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Content tagged with Leadership posted in January 2014
Super Bowl Organizers Try To Prevent Power Fiasco
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
Smart grid technologies are among the tools helping planners prevent another Super Bowl blackout.
FedRAMP Deadline Looms For Agencies, Cloud Providers
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
Federal agencies have until June 5 to certify their cloud systems. Here's what will happen if they miss the deadline.
What Consumer-Driven Healthcare Really Means
Commentary  |  1/31/2014  | 
Patient engagement will be a survival skill for hospitals in the business-to-consumer, high-deductible, accountable-care era.
NASA Starts Weather Quest
News  |  1/30/2014  | 
First of five new science satellites on Earth-observing missions will provide real-time observations of rain and snow every three hours.
Federal IT Procurement Reform Proposed
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
Lawmakers suggest adding Digital Government Office that would oversee IT acquisitions and prevent troubled projects such as HealthCare.gov.
New Domain Names For Sale: 4 Facts
News  |  1/29/2014  | 
First seven new generic top-level domains rolled out for public purchase Wednesday; hundreds more coming. Get prepared.
3 IT Lessons From Entrepreneurs
Commentary  |  1/29/2014  | 
Think startup culture exists in some alternate reality where normal business rules don't apply? Far from it. In fact, CIOs can learn a lot from entrepreneurs
Why Free Government Data Remains A Tough Sell
Commentary  |  1/28/2014  | 
Open government data holds great economic promise. But solving the technical hurdles addresses only part of the challenge of bringing the data to market.
Prepare For Robotic Warfare, Warns CNAS
News  |  1/27/2014  | 
Unmanned systems and rise of guided munitions could threaten US military's dominance, according to a report by the Center for a New American Security.
White House Launches Big Data, Privacy Review
News  |  1/24/2014  | 
Led by President Obama's counselor John Podesta, the review will help shape an action plan surrounding the collection, availability, and use of big data.
Google - EU Privacy Dispute May Affect US Law
Commentary  |  1/24/2014  | 
A European Union dispute with Google over its privacy policy has US lawmakers considering even stricter privacy protections.
10 Years On Mars: What Spirit & Opportunity Discovered
Slideshows  |  1/24/2014  | 
NASA's twin rovers have spent a decade on the red planet, using their scientific instruments and engineering cameras to explore rocks and soil.
GSA's Challenge.gov Wins Harvard Innovation Award
News  |  1/23/2014  | 
Online portal features information on government challenges and competitions, aims to crowdsource creative ideas to solve societal problems.
Homeland Security Makes Cybersecurity A Managed Service
News  |  1/23/2014  | 
Einstein 3 intrusion prevention system analyzes traffic to and from executive-branch agencies to block threats at the ISP level.
Better Videoconferencing In The Cloud
Commentary  |  1/23/2014  | 
Former US Transportation Department CIO Nitin Pradhan discusses why advanced HD desktop videoconferencing systems are a smart choice for enterprises, and offers 12 tips for using them effectively.
Bill Gates Offers Microsoft 'Part-Time' Help
News  |  1/22/2014  | 
The Microsoft chairman negotiates CEO rumors while focusing on global poverty efforts.
How Government Can Make Open Data Work
Commentary  |  1/22/2014  | 
The Obama administration has set the right goals with its Open Data Policy, but agencies need to do more to liberate their data. Here are six suggestions.
How FedRAMP Lifts All Cloud Ships
Commentary  |  1/22/2014  | 
FedRAMP's role in making cloud services more secure also helps agencies offset some of the complexity of their IT operations, says NIST's Ron Ross.
Defense Dept. Calls For Expanded Nuclear Monitoring
News  |  1/22/2014  | 
US must ramp up surveillance and big data analytics tools to meet challenge of global nuclear proliferation monitoring, warns DOD Defense Science Board report.
Social Security Administration To Build Private Cloud
News  |  1/22/2014  | 
SSA issues request for information seeking software that would help automate the agency's IT processes and create a self-service portal.
Cloud Providers Align With FedRAMP Security Standards
News  |  1/21/2014  | 
Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), the government effort to hasten agencies' cloud adoption, has changed the way the cloud computing industry thinks about security.
Defense CIO Takai: Why FedRAMP Helps Everyone
News  |  1/21/2014  | 
FedRAMP, and Teri Takai's role on the Joint Authorization Board, are helping redefine cloud computing security standards.
2014 IT Budget Survey
Steal Our Slides  |  1/20/2014  | 
Is the IT budget moving out of ITís control? Maybe -- 37% of respondents say the rate of outside spending is on the rise, up from 22% last year. Just 21% of CIOs retain full spending authority. What is in our control: How we respond.
Budget Bill Boosts Cybersecurity Spending
News  |  1/17/2014  | 
Congress's $1.1 trillion spending package increases cybersecurity funding, but seeks more transparency in IT spending.
