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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.
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.
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.
How E-Discovery Cuts Legal Costs For Novo Nordisk
Commentary  |  7/21/2014  | 
Pharma giant boosts efficiency, reduces outsourcing labor with in-house technology that discovers and produces electronic information for legal purposes.
SEC Clamps Down On XBRL Filing Holdouts
News  |  7/14/2014  | 
Advocacy groups claim SEC hasn't been applying quality control to quarterly financial filed in structured data format.
Commerce Dept. Partners With Private Sector On Open Data
News  |  6/27/2014  | 
Commerce Department uses meetings with private sector to improve its open data infrastructure.
Feds To Post Open Data From 700 R&D Facilities
News  |  6/20/2014  | 
Research.Data.gov upgrade furnishes machine-readable research data to entrepreneurs, innovators, and manufacturers.
Crowdsourcing: The Future Of Consulting?
Commentary  |  6/18/2014  | 
Wikistrat's eclectic community of analysts beat the CIA by predicting Russia's annexation of Crimea. Should crowdsourcing play a bigger role in the consulting industry?
Government Data + Maps: 10 Great Examples
Slideshows  |  6/11/2014  | 
Explore 10 ways federal agencies use geographic information system (GIS) technology and maps to improve decision making and deliver public information.
Science & Tech Office Refreshes Open Government Plan
News  |  6/9/2014  | 
Feds will offer access to scientific collections, hold online presentations and nurture young inventors.
5 Mobile Apps For Visiting Washington, D.C.
Slideshows  |  6/7/2014  | 
Planning a visit to our nation's capitol? These mobile apps, created by federal agencies, guide and educate travelers.
Secret Service Seeks Social Signals: Inside The RFP
Commentary  |  6/6/2014  | 
Social media analytics RFP seeks to sort serious from sarcastic threats against government officials.
UK Healthcare Agency Reveals Open Data Blueprint
News  |  6/6/2014  | 
NHS England launches research effort to accelerate use of open data to improve care and drive research.
OpenFDA Backstory: Breaking The Paperwork Backlog
News  |  6/5/2014  | 
The startup Captricity uses a combination of crowdsourcing and OCR to digitize mountains of paper records, particularly for government agencies and healthcare.
Smart Government: All About Disruption
News  |  6/5/2014  | 
Smartphones and big data have changed expectations for how people communicate and find information, but government agencies aren't yet adapting, says Forrester report.
Federal IT: Eliminate Innovation Pessimism
Commentary  |  6/4/2014  | 
Federal CIOs struggling to innovate should borrow lessons on open innovation from the private sector.
What DOD's Joint Information Environment Needs To Succeed
Commentary  |  6/3/2014  | 
The Defense Department's massive bet on an enterprise-wide information environment depends on whether DOD and industry can align their investment roadmaps. Here's how else industry can help.
CMS, FDA Expand Open Data Initiatives
News  |  6/2/2014  | 
CMS updates, elaborates on public healthcare utilization, while FDA announces API access to its database of adverse drug reaction reports.
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.
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.
Rethink The Right To Be Forgotten
Commentary  |  5/17/2014  | 
There are better ways to address discomfort with the truth than government-mandated lying.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As Research Data Balloons, How To Share?
Commentary  |  4/30/2014  | 
Exchanging research data worldwide gets more complex in the big data age. But the Research Data Alliance seeks innovative solutions.
DATA Act Passes House, Awaits Obama's Signature
News  |  4/29/2014  | 
Data Accountability and Transparency Act would make it easier to find and understand federal spending data.
Philadelphia 311 Service Calls For Help
News  |  4/29/2014  | 
Philadelphia's 311 contact center gets help from nonprofit to implement customer satisfaction surveys that improve non-emergency customer service.
Ukraine Tech Firms Seek Work Amid Turmoil
News  |  4/28/2014  | 
Lezgro, a 50-person IT outsourcing firm, urges Western companies to move IT work from Russia to Ukraine to take advantage of country's tech talent.
Justice Department Names New CIO
News  |  4/25/2014  | 
Joseph Klimavicz, who led IT, big data, and datacenter consolidation initiatives at NOAA, will assume the DoJ's CIO seat in May.
White House Website Helps Veterans Find Jobs
News  |  4/25/2014  | 
Veterans Employment Center offers job-search tools to help transitioning service members connect with employers.
5 Online Tools Uncle Sam Wants You To Use
Slideshows  |  4/25/2014  | 
The White House website offers a collection of federal agency resources for the public. Think financial aid data, energy savings calculators, and more.
Healthcare IT: Public Sector Gains Momentum
Commentary  |  4/23/2014  | 
Government health IT leaders are working more closely with the private sector and making greater use of commercial off-the-shelf technology to improve the quality, delivery, and interoperability of services.
Contacting Congress Just Got Easier
News  |  4/22/2014  | 
Electronic Frontier Foundation and more than 100 volunteer developers are working on a tool that pairs public domain data with free software interfaces.
Google Maps Shows Crimea As Russian To Russians
News  |  4/15/2014  | 
Google makes Crimea part of Russia on the Russian version of Google Maps and draws protests and scrutiny.
Army ERP System Enables Financial Transparency
News  |  4/15/2014  | 
Antiquated systems have made it impossible for the Army to audit its finances. A new ERP coming online will help solve that problem.
Senate Unanimously Passes DATA Act
News  |  4/11/2014  | 
Bipartisan legislation directs government agencies to improve spending transparency by publishing financial data in standardized, machine-readable formats.
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