Content tagged with Government
posted in May 2011
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WHO Classifies Cell Phones As 'Possible Carcinogens'
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
Health agency finds that the electromagnetic fields received by mobile devices may increase odds for a type of brain cancer.
HHS Proposes Changes To HIPAA Privacy Rule
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
Individuals would know who accessed their e-health information as well as details about the data disclosed.
Physicians Get Meaningful Use Payment Checks
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
A family doctor with a six-physician center in Ohio recommends building spreadsheets to track progress and ease the attestation process.
50 Most Influential Government CIOs
Slideshows  |  5/31/2011  | 
Check out InformationWeek's Government CIO 50, our power list of top government CIOs--ranging from the NSA's technology chief to innovators at the state and city government level. They've got vision, clout, and sometimes, billion-dollar IT budgets. But most of all, these CIOs are known for delivering tangible, measurable results. Here's an inside look at the government technology leaders and their approaches to unique IT leadership challenges.
Transportation Dept. Gets $100 Million For Wireless Apps
News  |  5/31/2011  | 
The White House wants DOT to develop wireless applications to deliver emergency services, Internet access in remote locations, and other innovative services.
GSA Seeks Cloud-Based IT Management Tools
News  |  5/27/2011  | 
The software as a service provider must provide service desk, asset management, client management, network service monitoring, and system management tools, among others.
DOD Tests Delivery Of Data To Mobile Devices
News  |  5/27/2011  | 
Relevant ISR to the Edge is a program the military is testing to send intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance data to soldiers via technology-agnostic handhelds.
Government CIOs Doubt Cloud Savings
News  |  5/26/2011  | 
More than 45% of U.S. government IT officials don't think cloud computing will save their agencies enough money to make it worthwhile, an Ovum report finds.
Open Government Sites Fall Prey To Budget Cuts
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
The White House cancels plans to build new transparency sites and will be unable to update some established ones, U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra said.
DOD Blamed For Duplicative IT Systems
News  |  5/25/2011  | 
The department is spending more than it needs to on health IT systems and could reduce overlap to save money, the U.S. comptroller said.
DHS To Gain Autonomy Under Obama Cybersecurity Plan
News  |  5/24/2011  | 
The agency will be tasked with protecting federal civilian networks in the same way the DOD protects military and other critical U.S. infrastructure.
Cisco Accused Of Helping Chinese Police Track Dissidents
News  |  5/24/2011  | 
A lawsuit claims internal marketing material shows that Cisco encouraged Chinese authorities to use its products for surveillance and control.
Navy SEALs Need More Bandwidth For Website
News  |  5/24/2011  | 
The military is seeking a Web hosting provider to handle the site because of increased traffic and also wants a host of services such as firewalling, anti-virus protection, monitoring, and more.
Survey: Government IT Workers Prefer Hybrid, Private Clouds
News  |  5/23/2011  | 
Support for private clouds is stronger in the federal sector, according to a survey sponsored by Quest Software Public Sector.
Michigan Experiences Two IT Outages
News  |  5/23/2011  | 
About 25,000 state employees were unable to access the state's IT network for several hours one day and problems during a disaster recovery test prevented thousands from completing motor vehicle transactions in state branch offices for nearly two days.
Guerra On Healthcare: Beware Cost Of MU, ACOs
Commentary  |  5/23/2011  | 
The feds want your involvement in Accountable Care Organizations and Meaningful Use, but will you see a meaningful return on investment?
Top DHS Cybersecurity Official Quits
News  |  5/20/2011  | 
Phil Reitinger, deputy undersecretary of the agency's National Protection and Programs Directorate, will leave his position June 3.
AHA Says ACO Costs Far Exceed CMS Estimates
News  |  5/20/2011  | 
The American Hospital Association says the feds used figures based on physician group practices that already have many ACO elements in place.
VA, DOD Lack Coordinated Health IT Plan
News  |  5/20/2011  | 
Both departments have invested heavily in modernizing their own separate electronic health record systems.
DOD Releases Open Source Development Guide
News  |  5/19/2011  | 
The military's 68-page guide provides best practices and other resources to to help developers create software using open technologies.
Medicare To Start Payments For Meaningful Use
News  |  5/19/2011  | 
CMS will soon be issuing the first bonuses to providers for meeting federal EHR standards.
Northrop Grumman To Pay $4.7 Million For Virginia Outage
News  |  5/19/2011  | 
Contractor will pay for improvements and compensate for agency losses following an IT failure that shuttered government systems last summer.
Microsoft Wins San Francisco Cloud Email Deal
News  |  5/18/2011  | 
CIO Jon Walter said the city will move 23,000 users on seven separate systems to Microsoft Exchange Online and consider the cloud for future migrations.
Will IPv6 Make Us Unsafe?
Features  |  5/18/2011  | 
IT pros who see NAT as essential to network security are worried about a wide-open, any-to-any connection model. Should they be?
