Content tagged with Government
posted in July 2011
DARPA Seeks Wireless Power For Soldiers In Field
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
A method to transmit power over short distances would reduce the need for batteries and cut the load that soldiers carry.
Social Media Engagement: Feds Need Better Policies
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Guidelines for use of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media are being developed by federal agencies, but the GAO says they must do more to address records management, privacy, and security.
Cancer Prevention App Contest Offers $80,000
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Federal health officials challenge developers to come up with an application that promotes early detection and helps the public reduce risky behavior.
In Case of Emergency, Check Twitter
News  |  7/29/2011  | 
Facebook, Twitter, and similar social media tools can enhance disaster preparedness and emergency response, according to New England Journal of Medicine commentary.
GAO: Federal Data Center Consolidation Plans Lack Details
News  |  7/28/2011  | 
Many federal agencies failed to provide a complete listing of data centers or list all of their software assets, which could affect anticipated savings.
Telemedicine Reduces Rural Health Disparities, Says UnitedHealth
News  |  7/28/2011  | 
Major health insurer urges more broadband connectivity, fewer regulatory hurdles, and better reimbursement policies.
AMA Says ePrescribing Program Penalizes Docs
News  |  7/28/2011  | 
Aggressive timetable may decrease Medicare patients' access to healthcare, says American Medical Association, which calls for delays.
Google Deal Lets SAP Customers Map Data
News  |  7/27/2011  | 
Google Maps meets SAP: Partnership includes exclusive mashup capabilities and discounted pricing for geospatial data.
Obama Talks, Congressional Websites Crash
News  |  7/27/2011  | 
Several websites were unavailable or sluggish after an overwhelming public response to the president's call for Congress to resolve debt ceiling issues.
Sen. Al Franken Opposes AT&T, T-Mobile Merger
News  |  7/27/2011  | 
Outspoken senator from Minnesota says deal would kill off thousands of U.S. jobs and raise cell phone prices.
Feds Get Detailed Cloud Planning Advice
News  |  7/26/2011  | 
Private sector execs, academics suggest changes like updating laws and setting research priorities, share practical recommendations for CIOs.
Google Apps Email Migration Complete at GSA
News  |  7/26/2011  | 
Unisys has moved 17,000 agency employees to cloud-based email, which could save $15.2 million over the next five years.
Feds Must Detail Data Center Consolidations By October
News  |  7/25/2011  | 
Agencies will have to publish their plans online by October 7, according to a new memo by outgoing federal CIO Vivek Kundra.
US-CERT Director Leaves Abruptly
News  |  7/25/2011  | 
Randy Vickers, head of the organization responsible for protecting the U.S. against cyber attacks, has resigned effective immediately.
Could Social Media Flub Cost You $4.3 Million?
News  |  7/22/2011  | 
What can a social media mistake cost your company in fines, litigation, or loss of customer trust? A new survey reveals some interesting data points.
Intelligence Agency To Cut Data Center Power Usage
News  |  7/22/2011  | 
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency will use Miserware software to wring power-efficiency out of data centers.
Kundra Had Vision, Next Federal CIO Needs Speed
Commentary  |  7/22/2011  | 
The long-term plan for federal IT reform has only just begun to be implemented, so Kundra's successor will have to hit the ground running.
BlackBerry PlayBook Wins Security Clearance From Feds
Commentary  |  7/22/2011  | 
RIM's tablet is the first to pass the Federal Information Processing Standard, deeming it secure enough for use by U.S. government workers.
EHR Incentive Program: Hurt By Poor Checks, Balances?
News  |  7/22/2011  | 
Department of Health and Human Services finds states are unable to gather information tied to Medicaid electronic health record payment eligibility.
FDA Data Mining Uncovers Harmful Drug Interaction
News  |  7/22/2011  | 
Researchers mine FDA's Adverse Event Reporting System and corroborate findings using patient records to identify diabetes threat.
NASA Plans Future Missions As Shuttle Era Ends
News  |  7/21/2011  | 
What's next for space agency? Future projects include mapping the moon's gravity field and studying the Mars atmosphere.
Block AT&T T-Mobile Merger Says Senate Antitrust Chief
Commentary  |  7/20/2011  | 
Members of Congress blast the proposed deal as anti-competitive, but Verizon COO thinks it'll go through anyway, with restrictions.
Feds To Close 178 Data Centers Next Year
News  |  7/20/2011  | 
Will kill off more data centers this year than originally planned, ahead of master schedule to shutter more than 800 facilities by 2015.
Feds Toughen IT Program Manager Requirements
News  |  7/20/2011  | 
Office of Personnel Management tries to ensure that future IT leader hires are highly qualified.
