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Army developing tool that provides spectrum, terrain and intel common operational picture

A tool being developed for the Army will bring together intelligence, terrain and electromagnetic spectrum data, providing a common operational picture for electronic warfare.

DOL website educates employers, tech industry on accessibility

The Labor Department launched a web portal dedicated to helping employers and the technology industry better adopt technology that people with a range of disabilities can use.

ONC releases early draft of interoperability roadmap

An early draft form of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's roadmap to interoperability is based on five elements that will help meet three-, six- and 10-year objectives.

Test to improve air traffic management expands following FAA grant

Following successful tests at Boston's Logan International Airport, New York's LaGuardia Airport will be the next site to see how algorithms can improve air traffic management – by reducing the time passenger planes spend taxiing and idling.

Agencies should pursue cloud for performance, not cost benefits, says report

Cloud computing technology is ready for the enterprise, but most agencies are not prepared at a policy level to most efficiently implement it, according to a whitepaper published Oct. 10 by the MITRE Corporation and the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center

New analysis tool helps Army better evaluate changes to tactical networks

A new tool promises to help the Army better evaluate evolving tactical networks by allowing for system-of-systems testing before large investments are made, according to the Defense Department.

More training, skills development needed for analyzing big data, experts say

Training students on how to best use big data has become a major challenge, according to a recent report published by the National Academies Press.

ONC: Meaningful use incentive payments, electronic exchanges on the rise for doctors, hospitals

Doctors and hospitals continue to leverage health information technology at an increased rate, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's annual report (pdf) to Congress.

Commerce secretary: US stands by multistakeholder process to preserve free, open Internet

The United States will resist all efforts to give "any person, entity or nation" control of the Internet rather than the "global multistakeholder communities," said Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker in a Oct. 13 speech.

White House won't pursue single, large cybersecurity bill

The Obama Administration hopes to overcome resistance to a single, large cybersecurity bill by pushing for several, smaller cybersecurity bills that could increase the odds of passage, said the White House Cybersecurity director during an Oct. 9 event.

Cyberwarfare underway 'all of the time,' says former NATO supreme allied commander

Cyberwarfare is not something theoretical or reserved for conflict in the distant future, but happening continuously right now, said Atlantic Council Board Director Gen. Wesley Clark Oct. 9 at an event hosted by the think tank in Washington, D.C.

Top FAA official: Agency needs to make sure industry complies with key NextGen mandate

FAA Deputy Administrator Michael Whitaker said he FAA needs to make sure that airlines and other operators comply with the mandate for implementing the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, or ADS-B, equipment in their aircraft by 2020.

National Guard fielding new interoperable communications systems for first responders

The Army National Guard will use a rapidly deployable, interoperable system to support Internet, phone and radio communications among police, fire fighters and other first responders during disasters.

Malicious insider attacks among the most costly, hardest to contain, says Ponemon

Malicious insiders, denial of services and malicious code are the most costly cyber crimes for U.S. organizations and account for more than 55 percent of all cyber crime costs per organization on an annual basis, according to an annual report on the cost of cybercrime.

NSF struggles to keep up with computing demands, study finds

Advanced computing needs are threatening the National Science Foundation's position as a provider of high-powered computing to its researchers, according to a new report.

Increased Internet speeds could exacerbate digital divide, say experts

A gigabit Internet connection – one that delivers 1,000 megabits of information per second – is available to some in the scientific community; however, the average U.S. Internet user, who enjoys only a 10.5 Mbps connection, could soon be seeing an upgrade. As companies begin to lay fiber for ultra-fast networks, Pew Research asked a panel of experts what to expect in the "gigabit age."

Electronics in cars need more study, greater protection, says traffic safety agency

Although electronics in passenger cars provide many benefits, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is researching ways to ensure they support public safety and are protected.

FAA, industry agree on high-priority NextGen initiatives

During an Oct. 8 meeting, Federal Aviation Administration officials, airlines, manufacturers and labor groups agreed on a plan that sets specific milestones, locations, timelines and metrics for completing what the group identified as NextGen's "high priority, high readiness" initiatives.

Twitter sues government over user data requests

Twitter sued the Justice Department Oct. 7, saying it violated the social media company's First Amendment rights by restricting its ability to disclose details on the government's national security requests.

Energy Department overpaying for software licenses, audit finds

The recently released audit found that DOE programs and sites routinely paid about $600,000 more than necessary when acquiring software licenses in a three-year period and had not maintained an inventory to manage them.