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Shutdown or not, ‘impacts will ripple for months’

Cloud computing, integrated servers and virtualization have made it harder for agencies to figure out exactly how to handle IT operations in the event of a government shutdown.

Mark Forman, who served in the first federal chief information officer role as the administrator of e-government and IT, has seen this song and dance before, but says this time around it will be a different ball game, especially when it comes to securing the federal government’s IT infrastructure.

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Vice President Biden Tours Flood-Affected Areas in Colorado

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On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden traveled to Colorado to view damage from the recent flooding and survey recovery efforts.

Severe storms and heavy rains that started around September 11 dumped a record-setting 10 to 18 inches of rain in parts of northern and central Colorado, causing widespread flooding, landslides and mudslides across a wide swath of the state .

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Army general hosts first virtual town hall

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Army’s Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno on Sept. 24 held his first virtual town hall via his Facebook page. (Photo: Staff Sgt. Teddy Wade/Army)

Gen. Ray Odierno held his first virtual town hall, answering questions about the looming threat of a government shutdown and its consequences.

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This Work Is Personal To Me

Back in 2006, as my father was dealing with advanced dementia, our family faced a serious set of challenges. In addition to his health problems, we struggled with the lack of transparency in what his health insurance plan covered, and with substantial out-out-pocket costs. We were often left with unanticipated bills after appointments and medical procedures with little recourse.

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Twitter Alerts give federal arm bigger stretch

Providing real-time updates from first responders and federal agencies, Twitter has become a useful tool when disaster strikes.

New Yorkers received tweets about an East Coast earthquake 30 seconds before they actually felt it.

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All Hands on Deck: Renewing the Call to Combat Human Trafficking

One year ago today, President Obama announced the Administration’s commitment to lead the fight against human trafficking during a seminal speech at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. During his remarks, the President announced new initiatives from across the Administration to help redouble our efforts to combat trafficking both at home and abroad.

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