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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.
Government Cloud Use Hits Inflection Point
News  |  5/30/2014  | 
New standards, security, and architectures mean the CloudFirst stars are finally coming into alignment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Obama Signs Nation's First 'Open Data' Law
News  |  5/12/2014  | 
DATA Act requires agencies to publish government spending information in standardized machine-readable open data.
Cloud Providers Must Share Discovered Vulnerabilities
Commentary  |  5/9/2014  | 
Government agencies must band together and insist in their contracts that cloud service providers share vulnerability information.
White House Directives Emphasize IT Effectiveness
News  |  5/9/2014  | 
Federal agency IT portfolio review sessions will scrutinize impact, not just efficiency, of investments, involve more leaders at the table.
FTC Must Disclose Consumer Data Security Standards
News  |  5/8/2014  | 
A company accused by the FTC of failing to provide adequate data security has the right to know the required security standards, administrative judge rules.
Google Data Mining Changes: Privacy Reform Needed
Commentary  |  5/8/2014  | 
Google's decision to end its practice of scanning student emails for advertising purposes -- and to make "similar changes" for all Google Apps customers -- is a major victory for privacy but raises new questions.
NASA Streams HD Video From Space Station
News  |  5/6/2014  | 
Four commercial HD cameras aboard the International Space Station stream live video of Earth from space.
Tech Advocacy Groups CompTIA, TechAmerica Merge
News  |  5/5/2014  | 
With the acquisition, CompTIA gains TechAmerica's expertise in federal, state, and local government policy.
White House Big Data Report Earns Praise, Skepticism
News  |  5/5/2014  | 
Tech experts say the administration is wise to call for statutory protections for data in the cloud. But some advocacy groups say overregulation will have a chilling effect on innovation.
White House Big Data Report: 5 Privacy Takeaways
News  |  5/5/2014  | 
Big data raises serious privacy concerns that need to be addressed, sooner rather than later, report says.
NASA's Next Spacesuit: Mars Fashion
Slideshows  |  5/2/2014  | 
NASA reveals its latest prototype of the "Z" series spacesuit, designed for humans to walk on Mars by the 2030s.
Data Protection Fears Vs. US Cloud Market
Commentary  |  5/2/2014  | 
Data sovereignty is so important to businesses that 70% would trade cloud performance for more data control, research says. Where does that leave the post-Snowden US cloud market?
Homeland Security Targets Cybersecurity Upgrades
News  |  5/2/2014  | 
Department of Homeland Security agencies must balance computer and communications network improvements slated for the next 12 months with tight budgets.
Windows 7 Dominates Desktop, XP Share Slips
News  |  5/1/2014  | 
Windows XP has twice the market share of Windows 8/8.1. But it is Windows 7 that still rules the desktop.
Open Government Data Gains Global Momentum
News  |  5/1/2014  | 
Inaugural UN/UAE Open Government Data Forum highlights global push for data to drive efficiency and innovation.
Govt. Agencies Must Rethink Mobile App Development
Commentary  |  5/1/2014  | 
It's time for agencies to shift from costly manual app development to a build-once, deploy-anywhere model.


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