Content tagged with Government
posted in August 2011
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Intel Forms Subsidiary for Federal Supercomputing
News  |  8/31/2011  | 
Intel Federal LLC will work with the Department of Energy and other agencies on innovations in high-performance computing.
NASA Tech Development Behind Schedule, Report Says
News  |  8/31/2011  | 
Future success of space missions depends on new technology that NASA should already be developing, says National Research Council report.
Justice Department Sues To Stop AT&T T-Mobile Deal
Commentary  |  8/31/2011  | 
AT&T's planned acquisition of T-Mobile has met with some fierce resistance, now DOJ antitrust complaint could leave deal dead in the water.
Americans Using Web More For Federal Customer Service
News  |  8/30/2011  | 
But only 31% say they're "very satisfied" with federal customer service so far in 2011, survey shows.
Regulating Mobile Apps: Where Do We Draw The Line?
Commentary  |  8/30/2011  | 
Critics call the FDA a control freak, while others see the agency as a key public health guardian. A recent hacking experiment suggests the latter.
FEMA Launches Mobile Apps For Disaster Preparedness
News  |  8/26/2011  | 
Mobile application and text-message update service will help people become better prepared before emergencies happen.
Online Tool Grades Feds On Efficiency
News  |  8/26/2011  | 
Performance.gov site tracks the Obama administration's effort to create a more efficient and responsive federal government.
Health IT On Congressional Chopping Block?
News  |  8/26/2011  | 
Experts outline several ways that healthcare could be affected by deficit reduction committee's $2.4 trillion in cuts to federal spending.
NASA Robonaut R2 Tweets From Outer Space
News  |  8/25/2011  | 
Robonaut, sent to International Space Station on Shuttle Discovery's last mission in February, powered up this week--and began talking in 140 characters or less.
Navy CIO Plans 25% Cut In IT Spending
News  |  8/25/2011  | 
Navy CIO Terry Halvorsen plans to trim IT budgets via cloud computing, data center and app consolidation, thin clients, enterprise licensing, and rigorous spending controls.
Feds Seek Facebook App, Tools For Disaster Prep
News  |  8/24/2011  | 
As Hurricane Irene looms, federal agencies seek new applications and technology to help people better prepare for emergencies.
Google Pays $500 Million Over Illegal Drug Ads
News  |  8/24/2011  | 
Google says it should not have run online ads for Canadian pharmacies that illegally shipped drugs to U.S. consumers.
Navy To Allow Use Of iPhones, iPads, Androids
News  |  8/23/2011  | 
iPhones, iPads, Android-based devices, and BlackBerry tablets soon will be approved for use on the Navy's unclassified network.
IBM Develops Better Flood Prediction System
News  |  8/23/2011  | 
Ready for flood modeling as a service? Check out how IBM and researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are trying to give earlier flood warnings.
NASA Invests $175 Million In Next-Gen Space Technologies
News  |  8/23/2011  | 
Space agency plans to build an optical communications system, an atomic clock, and a solar sail as part of its Technology Demonstration Missions.
RIM Shows PlayBook As Brain For Police Car
Commentary  |  8/22/2011  | 
Research In Motion is demonstrating a new concept this week: a police cruiser with a built-in PlayBook tablet.
Transportation Dept. Creates Online Technology Exchange
News  |  8/22/2011  | 
Digital Transportation Exchange aims to connect the public and private sectors to create and fund innovations for the transportation industry.
NASA Improves Solar Storm Forecasting
News  |  8/22/2011  | 
Data processing techniques help predict sun eruptions that can disrupt and damage satellites, telecommunications, and power grids.
VA To Test Cloud Collaboration For Doctors
News  |  8/18/2011  | 
The department is look for cloud-based email, calendaring, and other collaboration tools that can integrate with the VA's existing Microsoft Exchange-based collaboration system.
DOD CIO Driving Enterprise IT Structure Across Military
News  |  8/18/2011  | 
Defense CIO Teri Takai previews policy directives on commercial cloud computing and cybersecurity during the procurement cycle.
Critical Access Hospitals Get Funding For Health IT
News  |  8/18/2011  | 
Obama administration will offer loans to help CAHs catch up to their urban counterparts in adopting technology to improve healthcare quality.
Defense Agency Plans Platform-As-A-Service Offering
News  |  8/18/2011  | 
Defense Information Systems Agency officials liken the new service, which will be available next spring, to Google App Engine and Microsoft Windows Azure.
Amazon Launches Cloud Services For Government
News  |  8/16/2011  | 
AWS GovCloud will meet a host of strict regulatory requirements specific to government and include services such as Elastic Compute Cloud, Simple Storage Service, Elastic Block Store, and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud.
VA Issues Social Media Policy
News  |  8/16/2011  | 
Agency sets policies and limits on how personnel can use Facebook, Twitter, and other online sites to communicate with veterans and other stakeholders.
