News & Commentary
Content tagged with Policy & Regulation posted in October 2009
Q&A: CIO Ross Philo On 'Post Office' In Your Home
News  |  10/30/2009  | 
In a tough business environment, the U.S. Postal Service is delivering new capabilities for home PCs and smartphones and new services for high-volume mailers, says its top IT executive.
Down To Business: How Do You Define Prosperity?
Commentary  |  10/29/2009  | 
In its measure of the "wealth and well being" of 104 countries, a U.K. think tank provides ample food for thought as we consider the attributes that truly matter in this connected global economy.
Microsoft HealthVault Deal Puts EHRs Overseas
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
A Bangkok hospital will use Microsoft HealthVault personal electronic health records to track patients via the Web.
Defense CIO Touts Benefits Of Open Source
News  |  10/28/2009  | 
Deputy CIO David Wennergren points to reliability, security, and lower TCO as among the potential benefits of using open source in the U.S. military.
$100 Million Healthcare Cost Database Announced
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
Built with settlement money from health insurance companies, it will help drive down medical costs, says New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
E-Health Records Option Extended To Families
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
Dossia, whose consortium members include Wal-Mart and Intel, is making it easier for employees' dependents to sign up for electronic health records.
MedPlus Tapped For Health Information Exchange
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
New Mexico will work with technology partner MedPlus to build an electronic infrastructure connecting the state's healthcare providers.
President Obama Details Smart Grid Funding
News  |  10/27/2009  | 
The government plans to spend $3.4 billion in federal stimulus funds to upgrade the nation's power grid. R&D efforts are already underway at some leading tech vendors.
Lockheed Locks Down Federal Health IT Contracts
News  |  10/26/2009  | 
Awarded $170 million in contracts, the company will provide services for government health information technology systems.
H1N1 Flu Tracked By E-Prescription Data
News  |  10/26/2009  | 
Public health officials in Rhode Island are electronically monitoring possible swine flu outbreaks based on drug data from pharmacies.
White House Uses Open Source To Open Government
News  |  10/26/2009  | 
The Whitehouse.gov site now runs the open source Drupal content management system, which includes social networking tools that can be used for communications and participatory government.
Uncle Sam Mulls The Move To Windows 7
News  |  10/23/2009  | 
Many government agencies participated in the Windows 7 beta program, but the public sector is expected to trail businesses in adopting Microsoft's new operating system.
FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rule Making
News  |  10/22/2009  | 
The move opens up a vehicle for comments, but how and to what degree the Internet should be free or regulated remains to be decided.
Down To Business: Tech Patents Revisited: Alternative Approaches
Commentary  |  10/22/2009  | 
The fact that patent reform has repeatedly died in Congress shows there are no pat answers. But here are a few strong ideas.
Google, Verizon Jointly Back 'Open Internet'
News  |  10/22/2009  | 
The search giant and wireless carrier find rare common ground on a few core net neutrality principles.
Web 2.0 Summit: Intel CEO Expects PC Sales Surge
News  |  10/22/2009  | 
Paul Otellini sees businesses moving to replace their aging hardware and promise in moving to a more distributed approach to healthcare.
Web 2.0 Summit: Fed CTO Talks Healthcare IT
News  |  10/22/2009  | 
Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra says government spending on IT can help cut healthcare costs and improve care quality.
EU Online Music Pact May Be Model For U.S.
News  |  10/22/2009  | 
Amazon, EMI, Apple, and Universal took part in the agreement, which could have ramifications for U.S. regulatory action.
Secret Service To Revamp Ailing IT Systems
News  |  10/21/2009  | 
In an effort to avoid 'mission failure,' the agency plans to deploy new storage systems, virtualize servers, modernize databases, and expand mobile and wireless capabilities.
Health IT Metrics Taking Shape
News  |  10/21/2009  | 
The U.S. will release a preliminary definition of "meaningful use"-- a key criterion for healthcare IT providers seeking federal stimulus funding -- in December.
Government Technologist: Energy's $32 Million Cloud Experiment
Commentary  |  10/21/2009  | 
The Department of Energy has embarked on an ambitious project to see how cloud computing can be used by scientists at its national labs. Is it taking on too much, too soon?
Government IT Spending To Slow
News  |  10/20/2009  | 
IT spending by civilian agencies will grow 3.4% annually over the next five years, a significant slowdown compared to the previous five years, according to a new report from TechAmerica.
Facebook, Twitter Join Google In Net Neutrality Battle
News  |  10/19/2009  | 
New rules governing online communication are expected later this week and Internet companies are making sure their concerns are heard.
SEC Charges Billionaire, Tech Execs With Insider Trading
News  |  10/16/2009  | 
Executives from IBM, Intel, and McKinsey are among those charged.
