Profile of J. Nicholas HooverSenior Editor, InformationWeek Government
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Articles by J. Nicholas Hoover
posted in April 2010
The United States government owns many of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, including six of the top ten. These supercomputers are being used for everything from climate modeling to building spaceships to basic science research.
The service is counting on IT networks, mobile radios, cloud computing, and helmet-mounted displays to gain advantage in battle.
Only three federal agencies received excellent marks on compliance with White House open government requirements.
Inspector General report finds delays, lack of oversight by IT leadership, and questionable ethical behavior at the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The government faces big challenges in hiring and retaining young IT pros to meet staffing and evolving technology goals.
The agency is looking for guidance to its Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, which is already moving its entire e-mail environment to Gmail.
The brains behind the Nebula cloud computing effort moves to NASA HQ to drive IT innovation for the space agency.
Robert Mueller tells Congress he'll do whatever's needed to ensure the case management system overhaul gets back on track.
Even computer-unsavvy scientists will be able to use NASA Earth Exchange to collaborate on modeling and analysis of large data sets.
New GSA administrator Martha Johnson looks to transform the federal agency with better use of technology as well as cultural and process improvements.
NASA engineers have developed a cloud computing environment in a portable container that's about to go into broader testing.
The move is the latest in a busy three weeks for the state, which has also seen the firing and hiring of CIOs and a reorganization of the state IT department.
A Freedom of Information Act dashboard, mobile applications on air quality, online scheduling from Social Security, and a community health data initiative are among the initiatives announced.
The guidance makes it easier for agencies to use social media and requires steps to ensure better rule-making and spending transparency.
Government agencies must release their plans by Wednesday, when the White House will announce additional guidance.
The White House mobile site emphasizes functionality over flair, but the iPad-ready main White House site has plenty of both.
Delays and cost overruns on the FBI's $451 million Sentinel case management system have drawn fire from an inspector general and the Senate.