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Feds proving Internet-adept and inept at same time

October 30, 2013 • Business


In these October 2013 photos, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, left, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testify at separate hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington. When it comes to the Internet, the Obama administration appears simultaneously to be a bungling amateur and a stealthy wizard. The same federal government that apparently intercepted communications to and from Google and Yahoo data centers without leaving a trace is facing scorn because it can’t put together a working website for health care. (AP Photo)

WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to computers, the Obama administration appears simultaneously to be a bungling amateur and a stealthy wizard. The same government that reportedly intercepted the communications of America’s leading consumer technology firms, Google and Yahoo, without leaving a trace is scorned because it can’t build a working federal website for health insurance.

In a single day in the nation’s capital, extremes of the impressive successes and stunning failures of the Internet age were on full display.

Computer professionals said the government can be both adept and inept at the same time because the tasks are so different and for reasons Login to read more

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