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posted in January 2011
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Government Workers Seek Better IT Tools
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Less than half are satisfied with the technologies they are given to use in the workplace, according to a Forrester report
Guerra On Healthcare: Will Congress Cut HITECH?
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
As legislators look to reduce federal spending, funding for electronic health records looks to be right in their crosshairs -- and maybe that's not so bad.
EHR Studies Need Another Look Post-Meaningful Use
Commentary  |  1/31/2011  | 
Recent studies concluding that electronic health records fail to boost patient care need a follow-up visit.
IBM Tapped For NYC Data-Center Consolidation
News  |  1/31/2011  | 
Big Blue will build a cloud computing infrastructure to merge IT operations for 14 New York City agencies.
Egypt Internet Shutdown Underscores Vulnerability
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
The government ordered the shutdown of the country's four ISPs, effectively blocking all Internet communications during anti-government protests.
VA Seeks To Modernize VistA EHR System
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
The department plans to use open-source technologies to help refurbish its massive, decades-old system for electronic health records.
DHS Elevates Social Networking In Terror Alert System
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
Facebook, Twitter, and Homeland Security's Web site gain importance in the agency's replacement for the color-coded communications system used since the 9/11 attacks.
Verizon To Buy Terremark For $1.4 Billion
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
With the acquisition of the supplier of secure and government-oriented cloud services, Verizon is repositioning itself as a broad technology supplier.
HHS Adds $80 Million For Health IT Grants
News  |  1/28/2011  | 
Funding will be divided among Regional Extension Centers, health information exchanges, and workforce training initiatives, said the Office of the National Coordinator.
Google-Backed 'Super Wi-Fi' Plan Gets FCC Approval
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
The regulatory agency has granted Google and eight other companies a conditional role in the deployment of white spaces broadband.
NASA Employs RightNow Cloud For Support Center
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
The space agency has put its Shared Services Center online to cut costs associated with handling inquiries via a call center.
Air Force Awards Space Fence Contracts
News  |  1/27/2011  | 
Raytheon and Lockheed Martin have won $107 million deals to provide preliminary designs for a radar system to detect objects passing over Earth.
DARPA Eyes Thermal Sensors For Cell Phones
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
The military research agency is soliciting bids to develop small, high-performance infrared cameras for personal handheld devices every soldier can use.
FCC Standardizes On LTE For Public Safety Network
News  |  1/26/2011  | 
The typically platform-neutral agency has chosen the 4G wireless standard for an interoperable first-responder network, in the works since 9/11.
Google Plans Biggest Hiring Year Ever
News  |  1/25/2011  | 
Faced with strong competitors and the curse of bright, entrepreneurial workers who have opportunities elsewhere, Google is bulking up on talent to ensure that it can grow.
E-Gov Trumps Facebook On Consumer Satisfaction
News  |  1/25/2011  | 
Most citizens are happy with federal Web sites, and successful e-gov initiatives are fostering trust in the government, reports Foresee study.
Obama's State Of The Union To Utilize Technology
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube are among the social networking and video platform the administration will use to connect with the public during and after the president's annual speech.
Guerra On Healthcare: Is HITECH A Bait And Switch?
Commentary  |  1/24/2011  | 
Most hospitals say they expect to qualify for meaningful use incentive funds, but most shouldn't plan to see a return on their health IT systems investment.
HHS Expands Health Insurance Exchange Grants
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
Funding will help states develop infrastructure for the sites where individuals and small business will be able to shop for insurance plans by 2014.
NASA Spins Android App
News  |  1/24/2011  | 
Spinoff, the space agency's first software for Google's mobile platform, highlights NASA innovations used in people's daily lives.
Obama Nominates Army IT Leader To CIO Post
News  |  1/21/2011  | 
Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence selected to assume the post that innovative IT leader Gen. Jeffery Sorenson vacated in November.
The Future of Google Docs
Commentary  |  1/20/2011  | 
Docs has become a worthy competitor to Microsoft Office, but its future will rely less on feature parity and more on the value being added to Google's platform in the cloud.
Google Co-Founder Larry Page To Replace Schmidt As CEO
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
Google on Thursday reported Q4 2010 revenues of $8.44 billion, but the bigger news was that co-founder Larry Page will take over as CEO in April, with current chief Eric Schmidt moving out of day to day leadership to become Executive Chairman.
NYC Crowdsources City Improvement Ideas
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
Mayor Bloomberg unveiled virtual suggestion boxes to garner input for making the Big Apple better.
Blumenthal Cuts Ribbon On EHR Incentives Program
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
More than 100 healthcare organizations had already applied for federal electronic health records incentives before the program launched at an event with National Coordinator David Blumenthal.
FDA Revamps Medical Device Approval
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
The 510(k) program overhaul aims to facilitate innovation, streamline the review process, and protect patient safety.
