NASA, FAA team up to improve air traffic control

The Federal Aviation Administration is getting some help from NASA to make air traffic controlling more efficient.

Anti-social: Feds wonder why social media companies drag feet on accessibility issues

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.

GSA rolls out dashboard for Connections II purchases

Accessing non-classified government purchasing data just got a little easier with the launch of the General Services Administration’s Connections II dashboard.

OPM launches interactive dashboard to boost workforce culture and engagement

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.

Anne Rung nominated for OFPP administrator

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.

Amazon files for FAA exemption for delivery drones

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…

Surge of STEM-educated hires paints optimistic picture for federal IT

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.

FCC approves new E-Rate, closed captioning regulations

The FCC approved three new regulations Friday at its July open meeting, the most notable being a major reform of its E-rate program.

FedRAMP ready to move forward

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.

GSA wants to make tracking cloud trends easier

An RFI geared toward cloud vendors could eventually lead to the GSA being able to track cloud-buying trends across federal agencies.

Can 3D printing put USPS back in the black?

In the next five years, the 3D printing industry is expected to grow by more than $13 billion — and the cash-strapped United States Postal Service could benefit from hopping on the trend.

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.

Up & Comers makes a comeback

FedScoop’s popular podcast series, “Up-and-Coming,” is back. Starting July 15, FedScoop will be interviewing and profiling the millennials who are setting the stage for what the next decade of federal IT will look like.

Energy Department offers $4 billion for renewable technologies

The Energy Department announced $4 billion in loan guarantees July 3 focused on U.S.-based innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects designed to help agencies avoid, reduce or sequester greenhouse gases.

FedMentors: FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen

Maureen Ohlhausen, a commissioner with the Federal Trade Commission, talks with FedScoopTV about her career as a civil servant in federal government.

Labor Department produces development kit for Apple’s Swift

That was fast. The Department of Labor has written an SDK for Apple’s Swift, which has only been available to the public for a month.

State Department awards cloud-based video collaboration contract

The State Department is moving some of its video collaboration service to the cloud.

OPM unveils plan to innovate the federal workforce

Key to OPM’s plan, explained Director Katherine Archuleta in a blog post, is focusing both on the workforce of today and tomorrow.

National Archives holdings headed for Wikimedia Commons

As part of its recently released Open Government Plan 2014-2016, the National Archives and Records Administration will upload all of its holdings to the Wikimedia Commons, according to The Signpost, a Wikipedia-hosted publication.

Privacy panel sees value in foreign surveillance program, but splits on reforms

The National Security Agency’s two main intelligence collection programs operated under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act have generally been valuable in the nation’s efforts to identify and track terrorist threats, according to a report released Tuesday evening by the independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

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