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NIST unveils AppVet for mobile application evaluation

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released version 1 of a free, open source system comprised of a web application, tools and clients for testing and evaluating the security of mobile applications.

GAO worried about pace of 2020 Census technology plans

A review of the technology projects the Census Bureau is preparing for its 2020 population count left the Government Accountability Office concerned about their prospects for timely completion.

NSA collecting SMS messages in bulk, says reporting based on latest Snowden document

The latest revelation gleaned from the trove of Edward Snowden-leaked documents shows the National Security Agency collecting almost 200 million SMS text messages a day from across the globe, "using them to extract data including location, contact networks and credit card details, according to top secret documents,"  reports   The Guardian  in an investigation undertaken with UK's Channel 4 News.

Former FCC chairmen torn on how much modernizing Telecommunications Act really needs

"I've heard some say that simply because that act is old it must be obsolete," said Former FCC Chairman Michael Copps. "The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written long ago too, yet we still find them critically relevant in our law."

NSA tracks location through global cellphone data

The National Security Agency gathers nearly 5 billion records daily of cellphone locations by tapping into cables that globally connect mobile networks, show new documents from Edward Snowden  reported  by the  Washington Post.

Poor management could botch LMR modernization efforts at DHS, says IG

The Homeland Security Department needs to modernize its land mobile radio networks and in March 2012 awarded a $3 billion departmentwide strategic sourcing contract to do so. But the department's inspector general says poor procurement or inventory management practices could cancel out any savings realized from strategic sourcing.

Workers may use BYOD for 2020 Census

The Census Bureau is exploring new technology for the 2020 Census. By the time it begins collecting data it hopes the Internet will be the primary response option and it plans to use data the government already has to complete information for households that do not respond, said Census Bureau Director John Thompson. Still, field workers will be needed to go door-to-door, and that's where a bring your own device strategy may prove useful.

Study finds government could save $14B per year by increasing telework

Teleworking federal employees could drive $14 billion per year in cost avoidance by eliminating real estate, absenteeism, turnover, transit subsidies and other expenses, says a Sept. 6  report  (.pdf) from Global Workplace Analytics, an independent research and consulting firm.

New NIST technical specification allows derived PIV authentication for mobile devices

Agencies increasingly use,  or plan to use, the biometric data PIV cards to control access to agency networks, but the rise of mobile devices has put a crimp in that, since card readers may easily be integrated into desktops or laptops, but not smartphones or tablets.

Army network modernization efforts don't capitalize on testing, says GAO

"The Army has not yet tapped into the potential to use the NIE to gain insight into the effectiveness and performance of the overall tactical network,"  finds the Government Accountability Office in an Aug. 22 report. For example, some technology that tested poorly in the development stage was pushed through to operational testing with similarly poor results. Now, Army plans to buy and field the systems, says GAO.