Content tagged with Government
posted in March 2012
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DOD Commits $80 Million To Microprocessor Research
News  |  3/30/2012  | 
Defense Dept. seeks advantage over adversaries with next-gen processors that combine materials on a single silicon chip.
Apple Supplier Foxconn Will Reduce Working Hours
News  |  3/30/2012  | 
Fair Labor Association association finds significant issues with factories in China operated by Apple supplier Foxconn, which said it would reduce hours for some workers.
NASA's Space Network Update Enters Next Phase
News  |  3/30/2012  | 
Agency plans to install next-generation architecture in satellite ground stations to replace outdated systems.
Army Aids Wounded Warriors With Mobile App
News  |  3/30/2012  | 
Soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan can find information on medical care, benefits, and other aid, using smartphones.
FBI's New Sentinel System: Exclusive Look
Commentary  |  3/30/2012  | 
Our first look at the FBI's $451 million case management system reveals a user interface and features with the look and feel of a PC application.
White House Shares $200 Million Big Data Plan
News  |  3/29/2012  | 
Obama administration announced plans to fund R&D push for big data analysis, for applications ranging from health to defense.
Google Apps Vault Promises Easy E-Discovery
News  |  3/28/2012  | 
Understanding and managing corporate correspondence can be simple and affordable, Google contends.
DOD Challenges Developers To Improve STEM Education
News  |  3/28/2012  | 
Department aims to debunk common mistakes children make when learning about science through a new mobile apps contest.
FBI, Army Tap Epic Games For Training Simulations
News  |  3/28/2012  | 
Intelligence and military agencies license the game engine behind Gears of War and Mass Effect to simulate decision-making, medical, and crime-scene scenarios.
IT Decisions Hang On Supreme Court Healthcare Ruling
Commentary  |  3/28/2012  | 
Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of healthcare reform legislation could influence the direction of health IT.
India Lodges Complaint Over H-1B Visa Rejections
News  |  3/28/2012  | 
U.S. makes it too difficult for foreign tech pros to enter the country on H-1B and L-1 visas, Indian commerce minister says.
NASA To Auction Off Patent Portfolios
News  |  3/27/2012  | 
Chicago-based ICAP Ocean Tomo will sell three portfolios comprising 12 patents as part of NASA's strategy to transfer innovations to the private sector.
Agriculture Dept. Eyes Cloud For Geospatial Imagery
News  |  3/27/2012  | 
Farm Service Agency wants cloud service to host aerial images of farm boundaries for agency programs.
FBI CIO Exits, With Sentinel Project Nearly Done
News  |  3/27/2012  | 
Chad Fulgham, a former Wall Street tech exec, says software development for FBI's delayed Sentinel case-management system is now complete.
BlackBerrys Can Replace Eyeballs For Security Scans
News  |  3/27/2012  | 
Secure biometrics via BlackBerry, anyone? NFC-equipped BlackBerries can stand in for your eyeball when using Iris ID Systems' IrisAccess platform.
Dear FTC: Privacy Power Trumps Privacy Rules
Commentary  |  3/26/2012  | 
As it tackles consumer data privacy, the FTC needs to think less about limiting what companies can do, and more about empowering consumers themselves.
Parlez-Vous CIA? Agency Website Speaks 5 Languages
News  |  3/26/2012  | 
CIA.gov now available in Arabic, French, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian.
Google Ordered To Delete Defamatory Autocompletions
News  |  3/26/2012  | 
Google says Japanese court issues limited demand that covers a specific set of queries affecting a single plaintiff.
FTC Calls For Data Privacy Laws
News  |  3/26/2012  | 
Federal Trade Commission requests legislation on privacy and data brokers and continues to push for a Do Not Track program.
Cloud Of Government Data Grows Over Chicago
News  |  3/26/2012  | 
City of Chicago, Cook County, and state of Illinois back Metro Chicago Data Convergence Cloud to give citizens access to government data from one Web portal.
Feds Update Terrorism Data Sharing Guidelines
News  |  3/23/2012  | 
National Counterterrorism Center gets more leeway to access and analyze data collected about possible terrorist activities.
Angry Birds Space Mirrors Real Rocket Science
Commentary  |  3/23/2012  | 
Did you know Rovio's Angry Birds Space was developed in collaboration with NASA through a Space Act Agreement? The game illustrates microgravity, a concept fundamental to current NASA experiments.
White House 'Green Button' Initiative Eyes Electricity Savings
News  |  3/22/2012  | 
Effort to help people manage electricity usage expands, with backing from nine utilities, a developer challenge from the DOE, and third-party Web and mobile apps.
NYC To Apply For .nyc Domain
News  |  3/22/2012  | 
Aims to generate revenue and bolster city’s profile for business, tourism, and other activities.
Minnesota Completes Migration To Microsoft Cloud
News  |  3/21/2012  | 
After a year of testing, the state's Office of Enterprise Technology has moved nearly 39,000 workers to Office 365 for collaboration and email.