California Proposes Smart Grid Data Privacy Standards
News  |  5/18/2011  | 
Energy providers and their business partners would be required to follow fair information practices for customer data.
Data.gov Evolves From Repository To Cloud Platform
News  |  5/18/2011  | 
The White House has added new features to the website to transform it into an open-API-based foundation for building new services and applications.
Tiny Satellites Ride On Shuttle Endeavour's Last Mission
News  |  5/17/2011  | 
Cornell University and Sandia National Laboratories developed the one-inch square devices to study space dust and collect data on solar winds.
DARPA Seeks More Resilient Cloud Infrastructure
News  |  5/17/2011  | 
The defense research agency is developing cloud-based networks that can remain operational even under cyber attack.
NYC Digital Government Plan Embraces Social Networking
News  |  5/16/2011  | 
Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Tumblr are partnering with the city to help it use social media to enhance public engagement, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
White House Releases Comprehensive Cyberspace Policy
News  |  5/16/2011  | 
The seven-pronged "International Strategy for Cyberspace" is the federal government's first stab at a comprehensive, integrated cyberspace strategy.
Philadelphia To Roll Out EHR From eClinicalWorks
News  |  5/16/2011  | 
The e-health records system will be used to help provide care at eight outpatient clinics run by the city's department of public health and several correctional facilities.
DHS Scraps Financial Systems Consolidation Project
News  |  5/16/2011  | 
The Transformation and Systems Consolidation project has been killed while the Department of Homeland Security ponders a cloud-based, less integrated modernization plan.
FBI Recasts Sentinel As Model Of Agility
Commentary  |  5/16/2011  | 
The agency's CIO and CTO share the methodology they're using to hasten completion of its overdue case management system, so that other agencies can learn from their approach.
White House Seeks National Data-Breach Notification Law
News  |  5/13/2011  | 
The Obama administration's cybersecurity policy proposal aims to standardize how U.S. businesses notify people if their personally identifiable information is inadvertently released.
Senators Demand Public Companies Disclose Data Breaches
News  |  5/13/2011  | 
Democrats call for SEC to require mandatory disclosures of all data breaches, and for public companies to detail their data breach mitigation strategies.
Google I/O Take-Away: Google Trusts The Cloud
Commentary  |  5/13/2011  | 
Everything that Google revealed at its I/O developer conference this week in San Francisco hinges on one important thing: Google's utter trust and belief in the cloud.
NIST Releases Federal Cloud Guidelines
News  |  5/13/2011  | 
Technology standards organization aims to be a comprehensive resource to help agencies comply with government's "cloud-first" mandate.
GAO Slams IT Management At VA
News  |  5/12/2011  | 
Weak acquisition planning, testing, and oversight sunk a $127 million project to update an outpatient appointment-scheduling system.
Government Developing Data Mining Tools To Fight Terrorism
News  |  5/12/2011  | 
Report details data analysis software developed by intelligence agencies to connect the dots between suspected terrorists.
Hospital CIOs To Increase IT Spending In 2011
News  |  5/11/2011  | 
Health IT spending plans in U.S., U.K., and Canada are being pumped up by government programs, reports Ovum.
Feds Seek $2.5 Billion In Cloud Services
News  |  5/10/2011  | 
The General Services Administration is asking vendors to bid to supply cloud email, cloud office automation services, and cloud-based records management services.
Labor Department Launches iPhone App
News  |  5/9/2011  | 
The smartphone application lets people keep track of employment hours and wages independently of their employers.
Homeland Security Criticized For Lax Acquisition Management
News  |  5/9/2011  | 
Inspector general finds agency is not providing adequate oversight or communicating effectively with internal organizations to help them manage $55.3 billion in purchases each year.
Researchers Develop Breakthrough In Timekeeping
News  |  5/6/2011  | 
The discovery by physicists, including NIST scientists, has potential applications in broadband technology and spacecraft navigation.
Navy Details Ambitious IT Plan
News  |  5/6/2011  | 
Improving cybersecurity and recruiting a more qualified workforce are among goals CIO Terry Halvorsen has set for the military service over the next two years.
Feds Draw Lessons From Private Sector IT
News  |  5/6/2011  | 
Federal CIO Vivek Kundra said the government must innovate by borrowing best practices from the private sector during a panel discussion at the InformationWeek Government IT Leadership Forum.
Federal CIOs Embrace Social Media
News  |  5/5/2011  | 
Despite security risks, federal agencies increasingly are using Facebook, Twitter and the like to engage with the public, according to TechAmerica.
Federal Technology Innovation Slowed
News  |  5/5/2011  | 
The federal technology transfer program is still turning out thousands of inventions annually, such as a way to harness the ocean's power for energy.
Carahsoft, CollabNet Win $29 Million Defense Contract
News  |  5/5/2011  | 
The Department of Defense will use CollabNet software and services to extend the Forge.mil initiative for collaborative software development.
India Adopts New Privacy Rules
News  |  5/4/2011  | 
Organizations doing business in India may be forced to re-evaluate how they handle personal information.
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