launching mobile phone texting technology that allows impaired individuals to contact a 911 dispatcher without specialized communications devices or relay centers.
Government Asks For More Input On Data.gov
News  |  6/9/2009  | 
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra is soliciting citizen recommendations for improving the Obama administration's open government initiative as it relates to Data.gov.
Proposed NASA Cuts Draw Fire
News  |  6/8/2009  | 
Florida legislators say a plan to reduce the space agency's operating budget could hurt the economy and innovation.
China To Require Filtering Software On PCs
News  |  6/8/2009  | 
Starting July 1, PC makers will have to install pornography-blocking app Green Dam Youth Escort on all computers sold in China.
Think Tank Pushes Broadband Enterprise Zones
News  |  6/8/2009  | 
Institute For Policy Innovation says private-sector forces are best to ensure nationwide coverage.
Final Countdown For DTV Switch
News  |  6/8/2009  | 
President Obama has even gotten into the act, alerting Americans there won't be a delay beyond Friday.
San Francisco Twitters With Citizens To Fix City
News  |  6/5/2009  | 
Twitter's hometown is making it easier for citizens to request government services and get information about what's going on in City Hall.
Prepare Now For Economic Recovery: Gartner
News  |  6/5/2009  | 
Since no one knows when business growth will actually resume, Gartner is advising organizations to file away completed return-to-business plans by July.
FCC Pressed On Improving Broadband Access
News  |  6/5/2009  | 
The Telecommunications Industry Association and other groups are asking for the government to act fast and rule fairly in extending faster Internet service.
Gov. Stimulus Spending Gets High Marks
News  |  6/5/2009  | 
The pace of spending indicates the government will spend $294.1 billion by Sept. 30, 2010, a report from a government market researcher says.
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