NSF wants to develop regional big data hubs

The National Science Foundation is planning to develop a national network of big data regional innovation hubs.

Field of Dreams: Data.gov’s half-decade transition

When Data.gov was established in 2009, it was considered an experiment in open government. Now, with more than half a million unique data resources on the website, it’s transitioned into a proactive resource for data enthusiasts, public and private alike. “We work hard to push as much data up and out and to try to be as responsive and proactively go out and work with communities around the country and around the world,” Jeanne Holm, Data.gov’s evangelist, told FedScoop. “[Over time] we just worked really hard to take it as far as we could.” Holm, who also works as the…

Intelligence community cloud may require new procurement models

The effort to move the 17 agencies in the U.S. intelligence community away from stovepiped IT systems and toward a cloud-based shared services environment is well under way. But a new study by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance suggests the private sector may find it difficult to fully support the effort without fundamental changes to the contracting and procurement processes intelligence agencies use to buy applications and infrastructure.

OPM to cut ties with security clearance contractor

The federal Office of Personnel Management plans to end the government’s relationship with U.S. Investigations Services LLC, the security clearance contractor that suffered a major cyberattack last month leading to the compromise of personnel records belonging to more than 25,000 federal employees.

Feds encouraged to test the waters on Reddit

Though individual federal agencies’ have used it to communicate to and with the public for a while now, Reddit is starting to get an influx of government consideration.

USPS cloud systems don’t comply with established standards, OIG says

The United States Postal Service did not comply with its established standards on cloud computing, according to a report from the agency’s inspector general.

Will quantum computing usher in a brave new world?

News that Google was close to unveiling a science fiction-like quantum computer took many people by surprise this week, but the truth is the government has been working on quite a few of these new devices for years.

OPM announces more digital tools to strengthen workforce

The Office of Personnel Management is working to introduce several new digital tools to strengthen the federal workforce from top to bottom.

First digital library from GPO depository program goes live in North Dakota

After decades of providing physical documents to local and university libraries as a part of its federal depository library program, the Government Printing Office is making the move to digital-only at one federal depository library.

NASA review panel to Mars Curiosity team: Show us the science

The Mars Curiosity Rover cost taxpayers $2.5 billion. But a NASA review panel has concerns about what it recently called a “poor science return for a such a large investment in a flagship mission.”

Post Office and Amazon testing grocery delivery in San Francisco

The United States Postal Service began collaborating with online retail giant Amazon.com for a 60-day grocery delivery pilot in San Francisco during the first week of August.

What to expect at NIST’s Global Cities Challenge

The Internet of Things, and the ways cities can leverage this emerging technology, is evolving at a rapid pace. Some cities have embraced it fully, while others are trying to keep up. Sokwoo Rhee, a presidential innovation fellow who is working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, hopes to close that gap during an upcoming conference where innovators will meet with global city planners in order to bring everyone up to speed. Rhee on Friday laid out the plans for NIST’s Global Cities Challenge, which will be held later this month at the agency’s Gaithersburg, Maryland, headquarters. The…

Study finds gender-bias in telework, work-life programs

Workplace flexibility is meant to be an equalizer for those struggling to balance their careers and duties at home, like new moms and dads who feel heightened stress returning to work. However, a new study claims that programs like telework, popular in government agencies, are breeding inequality based on gender and parental status.

FCC’s Wheeler: U.S. needs better competition if it wants better broadband

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler acknowledged Thursday the FCC’s definition of high-speed Internet is outdated and that the entire system may have reached a choke point. His Agenda for Broadband Competition focuses on promoting and encouraging industry competition that ultimately benefits consumers and having the FCC step in to create competition where the commission feels it is lacking.

FedMentors: GSA’s Mark Day

Mark Day, deputy assistant commissioner for Integrated Technology Services at GSA, talks about his experience as a public servant in the federal government and gives advice to those just starting their journey.

GSA’s OASIS gets the final green light

GSA issued a notice to proceed Wednesday for its flexible and hybrid One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services, better known as OASIS, contracting program for agency professional services acquisition, worth billions of dollars. In June, GSA issued a similar notice for the small business OASIS solution (OASIS SB).

NASA to refresh memory on Mars Opportunity rover

In the coming days, NASA will be reformatting Opportunity’s onboard flash memory, which has been getting in the way of the rover’s science missions.

Dave McClure headed to cyber firm Veris Group

Months after announcing his departure from the General Services Administration, Dave McClure is set to join cybersecurity provider Veris Group as chief strategist.

SEC’s outgoing CIO reflects on IT successes, future challenges for commission

Bayer’s departure four years after taking over the CIO spot came at a natural time, he said. A release from the SEC said he’ll say his goodbyes in October.

FTC announces awards for hackers who want to silence robocalls

There is a wide swath of America beyond tired of hearing from “Rachel from Cardholder Services.” On the other hand, the Federal Trade Commission is happy to hear from Rachel time and time again. Earlier this month, the FTC, along with the help of DEF CON attendees, created ways to attract and gather data on “Rachel” — a notorious automated telemarketing scheme known as a “robocall” — so law enforcement and researchers can figure out what makes robocalling still so prevalent despite the existence of a national “Do Not Call” list. The FTC announced the winners of its “Zapping Rachel”…

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