How NIST is helping law enforcement with digital forensics

During a National Institute of Standards and Technology forensics conference Wednesday, a number of NIST scientists, engineers and program managers poured over the ways the agency is helping law enforcement enhance investigations.

IT reform comes up for vote as part of Defense bill

After nearly two years and several iterations, the bill formerly known as the Federal Information Technology Acquisition and Reform Act is heading to the House floor as part of the 2015 Defense authorization bill.

Education Department OIG uncovers IT vulnerabilities

The information technology systems at the Education Department are vulnerable to attacks, according to a report this month from the agency’s inspector general.

Draft guidance aims to safeguard federal data stored by contractors

Two agencies that oversee government data released a draft recommendation that aims to protect sensitive federal information stored on the computers of contractors.

Patent office should continue to boost IT funding – report

As it emerges from 2013’s sequestration, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office should continue to increase funding for information technology, according to a new report put out by the 2014 Patent Public Advisory Committee.

GSA releases Schedule 70 Cloud SIN draft terms and conditions

The General Services Administration has released a draft of the terms and conditions for its proposed special item number of cloud acquisition under IT Schedule 70 to make agency cloud procurement simpler and more transparent.

Patent office takes hits at House hearing on telework

House lawmakers hammered the patent office about a report that surfaced that found instances of fraud within a once-acclaimed teleworking program.

GSA engages industry on special cloud acquisition category

The GSA wants to create a cloud category in the federal government’s largest acquisition vehicle to make it easier to find and buy.

NOAA’s new toolkit a ‘cognitive bridge’ for climate change action plans

NOAA released the first iteration of its data-driven Climate Resilience Toolkit Monday, aimed at helping governments brace for changing weather patterns.

Public and private research supports UAS commercialization

As the Federal Aviation Administration’s 2015 deadline for integrating small unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace approaches, members of the private, public and education sectors are already looking into the ways they can use drones to make tasks easier and safer — with or without the FAA.

Patent office holds first cybersecurity partnership meeting

The U.S. patent office held its first cybersecurity partnership meeting with members of the tech community Friday.

NOAA advances model to expand open data access

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is getting closer to a crafting a model to fund expanded access to the agency’s vast data troves.

To combat ‘trolls,’ patent office mulls crowdsoucing

Could patent examiners soon turn to crowdsourcing sites while evaluating applications? The patent office is holding a round table to explore the idea.

Fedmentor: Dannielle Blumenthal

Dannielle Blumenthal, communications director for the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Advanced Manufacturing Program, talks with FedScoop TV about her career path in federal government.

After midterms, tech groups have high hopes for patent overhaul

The Republican takeover of the Senate Tuesday night could revive stalled congressional efforts to thwart the activities of so-called patent trolls, technology groups said.

NTIS expands free access to federal science and tech studies

The National Technical Information Service has upgraded its research database, giving the public free access to a trove of 800,000 documents related to federal science and technology research.

Patent office’s #creepyIP celebrates weird, wondrous inventions

The Patent and Trademark Office features spooky intellectual property art using the hashtag #creepyIP.

IT upgrades could help improve patent quality, nominated USPTO director says

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is looking at upgrading information technology tools and tapping into big data as part of a plan to improve patent quality, the newly nominated agency head said Thursday.

‘Over capacity’ FedRAMP refines goals in new two-year roadmap

Why have the majority of federal agencies missed the mandatory deadline for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, known as FedRAMP? The GSA’s acting FedRAMP director says his office just can’t keep up with the workload.

White House unveils executive order to strengthen financial security

In the wake of major credit card breaches at Target, Home Depot and J.P. Morgan over the past year, a new executive order from President Barack Obama will require consumer-facing federal agencies to upgrade their point of sale terminals to a more safe, encrypted technology by the start of 2015.

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