Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia, the former CIO of the State of Hawaii, returns to Washington to take over Treasury’s $3.5 billion IT portfolio.
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.
Criticized for his administration’s lack of transparency, President Barack Obama announced a series of new open government initiatives Wednesday designed to improve online accessibility, education and innovation.
Two prominent House Republicans reprimanded the Department of Homeland Security and the General Services Administration last week for mismanaging the construction of the new DHS headquarters facility, which officials say is more than $1 billion over budget and not expected to be completed for another 12 years.
To understand how valuable spectrum is to the federal government, Scott Wallsten compared it to another commodity the country has a vested interest in: oil. “We wouldn’t consider allowing the government to have $200 billion worth of oil without having to pay for it,” Wallsten, the vice president for research at the Technology Policy Institute, said during a panel at The Brookings Institution on Tuesday. “If you take some of the same numbers that others use to estimate spectrum value [at] a $1-per-MhZ-POP (a measure of people covered under certain spectrum bands), basically we are talking $200 billion to $600…
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.
American citizens aren’t happy with federal government services, rating them worse than services of some of the most notoriously loathed and distrusted industries, like airlines, telecommunications and cable. But a few promising digital services efforts are leading the charge toward improving citizens’ contentment with government.
From geo-coded big data to finding HIV care and leveraging Google Glass to inspect GSA’s buildings, mobile apps are changing the face of government forever.
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…
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.
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 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).
Months after announcing his departure from the General Services Administration, Dave McClure is set to join cybersecurity provider Veris Group as chief strategist.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A SANS institute survey says the Department of Homeland Security’s CDM program needs better word-of-mouth among government agencies.