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5 Early Cloud Adopters In Federal Government
Slideshows  |  9/22/2014  | 
Despite slow adoption government-wide, these agencies have paved the way for others implementing cloud computing.
Federal Shared Services Gains Traction
News  |  9/19/2014  | 
US Treasury official sees shared services boosting productivity and transparency.
Open Source Fix For US Voting System?
Commentary  |  9/16/2014  | 
Open source programmers and maverick election officials want to improve the way we vote, register to vote, and count the votes. Wish them luck.
LA Moves To Drupal To Improve Website Management
News  |  9/9/2014  | 
Los Angeles will move its 40 sites to the open platform and add features such as user notifications, subscriptions, and event registration.
Cross-Border Digital Searches: An Innovation-Friendly Approach
Commentary  |  9/5/2014  | 
Case between the US government and Microsoft reveals the shortcomings of current laws.
Digital Disruption Uber-Style Is Never Pretty
Commentary  |  9/4/2014  | 
The legal and regulatory backlash that ride-sharing company Uber faces in Germany will play out across many more industries.
NASA Mars App Redefines 'Mission Creep'
News  |  9/3/2014  | 
As a planned six-month Mars rover mission has stretched into a decade, the Analyst's Notebook app has morphed to manage the increasing amount of data generated.
Hillary Clinton Talks Tech: 9 Facts
News  |  9/2/2014  | 
Hillary Clinton explained how she sees technology fitting into the recovering US economy, at Nexenta OpenSDx conference. Here are nine things we learned.
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.
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.
Indiana Analysis, Open Data Efforts Use SAP Hana
News  |  8/15/2014  | 
After pilot involving infant mortality data, Indiana adopts SAP Hana in-memory database as foundation of new management reporting system, plans open data website for citizens.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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