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The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued a call for action for educators and agencies to join in an effort to meet the goals of STEM for All through the use of active learning.






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The National Institute of Standards and Technology aims to improve communication with non-Federal systems containing Federal data through updates to its guidelines “Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations,” also referred to as 800-171.






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A cybersecurity professional in Arlington, Va., who protects the Pentagon, makes 72% less than someone doing similar work in Minneapolis. A study from Indeed compared salaries from information security specialists in 15 cities.






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Civil liberties groups filed a complaint against the Baltimore Police Department, asking the FCC to investigate the department’s use of cellphone tracking devices, which are used in 24 states and the District of Columbia. The Baltimore police, along with other law enforcement agencies, are using stingrays, which are devices that mimic cellphone towers to track suspects’ locations through their cellphone signals. The civil liberties groups argue that this is a violation of Federal law that requires a license.






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Learning House, an eLearning services company that creates off-the-shelf and custom online degree and professional development courses, recently released a new report highlighting the demands and preferences of online college students.






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A software upgrade gone wrong caused widespread system outages across the Veterans Affairs Department, officials confirmed Tuesday. The agency’s main website, VA.gov, as well as Vets.gov, associated websites, and apps were temporarily affected, a VA spokesperson told MeriTalk.






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To become “Future Ready,” city governments must focus on fostering and leveraging technological innovation in their local area, according to experts at an Information Technology and Innovation Foundation panel. “Cities that are embracing future ready, we notice that they are data-driven,” said Christy McFarland of the National League of Cities.






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Over the past 10 years, agencies have made minimal use of their special government employees who do not serve on Federal boards, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report. However, the report also states that not all of these SGEs’ assignments have been reliably documented.






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On Aug. 8, the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate announced the 2016 kickoff of its EMERGE 2016: Wearable Technology program. By Aug. 10, TechNexus, the venture collaborative organization tasked with accelerating the program, received about 200 responses from interested companies.






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The General Services Administration’s Office of Government-wide Policy released its goals for how it will serve as the managing partner for the Data Center Optimization Initiative.






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Today’s tech companies are branching out from college campuses and are instead looking at adult coding boot camps to recruit the next batch of talent.






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As floods sweep through Louisiana, lack of information for emergency response teams can be a matter of life and death. With the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s newly updated app, the agency hopes to improve emergency response data for natural disasters.






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