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NIST Drafts Mobile App Security Guidelines
News  |  8/28/2014  | 
National Institute for Standards and Technology issues first draft of guidelines intended to help federal agencies balance benefits and risks of third-party mobile apps.
HealthCare.gov Names Counihan Its First CEO
News  |  8/27/2014  | 
Kevin Counihan, who ran Connecticut's successful state-based health insurance exchange, becomes HealthCare.gov's leader.
Who Wins In Cloud Price Wars?
News  |  8/27/2014  | 
Short answer: not IT. Enterprises don't want bare-bones IaaS for the same reasons they don't buy $299 PCs at Wal-Mart. Providers must focus on support, not undercutting rivals.
Ohio State Agencies Embrace Private Cloud
News  |  8/27/2014  | 
Ohio forced state agencies to consolidate IT infrastructure and coordinate IT goals, resulting in fewer staffers and lower costs.
Why Federal Agencies Lag Behind On Mobile Tech
News  |  8/26/2014  | 
Dearth of government-wide mobile policies hurt agencies' rollout of new mobile technologies, says Defense Information Systems Agency chief.
What Civic Innovation Contests Teach Tech Companies
Commentary  |  8/25/2014  | 
Creative, new ideas can come from unexpected places. Tech companies should look outside the usual places for inspired, important products.
Todd Park To Exit Federal CTO Role, Says Fortune
News  |  8/22/2014  | 
Fortune Magazine is reporting White House CTO will leave that post but may help with Silicon Valley recruiting.
Oregon Sues Oracle Over Failed Healthcare Website
News  |  8/22/2014  | 
Oracle first sued Oregon, and now the state responds with lawsuit claiming the company's "shoddy" performance is to blame for health insurance exchange website debacle.
US Military To Launch Open Source Academy
News  |  8/22/2014  | 
Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center in Mississippi will offer open source training and Linux certification for military personnel and civilians in groundbreaking new program.
Public Sector IT Compliance The Private Sector Way
Commentary  |  8/22/2014  | 
Office of Management and Budget wants agencies to mimic private-sector accountability practices. Compliance will require private sector discipline.
BYOD: California Ruling A Wakeup Call
Commentary  |  8/22/2014  | 
California's Cochran v. Schwan court case casts a pall over BYOD plans, but clear corporate policies can eliminate liability concerns.
State & Local Agencies Push Mobility Initiatives
Commentary  |  8/21/2014  | 
Here's how S&L government can emulate successful federal mobile efforts.
Will IT Miss The Digital Wave?
Commentary  |  8/21/2014  | 
That doesn't matter. The important question is -- will you?
US House Inspector General: IT Audit Activist
News  |  8/20/2014  | 
At the 2014 GRC Conference, House IG Theresa Grafenstine argues internal auditors must be more forward looking -- and explains why being exempt from regulations just makes her job harder.
4 Tips: Protect Government Data From Mobile Malware
Commentary  |  8/20/2014  | 
Mobile malware continues to proliferate, particularly on Android devices. These four steps help counter the threat.
Cybersecurity: How Involved Should Boards Of Directors Be?
News  |  8/19/2014  | 
Security audit groups ISACA and IIA weigh in on what role the board of directors should play in an enterprise's cybersecurity strategies.
Gamification's Failure: A Lack Of Real Life Wins
Commentary  |  8/18/2014  | 
Gamification will finally meet its promise when we can deliver a dose of the blissful productivity gamers feel, rather than just a badge.
US Digital Service: Key To Making Government Agile?
Commentary  |  8/14/2014  | 
Effort to apply the lessons of HealthCare.gov is praiseworthy, but may not get at the root cause of problems with digital government services.
Presidential Records Management Directive: It Takes A Village
Commentary  |  8/14/2014  | 
Agencies will need to draw from varied resources to meet the deadline for digitally archiving federal government records by 2019.
NASA Mission: Cloud Governance
News  |  8/13/2014  | 
Here's how the space agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory addressed governance, risk, and compliance for its critical public cloud services.
Gartner Magic Quadrant: NetScout Says Secret Is Green
Commentary  |  8/13/2014  | 
After Gartner analysts rank NetScout only a "challenger," Netscout files lawsuit alleging Gartner's rankings involve pay for play. Let's examine both sides of this street.
Healthcare Big Data: Blessing And Curse
Commentary  |  8/12/2014  | 
Interpreting government-released healthcare data correctly will pose a massive challenge for analysts, policy makers, and pundits.
Cyber Risk Dashboards: False Sense Of Control?
Commentary  |  8/12/2014  | 
Federal programs promoting the use of risk dashboards can boost real-time visibility, but only if they are used correctly.
Federal Open Source Is Messy And That's OK
Commentary  |  8/8/2014  | 
Open source projects like the National Library of Medicine's Pillbox show potential of open innovation -- including competition with projects started elsewhere.
Wanted: Honest Algorithms For Voter Redistricting
Commentary  |  8/7/2014  | 
Why can't a simple formula replace the politically charged gerrymandering that's skewing our election processes?