Baucus Bill Champions Healthcare Technology
News  |  10/16/2009  | 
Legislation just sent to the floor by the Senate Finance Committee includes recommendations encouraging rapid adoption and use of health IT systems.
Lost USB Device Forces Virginia Into Damage Control, Again
News  |  10/15/2009  | 
A flash drive with more than 100,000 personal records has been misplaced by a researcher, while a new report finds widespread problems with the state's IT outsourcing deal.
Skype Founders File To Block Software Use
News  |  10/14/2009  | 
Zennstrom and Friis say they still own the software that enables the VoIP service to operate.
NASA's Next Mission: The Tweetup
News  |  10/14/2009  | 
The space agency plans to host 100 Twitter users at Kennedy Space Center for next month's launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis.
Former U.S. Health Dept. CIO Joins Agilex
News  |  10/14/2009  | 
Melissa Chapman joins Agilex Technologies to help manage the firm's work with the U.S. Health and Human Services Dept.
White House Confronts Barriers To Gov 2.0
News  |  10/14/2009  | 
Regulatory and technical requirements, including accessibility and electronic archiving, present unique challenges to bringing open government to the Web.
Government Technologist: Silicon Valley Goes Opaque
Commentary  |  10/14/2009  | 
TechAmerica's closed-door annual conference around the U.S. government's IT spending plans is out of step with the Obama administration's transparency push.
Healthcare Reform Bill Means HIPAA Changes, Too
Commentary  |  10/13/2009  | 
The healthcare reform bill that passed a key Senate committee today contains several health IT related provisions. Among them are new rules regarding HIPAA, including a proposals allowing the periodic update of HIPAA standards, and fines to health plans that don't comply to HIPAA "operating rules" by April 2014.
Bandwidth Boost For Libraries Gaining Support
News  |  10/13/2009  | 
A plan to put fiber optic technology in public libraries may be a candidate for federal stimulus funding.
Defense Department Must Overhaul IT Buying Processes
News  |  10/12/2009  | 
New approaches to include early involvement of technology users, rapid upgrade capabilities, and a modular, open-systems approach.
Google Director Resigns, Keeps Apple Position
News  |  10/12/2009  | 
Arthur Levinson's exit from the board comes as the Federal Trade Commission continues its review of the interlocking relationships between Apple and Google.
How To Fix The GIS Data Mess
News  |  10/8/2009  | 
Despite thousands of data sources for geographic information systems, there's no universal standard or widespread, non-proprietary way to federate that data. It doesn't have to be this way.
IBM Mainframes Draw Antitrust Scrutiny
News  |  10/8/2009  | 
Trade group says it's been contacted by investigators seeking information on Big Blue's licensing practices.
Top Federal Contracts To Exceed $180 Billion In 2010
News  |  10/7/2009  | 
A new report estimates that the top 20 federal contracts, many laden with IT purchases, will be worth 50% more than last year's contracts.
FCC Chair Cites 'Spectrum Crisis'
News  |  10/7/2009  | 
Mobile broadband and an 'open Internet' are priorities of the Federal Communications Commission, says chairman Julius Genachowski at CTIA meeting.
Civilian Agencies Late On Insourcing Deadline
News  |  10/7/2009  | 
Nine federal agencies missed a Congressional deadline requiring them to draft guidelines aimed at reducing their reliance on outsourced services.
Obama Orders Federal IT To Get Greener
News  |  10/6/2009  | 
An Executive Order mandates that federal agencies implement green data center strategies, double-sided printing, and PC power management, as part of a broader sustainability push.
Federal Register Made Available In XML Format
News  |  10/5/2009  | 
With the introduction of an XML edition, the official journal of the U.S. government should be easier to access and use, while third parties will be able to apply the information in new ways.
Federal Workers Banned From Texting While Driving
News  |  10/2/2009  | 
The ban on texting, sending e-mails, or using instant messaging programs while using a government vehicle aims to cut down on accidents.
Feds Award $27.8M For Rural E-Health
News  |  10/1/2009  | 
Department of Health and Human Services funding will go to implement electronic health records and other health IT initiatives.
Red Hat Asks Supreme Court To Nix Software Patents
News  |  10/1/2009  | 
"Our patent system is supposed to foster innovation, but for open source and software in general, it does the opposite," said a Red Hat lawyer.
Federal Stimulus-Tracking Site To Open APIs
News  |  10/1/2009  | 
Among the next steps for the recently revamped Recovery.gov are improved search, mapping, and mobile access, and open APIs.
US Agreement With ICANN Leaves Much Undone
News  |  10/1/2009  | 
The oversight of the Internet's infrastructure will become more international under a new government agreement with ICANN. But many concerns remain unresolved.


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