Content tagged with Government
posted in April 2012
Busting Through The Federal IT Budget Ceiling
Commentary  |  4/30/2012  | 
Federal agencies in lean startup mode? It's one of the ideas being floated as government CIOs look for ways to deliver new technologies and services despite flat IT spending.
Army Seeks Gloves For Battlefield Smartphones
News  |  4/27/2012  | 
Special gloves must be flexible enough for touchscreens, but also tough enough to withstand the rigors of combat.
FTC Hires Attorney, Eyes Google Search: What's Next?
News  |  4/27/2012  | 
Despite Google's mantra, "competition is only a click away", FTC hires lawyer to head antitrust investigation of Google's search advertising business. This pressures Google to make concessions.
CISPA Passes House: What's Next?
News  |  4/27/2012  | 
Cybersecurity information-sharing bill moves to the Senate, but civil liberty groups vow to continue fighting it tooth and nail.
Physician EHR Adoption Varies With Age, Specialty, Affiliation
News  |  4/26/2012  | 
Study suggests that older, small-practice, specialist, and independent doctors are less likely to have EHRs than are other physicians.
DARPA Aims To Reuse Space Junk
News  |  4/26/2012  | 
Agency seeks to transform non-functioning Earth-orbiting satellites into refurbished communications systems.
NYC's New CIO Has Dual Role
News  |  4/25/2012  | 
Mayor Bloomberg adds "innovation" to the job of the city's top tech executive, but project management remains a priority.
Salesforce.com Government Cloud: What's Inside
News  |  4/25/2012  | 
Salesforce.com unveils government-focused suite of services, app marketplace, and small business partner program for customers in federal, state, and local agencies.
An Open Internet: A Tale Of Two Approaches
Commentary  |  4/25/2012  | 
The Obama administration takes a hard line, while the Aspen Institute sticks with softer platitudes, as some governments try to restrict Internet freedoms.
Asteroid Mining Plan Revealed
News  |  4/24/2012  | 
Planetary Resources, a new company with backers including current and past Microsoft and Google execs, shared its strategy to create a new industry in mining asteroids.
U.S. Suspends Controversial Outsourcing Training Program
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
Funding stopped for USAID program that trained students in the Philippines to work in offshore, English language call centers serving U.S. companies.
Obama Authorizes Sanctions Over Iran, Syria Internet Crackdowns
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
Executive order would punish countries or companies that help Iran and Syria use communications networks to track dissidents.
Lawmakers Slam USAID Outsourcing Training Program
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
Congressmen say U.S.-funded initiative to train call center workers in the Philippines puts American jobs at risk.
Feds Banish Oracle From Popular Contract Vehicle
News  |  4/20/2012  | 
Federal government cancels Oracle's services contract on the General Services Administration's IT Schedule 70. Feds spent $388 million on Oracle products and services through Schedule 70 in fiscal 2011.
NYC Selects BigApps Contest Winners
News  |  4/19/2012  | 
New York City's third annual developers' contest awarded $50,000 for apps that help users take advantage of what the city has to offer.
Google, Tech Execs Accelerate Space Privatization
News  |  4/19/2012  | 
Google's Larry Page and Eric Schmidt and ex-Microsoft exec Charles Simonyi are backing Planetary Resources, a new space exploration company to be unveiled April 24.
Workday Courts Mobile Users, Large Enterprises
News  |  4/19/2012  | 
Cloud-based ERP vendor adds HTML5 mobile support, upgrades financial, HR, and payroll features.
IRS Database System Makes Tax Deadline, Finally
News  |  4/18/2012  | 
After long delays and multiple false starts, IRS delivers on a new database to speed up returns processing and delivery of refunds, plus improve fraud detection.
Asian Call Center Workers Trained With U.S. Tax Dollars
Commentary  |  4/18/2012  | 
Multimillion dollar USAID program trains college students in the Philippines to work in offshore call centers, but one Congressman tells InformationWeek he's going to put a stop to it.
Hillary Clinton Lauds Global Open Government Efforts
News  |  4/17/2012  | 
Secretary of State says countries that are open with data will flourish, while closed nations will have trouble with stability and security.
Air Force IT Strategy Stresses Mobile, Thin Clients
News  |  4/16/2012  | 
Agency seeks an additional 2,725 iPads and updates a procurement for a virtual desktop infrastructure to support most of the Air Force.
Apple Should Settle E-Book Antitrust Case, Expert Says
News  |  4/12/2012  | 
Former FTC policy director says the DOJ's evidence against Apple and several book publishers is the kind that prosecutors "fantasize about."
