Advocates move to make open data more beneficial to citizens

Exploring the social impact of open data, Maureen Ohlhausen, a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission, and a group of panelists spoke Wednesday at an Information Technology and Innovation Foundation event about creating conditions so open data can be most successful.

NTIA’s Strickling: ICANN oversight transition won’t harm Internet

The U.S. government’s transition away from ICANN oversight does not spell doom and gloom for the Internet, Lawrence Strickling said in a speech Tuesday.

Inside the Pentagon’s scaled back audit expectations

A memorandum issued in 2011 by former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta gave the military services until Sept. 30 of this year to get their Statement of Budgetary Resources ready for audit. But the Pentagon quietly changed its game plan and is now working toward a significantly scaled-back set of expectations.

DARPA wants help answering ‘trillion-dollar questions’ in the smallest way possible

DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office held an expo Friday presenting the new areas in which it’s concentrating its efforts to facilitate collaboration between academics, industry and government that will continue to push the boundaries of microsystem technology.

Anti-social: Feds wonder why social media companies drag feet on accessibility issues

The Federal Communications Commission hosted a panel of experts Thursday to talk about the challenges and ongoing need to make social media platforms more accessible to those with disabilities. But there was one group of representatives that was notably absent from the proceedings: the social media companies themselves.

Miller calls on VA to answer for cybersecurity shortfalls

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., has called on five senior VA officials, including Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson, to testify at next week’s scheduled hearing on “longstanding information security weaknesses” that have enabled “data manipulation” throughout the agency.

Pritzker announces Commerce chief data officer position

Commerce Department Secretary Penny Pritzker announced Monday her department’s plans to hire its first ever chief data officer, an effort to expand its role as “America’s data agency.”

Surge of STEM-educated hires paints optimistic picture for federal IT

Even though the federal budget is shrinking, putting a damper on government hiring over the past five years, a new report from the Partnership for Public Service paints a picture of a lean, mean workforce bullish on driving efficiency through IT and attracting the next generation of workers to join it.

Will smart cities power the future of cybercrime and mass surveillance?

Research by a group of European cybersecurity experts is raising new concerns about the increasing stealthiness of hacker techniques to command and control massive networks of compromised computers, including future scenarios involving smartphones, buildings and so-called “smart cities.”

DHS health care IT in disarray

The Department of Homeland Security last year deployed a multi-million dollar electronic health record system to provide end-to-end health care services for the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants currently held in DHS detention facilities. But a new report by the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences shows the department has largely failed to provide its own employees in high-risk jobs with even the most basic health services and has yet to deploy an electronic system capable of capturing information on employee health, safety and readiness.

Pentagon releases global tech strategy amid questions about its ability to adapt

The Defense Department released a new strategy Tuesday designed to enhance the ability of defense researchers and technologists to stay abreast of emerging innovations around the world and to better enable development partnerships with allies.

HHS launches challenge to curb hypertension through EHRs

HHS announced a challenge Monday in conjunction with its Million Hearts initiative aimed at using EHRs to curb the nation’s high blood pressure rates.

Phil Zimmermann gets behind the Blackphone. But will the feds follow?

Although marketed to those who fear government snooping, could the Blackphone also become standard equipment for some agencies? The creator of PGP encryption says yes.

Navy promotes first woman 4-star admiral

Michelle Howard, the first African American woman to command a ship in the U.S. Navy made history again today when she became the first woman to be promoted to Admiral in the service’s 239-year history.

Cloud-based services emerge as potential platforms for cyber attacks

Research from Trend Micro, a security solutions company, has found that Dropbox was recently targeted by cyber criminals for command-and-control purposes. The discovery was explained in a blog post last week by the company.

The federal CIO as venture capitalist?

The role of the chief information officer in government is changing rapidly and nobody seems to know with any certainty what the role of the CIO will or should be in the future.

But Deloitte Consulting LLP thinks it knows. In a new report, “Tech Trends 2014: Inspiring Disruption,” the company says CIOs should think more like the risk-takers and captains of industry known as venture capitalists.

U.S., U.K. slip in global e-government rankings

The U.S. and United Kingdom are losing ground to Australia, Singapore, Japan and others as electronic government innovators, according to a new United Nations report. The Republic of Korea, meanwhile, retained the top spot for the third time in a row as the world’s most advanced nation in delivering government services electronically.

NASA launches open data challenge with Amazon Web Services

NASA, by virtue of Amazon Web Services’ cloud, is challenging the public to use its open data to create ways to study the planet’s actual clouds.

Joan Mooney, VA’s liaison to Congress, retires

Joan Mooney, the senior executive responsible for managing the Veterans Affairs Department’s contentious relationship with Congress and ensuring the agency’s cooperation with independent audits by the Government Accountability Office announced her retirement June 20, FedScoop has learned.

Inside the HHS IDEA Lab, a program to disrupt bureaucracy governmentwide

HHS IDEA Lab might seem like a program to build solutions around health care, but really its a movement for change within federal government.

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