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Government IT In 2014: GAO's Critique
News  |  12/15/2014  | 
From cloud computing to data center consolidation, software licensing to data transparency, the GAO was watching.
Most Wasteful Government Tech Projects Of 2014
Slideshows  |  12/12/2014  | 
The federal government continues to pour millions into redundant and bloated projects, critics say. Check out some of the worst offenders according to GAO.
2014 In Space: 11 Major Achievements
Slideshows  |  12/8/2014  | 
Comets and capsules grabbed top headlines, but robots racked up some firsts, the commercialization of space saw advances and setbacks, and the US prepared to resume manned space launches.
Net Neutrality: Too Much Spin, Not Enough Facts
Commentary  |  11/24/2014  | 
Let's move past 1990s regulations and preconceived notions about net neutrality and focus on modern ways to prevent anti-competitive behavior.
HHS Embraces Innovation
News  |  11/20/2014  | 
Health department's IDEA Lab uses tech startup techniques to develop new services and features.
7 Important Tech Regulatory Issues In 2015
Slideshows  |  11/19/2014  | 
From net neutrality to patent reform and drones, these regulations will be in the spotlight. See what's at stake.
Tech Heavyweights Push For Surveillance Reform
News  |  11/18/2014  | 
AOL, Apple, Dropbox, Evernote, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter, and Yahoo ask the US Senate to limit mass surveillance.
9 Healthcare Innovations Driven By Open Data
Slideshows  |  11/18/2014  | 
Startups are using big, open data to power apps and tools designed to keep people healthier -- and we're not just talking about Watson.
8 Lessons From Rosetta Comet Mission
Slideshows  |  11/13/2014  | 
What does the European Space Agency's amazing Philae probe landing tell us about where we are as a spacefaring civilization, where we're going, and how to get there?
Microsoft .NET Takes On Java
News  |  11/13/2014  | 
Now that Microsoft's .NET is open sourced and set to expand to Linux and OS X, can it challenge Oracle's Java?
Rosetta Mission: Debugging A Comet Landing
News  |  11/12/2014  | 
European Space Agency made history with a robotic comet landing. Now can it debug a critical glitch before the lander floats away?
House Lawmaker Investigates 'Truthy' Twitter Monitoring
News  |  11/12/2014  | 
Rep. Lamar Smith wants National Science Foundation to explain why it funded the project and whether it targeted conservative speech.
NASA Explores New World Of Open Data
News  |  11/12/2014  | 
NASA has been publishing a lot of data for a long time, but getting it into standard machine-readable formats is still a herculean task.
IBM Brings Open Data Tech To Ebola Fight
Slideshows  |  11/10/2014  | 
Here's how IBM's new West African lab is using open data and other technologies to help Sierra Leone and Nigerian governments contain the disease.
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015
Infographics  |  11/10/2014  | 
As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.
2015 Government IT Spending: 3 Suggestions
Commentary  |  11/7/2014  | 
New procurement practices help government CTOs meet mission objectives while making the most of limited agency dollars.
Truthy Project Not Orwellian, IT Groups Tell Congress
News  |  11/6/2014  | 
Indiana University research on Internet memes is not a threat to free speech, computing researchers tell lawmakers threatening to defund the project.
Bringing DevOps To The Federal Government
Commentary  |  11/6/2014  | 
Government needs the disciplined flexibility of DevOps. Is your agency ready for it?
Will New Congress Move On H-1B & Tech Issues?
Commentary  |  11/4/2014  | 
High-stakes bills that directly affect the tech sector in three areas -- H-1B, digital copyright, and anti-patent-troll legislation -- are stalled in Congress. But what if the Senate changes hands?
HomeAway Sues San Francisco Over Home Sharing Law
News  |  11/3/2014  | 
Vacation rental service claims new home-sharing law is discriminatory and unconstitutional because it bans second-home owners from short-term property rentals.
Direct-Satellite Internet Makes Gains
Slideshows  |  11/3/2014  | 
Data networks in the sky are becoming more practical and cost effective, even against cable and DSL networks, with more breakthroughs just over the horizon.
Obama 2012 CTO: From Campaign To Enterprise
Commentary  |  11/3/2014  | 
Harper Reed talks about the pressure-cooker challenge of building an email-powered, microtargeted online fundraising machine in a hurry. See the video interview from Interop.
GAO: Army Logistics Implementation Needs Tighter Controls
News  |  11/3/2014  | 
Best practices for schedule and cost estimates would ensure massive project is completed on time and at cost.
FCC Should Stop Coddling Broadcasters
Commentary  |  11/3/2014  | 
Spectrum is a finite and valuable resource that must be reallocated to serve the public good and keep up with technology. We can't wait until 2016 to start this process.
DoD EHR Contract: Open Source Vs. Commercial
News  |  10/31/2014  | 
Pricewaterhouse Coopers and partner firms urge Department of Defense to consider open source VistA for EHR contract, vying against IBM/Epic and other commercial contenders.
MetLife Geek-A-Thon Refurbishes Computers For Students
News  |  10/27/2014  | 
MetLife's IT staff spent two days updating 311 computers to provide disadvantaged school children with their own home computers.
In Government, No Excuse For Missing Documents
News  |  10/27/2014  | 
To meet regulatory obligations -- and avoid accusations of cover-up and incompetence -- federal agencies must get serious about digitizing records.
Connecting With The Digital Citizen
Commentary  |  10/27/2014  | 
Accenture's Elaine Beeman outlines the principles of the federal Digital Playbook and how they relate to projects like relaunching HealthCare.gov.
5 Big Data Trends Government IT Can't Ignore
Commentary  |  10/22/2014  | 
Government IT leaders must stop sitting on the big data sidelines, waiting to make a play.
Helsinki Incubator Shows Value Of Physical Space
Commentary  |  10/20/2014  | 
Helsinki Think Company, a new initiative that offers meeting space for entrepreneurial-minded students, proves that nurturing tech startups is not a virtual exercise.
White House Launches More Open Data Initiatives
News  |  10/17/2014  | 
Agencies' use of open data helps citizens, boosts economy, says government official.
ICANN: Reforms Needed Before US Hands Over Control
Commentary  |  10/17/2014  | 
US Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) says we must still address questions about accountability and transparency to ensure an open, secure, stable Internet.
Accela Acquires Government CRM Apps
News  |  10/15/2014  | 
Creator of cloud apps for government buys Government Outreach, known for citizen relationship management tools.
Where Government Leads: Designing For User Choice
Commentary  |  10/15/2014  | 
When used to benefit the individual, "choice architecture" helps citizens make better choices. It means thinking hard about software defaults.
Twitter Sues US Government Over Surveillance
News  |  10/9/2014  | 
Twitter claims the government is restricting its free speech by limiting what it can disclose about requests for customer data.
Government IT's Next Step: Digital Investment
News  |  10/8/2014  | 
A tight but effective IT budget creates opportunities for new investments in digital government, say government IT leaders at Gartner Symposium.
Federal Agencies Struggle To Quantify Data Consolidation Savings
News  |  10/6/2014  | 
At least six federal agencies report lack of data needed to calculate savings from data center consolidation efforts.
Government Toils To Create Big Data Infrastructure
News  |  10/3/2014  | 
Government is slowly puzzling out how to extract knowledge from the most data it has ever had available to it.
Data Science That Makes a Difference
Commentary  |  9/24/2014  | 
Big data is about more than just business. It holds potential to address social problems and improve the lives of people around the world.
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.
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