Feds Fund Research For Breakthrough Microprocessors
News  |  3/21/2012  | 
NIST offers $2.6 million grant for research in new methods to overcome the limits that existing CMOS technology will reach in the next 10 to 15 years.
Army Launches Mobile Apps Store Prototype
News  |  3/20/2012  | 
Army mobile apps store starts off with 12 apps for iPads and iPhones, with Android apps to come later.
DARPA Pursues Security As Polar Ice Caps Melt
News  |  3/20/2012  | 
Anticipating increased shipping in Arctic seaways, agency looks for new methods--such as underwater sensors--to make the harsh region safe for human activities.
Feds Fight Homelessness With Mobile App Challenge
News  |  3/20/2012  | 
VA, HUD, HHS, and rocker Jon Bon Jovi launch Project REACH to help homeless veterans connect with medical, housing, and other services.
Electronic Devices, Takeoff Might Get Along: FAA
News  |  3/19/2012  | 
FAA will reconsider letting airline passengers use some electronics during taxi, take-off, and landing. But don't pull out your smartphone just yet.
DARPA Challenge Doesn't Go Viral On Twitter
News  |  3/19/2012  | 
Agency ends two-week QR-related contest--promoted only through Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks--without anyone finding all 7 posters with special codes.
Microsoft Inches Closer To Delivering Cloud-Based ERP
News  |  3/19/2012  | 
Microsoft says Dynamics NAV and GP enterprise resource planning systems will run on Windows Azure by year end. But iPad and iPhone support is a question in some customers' minds.
NASA Releases Atlas Of Entire Sky
News  |  3/16/2012  | 
Atlas includes images and data about more than half a trillion objects throughout the universe, from stars to asteroids--and the whole thing is available online for free.
Navy Opens New Research Facility for Robotics
News  |  3/16/2012  | 
Laboratory for Autonomous Systems Research will focus on innovations such as firefighting robots and unmanned underwater vehicles.
Uncle Sam Lines Up Early For New iPad
News  |  3/16/2012  | 
Department of the Interior plans to buy 20 new Apple tablets to streamline business operations.
Agencies Earn C- For FOIA Management
News  |  3/15/2012  | 
Federal agencies struggle with transparency into their Freedom of Information Act responses, finds Congressional watchdog report.
NASA, GM Team To Develop 'Robo-Glove'
News  |  3/15/2012  | 
Glove that complements the strength of the human hand could help astronauts and auto workers alike reduce muscle stress from gripping tools for long periods of time.
Texas Hands Troubled IBM Contract To Capgemini, Xerox
News  |  3/15/2012  | 
Xerox and Capgemini take over troubled Texas data center consolidation and management project that fell well behind schedule and suffered numerous problems under IBM.
Army Tests Menu Of Battlefield Intelligence Apps
News  |  3/14/2012  | 
NSA's Ozone data-sharing network will be foundation for system that Army will test as part of its next Network Integration Evaluation.
SXSW: Code For America Founder Rallies 'Geek Army'
News  |  3/14/2012  | 
Jennifer Pahlka showcases early successes of citizen software engineers who, she says, can solve systematic problems in American cities in a way voting--or bureaucracy--cannot.
Yahoo, Facebook Patent Spat: History Repeats Itself?
News  |  3/13/2012  | 
"Yahoo got there first," the company says about methods of webpage customization, online ad placement, and content sharing. Some hear echoes of a Yahoo, Google patent fight.
Feds Set Classified Info Sharing Standards
News  |  3/13/2012  | 
Department of Homeland Security structure and standards will apply to government and private sector entities.
DARPA Director Leaving For Google
News  |  3/13/2012  | 
Agency's first female director will take a senior executive position at the search giant.
Army: Social Network Geotagging Puts Soldiers At Risk
News  |  3/13/2012  | 
Military warns soldiers and their families that posting location information on sites like Facebook and Foursquare could pose a security threat.
Data Protection Officer Drought Predicted
Commentary  |  3/12/2012  | 
Google's global privacy counsel doubts there are enough data defenders to help companies comply with EU data rules.
Historic Arlington Cemetery Gets Digital Makeover
News  |  3/12/2012  | 
Digital mapping system, gravesite database, and other tools should improve accountability and management, Army's cemeteries director says.
White House Names New Federal CTO
News  |  3/9/2012  | 
Todd Park, CTO of Health and Human Services Department, gets the nod as the new federal chief technology officer. Park is known for his open government work.
NASA's Blue Marble: 50 Years Of Earth Images
Slideshows  |  3/9/2012  | 
NASA's Earth-observing satellites help scientists render photo-like composite images with unprecedented detail. Take a look, from the earliest attempts to the newest stunners.
Mobile's Cryptography Conundrums
News  |  3/9/2012  | 
Two RSA presentations--one by NSA and one by Cryptography Research experts--show lack of maturity in mobile ecosystem.
Ethics.gov Shares Lobbying, Campaign Data
News  |  3/8/2012  | 
Latest federal data transparency site also delivers information on White House visitors, travel payments, and more.
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