The communications infrastructure that links NASA’s Mars robots and satellites to earth is aging and by 2020 may not be fully capable of supporting the agency’s mission. In order to keep scientific discoveries coming from the red planet, NASA is exploring commercial options to own and operate critical data relay orbiters.
After more than $280 million spent over six years on an IT project that has yet to be completed, two recent studies have said the Social Security Administration’s faltering IT investments could jeopardize future modernization efforts.
Darrell Issa says the FTC is going too far in cases related to data security, focusing on one case that has already been put on hold.
Before there was the Internet, there was the National Technical Information Service. But now that there is an Internet with virtually unlimited storage capacity and powerful search engines, some in Congress think it might be time to delete the NTIS from the list of top-level government domains.
A new white paper from the Office of the Inspector General of USPS recommends that the post office examine some strategies to take advantage of that booming e-commerce market.
Exploring the social impact of open data, Maureen Ohlhausen, a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission, and a group of panelists spoke Wednesday at an Information Technology and Innovation Foundation event about creating conditions so open data can be most successful.
From Podgorica, Montenegro to Kiev, Ukraine, the United States has nearly 300 embassies and consulates overseas. A new deal between AT&T and the State Department will ensure that all of them are connected with secure internet protocol telephony.
A decade after the 9/11 Commission issued its final report on the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States, the threat from global terrorism may be more pronounced than ever, with major new vulnerabilities emerging in cyberspace and a Congressional homeland security oversight system plagued by duplication and turf battles.
Mika Cross, a presidential management council fellow for workplace transformation strategy in the Office of Personnel Management, talks with FedScoop TV about her career in federal government.
The GAO released two reports last week that detailed security weaknesses in two federal agencies that are responsible for U.S. financial information.
The Federal Aviation Administration is getting some help from NASA to make air traffic controlling more efficient.
The Federal Communications Commission hosted a panel of experts Thursday to talk about the challenges and ongoing need to make social media platforms more accessible to those with disabilities. But there was one group of representatives that was notably absent from the proceedings: the social media companies themselves.
Accessing non-classified government purchasing data just got a little easier with the launch of the General Services Administration’s Connections II dashboard.
Furthering her pursuit of bolstered cultural excellence and engagement in the federal workforce, Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta announced Tuesday a new federal dashboard rooted in Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey data to give agencies a deeper understanding of their employees.
In an internal email to OMB employees, Deputy Director for Management Beth Cobert said if confirmed by the Senate, Anne Rung, currently a senior adviser at the agency, would bring “a wealth of experience” to the position.
In December, Amazon’s CEO announced the company was exploring a drone-based delivery service that could deliver some packages in as quickly as 30 minutes. Less than a year later, the company is ready to take that plan to the next level. In a letter Wednesday to the Federal Aviation Administration, the online shopping giant requested an exemption under section 333 of the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act to operate an unmanned aircraft system before the agency’s official guidelines are released. “Amazon shares Congress’ goal of getting small aerial vehicles (a.k.a., small unmanned aircraft systems, or “sUAS”) flying commercially in the United States…
Even though the federal budget is shrinking, putting a damper on government hiring over the past five years, a new report from the Partnership for Public Service paints a picture of a lean, mean workforce bullish on driving efficiency through IT and attracting the next generation of workers to join it.
The FCC approved three new regulations Friday at its July open meeting, the most notable being a major reform of its E-rate program.
Maria Roat, the director of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, already has “eight or nine initiatives” lined up over the next two years that are designed to help the cloud-standardization program reach maturity.
An RFI geared toward cloud vendors could eventually lead to the GSA being able to track cloud-buying trends across federal agencies.