White House looks to case studies to increase value of innovation investments

From NASA’s private sector competitions to promote the future of commercial space travel to the Department of Veterans Affairs’s invitation for ideas to ease restrictions on nontraditional contractors, the White House released a new document Aug. 21 jointly produced by the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology Policy highlighting an array of innovative contracting case studies in federal government.

Here’s how you can help NASA shine a light on photos of Earth’s cities

Can you identify a city just by looking at its lights from space? NASA would like to hear from you.

NASA taps massive coding community for deep space solutions

NASA’s National Tournament Lab is working with TopCoder, a community of more than 630,000 developers, designers and scientists to find solutions from everything to faster email delivery from space to monitoring astronaut health.

NASA rolls out big app upgrade as Mars rover mission turns 2

As a celebration of the two-year anniversary of the Mars Curiosity Rover landing, NASA released an update to its 3-D Spacecraft app that features a bunch of new content from the rover’s explorations. The augmented reality app now offers four new 3-D models of NASA spacecraft that users can interact with and a new image book published by National Geographic. Before the update, users needed to use an augmented reality target to interact with the models, according to NASA: “Augmented reality overlays visual content, like 3-D spacecraft models, onto the real-world view from a device’s camera. To view the app’s content,…

NASA wants help downloading data from Mars

The communications infrastructure that links NASA’s Mars robots and satellites to earth is aging and by 2020 may not be fully capable of supporting the agency’s mission. In order to keep scientific discoveries coming from the red planet, NASA is exploring commercial options to own and operate critical data relay orbiters.

NASA, FAA team up to improve air traffic control

The Federal Aviation Administration is getting some help from NASA to make air traffic controlling more efficient.

Amazon files for FAA exemption for delivery drones

In December, Amazon’s CEO announced the company was exploring a drone-based delivery service that could deliver some packages in as quickly as 30 minutes. Less than a year later, the company is ready to take that plan to the next level. In a letter Wednesday to the Federal Aviation Administration, the online shopping giant requested an exemption under section 333 of the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act to operate an unmanned aircraft system before the agency’s official guidelines are released.  “Amazon shares Congress’ goal of getting small aerial vehicles (a.k.a., small unmanned aircraft systems, or “sUAS”) flying commercially in the United States…

Up & Comers makes a comeback

FedScoop’s popular podcast series, “Up-and-Coming,” is back. Starting July 15, FedScoop will be interviewing and profiling the millennials who are setting the stage for what the next decade of federal IT will look like.

Labor Department produces development kit for Apple’s Swift

That was fast. The Department of Labor has written an SDK for Apple’s Swift, which has only been available to the public for a month.

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.

Is NASA boldly going toward a Star Trek future?

Will a new proposed spaceship help take NASA, and humanity, into a Star Trek-like universe where the stars are within reach?

Commercial space transport gets closer to reality

Commercial and personal space travel has progressively been gaining traction since the end of NASA’s space shuttle program in 2011. And now NASA’s commercial crew program is one step closer to being a reality.

GAO: Agencies not documenting cyber incident response

The federal government is not learning critical lessons in cyber incident response because agencies are not effectively documenting how they respond to attacks or what the impact of those attacks have been on agency operations, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

IT reform bill passes the House…again

After passage three months ago, the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, or FITARA, passed the House again yesterday as an amendment to the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. The House voted it through 326-98.

Social government makes inroads with citizens

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

NASA aims to bring more commercial opportunities to space

NASA is looking for more information on how to expand commercial opportunities on the International Space Station.

Survey finds innovation in government at all-time low

The Partnership for Public Service, Deloitte and Hay Group, as part of their analysis of the 2013 Best Places to Work in the Federal Government data, took a look at how innovative the government is and found that in the three years the survey has been done, innovation scored the lowest in 2013.

Space buffs unite globally to solve NASA’s biggest challenges

Space agencies around the world are gearing up for this upcoming Saturday’s International Space Apps Challenge, a two-day code-a-thon-style event. For the third year in a row, NASA is looking to the public to address some of its most-pressing obstacles.

Space agency taps MIT faculty for CTO role

NASA has picked a new chief technology officer: David Miller, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has stepped into the position.

NASA’s Jason Townsend on technologies used for engagement

Jason Townsend, deputy social media manager at NASA, talks in this FedScoopTV interview about tools NASA uses for both internal and external engagement.

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