Minnesota Claims $27.4 Million In IT Savings
News  |  8/7/2014  | 
Legislative mandate to consolidate IT services has produced results, state leaders say.
12 STEM Resources For Young Women
Slideshows  |  8/6/2014  | 
Trying to fuel a young woman's interest in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics? These 12 organizations actively help students pursue STEM-related careers.
White House Showcases Disaster Response Tools
News  |  8/4/2014  | 
Government encourages collaboration between tech, first responder communities.
GAO Pushes Better Reporting Of Federal Grants Data
News  |  8/4/2014  | 
OMB must strengthen guidance related to federal grants and loans to ensure maximum transparency and reliability of key financial data, says GAO.
Cloud Tools Help Military Vets, Spouses Find Jobs
Commentary  |  8/4/2014  | 
A nonprofit organization taps the power of the cloud to help returning service members and military spouses find long-term employment.
Microsoft Privacy Case: What's At Stake?
News  |  8/2/2014  | 
A ruling that Microsoft must turn over emails in a foreign data center could cost US businesses billions and make a mess of international law, experts say.
3D Manufacturing: New Weapon For US Economy
Commentary  |  8/1/2014  | 
We can turn a hobby into real economic power if we start using 3D on an industrial scale.
Microsoft Enhances Office For iPad
News  |  8/1/2014  | 
Office for iPad includes better pivot table support and expanded presentation tools, but can it maintain momentum against free competitors?
10 Health Apps That Might Make You Sick
Slideshows  |  7/31/2014  | 
As government and industry groups debate the best way to oversee healthcare apps, some questionable software hits the market.
Passport Database Outage: 'We Regret The Inconvenience'
News  |  7/30/2014  | 
US State Department database used to process passports and visas still hasn't recovered from a crash last week -- leaving tens of thousands of people stranded overseas.
E-invoicing: Past Due For US Govt.
Commentary  |  7/29/2014  | 
Electronic invoicing benefits business and government worldwide. Will the US help promote universal adoption?
Evanston Modernizes Government Services
News  |  7/28/2014  | 
Evanston's goal is to make all city licenses, permits, and fees available in an interactive form accessible from any type of device.
How To Build A Federal Information Security Team
Commentary  |  7/28/2014  | 
Federal security officers face many challenges building and maintaining an information security team. Here are some tips for putting together a group of employees that will protect your systems and data.
FAA Rules On Drones Vs. Model Aircraft Protested
News  |  7/28/2014  | 
Proposed FAA dividing line between model aircraft and drones is too limiting to hobbyists, says the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and Academy of Model Aeronautics.
Senate Committee Seeks EHR Interoperability Investigation
News  |  7/26/2014  | 
Bipartisan Senate Appropriations Committee wants an investigation into poor interoperability, possible "information blocking" in electronic health records.
Bubblemania: Will We Party Like It's 1999?
Commentary  |  7/25/2014  | 
Feverish tech activity is exciting and in many ways similar to 15 years ago. We aren't at dot-bomb levels of hysteria, but there's one big problem that may threaten growth.
Cyber Attacks Happen: Build Resilient Systems
News  |  7/25/2014  | 
You can't stop all attacks or build the perfect defense system. The higher-level objective is resilience.
Federal IT Innovation Depends On Being Open
Commentary  |  7/24/2014  | 
Federal agencies have a hard time fitting innovation into their plans, let alone their budgets. Open data and open-source software help make innovation happen anyway.
FTC: In-App Purchase Crackdowns Reflect 'Fundamental' Rules
News  |  7/24/2014  | 
Federal Trade Commission must observe core principles of consumer protection, regardless of the pace of technology, Commissioner Julie Brill says.
FDA Mobile Apps Loophole Hazardous For Healthcare
Commentary  |  7/23/2014  | 
The FDA's reluctance to overregulate medical apps opens a pitfall for healthcare organizations that innovate too far ahead of the curve.
NY Seeks Bitcoin Exchange Regulations
News  |  7/22/2014  | 
Proposal would require state's digital currency dealers to follow strict anti-money-laundering and consumer protection rules.
NASA Orion Space Capsule Has Surprising Brain
News  |  7/22/2014  | 
New manned spacecraft will use a flight computer adapted from jetliners for deep space missions to the asteroids and Mars.
3 Reasons We Don't Need Federal CIOs
Commentary  |  7/22/2014  | 
Former NASA CIO muses on the futility of the federal CIO role -- and offers insight on how it needs to change.
Government IT Priorities: Security Reigns, Cloud Crawls
News  |  7/21/2014  | 
Our new survey shows fed agencies focusing more on security, as they should, but they're still behind the times with cloud use, data center consolidation, and overall innovation.
NASA's Orion Spacecraft: 9 Facts
Slideshows  |  7/19/2014  | 
The Orion spacecraft gives NASA a ticket to deep space. Here's how NASA is preparing the spacecraft for a mission to visit an asteroid in 2025.
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