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NSA employee resigns for sharing password with Edward Snowden

A few items that caught our attention on Friday:

NSA employee implicated in Snowden probe resigns: A National Security Agency memo to congressional intelligence and judiciary committees says that an agency employee resigned from his job after admitting to FBI investigators that he allowed former NSA contractor Edward Snowden to use his personal computer credentials to gain access to classified information. The memo said the unidentified worker was not aware that Snowden intended to obtain classified information for the purpose of leaking it, according to a Washington Post article.

Snow days no longer mean less work for feds: Thanks in part to the Telework Enhancement Act of 2010, employees with telework agreements do more work from home on snow days when federal offices are closed, according to a Government Executive article.

Maryland state lawmakers want to cut off NSA headquarters: Eight Maryland state lawmakers have introduced legislation to cut off water and electricity for the National Security Administration headquarters in Fort Meade in order to stop the intelligence agency from collecting personal data from Americans, according to a Federal Times report.   

Gaffes from Obama ambassador nominees prompt uproar: A series of bungled answers from the nominees has reignited a century-old debate over whether presidents should reward political donors and allies by making them ambassadors, according to a Washington Post report.

Army enlists public to help solve equipment gaps: The department is testing a new concept that allows the public to help solve challenges that soldiers identify with their combat equipment, with the service’s Rapid Equipping Force saying it wants to expand its audience for input, according to a Federal News Radio article.

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