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Delivering on the Affordable Care Act: Marketplace Premiums Lower than Expected

At the center of the Affordable Care Act is the premise that we need to make health care more affordable and accessible for more Americans, and a new report released today demonstrates just how affordable insurance will be. The report, released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), finds that in state after state, affordable options will be available through the Health Insurance Marketplace in 2014.

For veterans, ‘digital identity at large is the real problem’

Blake Hall, a third generation soldier and co-founder of ID.me, has been working to securely get veterans the benefits they deserve.

Blake Hall, a third-generation soldier and co-founder of ID.me, has been working to securely get veterans the benefits they deserve.

After returning from serving overseas and adjusting to civilian life, Blake Hall and fellow veteran Matthew Thompson were struck by the realization how one piece of paper from the military made them more vulnerable to identity theft than nonveterans.

Lawmakers’ Apple of the eye

Members of the House of Representatives on both sides of the aisle favor Apple over other brands when it comes to smartphones, according to a new survey.

Fifty-eight percent of House legislators use iPhones, while 23 percent have BlackBerry phones — and just 4 percent use Android phones, according to a new survey by “Meet the Press.

FedWire: DARPA Young Faculty, intel support and space exploration

FedWireFedWire is FedScoop’s afternoon roundup of news and notes from the federal IT community. Send your links and videos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Expanding access to hands-on science.

NASA releases space exploration benefits paper.

Senate Votes to Confirm Todd Hughes to Serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

This afternoon, the Senate unanimously confirmed Todd Hughes to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Like all of the President’s judicial nominees, Hughes has the intellect, experience, integrity, and temperament to be a successful judge. He is also gay.

The United States Courts of Appeals are the second-highest courts in the nation – a level just below the Supreme Court – and there has never been an openly gay judge to serve on a Court of Appeals until now.  Hughes’s historic confirmation is yet another “first” among President Obama’s federal judges.  Many of the President’s circuit judges have broken new diversity barriers – including three Hispanic, two Asian American, and one African American -- who are “firsts” in their respective courts.

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