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Guerra On Healthcare: Meaningful Use Proposal Has Some Seeing Red
Commentary  |  2/28/2010  | 
The more health IT pros look at draft rules, the less they like them.
DoD Loosens Social Media Restrictions
News  |  2/26/2010  | 
Soldiers and other Department of Defense employees may now access and use sites such as Facebook and Flickr via unclassified Defense networks.
FCC Wants Broadband Public Safety Network
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
As part of the National Broadband Plan, the FCC wants to make a portion of the 700-mhz spectrum available for a nationwide wireless public safety network.
Senate Considers P2P Security Bill
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
Legislation would require software developers to tell users when files are being shared via peer-to-peer networks.
Guerra On Healthcare: EMR Standards Committee Struggles
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
In its latest meeting, the federal HIT Standards Committee struggles to find a point of balance between concrete legislation and guidance on standards.
FCC Chief Proposes Mobile Spectrum Auction
News  |  2/25/2010  | 
Julius Genachowski sees broadcast television spectrum as a major part of the agency's strategic planning as it works to accommodate a surge in mobile data traffic.
Nebraska Expands Health Information Exchange
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
The Nebraska Health Information Initiative, which served mostly the Omaha region until now, is expanding statewide.
Web Dashboards: A Window Into Government Performance
News  |  2/24/2010  | 
Federal, state, and local agencies are building Web portals to make data available to the public, but there are still issues over what data to release, how much, and how to ensure its quality.
Wireless Leads RadioShack To 26% Profit Gain
News  |  2/23/2010  | 
The retailer's strategy of beefing up its mobile phone offerings led the company to earn $75.7 million in fourth-quarter net income.
White House Calls For Healthcare IT Task Force
News  |  2/23/2010  | 
The Office of Management and Budget is calling for a coordinated effort to implement goals of the HITECH Act across various government agencies.
Nokia, Apple Dispute Leads To Another Investigation
News  |  2/22/2010  | 
The U.S. International Trade Commission, already investigating Apple, will now examine claims that Nokia infringes on Apple's technology patents.
Google Gets OK To Buy Cheap Energy
News  |  2/22/2010  | 
The company has been approved by federal regulators to operate a market-based rate authority to purchase energy at low rates.
FCC Previews National Broadband Plan
News  |  2/19/2010  | 
Broadband is seen as a tool that could be used to advance a series of 'national purposes' such as public safety, healthcare, and education.
Trade Commission Investigates Apple, RIM
News  |  2/18/2010  | 
Eastman Kodak says digital cameras in the iPhone and BlackBerry infringe on its patents and the smartphones shouldn't be imported into the U.S.
Federal Health IT Group Refines Meaningful Use Rules
News  |  2/18/2010  | 
Health IT Policy Committee aims to make it easier to meet some requirements for deploying e-health record systems but also adds more rules.
FCC Chairman Sharpens Broadband Focus
News  |  2/17/2010  | 
Julius Genachowski hailed Google's plans to create an experimental 1Gbit-per-second broadband initiative.
Feds Award Virginia $24M For Health IT
News  |  2/16/2010  | 
The funding will help the state coordinate health IT initiatives and assist physicians in setting up electronic health records.
Q&A: GSA's CIO Coleman Talks IT Modernization
News  |  2/16/2010  | 
The CIO of the U.S. General Services Administration discusses cloud computing, plans for funding innovation with a flat IT budget, and the potential for equipping federal employees with new consumer technologies.
Washington D.C. Launches Performance Dashboard
News  |  2/16/2010  | 
New Gov 2.0 Web site lets users view budget and spending data and other key performance indicators on more than 50 agencies.
Guerra On Healthcare: Stimulus Funds For All EMR Systems
Commentary  |  2/15/2010  | 
Feds shouldn't bar physicians who work in hospitals but maintain practices that run EMR systems from getting reimbursements.
Justice Department Launches IP Task Force
News  |  2/12/2010  | 
The initiative is expected to increase the department's focus on the international aspect of intellectual property law enforcement.
Government Plans Mobile Apps Store
News  |  2/12/2010  | 
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra outlines plans to offer mobile applications from an iPhone-like 'store' that will give the public access to new capabilities developed by both the government and third-party developers.
Health IT Gets $1 Billion In Federal Funding
News  |  2/12/2010  | 
The money will go toward health information exchanges, training, and support for health IT deployment.
