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  • Poll: Americans welcome raising taxes for rich

    12/6/12 10:50 AM

    Americans prefer letting tax cuts expire for the country's top earners, as President Barack Obama insists, while support has declined for cutting government services to curb budget deficits, an Associated Press-GfK poll shows. Fewer than half the Republicans polled favor continuing the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy.

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  • From NextGov: DHS says hackers could manipulate highway sensors

    12/5/12 10:28 AM

    From NextGov: The Homeland Security Department is warning local governments about flaws in a traffic monitoring system that could expose drivers’ travel habits.

  • From FWC: IRS needs funds, policy changes to fight ID theft

    12/4/12 10:04 AM

    From Federal Computer Week: The Internal Revenue Service is seeing identity theft attempts escalate at a rapid rate, but faces several obstacles to better enforcement -- some of which are imposed by the government itself.

  • Federal Hot Minute Dec. 3, 2012

    12/3/12 4:59 PM

    Although we’re in the midst of the holiday season, news in the business of government has not slowed. Here are just a few stories worthy of reading:

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  • From FWC: The government's role in spurring innovation

    12/3/12 10:07 AM

    From Federal Computer Week: While lack of resources is not always the problem, sometimes money matters. Cases in point are the numerous federal agencies that play a key role in innovation but that are woefully underfunded. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office used to be the envy of other nations for its effectiveness and efficiency. But today a backlog of more than 700,000 patent applications at the USPTO means that most applicants will wait at least three years for a decision.

  • From Next Gov: Border agency scouts for smartphone accessory to screen people and packages

    11/30/12 10:05 AM

    From Next Gov: The Homeland Security Department wants to outfit border agents with wearable devices that can scan cargo labels and travelers’ fingerprints, according to DHS documents

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  • From Next Gov: Feds say innovation is rarely rewarded or encouraged

    11/28/12 10:00 AM

    From Next Gov: Technology and other innovations -- such as cloud computing and telework -- have dramatically changed the way federal employees perform their jobs. But when it comes to finding new and innovative ways of doing business in government, most federal employees lack the appropriate incentives and support, according to survey results released last week.

  • From Washington Technology: 5 ways to create big data opportunities

    11/27/12 10:24 AM

    From Washington Technology: There’s no doubt that the decibel level around big data is rising. Agencies are looking to big data to solve the critical need to store, manage, and extract meaningful value from massive quantities of information.

  • From Federal Times: Sequestration or not, firms, DoD will take a hit

    11/26/12 10:36 AM

    From Federal Times: Even if Congress is able to hammer out a debt deal that avoids sequestration in January, the resulting agreement will likely result in billions of dollars in additional cuts to the Defense Department — perhaps as much as $25 billion — likely forcing the military to alter its roles and missions.

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