Content tagged with Government
posted in January 2012
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Obama's Google+ Debut: Lessons Learned
Commentary  |  1/31/2012  | 
Online get-together with a handful of citizens was a step forward for open government, but participation was limited and key questions were skipped.
Cloud Security, Costs Concern Federal IT Pros
News  |  1/31/2012  | 
As White House continues to push cloud computing, federal IT managers still worry about security and costs, Ponemon survey finds.
Virtualization Could Save Feds $30 Billion By 2015
News  |  1/31/2012  | 
Government IT departments at all levels are embracing virtualization, mainly for data center consolidation, survey finds. But they'll have to jump implementation hurdles.
FDA Spied On Employee Personal Emails, Lawsuit Alleges
News  |  1/30/2012  | 
Six former employees and contractors of the Food and Drug Administration have filed suit, saying documents show the agency monitored their personal email and retaliated against their whistleblowing.
NASA Enhances Solar Storm Forecasting
News  |  1/30/2012  | 
Space agency uses technology to generate up to 100 computerized forecasts to better predict the path and effect of solar storms.
Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra Resigns
News  |  1/27/2012  | 
Chopra, the first person to hold the federal CTO post and a strong voice behind Obama administration efforts on open government, will depart in February.
Symantec Software Causes Outage At Military EHR System
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
Storage software upgrade caused Military Health System to shut down access to records for a day.
AT&T Loses $6.7B, Faults FCC Regulation
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
AT&T CEO complained about inconsistent government regulation and the need for spectrum to serve rural America as the company recorded massive fourth-quarter loss.
Feds Add Education Community To Data.gov Site
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
Page delivers education-minded data sets from various federal agencies, visualization tools, classroom resources, applications, and developer tools.
Can $10 Million Trim $100 Billion From Healthcare?
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
Philanthropist-backed institute aims to spur technology-driven "common-sense changes in healthcare reimbursement and regulation."
GSA Moving USA.gov, Data.gov To Public Cloud
News  |  1/25/2012  | 
Agency has awarded a $20.76 million contract to CGI Group to host its websites in a public cloud.
Top 10 Open Government Websites
Slideshows  |  1/25/2012  | 
Federal agencies face White House orders to become more transparent. These websites expose new data sets, support public petitions, and reveal where taxpayer money goes.
States Allow Voting Via Cloud For Citizens Overseas
News  |  1/24/2012  | 
Florida, Virginia, and California are using LiveBallot, based on Microsoft's Windows Azure platform, for U.S. 2012 primary elections.
Google Foes Fighting Social Search Ignore One Truth
Commentary  |  1/24/2012  | 
Google competitors ramp up protests that the search giant favors its own social content, hurting Facebook and Twitter. One problem, guys: There's no such thing as truly organic search.
How NASA Keeps An Eye On Solar Storm
News  |  1/24/2012  | 
Largest solar storm since 2005 has big potential to disrupt telecommunications, power grid.
VA Telehealth Lauded As Model Healthcare Program
News  |  1/24/2012  | 
As U.K. report praises U.S. veterans' home health monitoring, it begs the question why telehealth hasn't gained traction across U.S. healthcare system.
IRS Website Plans Too Vague, Watchdog Says
News  |  1/23/2012  | 
GAO criticizes the agency for plan to spend $320 million over 10 years to improve its online services without clearly defining what the changes will be.
Supreme Court Tackles GPS Tracking Vs. Privacy
News  |  1/23/2012  | 
Government violated the Fourth Amendment when it attached a GPS tracking device to a car without a warrant, the court rules.
Defense Dept. CIO Needs More Authority, Board Says
News  |  1/20/2012  | 
Defense department's advisory board urges military to give DOD CIO more authority to drive data center consolidation and cloud computing.
Google Data Centers: Safe For Your Back Yard
News  |  1/19/2012  | 
Auditors find that Google's U.S. data centers meet environmental and workplace safety standards.
Will DOJ Tech Project Die After 10 Years?
News  |  1/19/2012  | 
Secure, interoperable radio network project created in the wake of 9/11 attacks may be headed for failure, with $356 million already spent, says report by DOJ''s inspector general.
Google's Growth Path: 6 Challenges
News  |  1/18/2012  | 
As Google prepares to report its fourth-quarter 2011 earnings, some industry-watchers see obstacles ahead. Consider these six hurdles.
10 Government Ideas To Spur Innovation
Commentary  |  1/18/2012  | 
More investment in basic research, STEM education, and entrepreneurship "clusters" are among the proposals in a 160-page Commerce Department report.
U.S. House Launches Website, iPad App
News  |  1/18/2012  | 
House website provides machine-readable legislation, while iPad app gives users access to the full Congressional Record.
Supercomputer Cools Off Using Groundwater
News  |  1/18/2012  | 
Novel cooling system turns normal groundwater into big savings for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, which is running a new 162 teraflop supercomputer, Olympus.