Federal CIO Launches 'TechStat'
News  |  2/11/2010  | 
Vivek Kundra aims to identify federal IT projects that are over budget, behind schedule, or underperforming.
White House's Sci-Tech Office Gets Web Update
News  |  2/11/2010  | 
The Office of Science and Technology Policy's Web site has been revamped, and it's now integrated with the site.
Sprint Nextel Pins Hopes On WiMax
News  |  2/11/2010  | 
The company continued to lose revenue and subscribers in the fourth quarter, but believes its growing 4G network will help turn it around.
Snowed In, Feds Phone, Tweet, And Shovel
News  |  2/11/2010  | 
Federal agencies in Washington, D.C., are closed for the fourth consecutive day, forcing many government officials and staff to turn to the Web and other tools to communicate.
Healthcare CIOs Get New Certification
News  |  2/10/2010  | 
To earn Certified Healthcare CIO designation, candidates must pass exam and have at least three years experience in a CIO position.
California Plans Major Data Center Consolidation
News  |  2/10/2010  | 
Executive order calls for 30% reduction in energy usage by 2012 as part of a broad data-center consolidation plan and push for increased transparency and improved governance.
IntrinsiQ Sharpens Cancer Treatment Analysis
News  |  2/9/2010  | 
A computerized physician order entry and "partial" e-health record system gives medical staff the tools to track and analyze oncology treatments.
Commerce Department Proposes One-Stop Climate Service
News  |  2/9/2010  | 
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's new service would be dependent on data-modeling technology that analyzes climate information, drawing on the national climatic, oceanographic, and geophysical data centers.
Congress: Federal CTO Role Ill-Defined
News  |  2/9/2010  | 
The informal description of the Federal chief technology officer's position may jeopardize the role's existence, report warns.
PayPal Suspends Payments To India
News  |  2/8/2010  | 
The online payment service has halted transfers to Indian banks and personal payments in and out of the country.
Open Government Dashboard, Agency Sites Launched
News  |  2/8/2010  | 
While most federal agencies are meeting Open Government Directive milestones, the information on the sites diverges widely, and the public isn't participating much just yet.
White House Names Open Government Leadership
News  |  2/8/2010  | 
A new Open Government Working Group and 'senior accountable officials' will help drive the Obama administration's push for government transparency.
GSA Chief Takes Office, Faces Challenges
News  |  2/5/2010  | 
The new General Services Administration head, Martha Johnson, must tackle a number of IT acquisition and worforce issues.
Government Technologist: What's the ROI Of Open Government?
Commentary  |  2/4/2010  | 
Let's stop dancing around open government and evaluate it based on its hard returns.
White House Seeks Public Input On Innovation Goals
News  |  2/4/2010  | 
The Obama Administration is turning to crowdsourcing to identify "grand challenges" to support as national technology innovation goals.
Cybersecurity Bill Calls For Research, Task Force
News  |  2/4/2010  | 
HR 4061 would provide up to $396 million in research grants over the next four years to develop best practices and standards to protect computer networks.
Diagnostic Testing Startup Links To Doctors' Systems
News  |  2/3/2010  | 
LabDx sends lab results directly to physicians' electronic medical records.
VA Freezes IT Budget For 2011
News  |  2/2/2010  | 
The Department of Veterans Affairs will focus on delivering IT projects on time, on budget, says an official.
Obama Budget Boosts Science, Innovation
News  |  2/2/2010  | 
Federal funding of K-12 science, technology, engineering and math education would see an almost 40% increase over 2010 funding.
Guerra On Healthcare: Meaningful Objections To Meaningful Use
Commentary  |  2/2/2010  | 
Healthcare providers are criticizing exclusions and the all-or-nothing approach of the final draft definition for meaningful use of e-health records.
Obama Budgets $78 Million For Health IT
News  |  2/1/2010  | 
The president wants to increase funding for the national health IT czar to get doctors and hospitals using e-heath records meaningfully.
Global CIO: Software Patents And The CIO
Commentary  |  2/1/2010  | 
Patent attorney Stephen Glazier weighs in on two recent developments, which dictate a more hands-on IT organization approach to intellectual property.
Federal IT Budget Grows To $79.4 Billion
News  |  2/1/2010  | 
Tech spending in the U.S. government's just-released fiscal 2011 budget will go toward open government, cloud computing, cybersecurity, procurement, and performance management.

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