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DHS Official: Cybersecurity Is Industry Responsibility

A top Department of Homeland Security official said Tuesday that contractors that fail to live up to security requirements in federal technology contracts should be held accountable, even if the vulnerabilities originated in products or capabilities provided by suppliers, reported. In most business situations, "if we have a contractual arrangement and you fail [to meet the requirements], I have legal recourse," said Richard Marshall, director of global cybersecurity management at DHS. "Why wouldn't the same be true when the supply chain [is involved]?

Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 2:57pm

EMC Settles Federal Kickback, False Claims Lawsuit

EMC Corp., a provider of information technology infrastructure systems, has agreed to pay $87.5 million to settle a federal lawsuit alleging the firm provided kickbacks and made false claims to obtain federal contracts, the Justice Department said Tuesday. The U.S. government alleged that EMC falsely claimed in contract negotiations with the General Services Administration that it would provide price comparisons showing that the government was getting the lowest price provided to commercial customers for similar services.

Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 2:44pm

Palin Stars In Haley Ad

A day removed from accusations of an affair with a prominent SC blogger, SC state Rep. Nikki Haley (R) is using her best weapon to keep her campaign afloat: Ex-AK Gov. Sarah Palin (R).

Haley is up with a new 30-second spot highlighting her conservative values and making a play for women planning on voting in the June 8 GOP GOV primary.

Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 2:28pm

Governors From Three Key States Back NBC-Universal Deal

The governors of California, New York and Pennsylvania wrote the FCC Tuesday to voice support for the proposed merger of Comcast and NBC Universal, urging the federal regulators to move quickly to approve the deal without "extraneous conditions." "We hope you will agree that the significant economic benefits associated with the creation of this new joint venture far outweigh any potential harms, and that you will join us in supporting timely government approval of the Comcast NBCU transaction," Govs.

Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 1:13pm

Tea Party Supporters Want New Blood

Voters who sympathize with the Tea Party movement are angry about new health care legislation and are far more likely to vote for someone who has never held elected office before, according to a new Society for Human Resource Management/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll.

Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 1:11pm

House GOPers Search For Input

House GOP leaders have unveiled a new web portal they hope will lead to greater input from supporters around the country. But, party leaders said Tuesday, they're only looking for ideas that adhere to the GOP line.

In unveiling America Speaking Out, a new website that will gather user-generated content, GOPers hope to begin a discussion they say will lead to legislation this year. Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who will lead the project, promised dialogue on "jobs, spending, national security and whatever is on the minds of the people."

Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 11:54am

Google Report Claims Wide Economic Benefits

Hoping to stress its importance as federal regulators continue to scrutinize its business practices, Google released a study Tuesday that estimated that the firm helped generate $54 billion in economic activities for U.S. businesses in 2009. The firm released the report at a Capitol Hill news conference during National Small Business Week in an effort to show how Google services such as AdWords, text ads that appear along side or at the top of Google search results, and AdSense, which shares profits from ads that appear on content creators' Web sites, benefit small businesses.

Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 11:21am

Majority Unhappy With Obama On Gulf Spill

A majority of Americans give Pres. Obama and his admin bad marks for its handling of a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, according to a new Society for Human Resource Management/National Journal Congressional Connection poll, spotlighting the dangers the admin faces from the growing environmental disaster.

Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 10:52am

Simmons Slams McMahon On Way Out

Ex-Rep. Rob Simmons (R) will remain on the primary election ballot, but he will no longer campaign for Sen. Chris Dodd's (D-CT) seat, blaming his primary rival's vast wealth for the harsh political reality.

Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 10:06am

Trailing GOP Race, Vander Plaats Attacks Culver

Two weeks out from the June 8 GOP primary, '02 candidate/'06 LG nominee Bob Vander Plaats (R) is taking aim at Gov. Chet Culver's (D) record in a TV ad while offering an economic platform of his own.

Vander Plaats, who has not been shy about focusing his campaign on social issues, sticks to the economy in the spot, proclaiming, "I'll make Iowa the business startup capital of the world."

Posted: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 - 9:16am