Bill Seeks 'Parity' In Meaningful Use Incentives
News  |  7/20/2011  | 
Current HITECH policy disadvantages many multi-campus hospitals, says American Hospital Association, legislation's sponsors.
FCC Criticized For Not Spending On Telemedicine
News  |  7/19/2011  | 
American Telemedicine Association urges action on measures to achieve the National Broadband Plan's goals.
Federal Agencies Must Report More IT Spending Data
News  |  7/19/2011  | 
New OMB requirements broaden the set of data that agencies have to share on how they spend taxpayer dollars on IT.
Health Insurers Embrace Exchanges, Need Analytics
News  |  7/19/2011  | 
A majority of insurers plan to join health insurance exchanges, says a PwC survey, but they're going to need to invest in analytics to better manage risk.
Social Security CIO Resigns Following Shakeup
News  |  7/19/2011  | 
Frank Baitman leaves after staff gutted; observers say agency's 9-year experiment with CIO office never resolved line-of-authority problems.
Adobe Buys EchoSign For Electronic Signature Technology
News  |  7/18/2011  | 
By providing contract execution in the cloud, Adobe aims to help businesses operate entirely online.
National Health IT Coordinator Endorses 'Meaningful Use' Delay
News  |  7/15/2011  | 
Speaking to chief medical information officers, Dr. Farzad Mostashari says the current timeline creates a 'disincentive' for providers to meet federal standards this year.
Outgoing Federal CIO: Focus On Execution
News  |  7/15/2011  | 
The new federal CIO must focus on execution, not just policy, if the government's IT infrastructure and operations are to improve, says Vivek Kundra.
HIT Leaders Tackle Tough Issue: 'Meaningful' Data Sharing
Commentary  |  7/15/2011  | 
Health IT experts at this week's InformationWeek Healthcare IT Forum tried to figure out the best data sharing strategies as Meaningful Use requirements evolve.
Technology A Major Concern For Health Insurance Exchanges
News  |  7/15/2011  | 
Revenue is expected to triple, to $200 billion annually, within the first five years, but many health insurers have serious reservations about jumping into the market, finds PwC study.
Government Regulation Hinders Public Health Information Exchanges
Commentary  |  7/15/2011  | 
Funding uncertainty and healthcare providers' concerns about security and efficiency also contributing to slow growth of public exchanges, finds KLAS study.
Medicare Online Documentation System To Cut Healthcare Costs
News  |  7/15/2011  | 
NaviNet among seven contractors approved to participate in the pilot that allows medical offices and hospitals to submit medical documentation electronically.
Guerra On Healthcare: Policy Trumping Health IT Experience
Commentary  |  7/13/2011  | 
There's no substitution for working your way up through the ranks. Unfortunately, many of the federal policymakers have never been in the trenches--and it shows.
Workday Goes After Higher Education, Public Sector Markets
News  |  7/12/2011  | 
Brown, Cornell, Georgetown, and USC help define college- and university-specific human-resources and payroll functionality.
HHS Proposes Health Insurance Exchange Rules
News  |  7/12/2011  | 
Federal guidelines assist states in building mandated competitive health insurance marketplaces.
IT Spending: Interior Plans To Slash $500 Million
News  |  7/11/2011  | 
Cloud computing and data-center consolidation are central to the department’s plans for cutting technology spending over the next decade.
VA Adds iPhone, Android To Smartphone Mix
News  |  7/6/2011  | 
Department of Veterans Affairs is a BlackBerry-only shop no more. Staff can soon use Androids and iPhones to access email and EHR system.
Geek Swap: DOD, Private Sector IT Workers Switch
News  |  7/6/2011  | 
Mirroring a Homeland Security program, the defense department wants to share best practices and expertise on cloud, mobile, and more.
VA Awards $12 Billion For Tech Overhaul
News  |  7/5/2011  | 
Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Harris Corp. are among those implementing the five-year program aimed at transforming a range of IT operations across the department.
HHS Seeks To Standardize Insurance Transactions
News  |  7/5/2011  | 
The department is seeking comment on proposed rules for electronically verifying patient eligibility for a health plan and checking the status of insurance claims.
Global Tech Leaders Promote Open Internet
News  |  7/5/2011  | 
Leaders from 34 countries, including notable technology pioneers, have released principles aimed at maintaining the Internet as a forum for open communication and expression.
Cloud Computing Services: Feds Get On The Bandwagon
News  |  7/1/2011  | 
Three Infrastructure as a Service offerings are now available from, although agencies may find the ordering process a bit strenuous.
Feds Debut Energy Management Site
News  |  7/1/2011  | 
Energy.Data.Gov, launched despite recent budget cuts, is aimed at inspiring people to use clean energy and become more efficient in their consumption through the release of information about federal energy usage.

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