Content tagged with Government
posted in April 2011
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Congress To Question White House On Digital Communications
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
A House committee will consider whether social-networking communications of White House staffers should be preserved according to the Presidential Records Act of 1978.
Feds Aim To Improve IT Management Skills
News  |  4/29/2011  | 
Officials have established a CIO best practices forum and program governance boards to comply with a 25-point IT reform plan.
Feds Seek IT Ideas From Private Sector
Commentary  |  4/29/2011  | 
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has called a meeting with business CIOs to identify emerging tech trends, with a goal of helping federal agencies begin planning now for what comes next.
GSA Prepares $2.5 Billion Cloud Procurement
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra said federal agencies will use the cloud to consolidate 950,000 email boxes now sitting on 100 different systems.
Air Force CIO Outlines $1.2 Billion Savings Plan
News  |  4/28/2011  | 
CIO William Lord said the Air Force can save money through network optimization, data center consolidation, identity access management, enterprise email, and other efforts.
Does Vermont Prescriber ID Law Violate Free Speech?
Commentary  |  4/28/2011  | 
The Supreme Court might not even be hearing the case if the state's ban on using a doctor's prescription records for marketing purposes were written as "opt-out" rather than "opt-in."
SETI Shutters Search For Alien Life
News  |  4/27/2011  | 
Budget cuts force the Allen Telescope Array, which scans space for extraterrestrial life, into hibernation mode while SETI searches for other funding.
Obama Orders Federal Agencies To Upgrade Customer Service
News  |  4/27/2011  | 
The Executive Order requires federal agencies to develop plans to leverage technology to improve their customer service capabilities.
Military Deploys Two Smartphone Apps
News  |  4/27/2011  | 
The Army and DOD are providing mobile device access to information about new munitions and a support network for wounded soldiers, veterans, and their families.
DARPA Launches Translation Software Initiative
News  |  4/26/2011  | 
The Defense research agency is developing technology to translate Arabic and Mandarin Chinese in real-time, face-to-face communications.
Supreme Court To Hear Doctor Pharmacy Data Case
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
Data collection firms are challenging a Vermont law limiting use of doctors' prescription records for targeted marketing programs by drug companies.
Air Force To Build Intelligence Sharing Cloud
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
Intelligent Software Solutions won a $49.9 million task order for a system to gather and share intelligence information across multiple military and federal sources.
Healthcare Providers Voice Gripes At EHR Usability Hearing
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
The federal Health IT Policy Committee's Adoption/Certification Workgroup became a sounding board for doctors frustrated with complicated electronic health record software.
Amazon Cloud Outage Didn't Stop Recovery.gov
News  |  4/25/2011  | 
A forward-thinking continuing operations strategy allowed for seamless failover that kept the site running, despite problems with EC2.
Army Selects Android For Mobile Battlefield Network
News  |  4/22/2011  | 
The military is developing devices and an application development platform to provide soldiers with communications and custom-built apps during combat.
DHS Blasts FEMA's CIO, IT Infrastructure
News  |  4/22/2011  | 
The Department of Homeland Security's Inspector General said poor planning and management are hindering the agency's efforts to repair IT problems.
NSA Building $896.5 Million Supercomputing Center
News  |  4/21/2011  | 
Exclusive: The spy agency aims to complete the powerful, energy efficient, secure High Performance Computing Center at NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Md., by December 2015.
NSA CIO Pursues Intelligence-Sharing Architecture
News  |  4/21/2011  | 
In an exclusive interview, Lonny Anderson discusses plans for a shared development environment for U.S. intelligence agencies, cloud computing, and tech modernization.
Microsoft Collaboration Suite Gets Key FISMA Certification
News  |  4/21/2011  | 
Business Productivity Online Suite-Federal gets USDA security clearance, paving the way for the agency to move 120,000 employees to the cloud email service.
Military Software Developers Get Enhanced Social Network
News  |  4/20/2011  | 
Social media extension are added to the Forge.mil software collaboration tools to boost collaboration outside project boundaries.
Federal Telework Guidelines Released
News  |  4/20/2011  | 
The Office of Personnel Management has set up policies and instructed several agencies to collaborate on security policies around teleworking.
White House Releases Android App
News  |  4/20/2011  | 
The government's iPhone application also adds a feature that alerts users when President Obama is about to speak and then lets them watch it live on the device.
Google Launches Earth Builder For Enterprise Mapping
News  |  4/19/2011  | 
The cloud-based platform provides hosted storage and computational power for geospatial data and resources to be securely published through Google Earth and Google Maps.
PTSD iPhone App Launches For Veterans
News  |  4/19/2011  | 
The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs launch the free PTSD Coach to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder seek immediate help or manage their symptoms.
Medicare Opens EHR 'Meaningful Use' Attestation
News  |  4/19/2011  | 
Healthcare providers can now begin the process of qualifying for federal electronic health record incentive payments.
