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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.
ICANN Defends Internet Oversight Handoff
News  |  4/10/2014  | 
Congress hears arguments for and against Commerce Department plans to give up control of many Internet operations.
NASA Releases 1,000 Apps To Public
News  |  4/10/2014  | 
Space agency makes more than 1,000 free apps available for public use, covering tasks from project management to image processing.
Feds Seek To Expand Open Data
News  |  4/9/2014  | 
Agencies plan "open data roundtables" with private sector users of government data to encourage new business opportunities.
Paul Allen Invests In Online Voting Firm
News  |  4/9/2014  | 
E-voting firm Scytl receives $40 million from Paul Allen's Vulcan Capital to continue election modernization efforts. Defense Department among its customers.
Wanted: Yelp For Government IT Contractors
Commentary  |  4/9/2014  | 
Former US Transportation Department CIO Nitin Pradhan shares five innovative ideas inspired by the likes of Amazon and Yelp, to streamline federal IT.
Open Data Law Aims To Demystify Federal Spending
News  |  4/7/2014  | 
Landmark DATA legislation, near passage, would transform the US government's spending information from a maze of confusing documents into easily accessible open data.
Feds Need Next-Gen Work Environments
Commentary  |  4/1/2014  | 
Flexible workspaces and top-of-the-line mobile technology are essential to federal agencies' ability to reduce costs and attract top talent.
Adobe Updates Mobile App Development Software
News  |  3/31/2014  | 
Adobe Experience Manager aims to make it easier for government agencies and other organizations to turn Web pages into mobile apps.
Feds To Improve Threat Information Sharing
News  |  3/31/2014  | 
Project Interoperability aims to develop and standardize formats for sharing security and threat information among organizations.
Lawsuit Raises Red Flags For Government Cloud Users
Commentary  |  3/25/2014  | 
A California lawsuit suggests the federal government must take stronger steps to protect government data from data mining and user profiling by cloud service providers.
Patent Wars: No Simple Answers
Commentary  |  3/18/2014  | 
Former head of the US patent office shares his views on the so-called mobile patent wars and proposes a sound approach to standards-essential patents.
ICANN Move Doesn't Equal Net Armageddon
Commentary  |  3/18/2014  | 
After Obama administration announces plans to give up US control of ICANN, political partisans howl. But international governance makes sense.
IBM: We'll Stand Up To NSA
News  |  3/17/2014  | 
IBM denies sharing customer information with U.S. government, asserts it would challenge any data demands through "judicial action or other means."
Agencies Earn Poor Grades For FOIA Handling
News  |  3/17/2014  | 
Open government policies and IT advances haven't translated into better responses to Freedom of Information Act requests, says the Center for Effective Government.
Code You Can Quote
News  |  3/17/2014  | 
GitHub, FigShare, and Mozilla join forces to make programming code fit for academic citation.
OPM Releases Strategic IT Plan
News  |  3/13/2014  | 
Office of Personnel Management director Katherine Archuleta lays out a new IT strategy to improve federal recruiting and retirement systems.
Berners-Lee Seeks Digital Bill Of Rights
Commentary  |  3/12/2014  | 
On the 25th anniversary of his proposal for the World Wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee wants Internet users to come to the Web's defense.
Patent Data Missing In Troll Debate
News  |  3/12/2014  | 
Congress and the Supreme Court are poised to take action on patent suits, but data to inform ongoing debates is missing, experts say.
Agencies Going 'Cloud First' Face A Records Riddle
News  |  3/12/2014  | 
Federal agencies moving email to the cloud risk a records management train wreck unless they plan well, NARA warns.
4 Govt. IT Trends From Mobile World Congress
Commentary  |  3/11/2014  | 
Extra-secure "black" smartphones debut; Samsung's Knox emerges as possible BlackBerry replacement.
Proposed Federal IT Cuts Sensible 'For Now'
News  |  3/11/2014  | 
The President's proposed cuts in IT spending in fiscal year 2015 reflect successful consolidation of services, but experts say that flat funding can't go on forever.
White House Recruits Tech Entrepreneurs
News  |  3/10/2014  | 
Presidential Innovation Fellows are slated to work on high-impact tech projects throughout the government.
Federal IT Spending Slashed In Proposed 2015 Budget
News  |  3/5/2014  | 
Obama's 2015 budget request cuts 2.9%, gives agencies $79 billion for IT, including $13 billion for cyber security.
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