Coffee in as USDA Associate CIO for Data Center Operations

Richard Coffee will be the new Associate Chief Information Officer for Data Center Operations and Director of the National Information Technology Center at the Agriculture Department, starting June 15, according to an internal email obtained by FedScoop.

FedMentor: James Steven, USDA

James Steven, acting associate CIO for data center operations and director of the National Information Technology Center at the Agriculture Department, shares career advice in this FedMentor interview.

USDA’s Dr. Michael Valivullah on mobility successes

Dr. Michael Valivullah, CTO, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Agriculture Department, shares some of the mobility successes from his department in this FedScoopTV interview.

Safety data takes center stage

Technologists, safety officers, entrepreneurs and government officials gathered at the Agriculture Department on Tuesday for the second annual Safety Datapalooza.

FedWire: Tracking library books, reducing the budget and more

FedWire is FedScoop’s afternoon roundup of news and notes from the federal IT community. Send your links and videos to tips@fedscoop.com.

White House reviews its year in open data

Looking for the number of dollar bills printed by the U.S. each year? Or maybe a directory of farmers markets nationwide? All that data and much more is now publicly available, according to a 2013 review of President Barack Obama’s executive order to make government data more accessible.

Mobile federal workforce allows for space efficiency

The Government Accountability Office reviewed five agencies that were either exploring “hoteling” programs or increasing their telework programs.

Students create prize for agriculture innovation

Students and fans of agriculture innovation have a new goal for which to aim. The University of Wisconsin – Madison in conjunction with the Agriculture Department and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation announced Oct. 2 the Agriculture Innovation Prize: Powered by 40 Chances.

FedWire: USDA’s Storify, Instagram meetup and Hagel’s NATO meetings

FedWire is FedScoop’s afternoon roundup of news and notes from the federal IT community. Send your links and videos to tips@fedscoop.com.

USDA’s Dr. Michael Valivullah on the FDCCI

Dr. Michael Valivullah, CTO, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Agriculture Department, discusses the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative in this FedScoopTV interview.

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.

FedWire: New USDA website, Peace Corps app and DOE’s management challenges

FedWire is FedScoop’s afternoon roundup of news and notes from the federal IT community. Send your links and videos to tips@fedscoop.com.

TechStat cost savings questioned

The Office of Management and Budget’s accountability reviews of IT investments have generally helped address at-risk IT projects, but the lack of documentation muddles the scope of the cost savings, according to the Government Accountability Office.

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.

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.

The new ACT-IAC crew

There is a new group of leaders heading in to run the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council on July 1, and many of them are past FedScoop event speakers.

A selection of the most innovative government apps

Instead of going to apps.usa.gov and wading through the plethora of federal apps available, FedScoop decided to create a list of some of the most innovative – and well, to be honest – fun, government apps out there.

USDA releases API for farmers market information

The Agriculture Department released a new application programming interface that will give app developers direct access to market information from the department’s National Farmers Market Directory.

FedWire: Baseball, data security and USDA

FedWire is FedScoop’s afternoon roundup of news and notes from the federal IT community. Send your links and videos to tips@fedscoop.com.

The future of DHS on display with Boston bombings

With the bombings at the Boston Marathon, the public got a first-hand view this week of the new ways the Department of Homeland Security is using data and analytics to protect the nation, said the agency’s acting chief information officer.

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