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posted in October 2013
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FAA Allows Electronics During Takeoff, Landing
News  |  10/31/2013  | 
Federal Aviation Administration no longer sees mobile devices as threat to air safety.
Salesforce.com Enables Private App Stores
News  |  10/31/2013  | 
Salesforce Private AppExchange lets you put IT-approved applications in a customizable corporate app store. There's one catch, though.
HealthCare.gov Faced Security Risks, Feds Were Told
News  |  10/31/2013  | 
As HHS secretary Sebelius testified to Congress about the flawed rollout, a memo surfaced that predicted security risks due to inadequate testing.
EHealth To Obama: We Can Run HealthCare.gov
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Obama Administration response to online health insurance site is cool, but proposal reveals backup possibility. EHealth offers to help Covered California, too.
Federal Cybersecurity Champions Honored
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
National Institute of Standards and Technology senior scientist Ron Ross honored for creating risk management framework.
GSA Streamlines IT Operations, Closes Data Centers
News  |  10/30/2013  | 
Agency CIO says closure of 37 data centers and centralization of IT operations will improve efficiency within GSA and in serving other federal agencies.
U.S. Joins Global Effort On Open Data
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Publicly accessible data can add trillions of dollars in value to global economies such as education, says U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Federal CIO Urges Bold Vision For Government IT
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel calls Obamacare site's launch something "to be proud of" and urges government IT community to view bugs as a "teachable moment."
Will HealthCare.gov Mess Spur Procurement Reform?
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Review and overhaul of government IT purchasing procedures needed, trade association expert says.
Obamacare Rollout Hampered By Operating Rules Lag
News  |  10/29/2013  | 
Backend transmission rules, slated for 2016, may have prevented the rampant errors sending enrollment data from health insurance exchanges to insurance companies.
Why We Need Digital Government Strategy 2.0
Commentary  |  10/29/2013  | 
The federal government has been an early adopter of mobile technology but now it is time to take it to the next level. These five areas need to be addressed.
Lawmakers Try To Sharpen FDA Focus On Healthcare Apps
Commentary  |  10/28/2013  | 
Congress attempts to clarify which health software should be regulated like a medical device with the Sensible Oversight for Technology which Advances Regulatory Efficiency Act.
Google's Mystery Project Won't Float
News  |  10/28/2013  | 
A San Francisco regulator casts doubt on the viability of a waterborne Google store.
Los Angeles Gives Cloud Email Another Chance
News  |  10/28/2013  | 
After an FBI security rule prevented the LAPD from using Google Apps, the city was forced to backpedal from its move to the cloud. Now Los Angeles is trying again.
Datalink Lets Feds Test Drive Cloud
News  |  10/28/2013  | 
New service offers federal agencies a way to evaluate different cloud systems that align with their own configurations before they commit to a provider.
Private Sector Rides To Rescue Of HealthCare.gov
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
Handful of Web insurance brokers will start enrolling people in HealthCare.gov plans within a month, but backend coding problems could continue to delay completion of policy purchases.
HealthCare.Gov Woes: Lack Of Testing
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
Tech contractors are confident they can fix the problems over time, but pass the buck to CMS.
LPTA Contracts Stifle Government Innovation
News  |  10/25/2013  | 
"Lowest price technically acceptable" contracts drive down prices but sacrifice long-term value to meet short-term government savings goals, says study.
Why HealthCare.gov Failed
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Experts say a lack of consumer-centric development and user testing led to the disastrous rollout of the government's Obamacare portal.
Tech Contractors Reject Blame For HealthCare.gov Mess
News  |  10/24/2013  | 
Contractors point fingers at each other and the government as they attempt to shift responsibility for healthcare website problems.
Portfolio Management Tools: Lessons From King County, Washington
Commentary  |  10/24/2013  | 
County IT portfolio manager shares what his team learned when they moved from spreadsheets to a real management tool.
Google Or Microsoft? Army Users Get Choice
News  |  10/23/2013  | 
Army blanket purchase agreements to buy Google Apps and Microsoft Office 365 licenses offer non-Defense Enterprise Email users a choice of cloud software.
NASA's Moon Laser Sets Data Speed Record
News  |  10/23/2013  | 
NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer moon mission uses laser communications to send data to earth at 622 Mbps -- six times faster than standard radio waves.
Medicare Drags Feet On Secure Patient IDs
News  |  10/23/2013  | 
Medicare increases identity theft risk because it uses social security numbers as patient identifiers, says GAO report.
Containers Add New Efficiency To Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  10/23/2013  | 
Why use an entire operating system just to run one application? Containers-as-a-service offer a smarter way to run applications in the cloud.
HealthCare.gov: Latest Victim Of Federal Acquisition Problems?
