Field of Dreams: Data.gov’s half-decade transition

When Data.gov was established in 2009, it was considered an experiment in open government. Now, with more than half a million unique data resources on the website, it’s transitioned into a proactive resource for data enthusiasts, public and private alike. “We work hard to push as much data up and out and to try to be as responsive and proactively go out and work with communities around the country and around the world,” Jeanne Holm, Data.gov’s evangelist, told FedScoop. “[Over time] we just worked really hard to take it as far as we could.” Holm, who also works as the…

Feds encouraged to test the waters on Reddit

Though individual federal agencies’ have used it to communicate to and with the public for a while now, Reddit is starting to get an influx of government consideration.

FedMentors: GSA’s Mark Day

Mark Day, deputy assistant commissioner for Integrated Technology Services at GSA, talks about his experience as a public servant in the federal government and gives advice to those just starting their journey.

GSA’s OASIS gets the final green light

GSA issued a notice to proceed Wednesday for its flexible and hybrid One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services, better known as OASIS, contracting program for agency professional services acquisition, worth billions of dollars. In June, GSA issued a similar notice for the small business OASIS solution (OASIS SB).

Dave McClure headed to cyber firm Veris Group

Months after announcing his departure from the General Services Administration, Dave McClure is set to join cybersecurity provider Veris Group as chief strategist.

GSA picks Valiant for enterprise IT security contract

The General Services Administration this week awarded Valiant Solutions a $33 million contract to serve as the agency’s first line of enterprisewide defense against cyber attacks.

Can the federal acquisition process support innovation?

There is widespread agreement that the federal government’s process for acquiring goods and services needs to change to enable agencies to keep pace with the rapid pace of technology development. But there is growing concern that the government cannot truly support innovation without a dramatic simplification of the rules.

Feds, industry brainstorm future of government efficiency

Government and industry IT leaders gathered Thursday at FedScoop’s Sixth Annual Lowering the Cost of Government With IT Summit to brainstorm ways agencies can leverage emerging technologies to create a more cost-effective and smarter government.

Feds working to overcome challenges, early failures in public-facing mobile apps

As agencies continually release public-facing mobile apps to better serve American citizens, the directors and strategists behind their creation are the first to admit there is room for improvement.

18F publishes guidelines for open source contribution

As 18F continues to emphasize its belief in open source federal IT development, the organization last week published a contributor’s guide to help those reusing and sharing its code.

GSA’s open source first approach gives more software options, better savings

Sonny Hashmi, chief information officer of the General Services Administration, announced last week his agency’s pursuit of an open-source-first stance on software, one of many new IT principles shaping GSA into a more lean and efficient service provider. While some may question whether open source software will be as effective as its conventional, proprietary counterpart, Hashmi is confident this new IT model will put GSA in the best position to procure and develop software in the most cost-effective manner.

Agencies have big information gap when it comes to CDM

A SANS institute survey says the Department of Homeland Security’s CDM program needs better word-of-mouth among government agencies.

Has Google made NTIS irrelevant?

Before there was the Internet, there was the National Technical Information Service. But now that there is an Internet with virtually unlimited storage capacity and powerful search engines, some in Congress think it might be time to delete the NTIS from the list of top-level government domains.

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.

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.

GSA rolls out dashboard for Connections II purchases

Accessing non-classified government purchasing data just got a little easier with the launch of the General Services Administration’s Connections II dashboard.

Anne Rung nominated for OFPP administrator

In an internal email to OMB employees, Deputy Director for Management Beth Cobert said if confirmed by the Senate, Anne Rung, currently a senior adviser at the agency, would bring “a wealth of experience” to the position.

FedRAMP ready to move forward

Maria Roat, the director of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, already has “eight or nine initiatives” lined up over the next two years that are designed to help the cloud-standardization program reach maturity.

GSA wants to make tracking cloud trends easier

An RFI geared toward cloud vendors could eventually lead to the GSA being able to track cloud-buying trends across federal agencies.

State Department awards cloud-based video collaboration contract

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

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