The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission won’t approve licenses for new or existing nuclear power plants until it figures out what to do with hazardous waste that's been piling up at storage sites across the country.
Coming out of the recession, states are aggressively competing for new businesses. To do that, they’re offering generous tax incentive packages to companies promising jobs. But such tax incentives are facing criticism for promoting a race to the bottom among states.
Senate Republicans recently blocked cybersecurity legislation, but the White House hasn't ruled out issuing an executive order to strengthen the nation's defenses against cyber attacks if Congress refuses to act.
Source: The Wall Street Journal | Nation |
August 3, 2012
Senate Republicans dealt a potentially fatal blow to a White House-backed cybersecurity measure on Thursday, leaving the bill's supporters pessimistic that a compromise could be reached this year to bolster the country's computer security.
Source: Government Technology | Maryland |
August 3, 2012
At the State House in Annapolis, Md., governor’s staff meetings look a lot different than they used to. Instead of referring to stacks of paper and multiple binders, staff members use Apple iPads to retrieve relevant documents and take notes.
Source: Government Computer News | Nation |
August 2, 2012
Police around the country have been making increasing use of automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) systems, which combine optical character recognition with database storage and matching to help catch criminals, solve crimes and finding missing people. Their ability to scan massive amounts of data has groups like the American Civil Liberties Union asking questions about privacy.
Source: Los Angeles Times | Los Angeles, Calif. |
August 2, 2012
Olympics coverage is certainly winning gold medals at L.A. City Hall, where so many employees are watching online that the city's chief technology officer begged them to stop for fear of a municipal computer meltdown.
Source: Government Technology | Nation |
August 1, 2012
GPS privacy law will soon be updated if Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, get their way. The bill, called the Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance (GPS) Act, was introduced last year and would require law enforcement officials to get a warrant before taking location data from a suspect’s device.
Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign released an app that promises to give users a first look at the candidate’s vice presidential pick. Assuming that the press doesn't get wind of the news first, users of “Mitt’s VP App,” available for iPhone and Android, will get the name of Romney's choice nanoseconds before it is broadcast to the wider public.
Facing more frequent storms that cripple electric distribution systems over big areas, utility companies are drafting iPads and military-style aerial surveillance robots to get the lights back on faster.
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