Guerra On Healthcare: Health IT Committee Missing Focus
Commentary  |  4/19/2011  | 
The latest Policy Committee meeting suggests that the debate on Stage 2 meaningful use could go on forever.
NASA To Leverage Nebula For Gulf Ecosystem Project
News  |  4/18/2011  | 
The agency moves ahead with work on its cloud-computing infrastructure even after its creator Chris Kemp has left the agency.
Google Map Maker Enables Editing Of America
News  |  4/18/2011  | 
Like the territory of some 183 other countries and regions, the map of the United States is now open for anyone to embellish.
Supreme Court Hears Microsoft's Plea For New Patent Rules
News  |  4/18/2011  | 
Reversal of i4i verdict could make it easier for big software companies to defend themselves against patent trolls—but some believe a Redmond victory would also stifle innovation.
AT&T Rebuts Attacks By Sprint CEO
News  |  4/18/2011  | 
Sprint chief Dan Hesse, a foe of AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile, said "wireless innovation will be jeopardized" by the deal.
Defense Department Adds Social Networking To Developer Site
News  |  4/18/2011  | 
Forge.mil Community offers an online venue for connecting and sharing information about open source projects managed within the DoD's collaborative development site.
Patient Safety Initiative To Leverage Health IT
News  |  4/18/2011  | 
The $1 billion federal Partnership for Patients initiative aims to cut $35 billion in healthcare costs, save 60,000 lives, and decrease hospital-acquired conditions by 40% by 2013.
IBM Software Helps NY State Recover $83 Million
News  |  4/15/2011  | 
The state's taxation and finance office recovered 8% more in delinquent taxes in 2010 over the previous year by leveraging the company's specialized analytics software.
Internet Poker Sites Seized For Fraud
News  |  4/15/2011  | 
The government claims the defendants schemed to conceal gambling revenue through deceit and bribery.
Cloud Computing's Tipping Point
Features  |  4/15/2011  | 
Half of federal agencies will be in the cloud within 12 months, according to our new cloud computing survey.
Government Technologist: Cloud Computing's Hard Realities Set In
Commentary  |  4/15/2011  | 
It's becoming apparent that cloud computing isn't as easy as it sounds.
Cloud Computing's Tipping Point
Features  |  4/15/2011  | 
Half of federal agencies will be in the cloud within 12 months, according to our new cloud computing survey.
Google Calls Microsoft's FISMA Allegations False
News  |  4/14/2011  | 
The fight is mainly over the question of whether Google Apps for Business, which does have FISMA certification, is basically the same as Google Apps for Government.
DARPA To Develop Android, iPhone Encryption
News  |  4/14/2011  | 
The defense research agency is seeking white papers on full disk and system encryption technologies for military smartphones.
Healthcare Providers Find Options Narrowed For Meaningful Use
News  |  4/14/2011  | 
Exemptions in the electronic health record incentives program may not be available to some providers, depending on how prepared their state is for accepting data.
NIST Crowdsources Historical Artifact Identification
News  |  4/13/2011  | 
The standards agency has posted photos of scientific instruments developed over its 110-year history to its digital archive and is asking for help identifying and placing them in historical context.
VA Launches Health Information Exchange Pilot
News  |  4/13/2011  | 
Veterans Affairs teams up with health IT group to reduce time needed to access medical records.
Feds Scramble To Save Key IT Programs
News  |  4/13/2011  | 
Budget compromise being voted on Thursday would slash funding for transparency and IT efficiency efforts, but bipartisan group of Senators pushes to keep the IT Dashboard, IT project reviews alive.
Federal IT Reform Finds Success In The Cloud
News  |  4/12/2011  | 
Several projects that have implemented cloud computing are saving the government millions, according to U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra and other IT officials.
AT&T, T-Mobile Deal Faces Pushback
Commentary  |  4/12/2011  | 
Congress should take a long and hard look at AT&T's proposed $39 billion acquisition of rival T-Mobile, the publishers of Consumer Reports urged.
Government Culture Blamed For Slow Federal IT Reform
News  |  4/12/2011  | 
U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra and other federal IT leaders said duplicative systems and poor program management persist as feds work on 25-point reform plan.
ONC Employs Social Media For Input On Strategy
News  |  4/11/2011  | 
The Federal Health IT Strategic Plan proposed revisions are available for public comment on the Health IT Buzz blog maintained by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
Google Invests $168 Million In Solar Project
News  |  4/11/2011  | 
The BrightSource Energy power plant in the Mojave Desert, scheduled for completion in 2013, is expected to be the world's largest solar thermal facility.
InformationWeek's Government CIO 50
Features  |  4/11/2011  | 
Our 2011 list of the leading technology executives in federal, state, and local government.
Microsoft Accuses Google Of Lying About Security Certifications
News  |  4/11/2011  | 
Google insists it hasn't mislead anyone about the security certification of Google Apps For Government.
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