Federal Researchers Push Limits Of Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  1/18/2012  | 
Energy Department's Magellan project, measuring the expansion of the universe, determines cloud computing can't beat its HPC systems on cost or performance. But flexibility is another story.
Google, Mozilla, Wikipedia Fight SOPA Piracy Bill
News  |  1/18/2012  | 
Blacked-out websites and calls-to-action appear across the Web to protest proposed SOPA and PIPA anti-piracy bills.
SOPA Stalling As Opposition Grows
News  |  1/17/2012  | 
Two controversial anti-piracy bills, SOPA in the House and PIPA in the Senate, face mounting criticism for going too far to block pirated content.
Salesforce.com Hires Former U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra
News  |  1/16/2012  | 
Tech visionary joins cloud apps and platform vendor as executive vice president of emerging markets.
Online Tools Slice, Dice EPA Emissions Data
News  |  1/13/2012  | 
An interactive map lets you break down and visualize data from nine industry groups on 2010 emissions in the United States
Air Force Seeks Revolutionary Ideas In Cyber Tech
News  |  1/13/2012  | 
The Air Force wants ideas on how to out-innovate its adversaries using technologies such as telecommunications, cyber-enhanced rocket engines, and satellites.
Google+ Search Controversy Grows
News  |  1/12/2012  | 
Twitter and privacy experts cry foul over Google's inclusion of Google+ content in its search results, raise issue of further government intervention.
NASA Data Leads To Three New Planets
News  |  1/12/2012  | 
California researchers use data released by space agency to discover some of the smallest planets yet orbiting a star beyond the Sun.
Social Security Considers Private Cloud Storage
News  |  1/12/2012  | 
Agency seeks ideas on a new enterprise storage infrastructure to replace aging systems.
VanRoekel Details Government Mobile Strategy At CES
News  |  1/11/2012  | 
Federal CIO looks to cost optimization, coordinated procurement, and lessons learned from the private sector in his plans to help agencies do more with less.
45% Of Federal IT Pros Do Mobile Work Daily
News  |  1/11/2012  | 
Survey suggests a faster and wider shift to a mobile government workforce than anticipated, Bluetext says.
Israeli, Saudi Hacker Battle Escalates
News  |  1/11/2012  | 
After several days of credit card breaches and payback hack attempts, Anonymous chimes in, purportedly releasing access credentials and URLs for Israeli industrial control systems.
Data Mine This: Government Challenges Scientists
News  |  1/11/2012  | 
Federal standards organization NIST seeks participants for upcoming conference that will focus on search techniques for large, challenging data collections.
HIPAA Electronic Transaction Standards Make Progress
News  |  1/10/2012  | 
Claims processing standards expected to cut administrative burden on healthcare providers, insurance companies, and states, says Department of Health and Human Services.
National Weather Service Bans Mobile App Development
News  |  1/10/2012  | 
The agency will rely on private apps developed using National Weather Service data rather than developing apps itself, but weather service union is calling the move tantamount to privatization.
LA Sheriff Patrol Cars Get Unique Laptops
News  |  1/9/2012  | 
At CES 2012, Raytheon is showing off mobile units with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other capabilities; plans call for installation in 2,400 LASD vehicles.
Army Awards $250 Million Cloud Contract
News  |  1/6/2012  | 
IBM, Lockheed Martin, and HP will help the military consolidate data centers and provision IT via a private cloud.
Master Data Management And Justice For All
Commentary  |  1/6/2012  | 
Voting rights issues are at stake in a case in South Carolina that poses a classic and complicated MDM problem.
NYC Unifies, Fortifies 911 System
News  |  1/6/2012  | 
Upgraded system supports 50,000 calls per hour, a volume that's nine times higher than was logged during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Medicare Names 73 Innovation Advisers
News  |  1/6/2012  | 
Advisers will test better models of care delivery and share ideas, to further Obama administration's healthcare reform goals.
iPads Replace Paper Manuals For Air Force Unit
News  |  1/5/2012  | 
Personnel in the Air Force Special Operations Unit will begin accessing flight information and technical manuals on mobile devices.
CIO.gov Website Suffers Second Outage Since November
News  |  1/5/2012  | 
Official site for federal government CIOs will be moved over to new hardware to avoid such disruptions in the future, OMB says.
Google Apps Conversion Smooth Sailing For NOAA
News  |  1/4/2012  | 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration completes move of 25,000 users, marking the largest government agency switch to Google Apps in 2011, according to Google.
NASA Promotes Open Source With New Website
News  |  1/4/2012  | 
Code.nasa.gov will showcase the agency's open-source projects and invite public engagement.
DARPA Aims to Repurpose Retired Satellites
News  |  1/4/2012  | 
Agency wants to send mini robots into space to recycle and reuse antennas from more than 1,300 dormant satellites in geostationary orbit above the earth.
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