Data mining company Westat, a major federal contractor, has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle allegations that it failed to provide equal employment opportunities to thousands of female minority applicants, the Labor Department said Sept. 10.
The Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation, or GEDI, lidar -- a remote, laser-based sensing system used to examine Earth's surface -- will be the first instrument to systematically examine the depths of the planet's forests from space. One goal of the tool is to get a better handle on forests' role in the carbon cycle.
Several major technology trade groups are urging congressional leaders to support legislation that would ban bulk collection of phone and Internet metadata by U.S. spy agencies.
In reviewing six selected agencies, the Government Accountability Office said the agencies generally established security and privacy requirements and had plans to assess the effectiveness of contractor-operated systems. But five of the agencies were inconsistent in such reviews.
The department will spend more than $518 million in rural electric cooperatives in 15 states – part of nearly $50 billion that it has invested in infrastructure improvements in the past five years. More than $23 million of the funding will go toward smart grid improvements to better manage and increase efficiencies in the nationwide electric system.
An internal investigation found that the U.S. Postal Service's cloud computing contracts did not comply with all of the agency's standards.
The Energy Department has set aside $8 million to set up microgrids -- contained grids that are usually connected to the more traditional electric grid but can also disconnect to operate autonomously and help alleviate grid disturbances – in Alaska, California, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Tennessee and Washington. Each received about $1.2 million.
With the revelation that the Healthcare.gov website was hacked into last week, congressional lawmakers said they're taking a closer look at what happened as well as stepping up hearings on cybersecurity.
A recent survey found that 62 percent of government chief information officers said they don't have sufficient resources to do their jobs effectively.
Despite a decrease in federal funding for basic research at universities and colleges in fiscal 2011 and 2012, higher education institutions received more than half of the $31 billion in total federal obligations for basic research. However, a new National Sciences Foundation report also found that funding is expected to improve.
As part of its efforts to combat rising cyber threats and attacks, the Army is launching the Cyber Protection Brigade and could start a new cyber branch as soon as the second week of October, an official said.
At the two-day Wales summit, the alliance issued pledges and decisions in a number of areas -- including cybersecurity -- to better meet various security challenges. It adopted an Enhanced Cyber Defence Policy that lays out the principles for its members to defend against cyber threats and attacks as they become more frequent, complex and potentially damaging.
President Obama Sept. 4 has named former Google executive and Silicon Valley veteran Megan Smith to become the nation's next chief technology officer, replacing Todd Park, who is returning to Silicon Valley to help the administration recruit top tech talent for the government.
The lab said the technology, which has been developed and rigorously tested for 20 years now, creates cryptographic keys "with lightning speed" by using the quantum properties of light particles, or photons, to generate random numbers to securely send data.
The Energy Department's Systems Biology Knowledgebase, or KBase, will help biologists analyze, store and share data. Led by Lawrence Berkeley, Argonne, Brookhaven and Oak Ridge national laboratories, KBase gathers data available on plants, microbes, microbial communities and the interactions among them in order to improve the environment and energy production.
Technologies with built-in cybersecurity functions are in development and in some cases rolling out across the nation's electricity grid as it's being transformed into a smart grid, according to the Energy Department's new status report.
About $56.8 million in grants awarded to the North Georgia Network and Appalachian Valley Fiber Network have resulted in a 3,000-mile fiber-optic Education Exchange that links 30 kindergarten through 12th-grade school districts with more than 330 facilities and 250,000 students. The network will enable schools to share web-based instructional resources, online course material and videoconferencing services via a 10-gigabit private education cloud.
Started in February, Open Catalog now includes peer-reviewed publications and other material from the agency's Biological Technologies Office and Defense Sciences Office. Overall, the website now offers open source software, peer-reviewed publications and other materials from the majority of programs in DARPA's Information Innovation Office.
Invented by the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory's and others in partnership with the New York City Fire Department, the system is based on an active RFID tag that firefighters carry and works much like how E-Z Pass tracks inventory.
More health care providers will now be able to meet goals with certified electronic health record technology, or CEHRT, because of a new rule allowing for more flexibility in how they use it.