Could providing government services save the post office?

Even as the financial situation for the United States Postal Service continues to grow more dim, the agency could look to providing services for government agencies to cut costs governmentwide and bring some additional revenue to the in-debt postal provider.

AT&T to provide secure IP phone systems for State

From Podgorica, Montenegro to Kiev, Ukraine, the United States has nearly 300 embassies and consulates overseas. A new deal between AT&T and the State Department will ensure that all of them are connected with secure internet protocol telephony.

IBM dreams of a federal-friendly Watson

Outside of competitive trivia and board games, Watson’s value to society will likely materialize in its ability to produce sought after information from several locales in the time it takes a human to process a thought. And for federal agencies, that means improved services both internally and externally.

State Department awards cloud-based video collaboration contract

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

State Department reels in a Fishackathon

Hackathons aren’t a new phenomenon in government: Groups of developers gather for a specified length of time to solve the world’s problems through coding. But a new initiative from the State Department will for the first time apply the hackathon concept to the problems facing the world’s oceans.

Social government makes inroads with citizens

Federal agencies perform “very well” when using social media to service citizens, a newly released study said.

Feds take realistic look at continuous diagnostics mitigation

Margie Graves, deputy chief information officer at the Homeland Security Department, Peter Gouldmann, director of the State Department’s information risk programs, and Steve Viar, director of FEDSIM at the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service spoke at yesterday’s AFFIRM luncheon about the current status and future of continuous diagnostics mitigation.

Sochi security: Experts concerned about terrorism info sharing

A week after FedScoop first reported the U.S. State Department was sending as many as 350 diplomatic security agents and intelligence analysts to Sochi to help coordinate Olympic security with Russian officials, security experts in the U.S. said they are concerned about the amount of cooperation and information sharing taking place ahead of the games.

‘Who is minding the store?’ FedScoop’s top 9 federal tech vacancies

With the holidays looming and Congress about to go on break, FedScoop decided to look into the top tech vacancies in the government.

FedScoop 50 Q&A: Isaiah Joo

During the FedScoop 50 Awards Nov. 21 reception, FedScoop passed out a fun questionnaire to award winners and nominees to get to know them better outside of the office. FedScoop has compiled some of their answers for your enjoyment.

Education innovation is abound at Tech@State

Two Tech@State panels discussed recommendations and programs that will use technology in the classroom or to help students learn about technology.

Government officials make list of top minds

Alex Ross, Hilda Solis and Cathy Lanier have been included on the Daily Muse’s 50 Fearless Minds Changing the World list.

Using tech to fight human trafficking epidemic

The White House is using technology to tackle an age-old issue from a new perspective. Human trafficking is a global problem and one the administration has pledged to redouble its efforts on here in the U.S.

State Department’s Greg Ambrose on reducing redundant contracts

Greg Ambrose, director, consular systems and technology, State Department, talks with FedScoopTV about how interagency partnerships can help cut redundant contracts.

Obama nominates OMB deputy director, 21 others

Beth Cobert, a senior partner at consultancy McKinsey and Co., had been tapped to become deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget.

FedWire: NIST’s cyber framework, new ATF director, and eBuy Mobile

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

A future where ‘the crowd’ helps solve government problems

Crowdsourcing has taken participatory government to another level. Though crowdsourcing is a relatively new practice, recent years have seen government leverage the collective intelligence of “the crowd” to solve problems in government.

State Department looks into drone surveillance

The State Department this week posted a request for information on the Federal Business Opportunities website, describing interest in using drones for use in surveillance of embassy facilities and certain diplomatic travel routes.

TechTake: Crowdsourcing, the next frontier in government?

This week, we take on the topic of crowdsourcing. It’s a new and innovative way for people to interact with their government, and some agencies including the U.S. Agency for International Development have truly taken the concept by the horns.

FedWire: FedRAMP’s 22nd 3PAO, Navy’s new satellite and Army tech cuts

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

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