News  |  10/23/2013  | 
Healthcare.gov's problems aren't unique to federal IT projects, but they are uniquely visible to the American public.
Code For America Made Me A Better IT Leader
Commentary  |  10/22/2013  | 
"Peace Corps for Geeks" offers crucial lessons in customer service, continuous improvement and workplace engagement.
IBM Creates Federal Cloud Innovation Center
News  |  10/22/2013  | 
Center focuses on encouraging government agencies to adopt open standards for cloud computing.
Q&A: Silicon Valley Congressman Talks Tech Industry Needs
Commentary  |  10/22/2013  | 
Silicon Valley Rep. Mike Honda speaks with former Transportation Department CIO Nitin Pradhan on Congress' role in fostering the U.S. technology market, immigration law and more.
Microsoft Lands Army Deal For Office 365
News  |  10/21/2013  | 
Army buys 50,000 seat licenses for cloud-based Microsoft Office and collaboration tools.
Why Doctors Hate EHR Software
Commentary  |  10/18/2013  | 
Have meaningful use incentives merely propelled sales for a lot of lousy software?
Traditional App Development Stifles Government Innovation
Commentary  |  10/18/2013  | 
To bolster government innovation, agencies must reduce the long lifecycle costs that drag them down.
Mobile Geospatial Tool To Aid Military, First Responders
News  |  10/18/2013  | 
TouchShare's collaborative geospatial software provides real-time situation awareness tools on mobile devices.
Oracle Blends Real-Time, Visual Data Integration
News  |  10/18/2013  | 
Oracle Data Integrator morphs to look more like Informatica. GoldenGate upgrade cuts "real-time" latency.
Lenovo Faces Regulatory Roadblocks With BlackBerry Buy
News  |  10/18/2013  | 
Lenovo would like to purchase the reach of BlackBerry's enterprise network. But it's unlikely to end up in China-based Lenovo's hands, security experts say.
Government Shutdown Damage May Linger
News  |  10/17/2013  | 
Federal agencies and IT contractors are still assessing the fallout from the shutdown on their operations, but initial figures point to high costs.
Avoiding Cloud Lock-In
News  |  10/17/2013  | 
Moving data into a cloud service is easier than getting it out. Here's what agencies must consider before signing on the dotted line.
NGA Cloud Demo Shows Power Of Virtual Organizations
News  |  10/17/2013  | 
Disaster relief simulation demonstrates how governments and NGOs, with incompatible technologies, can join forces and collaborate quickly via the cloud.
Fed IT Spending To Rise After 3-Year Decline
News  |  10/16/2013  | 
Spending will increase only some and significant IT challenges remain ahead for government agencies, says TechAmerica Foundation.
Feds Face Cloud Procurement Confusion, Delays
News  |  10/16/2013  | 
Agencies eager to serve public 24/7 look for ways to procure cloud services faster than the usual 12 to 18 months, study finds.
Acronis MobilEcho Expands Mobile Security For Feds
News  |  10/15/2013  | 
Apple-compatible mobile file management system permits secure network access, authentication for federal employees.
State CIOs Say Procurement Problems Hobble Innovation
News  |  10/15/2013  | 
Cumbersome and risk-averse procurement processes hold back state and local CIOs' efforts to improve services, finds NASCIO survey.
Open Educational Resources: Smart Policy
Commentary  |  10/11/2013  | 
Educators around the world are already using OERs to improve learning. Why haven't they been adopted on a broader scale?
Health Insurance Exchanges Plagued By Data Errors
News  |  10/11/2013  | 
Health insurance exchanges, especially the one run by Uncle Sam, are having problems sending files that can be opened and that have complete information.
5 Army Tech Innovations To Watch
Slideshows  |  10/10/2013  | 
From more powerful body armor to better tasting food, these technologies in development aim to improve the life and safety of military service members.
IT Spending Recovers For State, Local Governments
News  |  10/9/2013  | 
State and local government IT spending is nearing 30-year average growth rate after a prolonged slump.
Government CFOs: Bad Data Quality Hobbles Agencies
News  |  10/9/2013  | 
Government CFOs say their agencies' services are at risk due to rising requirements, diminishing resources and the lack of quality data, a new report says.
American Well: The Doctor Will See You Online
News  |  10/8/2013  | 
Telemedicine company American Well offers anyone urgent-care video consultations on mobile devices for $49 a pop.
Federal Shutdown: We Miss Our Data
Commentary  |  10/8/2013  | 
Greater respect for federal data services might be one of the good things to come from the government shutdown.
European-American Cloud Conflict: Bad for Business
News  |  10/8/2013  | 
Europe is proposing privacy regulations that directly contradict American law. Business could get caught in the middle.
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