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Content tagged with Government posted in May 2014
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DOJ Sues CA Technologies, Alleges $100 Million In Overcharges
News  |  5/30/2014  | 
The Justice Dept. joins whistleblower lawsuit against CA, claiming company failed to provide government customers with discounts being given to commercial customers.
Salesforce.com Gets FedRAMP Approval For Government Cloud
News  |  5/30/2014  | 
Cloud computing is unleashing a "shotgun of innovation" in the public sector, says former federal CIO Vivek Kundra, now executive VP at Salesforce.com.
GSA Promotes Green Button Use Across Government
News  |  5/30/2014  | 
A pilot shows that federal buildings can use data analytics tools to save taxpayers billions in energy costs.
Government Cloud Use Hits Inflection Point
News  |  5/30/2014  | 
New standards, security, and architectures mean the CloudFirst stars are finally coming into alignment.
Microsoft, Salesforce.com Make Nice, Marry Apps
News  |  5/30/2014  | 
Salesforce apps will work with Office 365, Windows, Windows Phone. Microsoft keeps using ExactTarget. But don't expect Salesforce apps on Azure.
Google Admits Its Workforce Lacks Diversity
News  |  5/29/2014  | 
Google, by publishing data about employee race and gender, signals its willingness to move toward a more balanced workforce.
Open Data Coalition Criticizes SEC Backtracking
News  |  5/29/2014  | 
Congress urged to direct SEC to require small public companies to file financial data in open data formats.
UAE National ID Program: Model Worth Watching
Commentary  |  5/29/2014  | 
United Arab Emirates officials are laying the foundation for a national identity verification system that could change how people are ID'd for everything from passports to employment documents.
Federal Records Managers Caught In Squeeze
News  |  5/29/2014  | 
Facing 2016 deadline to go all electronic, agency record keepers struggle to plan amidst budget constraints.
Federal CIOs, Take Open Data To Next Level
Commentary  |  5/29/2014  | 
My challenge to public sector CIOs: Don't see open data as yet another checkbox, reporting, or compliance task. Use data to improve lives.
4 Reasons You Must Automate Your Cloud
News  |  5/28/2014  | 
Think you can execute in the cloud without using software to orchestrate application life cycles? Wrong.
FedRAMP Cloud Standards Deadline: What Comes After
Commentary  |  5/28/2014  | 
The June 5 deadline for federal agencies to certify operations to the cloud is just the beginning. Agencies must still stay on top of daily cloud security.
FTC: Data Brokers Know You Better Than Mom Does
News  |  5/28/2014  | 
Federal Trade Commission report calls for restrictions on data brokers, finds companies gather billions of consumer transactions daily, largely without public knowledge.
WW II Memorial Debuts Connection To The Past
News  |  5/27/2014  | 
New WiFi-enhanced service at WW II memorial in Washington lets visitors access historical records and other information from interactive kiosks.
Federal Agencies Waste Millions On Software Licensing, GAO Says
News  |  5/27/2014  | 
Failure to adopt best practices leads agencies to overpay for software, says GAO report.
10 Steps To Successful Strategic Sourcing
Commentary  |  5/27/2014  | 
Former US Transportation Department CIO Nitin Pradhan outlines how agencies can execute strategic IT sourcing to minimize the total cost of ownership for optimal results.
Google Project Tango Tablet: Think 3D
News  |  5/23/2014  | 
Google prepares to add tablets to devices that might use its 3D mapping system to enrich commerce, gaming, and more.
House Passes Bill To Limit NSA Spying
News  |  5/23/2014  | 
Bill would stop NSA bulk collection of phone bill data, but privacy advocates say it lacks teeth.
Osmo iPad Game System Dodges Apple Tax
News  |  5/23/2014  | 
Osmo sells physical game pieces directly to consumers, bypassing Apple's efforts to grab a slice of the revenue.
Google's Nest Recalls Smoke Detector
News  |  5/22/2014  | 
Algorithm-detection flaw may misread any nearby motion as a command to silence an alarm.
IT Certifications: 3 Ways To Judge Value
Commentary  |  5/22/2014  | 
We've debated the worth of technical certifications for decades. Here's how to determine if a program is worth your time and money.
Data Pros' Salary Showdown
News  |  5/22/2014  | 
Our 2014 Salary Survey shows the typical analytics expert's salary is just keeping up with inflation, even while they're working harder on more diverse teams. What gives?
Cloud Migration: Harder Than It Looks
News  |  5/21/2014  | 
Federal IT leaders say moving email and human resources applications to the cloud is not easy but claim their efforts have been successful.
FCC Busts Online Retailer For Counterfeit Smartphones
News  |  5/21/2014  | 
FCC's Enforcement Bureau charges Panasystem with importing devices marked with unauthorized Samsung and BlackBerry labels.
NASA Picks Global Space Apps Challenge Winners
News  |  5/21/2014  | 
More than 8,000 participants around the world tackled 40 separate challenges addressing issues humanity faces on Earth and in space.
