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FCC to FAA: Let’s Get Real About Device Use on Planes

The FCC is interjecting itself into a long-standing argument over the safety of using electronic devices during flights. Chairman Julius Genachowski sent a letter to Michael Huerta, acting administrator of the FAA, calling for an expansion of the permitted use of tablets, e-readers, and other portab...

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No One’s Better at Wrecking CRM Than the CEO

I love CRM as a discipline, but I have no illusions about its ability to survive in the cruel world. The reality is that customer relationships are fragile things; they need the right environment to flourish and be profitable. There are a host of things that can scuttle these relationships, and most...

FAA Study May Loosen Restrictions on In-Flight Gadget Use

The Federal Aviation Administration announced Monday it will study the use of portable electronic devices on airliners, potentially opening the door to allowing greater use of smartphones, tablets or e-readers during flights. Currently, the FAA requires airlines to determine which devices can safely...

Re-Enter the Dragon

SpaceX's Dragon space capsule returned to Earth on Thursday, 10 days after it took off into the wild blue yonder to resupply the International Space Station. The capsule touched down in the Pacific Ocean at 11:42 a.m. ET a few hundred miles west of Baja California, Mexico. It will be taken by boat t...

The Curious Case of LightSquared vs. GPS

Another government venue, another condemnation of LightSquared's planned 4G LTE network. U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary John Porcari told a congressional hearing on Wednesday that if LightSquared were to be deployed, the Federal Aviation Administration would have to constantly m...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

Feds on Successful IT Procurement: This Is How It’s Done

Federal information technology managers -- often cited for poor execution of procurement practices -- now have some project role models to follow for successfully managing IT investments. The federal General Accountability Office has issued a report on seven case studies of successful government IT ...

Choppy Waters Ahead for the Federal IT Market, Part 1

The big number always seems to be there. The big number is the amount of money the U.S. federal government invests in information technology. In constant dollars, that number has hovered slightly above or slightly below $80 billion per year since 2007, according to TechAmerica. That funding level is...

GOVERNMENT IT REPORT

US Agencies Relying on Antiquated Financial Management Systems

Federal agencies are woefully deficient in using modern information technology tools to manage their financial data. Despite calls from Congress and the White House to improve financial data management, agencies "employ a tangled web of disparate manual processes to generate the data," states a rece...

Senators Wave Body Scanners Through at TSA Oversight Hearing

The threat of terrorism weighed heavily on United States senators holding an oversight hearing on the Transportation Security Administration Wednesday. The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation was looking into the TSA's use of aggressive screening procedures for air traveler...

IBM Teams With FAA to Neutralize Cyberthreats

IBM is joining forces with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to protect the nation's civilian aviation system from the ever-growing threat of cyberattacks. They are working on building a prototype security system capable of protecting the vast amount of information flowing daily through the F...

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

FOSS vs. the Winged Monkeys: Q&A With Open Source for America’s Chris Lundberg

Chris Lundberg has worked for years to drive the availability of technology to the masses. He has managed teams developing software for the Library of Congress, worked with the U.S. Navy to develop satellite communications software and consulted for Accenture in developing telecom Internet solutions...

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

FOSS vs. the Winged Monkeys: Q&A With Open Source for America’s Chris Lundberg

Chris Lundberg has worked for years to drive the availability of technology to the masses. He has managed teams developing software for the Library of Congress, worked with the U.S. Navy to develop satellite communications software and consulted for Accenture in developing telecom Internet solutions...

Wikipedia and the Kidnapped Reporter: Censor or Savior?

For seven months, New York Times reporter David Rohde was held by Taliban kidnappers. During his captivity, both his newspaper and Wikipedia kept quiet about his plight. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales reportedly agreed to a request from The New York Times to delete all references to the kidnapping on...

BMC Bolsters IT Management Assets With $800M BladeLogic Buy

Software maker BMC will buy data center automation firm BladeLogic in a move that could help it fend off incursions into its core market from rivals such as EMC and IBM. BMC will use BladeLogic's products to round its own business service management software portfolio. When combined, the platform wi...

OSS Traffic Management: Open Road Ahead?

Open source software is making its way into the systems that touch our everyday lives, from our banks to the stores where we shop. Open source is also found in some of the IT systems that manage traffic flow on city streets, state highways and in the skies. In fact, throughout the overlapping transp...

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