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NSA task force recommends major changes in surveillance

A U.S. National Security Agency surveillance review board report, to be released Wednesday, will recommend major changes in the way the agency tracks terrorism suspects, according to news reports.

Written by Grant Gross18 Dec. 13 21:50

NSA task force to recommend major changes in surveillance

A U.S. National Security Agency surveillance review board report, to be released Wednesday, will recommend major changes in the way the agency tracks terrorism suspects, according to news reports.

Written by Grant Gross18 Dec. 13 20:03

Former Microsoft exec to head HealthCare.gov effort

Kurt DelBene, the retired president of Microsoft's Office Division, will take over the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' insurance shopping site, HealthCare.gov.

Written by Grant Gross17 Dec. 13 18:41

Judge pulls no punches in ruling against NSA program

Judge Richard Leon ripped into the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Security Agency in his Monday ruling that the NSA's controversial collection of U.S. telephone records may violate the U.S. Constitution.

Written by Grant Gross16 Dec. 13 22:55

DOJ defends NSA phone records program after judge's ruling

The U.S. Department of Justice defended the National Security Agency's massive phone records collection program after a U.S. District Court judge ruled Monday that the program is likely to violate the U.S. Constitution.

Written by Grant Gross16 Dec. 13 22:03

Security concerns about HealthCare.gov are overblown, Democrats say

Security concerns raised by Republican critics of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' botched rollout of HealthCare.gov have been overstated, according to a memo released Friday by two Democratic members of Congress.

Written by Grant Gross13 Dec. 13 19:49

Outdated IT contracting rules added to HealthCare.gov woes?

Critics of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' botched deployment of HealthCare.gov can point to a series of management mistakes, but many observers point to a more systematic problem with government IT contracts.

Written by Grant Gross13 Dec. 13 19:45

FCC moves toward in-flight mobile use, but DOT may ban voice calls

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to move forward with a plan to allow airlines to permit passengers to use mobile phones during flights, but another agency may protect travelers from hearing the loud phone conversations of their seatmates.

Written by Grant Gross12 Dec. 13 21:43

Republicans question coverage under HealthCare.gov

About 365,000 U.S. residents have signed up for new health insurance through HealthCare.gov and other means, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced, but Republican lawmakers questioned whether millions of people would lose existing coverage by Jan. 1.

Written by Grant Gross11 Dec. 13 18:50

Lawmakers hear mixed message on limiting spectrum bidding

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should limit the amount of spectrum that giant mobile carriers AT&T and Verizon Communications are able to buy in an auction scheduled for mid-2015, some U.S. senators said Tuesday.

Written by Grant Gross10 Dec. 13 22:17

FCC chairman aims for TV spectrum auction in mid-2015

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will aim to conduct auctions to sell spectrum now held by television stations to mobile broadband providers in mid-2015, the chairman of the agency said Friday.

Written by Grant Gross06 Dec. 13 21:22

About 25 percent of HealthCare.gov applications have errors

An estimated one in four user applications sent from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' HealthCare.gov to insurance providers have errors introduced by the website, including missing applications, an official with the agency said Friday.

Written by Grant Gross06 Dec. 13 20:39

US Supreme Court to hear software patent case

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a controversial software patent case after a federal appeals court ruled that an abstract idea is not patentable simply because it is tied to a computer system.

Written by Grant Gross06 Dec. 13 18:58