Federal IT Salaries Strong, But Trouble Looms
Commentary  |  5/21/2014  | 
Government IT still pays better than other industries. But after three years of belt-tightening, half of federal IT employees are looking for a new job, InformationWeek salary survey shows.
China Rejects Windows 8 For Government Computers
News  |  5/20/2014  | 
A Chinese government procurement directive bans Windows 8 from new desktops, laptops, and tablets.
Government Hiring Practices Hamper Cybersecurity Efforts
News  |  5/20/2014  | 
Federal agencies find it difficult to hire unconventional but well-qualified talent to battle cyberattacks, experts say.
Google Buys Divide: BYOD Play
News  |  5/20/2014  | 
To boost Android's business appeal, Google is investing in mobile device management.
Splice Machine SQL Database Scales On Hadoop
News  |  5/19/2014  | 
Splice Machine promises SQL- and ACID-compliant RDBMS for analytics and transaction processing on a super-scalable, low-cost Hadoop platform.
Private Firms Flock To Space Exploration
News  |  5/19/2014  | 
Decline in federal funding for US space program prompts commercial companies to get involved in space exploration research.
FCC Net Neutrality Flap: Fast Lanes Don't Scare Me
Commentary  |  5/19/2014  | 
Only the status quo will keep the Internet 'open,' net neutrality advocates insist. But a refined approach may ignite more network investment.
Rethink The Right To Be Forgotten
Commentary  |  5/17/2014  | 
There are better ways to address discomfort with the truth than government-mandated lying.
FCC 'Open' Internet May Mean 'Paid'
News  |  5/15/2014  | 
Federal Communications Commission votes to consider broadband rules that could allow data fast lanes. Public invited to comment.
Cisco CEO: U.S. Should Reform Surveillance Rules
News  |  5/15/2014  | 
Cisco CEO John Chambers says his company does not enable NSA spying, and that the U.S. government must establish proper policies.
Open Source Lessons For Feds
News  |  5/15/2014  | 
White House and agency IT leaders discuss how open source can empower government IT project teams, at FOSE conference in Washington, D.C.
Hortonworks' Hadoop Security Buy
News  |  5/15/2014  | 
Hortonworks acquires startup XA Secure and will bring its Hadoop access, authorization, and audit policy layer into open-source.
Retail Breaches Bolster Interest In NIST Cyber Security Advice
News  |  5/15/2014  | 
Target data breach highlighted risks in corporate supply chains, and companies are looking to government guidelines for ways to shore up cyber defense, says White House.
Why Mobility Managers Deserve A Seat At The Table
Commentary  |  5/15/2014  | 
It's not just a couple of VPs sharing a cellphone anymore. You need a dedicated mobility manager equipped to oversee your valuable hodgepodge of mobile devices and data.
How My Cousin, President George W. Bush, Almost Killed Athenahealth
Commentary  |  5/15/2014  | 
In this excerpt from his book "Where Does It Hurt? An Entrepreneur's Guide to Fixing Health Care," Athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush addresses the conflict between government and disruptive innovation in healthcare.
Google Glass Sale: It's On
News  |  5/14/2014  | 
US consumers can once again buy Google's $1,500 Internet-connected eyewear, still in its "Explorer" beta version, while supplies last.
NIST Proposes Guidelines For More Secure IT Systems
News  |  5/14/2014  | 
Recommendations infuse security practices into cradle-to-grave IT and software engineering processes for both private and public-sector IT systems.
Government Surveillance Criticism Heats Up
News  |  5/14/2014  | 
As book on Snowden affair debuts, several organizations take steps to restrain the mass online surveillance that Snowden investigation exposed.
How Meaningful Is Meaningful Use?
Commentary  |  5/14/2014  | 
The government's Meaningful Use program mandating electronic health records is out of touch with reality. EHRs bog down process and can even worsen care.
Google Ordered To 'Forget'
News  |  5/13/2014  | 
European court rules Google must remove "irrelevant" links in certain situations to comply with EU law that gives people a right to be "forgotten."
Informatica Self-Service Platform Spots Sensitive Data
News  |  5/13/2014  | 
Informatica unveils its Intelligent Data Platform roadmap for clean, secure self-service data, even at big data scale.
Nurturing IT's Next Generation, Chicago-Style
Commentary  |  5/13/2014  | 
There's plenty of talk about IT talent gaps and developing the next generation of tech pros. Here's how several Chicago companies walk the walk -- locally.
Commerce Department Shares R&D Breakthroughs
News  |  5/13/2014  | 
Federal R&D labs have cranked out a better breathing apparatus for firefighters, and improved climate modeling, among other developments for public use, according to Commerce Department report.
FCC Tweaks Net Neutrality Proposal
News  |  5/12/2014  | 
Facing pressure from critics, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler adjusts his broadband regulation proposal. But look at what's still on the table.
White House Issues Open Data Action Plan
News  |  5/12/2014  | 
Agencies must incorporate feedback from users to prioritize efforts and improve data as part of G7 Open Data Charter pledge.
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