David Stegon covers the federal civilian agencies for FedScoop and is the host of FedScoop Radio. David has covered federal technology since 2008 and joined FedScoop in 2011 to help stand up the company’s federal coverage. David holds degrees in journalism from Temple University and Columbia University and previously worked for The News & Messenger in Woodbridge, Va., The Home News Tribune in East Brunswick, NJ and was an intern at the Austin American-Statesman in Texas. Contact David at david.stegon@fedscoop.com.

California ‘kill switch’ legislation could move national discussion

Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign the legislation into law in the coming weeks that will make it illegal for any cell phone supplier or carrier in the state to sell a device not outfitted with a kill switch.

Education Department releases student data guidance

The Education Department released guidance for school districts Friday on how to keep parents and students informed about what student data is being collected and how it is being used.

Microsoft’s Chris Niehaus on the government cloud forecast

Chris Niehaus, senior director of Microsoft’s Cloud Computing Program, sat down with FedScoop at the 2014 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C., to discuss current trends in public sector cloud computing.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM’s path to government

Amir Capriles, the general manager of U.S. public sector for Microsoft Dynamics, joined FedScoop to discuss the launch of Microsoft Dynamics CRM for government. In the interview, Capriles talks about why Microsoft decided to bring its CRM platform to the public sector space and the impact it can have on the federal, state and local governments.

Leading tech CEOs back E-Rate modernization

A group of prominent technology executives including HP CEO Meg Whitman and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg urged the Federal Communications Commission to adopt a plan that would increase the availability of low-cost broadband access for the nation’s schools.

States take varied approach to FirstNet

An early trend for the nationwide public safety broadband network: When it comes to the project’s development at the state level, there are no trends at all.

Swenson to assume FirstNet chair as Ginn steps down

Sue Swenson will replace Sam Ginn as the chair of the First Responder Network Authority board when his term comes to an end in August, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker announced Wednesday.

HHS nominee wants back money wasted on state health exchanges

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama’s nominee to run the Department of Health and Human Services, promised to recover any federal funds misspent in building the state health insurance exchanges as part of the Affordable Care Act.

StateScoop 50 Awards honor state, local government’s best

FedScoop’s sister publication StateScoop is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2014 StateScoop 50 Awards, which honor the best and brightest that make state and local government more efficient and effective.

Panetta: Investment needed to prepare for ‘battlefield of the future’

The government must continue to invest in cutting-edge cybersecurity capability that can defend the nation in what will be the “battlefield of the future,” former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta said.

White House: Next-gen broadband coming to ’99 percent’ of schools

In what is being called the most ambitious digital learning initiative in the country’s history, the White House on Tuesday announced plans to bring next-generation broadband to 99 percent of the nation’s schools by 2017.

State enrollment of ACA dwarfs that of federal site

Almost three times as many have signed up for health care coverage through state-run health exchanges than through the federal government’s marketplace as part of the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health and Human Services reported Wednesday.

DOE unveils new data challenge

Robert Brese, CIO at the Energy Department, announced Nov. 6 the department’s American Energy Data Challenge that includes four phases that center all around energy data and how DOE can best use it.

Database outage halts Obamacare sign-up

State health insurance marketplaces were unable to enroll new customers this weekend after the Federal Data Services Hub went down Sunday because of a network failure at Verizon Terremark, the company that operates the data site.

Roundup: Lowering the Cost of Government with IT Summit

FedScoop on Aug. 22 hosted its fifth annual Lowering the Cost of Government with IT Summit, gathering top leaders in government and IT. Here are some highlights from the sessions and keynotes.

IT leaders converge for FedTalks 2013

More than 800 leaders from government and industry joined FedScoop for FedTalks 2013 at the Mead Center for American Theater in Washington, D.C., for a deep discussion of technology in the federal government.

VanRoekel: ‘Billions of dollars waiting for us’

“There are billions of dollars waiting for us,” U.S. Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said of the efficiencies available to federal departments and agencies through efficiency efforts currently being undertaken by the White House.

FedTalks 2013: The life of Frank Abagnale

Frank Abagnale gets emails every day telling him he’s a genius. That he’s brilliant. That what he did as a teenager and a young adult, adventures that became the subject of the movie “Catch Me If You Can,” show gifts the average person simply does not possess.

FedTalks 2013: Tangherlini wants GSA to be a transformative leader

Dan Tangherlini, acting administrator of the General Services Administration, wants his agency to be a leader in transformation that serves as a guide for the rest of the federal government.

Inside look at USDA’s mobile program

The Agriculture Department is in the early stages of rolling out a new enterprise mobile device management tool that will allow the department’s more than 100,000 employees to use iOS and Android products on the job.

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