U.S.-China strike deal to expand high-tech trade agreement

Nearly 20 years after the first information technology agreement was drafted, the United States and China have broken through disagreements with a new deal that will expand high-tech trade and lower tariffs.

Verizon cloud earns FedRAMP authority to operate

FedRAMP gave the OK for Verizon’s enterprise cloud service to operate as a provider for HHS. Verizon was one the first cloud offerings available to the government.

Sonny Bhagowalia named Treasury CIO

Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia, the former CIO of the State of Hawaii, returns to Washington to take over Treasury’s $3.5 billion IT portfolio.

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.

Agencies shine in new Twitter handbook for government and elections

Citing examples from several departments and agencies, Twitter released a guide for government and elections usage last week, covering the basics from what the social media network is and how to compose a tweet to more complex topics like live-tweeting events, constituent engagement and Twitter question and answer sessions.

Interior makes Sylvia Burns official CIO

The Interior Department announced Sylvia Burns as its official chief information officer Wednesday.

USGS 3-D mapping data aims to save lives and money

The Interior Department’s U.S. Geological Survey, along with several other federal agencies, launched a $13.1 million partnership called the 3-D Elevation Program earlier in July. Working together with academia, private companies and state and local governments, the agencies aim to develop 3-D mapping and enhanced elevation data of the U.S. for more accurate topographical representations.

Interior Department’s Tim Fullerton on social engagement tools

Tim Fullerton, director of digital strategy at the Interior Department, discusses with FedScoopTV some of the social engagement tools the department uses.

Snow day tweets from the government community

In honor of the government’s four-day weekend and the helping of snow hitting the East Coast, FedScoop decided to compile a list of the best snow day tweets from the government community.

Open Data 500: Intersection of open data and the economy

Open data has been top of mind for many government officials this year as they have taken on the latest challenge from the administration and the public: complete data transparency.

FedMentors: Larry Gillick, deputy director of digital strategy, Interior Department

Larry Gillick, deputy director of digital strategy at the Interior Department, talks to FedScoopTV about his experience in government and shares career advice.

Twitter Alerts give federal arm bigger stretch

Providing real-time updates from first responders and federal agencies, Twitter has become a useful tool when disaster strikes.

Government, industry come together on shared services

Federal agencies have been tasked with doing more with less. And so in a tough budget climate, the administration is looking to departments and agencies to establish more shared services to cut costs and reduce duplication.

Overcoming the zettabyte: How government is making records electronic

Agencies are working to streamline and automate their electronic records collection processes, while the National Archives is building the capacity to store those records. Federal CIOs on Tuesday discussed their efforts with industry partners.

FedMentors: Rowan Gould, deputy director, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Rowan Gould, deputy director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior Department, shares his career path and advice in this FedScoopTV interview.

Interior finalizes $10 billion in cloud contracts

The Interior Department has awarded 10 contracts in an effort to accelerate its move to the cloud. The indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts each have a cap of $1 billion, which means the total value could reach $10 billion.

Cracking the code on social media accessibility

Accessibility to social media and technology for people with disabilities has recently moved into the spotlight, but is still a neglected area of need. Many think of “disability” as simply referring to physical disabilities, not mental disabilities, hampering efforts to secure services for the large population.

Top 25 most influential people under 40 in gov and tech

FedScoop is thrilled to announce its inaugural “Top 25 under 40″ list, which celebrates exceptional individuals who played a significant role in the IT community and overall government innovation.

FedWire: DARPA technology, GSA cost savings and more government data

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

Supermoon rises over the Washington Monument and the Interior Department captures it

The Interior Department put together a time-lapse video of the supermoon rising behind the Washington Monument, showing this weekend’s brilliant supermoon moving across the night sky during sundown.

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