AMD is rethinking the graphics processor for government

Advanced Micro Devices is working with the Department of Energy on an exascale computing initiative that will eventually be able to complete 1 quintillion — a 1 with 18 zeros following it — operations per second. The company’s CTO explains why graphics processing units aren’t just for games anymore.

Assessing the VanRoekel digital legacy

From the Digital Government Strategy to bringing increased transparency to IT investments through the PortfolioStat initiative, former U.S. Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel is credited with giving the federal government its “permission slip to innovate.” But questions remain about whether the former Microsoft executive was aggressive enough in transforming government.

New interface allows Energy Dept. scientists to harness big data

The Energy Department’s KBase now has an interface that allows scientists to study and share their findings faster than they ever could before.

Light particles may hold the keys to a revolution in encryption

The largest information technology licensing deal ever signed by the Energy Department’s Los Alamos National Laboratory may one day produce uncrackable encryption for use use in personal communications, e-commerce, banking and critical infrastructure data transfer.

Energy Department looking to hire chief data officer

The rise of federal Chief Data Officer continues to grow. The Energy Department has an open job posting, looking to hire a chief data officer in two weeks.

Energy Department CIO leaving for private sector

Energy Department Chief Information Officer Bob Brese is stepping down for a job in the private sector, the department confirmed Monday to FedScoop.

Energy IG finds unaudited projects, questionable spending at ARPA-E

Although the Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency has established and put effective management controls in place, the agency failed to obtain audits for two of its projects and racked up questionable costs for another, according to a report from the agency’s inspector general.

NASA taps massive coding community for deep space solutions

NASA’s National Tournament Lab is working with TopCoder, a community of more than 630,000 developers, designers and scientists to find solutions from everything to faster email delivery from space to monitoring astronaut health.

Energy Department rolls out free public access to department-funded research

The Energy Department has launched a portal that will give the public access to scientific journals and manuscripts tied to the department’s research.

Agencies showcase disaster tech at White House Demo Day

More than a half dozen agencies and just under 20 private companies met at the White House July 29 to highlight new digital tools to help citizens cope in the aftermath of a disaster.

Obama will veto bill if cuts to energy tech remain

President Barack Obama will veto the 2015 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act if cuts to technology-related funding are not removed, according to a statement released Wednesday by the White House.

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.

Is work culture the biggest roadblock to improving government IT?

Be it deciding between issuing a device or allowing employees to bring their own, or moving agencies’ data centers to the cloud, a group of public and private sector IT professionals say real change will come to federal IT when the government recognizes today’s work culture is changing as quickly as technology is improving.

Preparedenss goes mobile as hurricane season begins

Discussion of mobile applications and preparedness dominated President Barack Obama’s briefing Friday on disaster preparedness with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

GAO: Agencies not documenting cyber incident response

The federal government is not learning critical lessons in cyber incident response because agencies are not effectively documenting how they respond to attacks or what the impact of those attacks have been on agency operations, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

DOE lab meets next wave of energy-efficient building research

The Energy Department is embracing the next generation of energy-efficient building research. The department’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory launched the first experiment in its newly constructed test facility, which provides a futuristic level of research and experimentation of building-energy efficiency.

NNSA CTO Travis Howerton to step down

The National Nuclear Security Administration is about to lose its top technologist. Travis Howerton, NNSA chief technology officer, plans to accept a job at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and will be working closely with its chief information officer, Michael Bartell, FedScoop has learned.

Uptick in agency STEM initiatives

The Education Department has launched a new blog to showcase the innovative efforts of teachers and students across the country.

FedWire: Roving on Mars, war in the Robotic Age and serving up STEM

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FedWire: SBA nomination, bathythermograph sensors and fuel cells

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