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1. Google’s Self-Driving Cars Get Their First Learner’s Permit
The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles announced Monday it has approved Google’s application to test the autonomous vehicles on public streets. However, the DMV will require at least two people in the vehicles during testing, including one in the driver’s seat.
2. Close to 70% of U.S. embassies tweet
More than 120 U.S. embassies, or 69 percent of all U.S. embassies, have official or semi-official Twitter accounts as of March 2012, according to analysis from the Sunlight Foundation. The research shows that Twitter adoption varies across agencies in terms of communication strategy, engagement level and language immersion.
3. Defense bill would boost small business contracting goal
The House Armed Services Committee has proposed raising the government’s annual small-business contracting goal and giving business advocates more authority throughout the acquisition process.
4. SRA assists FBI create advanced investigative network
SRA International Inc. will help the FBI build its operational response and investigative online network (ORION) program under an eight-year contract that could be worth as much as $19 million if all seven option years are exercised.
5. Spear-phishing attacks hit gas pipeline networks
A Homeland Security Department cyber response team focusing on industrial control systems has issued a warning to the natural gas pipeline industry of targeted cyberattacks that have compromised some networks.
6. 911 services face an emergency of their own
Rapid advances in communications technology, while presenting opportunities for better service, present a tough test for the 911 system, as adoption of consumer devices outpaces the ability of the 911 infrastructure to handle them. Telephones, once fixed in a certain place, are now mobile, and voice is becoming passé in a world where real-time text, images and video are at everyone’s fingertips.
7. GAO: SSA IT Modernization Needs Better Metrics
The Social Security Administration needs to develop comprehensive metrics to effectively gauge the information technology modernization project it has undertaken over the past decade, the Government Accountability Office said in a new report.
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