Applying for a U.S. government job? You'll have to answer questions on drug use, criminal activity, and your loyalty to the U.S.A. And thanks to a government study, you might answer to an on-screen avatar, rather than a paper questionnaire.
Four days and the most powerful country in the world is still frozen with no end in sight. Your representatives in DC keep slinging turds at each other, but nobody seems to be doing anything to solve the situation manufactured by some demented Republicans. Here's all our coverage of the ongoing clusterfuck so far.
Google and the Department of Defense signed a weird deal in 2007: the former would let the latter use a federal airfield and buy government jet fuel at half the normal price—for scientific and official purposes. However, Google's top brass used tons of this fuel to travel to these hot playgrounds.
WikiLeaks has just released its biggest ever stash of formerly confidential information. Referred to as the "Kissinger Cables", they include 1.7 million diplomatic records from between 1973 and 1976.
After recently discovering that its computer systems contained several Chinese-made network switches, a major U.S. nuclear weapons lab has replaced at least two components because of national security concerns.
Answering to a We the People petition, the White House has officially replied to all those who wanted to know if aliens exists or if they have ever contacted us. The answer: no... but we're looking into it. Kind of.
While Obama and colleagues have admitted to owning iPads, it's the BlackBerry PlayBook which the US government has chosen to be the first certified for governmental use, under the FIPS 140-2 certification. Presumably for security reasons, and not because of its apps. [BGR]
While the rest of the country was celebrating their freedom, Joe Biden—or one of his aides—was signing up to Twitter under the short-yet-sweet username @VP. His first tweet? (Or his aide's first tweet?) "VP & Dr. B hope you take time to think about our troops & military families this Independence Day, Happy 4th from…
How will the government get the word out the next time there's a serious terrorist threat? The same way you tell everyone what you had for lunch and how much you like that video of that baby that did that stupid thing: social networking!
Republicans plan to lift the ban on the use of electronic gadgets like the iPad, iPhone and BlackBerry on the House floor. Now our lawmakers can check their Facebook and update their Twitter during those filibustering times.
With more Twitter followers than any governmental employee besides Barack Obama and John McCain, Jared Cohen and Alec Ross are the U.S. government's internet gurus. And their boss, Hillary Clinton, has charged them to teach digital diplomacy to the world.
USA.gov, where you can find "government made easy," recently got a facelift and along with it our nation's very own app store. Among the offerings: "Product Recalls," "My TSA," "Alternative Fuel Locator," "Find Your Embassy," and "FBI's Most Wanted."