16 Stupid Tech Job Interview Questions: Show Your Snark
Commentary  |  1/17/2014  | 
Glassdoor characterizes these actual job interview questions as "oddball." We give these questions the answers they deserve.
Healthcare.gov Still Insecure, Critics Tell House Panel
News  |  1/16/2014  | 
At Congressional hearing, critic who suggested in November site should be shut down says, "Nothing has changed."
Internet Of Things: 8 Cost-Cutting Ideas For Government
Slideshows  |  1/16/2014  | 
Cisco says tech's new trend darling could mean $4.6 trillion in savings and revenue to governments worldwide during the next 10 years. Examine the ideas.
The Second Machine Age: Meet Your Computer Overlords
Commentary  |  1/16/2014  | 
A maddeningly reasonable and readable new book by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee argues that while a robot may take your job, the economy will prosper.
Data.gov Makes Agency Data More Accessible
News  |  1/15/2014  | 
A government data repository is rebuilt on open-source code to help desktop and mobile users navigate through more than 85,000 public datasets.
Accenture Jumps Into HealthCare.gov Hot Seat
News  |  1/14/2014  | 
CGI Federal's mishandling of federal health exchange website paved the way for Accenture Federal Services.
BYOD In Defense Department? Not In This Lifetime
Commentary  |  1/14/2014  | 
Despite some moves toward securing mobile devices and applications, Defense Department officials do not embrace the bring-your-own-device trend.
Tech Policy Is Not A Religion
Commentary  |  1/14/2014  | 
"Digital libertarians" and "digital technocrats" want us to believe their way is the truth and the light. It's not that black and white.
4 Ways To Improve Federal Software Procurement
Commentary  |  1/14/2014  | 
Agencies need to think beyond buying and customizing enterprise software systems and look for software that can be adapted as requirements change.
Fired HealthCare.gov Contractor CGI Won't Starve
Commentary  |  1/13/2014  | 
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services replaces HealthCare.gov prime contractor CGI with Accenture. But CGI won't go hungry for Medicare contracts.
New IT Job Site Assists Veterans
News  |  1/13/2014  | 
Monster, the Consumer Electronics Association, and other technology entities have launched USTechVets.org to match veterans with civilian tech jobs.
Surveillance: Fast, Cheap, And Out Of Control
Commentary  |  1/13/2014  | 
The cost of surveillance has served as a natural privacy protection, but today's mobile technology changes the equation and begs for updated privacy laws.
Feds Must Prioritize EHR Billing Fraud, Watchdogs Say
News  |  1/13/2014  | 
Medicare agency should provide better guidance to contractors on how to spot billing fraud, Inspector General says.
Feds Get Mixed Report Card On Data Breaches
News  |  1/10/2014  | 
A Government Accountability Office study recommends that agencies improve the way they respond to data breaches; new guidelines are en route.
Struggling BlackBerry Focuses On Government Market
News  |  1/8/2014  | 
New Washington area security innovation center, announced at CES, is part of renewed focus on government customers, says CEO.
Do Drivers Need More Privacy Protection?
News  |  1/8/2014  | 
Government can do more to protect data being collected by in-car location tracking services, watchdog agency tells Congress.
GSA CIO Coleman Joins AT&T Government Solutions
News  |  1/8/2014  | 
Deputy CIO Sonny Hashmi named acting CIO of General Services Administration.
HHS To Strengthen Enforcement Of HIPAA Transaction Rules
News  |  1/7/2014  | 
Health plans will have until the end of 2015 to get certified for compliance with HIPAA transaction operating rules.
Open Data: Good For Citizens & Government
Commentary  |  1/7/2014  | 
Freely accessible government data helps the public stay more engaged with their communities and keeps government more accountable.
5 Program Management Lessons From HealthCare.gov
Commentary  |  1/6/2014  | 
Former NASA CIO Linda Cureton offers five ways agencies can manage IT programs more effectively in 2014.
Military Supply Data Search Tool Uses MongoDB
News  |  1/3/2014  | 
Niinja search engine from startup Vital Axiom taps into MongoDB to simplify searches of vast catalogue of products and parts purchased by the government.
Texting Vs. Talking While Driving: Debate Continues
News  |  1/2/2014  | 
Texting or dialing while driving is much riskier than just talking on your cellphone, according to a new study.
US Needs New Innovation Champion
Commentary  |  1/2/2014  | 
Individual industries have their own alphabet soup of trade groups -- but we need one association, speaking with one voice, to drive US innovation policy.
FAA Approves Drone Operations Tests In US Skies
News  |  1/2/2014  | 
Moves toward 2015 goal of allowing commercial and private unmanned aircraft into civil airspace.


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