Where's Obama? White House Joins Foursquare
News  |  8/16/2011  | 
People can follow President Obama's travels or check in to the White House through the social networking site.
Vivek Kundra Reflects On White House Years
News  |  8/15/2011  | 
Obama's recently departed CIO said he's proud of the work he accomplished to reform federal IT, and encouraged others to continue what he started.
Socialware Cashes In As Finance Gets Compliant
News  |  8/15/2011  | 
As financial advisors get clarification on compliance rules for social media, Socialware's business grows.
VA Plans To Deploy Tablets
News  |  8/12/2011  | 
iPads and Android- and Windows-based tablets are added to an existing procurement contract, setting the stage for widespread use within the VA.
Coast Guard Approves iPhone, Android Use
News  |  8/12/2011  | 
The military arm is the first to formally okay smartphones and says it will distribute devices rather than let personnel use their own.
10 Mistakes Accountable Care Organizations Still Make
News  |  8/12/2011  | 
Successful ACOs require new health information exchanges, better EHR functionality, and the ability to measure true outcomes. Two experts say we're not there yet.
U.K. Prime Minister Floats BlackBerry, Twitter Crackdown
News  |  8/11/2011  | 
In the wake of the violent London riots, David Cameron has proposed limiting use of Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks in some cases.
The New Urgency For Server Virtualization
Features  |  8/10/2011  | 
As federal agencies close data centers, they must drive up utilization of their remaining systems. That requires a well-conceived virtualization strategy.
Control A Submarine From Cloud? DARPA's On It
News  |  8/10/2011  | 
Agency seeks "revolutionary" ways to use cloud computing to power embedded military applications.
Social Security Told To Improve Online Services
News  |  8/10/2011  | 
Federal auditor says the agency needs a long-term plan to meet increasing demand for online customer self-service.
IBM, NCSA Scrap Petaflop Supercomputer Plans
News  |  8/9/2011  | 
Contract to build a 1-petaflop system for the Blue Waters project terminated, with IBM citing unexpected costs.
Expectations Rise For Government Agency CIOs
News  |  8/9/2011  | 
Steven VanRoekel, in his first blog as U.S. CIO, outlines expanded accountability for agency IT heads in achieving cost savings and reform goals.
AMA Denies Conflict On Pharmaceutical Data Mining
News  |  8/9/2011  | 
Healthcare organization lashes out at New England Journal of Medicine commentary suggesting that AMA's financial interest in promoting prescription drug data mining is greater than its support for physician privacy.
Tech Vendors Pledge 100,000 IT Jobs To Veterans
News  |  8/8/2011  | 
HP, Microsoft, AT&T, and other companies respond to a White House request to help unemployed veterans and their spouses land jobs.
Can IBM Help Cities See The Future?
News  |  8/8/2011  | 
Analytics service aims to help city leaders predict long-term impact of initiatives before they're created.
NYC Renews Northrop Wireless Contract For $207 Million
News  |  8/5/2011  | 
Contractor will support citywide broadband wireless network for public safety and other operations for another five years.
FBI Launches iPhone App To Find Missing Children
News  |  8/5/2011  | 
The agency's first mobile app aims to help in cases of child disappearance and abduction.
The New Federal CIO: A Closer Look
Commentary  |  8/4/2011  | 
Vivek Kundra's successor, Steven VanRoekel, logged time at the FCC and Microsoft and is known to be an innovator. But he's never been a CIO.
NASA's Open Government Site Built On Open Source
News  |  8/4/2011  | 
A new collaborative website and blog devoted to the agency's Open Government Plan uses open-source choices including Linux and WordPress.
Microsoft Vet Replacing Kundra As Federal CIO
News  |  8/4/2011  | 
Steven VanRoekel, a former Microsoft exec and currently managing director of the FCC, will take over Kundra's open government and federal IT reform efforts.
Shady RAT Hid Behind Chinese Hacker Tool
News  |  8/4/2011  | 
Advanced persistent threat research efforts detail ongoing 'Operation Shady RAT' cyberespionage attacks.
HITECH Act Blocking Smaller IT Firms
News  |  8/3/2011  | 
The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act prevents some small and midsize IT services firms from pursuing new healthcare business opportunities, says a CompTIA report.
Hospitals Use BI To Stanch Revenue Losses
News  |  8/3/2011  | 
With Medicare set to stop paying for preventable hospital readmissions in October, healthcare organizations are turning to business intelligence tools to reduce the risk.
Feds Release APIs For Tapping Government Data
News  |  8/2/2011  | 
Department of Labor goes further by releasing software development kits to help build Web and mobile applications.
Federal IT Pros Question Data Center Consolidation Benefits
News  |  8/1/2011  | 
Closing government data centers will increase complexity and could reduce cost savings agencies expect to achieve, according to a survey of federal IT pros.
Health Information Exchanges Struggle With Sustainability
News  |  8/1/2011  | 
The number of HIEs in the U.S. is growing, but many struggle to maintain a healthy business according to a report from eHealth Initiative.
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