'Do Not Pay' Portal Targets Federal Spending Waste
News  |  4/12/2012  | 
New Web portal aims to cut down on fraud and prevent federal agencies from making improper payments to ineligible recipients.
U.S. IT Jobs Back To 2008 Levels
Commentary  |  4/12/2012  | 
Bureau of Labor statistics show IT unemployment still hovers above 4%, though, as more unemployed people relaunch their search for work.
Don't Hit Snooze Button On ICD-10
Commentary  |  4/12/2012  | 
Given a one-year extension for ICD-10 compliance, healthcare groups must make the most of the preparation time.
NASA's New Web Plans Stress Open Source, Cloud
News  |  4/11/2012  | 
NASA's entirely new Web architecture will lean heavily on cloud computing, open source tools, and social media.
U.S. Targets Apple, Publishers On E-Book Price Fixing
News  |  4/11/2012  | 
Justice Department sues Apple and alleged co-conspirators, including Hachette, HarperCollins, and Penguin, saying they conspired to undercut Amazon in e-book market. Could be one of biggest antitrust cases since Microsoft.
FCC, Carriers To Fight Mobile Phone Theft
News  |  4/10/2012  | 
AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint will launch database to prevent reuse of stolen phones.
DARPA Challenge Seeks Robots To Drive Into Disasters
News  |  4/10/2012  | 
DARPA's Robotics Challenge offers a $2 million prize if you can build a robot capable of driving and using tools; $32 million in other robotics projects up for grabs.
NYC Tests Replacing Pay Phones With Tablets
News  |  4/10/2012  | 
In soon-to-launch pilot program, city will install interactive smart screens around town; pedestrians can access maps, local information free of charge.
Feds Propose One-Year ICD-10 Delay
News  |  4/9/2012  | 
Department of Human and Health Services proposes extending ICD-10 compliance deadline to Oct. 1, 2014. It also proposes unique ID numbers for health plans to save provider frustration and money.
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Vs. Oracle: Customers Voting
News  |  4/9/2012  | 
Despite licensing cost increases, early-mover customers give upgrade to Microsoft's flagship database the nod on affordability compared to Oracle and IBM offerings.
Feds Release New Healthcare Quality Measures
News  |  4/9/2012  | 
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposes clinical reporting standards that physicians and hospitals will use to qualify for Stage 2 Meaningful Use bonus payments.
Calling While Driving Bans: Readers Speak Out
Commentary  |  4/6/2012  | 
In a state where government plays nanny, mobile phones equal a danger as great as DUI. Let's apply critical thinking to the issue of regulating phone use in cars, instead of mob mentality.
Army Cloud Plans Include Containerized Data Centers
News  |  4/5/2012  | 
Army's $249.8 million cloud computing contract includes mobile cloud services and HP containerized data centers.
Federal IT Savings, Or Old-Fashioned Spending Shuffle?
Commentary  |  4/5/2012  | 
Fed CIO Steven VanRoekel is making fiscal headway, but we need to see those billions saved actually fall to the bottom line.
Microsoft Presses: More Green Cards For India IT
News  |  4/4/2012  | 
Oracle, Google, Cisco, and Intel also push Senate to pass stalled legislation to end per-country caps on employment-based green cards.
White House Seeks Summer Jobs Apps
News  |  4/3/2012  | 
Code Sprint contest challenges developers to build job search apps for young people.
FAA Clears iPad For Takeoff Throughout Agency
News  |  4/3/2012  | 
Federal Aviation Administration will let employees choose to use iPad in a production environment, having already developed numerous special-use iPad apps.
1940 Census Data Swamps Servers
News  |  4/2/2012  | 
National Archives release data on 132 million individuals from 1940 census, raising privacy concerns and getting 22.5 million hits from 1.9 million users.
White House's New Attack On IT Spending Waste
News  |  4/2/2012  | 
Office of Management and Budget tells agencies to "look into the darkest corners" to eliminate duplicative, inefficient technology, orders portfolio reviews, consolidations.
Big Data Initiative Or Big Government Boondoggle?
Commentary  |  4/2/2012  | 
A White House plan to step up research on big data analytics sounds promising, but agencies could save big bucks through consolidation, collaboration, and cost sharing.
IBM Plans Exascale System For SKA Space Telescope
News  |  4/2/2012  | 
IBM Research and Dutch astronomy agency Astron work on new technology to handle one exabyte of raw data per day that will be gathered by the world largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometer Array, when activated in 2024.


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