Pentagon OKs Navy Shipboard Network
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
CANES project moves into the development phase after meeting key cost, schedule, and performance criteria.
White House Surveys Workers On IT Needs
News  |  1/20/2011  | 
Employees are asked to help identify capabilities and gaps in workforce readiness to implement government IT reform.
Meaningful Use Compliance Could Be Harder Than You Realize
Commentary  |  1/19/2011  | 
Two recent surveys indicate healthcare providers are confident they'll comply with the government's meaningful use regs, but some CIOs say that's more challenging than you think.
Obama Directs Agencies To Post Regulatory Information Online
News  |  1/19/2011  | 
Federal agencies must make rulemaking and enforcement information available for the public to view, download, and search.
Obama Orders FDA To Streamline Medical Tech Regulations
News  |  1/19/2011  | 
Executive order signed the same day PricewaterhouseCoopers reports that the U.S. is losing ground on medical device innovations, partially due to the agency's cumbersome and costly approval process.
FEMA To Use Social Media For Emergency Response
News  |  1/19/2011  | 
Administrator Craig Fugate discusses the agency's plans to employ text messaging, GPS, and other tools for improved 'situational awareness' and disaster relief.
Guerra On Healthcare: Is The Sky Falling On Meaningful Use?
Commentary  |  1/18/2011  | 
IT executives' testimony on the difficulty of qualifying for federal electronic health record incentives stands in stark contrast to the government's blue-sky perspective.
DISA Issues $4.6 Billion Network Operations RFP
News  |  1/18/2011  | 
The Defense Information Systems Agency will outsource day-to-day support for the Defense Department's Global Information Grid.
Navy Halts Server Buys To Facilitate Consolidation
News  |  1/18/2011  | 
The service aims to reduce its data centers by 25%, increase server utilization by 40%, and boost server virtualization by at least 50%.
Google Promises No Planned Downtime
News  |  1/14/2011  | 
A new service level agreement (SLA) for Google Apps customers strives to make Google's cloud as reliable as dial tone.
81% Of Hospitals To Seek EHR Incentives
News  |  1/14/2011  | 
The federal government could pay out as much as $27 billion over 10 years, based on high rates of electronic health record adoption.
Hacker Pleads Guilty To Cyber 'Sextortion'
News  |  1/14/2011  | 
California man faces up to six years in jail for charges related to stealing 230 women's online identities to access information from their email and Facebook accounts.
NASA Sets Date For Discovery's Final Mission
News  |  1/13/2011  | 
The shuttle and its newly reinforced external fuel tank are scheduled to lift for the International Space Station in late February.
More Cloud, Fewer Contact Centers Predicted For Feds
News  |  1/13/2011  | 
Work mandated by the Open Government Directive will bring an increase in cloud computing adoption and consolidation of contact centers in 2011, according to research firm IDC.
CGI Wins $55 Million Medicare IT Contract
News  |  1/13/2011  | 
The IT services firm will provide software development and operational support services for the agency's healthcare provider enrollment system.
Space Shuttle Discovery Gets Patch Job
News  |  1/12/2011  | 
NASA engineers say they've finally found a fix for cracks that appeared in the spacecraft's external fuel tank.
HP Wins $30 Million Texas Medicaid Contract
News  |  1/12/2011  | 
The deal will fund development of a health information exchange and e-prescribing network for the state.
California Governor Cuts Employee Cell Phones
News  |  1/12/2011  | 
The cost-cutting measure requiring state workers to return 48,000 state-paid devices is expected to save $20 million a year
Space Mission Sheds Light On Universe's Origins
News  |  1/12/2011  | 
The European Space Agency's Planck mission has revealed never-seen data and images of cosmic objects, said NASA, which backs the project.
SSA Taps Lockheed For Disability System Overhaul
News  |  1/11/2011  | 
The contract, worth up to $200 million over six years, will consolidate 54 existing systems in an effort to speed the claims process.
Google Hosts Online Science Contest
News  |  1/11/2011  | 
The Google Science Fair is open to full-time students between the ages of 13 and 18 with a computer and an Internet connection. Get ready for some serious global competition.
White House Loses Open Government Leader
News  |  1/11/2011  | 
Deputy CTO Beth Noveck's departure marks the second high-ranking resignation from the Office of Science and Technology Policy in less than a month.
EHR Spending To Hit $3.8 Billion In 2015
News  |  1/11/2011  | 
Double-digit growth in the electronic health record software market will be driven largely by government incentive deadlines, finds study.
Giffords Shooting Clouds Space Shuttle Plans
News  |  1/11/2011  | 
Arizona congresswoman's husband was slated to command the final flight of Endeavour as NASA prepares to mothball its fleet of orbiters.
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