New crowdsourcing platform to improve public service

In an effort to “unlock the collaborative genius” of citizens, the General Services Administration has launched its newest social media platform, News Genius.

Education Department’s Nicole Callahan on leveraging external innovation

Nicole Callahan, digital engagement strategist in the Office of Federal Student Aid at the Education Department, talks in this FedScoopTV interview about how to leverage external innovation.

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.

FDA seeks to up social media surveillance

The Food and Drug Administration is looking for another way to leverage social media to meet its mission needs. The agency posted a Sources Sought Notice on FedBizOpps in late February for use of social media that would give FDA another arm with which to monitor its risks in real time.

Commerce reaches out digitally

A new office within the Commerce Department has opened as a means to communicate with consumers, businesses and other stakeholders.

If you thought State of the Union was the big cheese, think again.

The White House has taken a page from “The West Wing” and Andrew Jackson and created its own virtual Big Block of Cheese Day on Jan. 29.

FedScoop’s best tweets from SOTU

FedScoop compiled a list of great tweets about last night’s State of the Union. Some have great insight into the tech world, others are inspiring — and some just give you a good chuckle.

What to expect in the State of the Union, 2.0

It’s the president’s fifth State of the Union address, but it’s a year of many firsts for the White House. With the user experience the White House has planned for those watching the SOTU online, a cushioned chair in the Capitol may no longer be the best seat in the house.

Digital messaging for government information sees surge

International, federal, state and local governments saw a big bump in people digitally connecting with them for information in 2013, according to a report released Jan. 22 by GovDelivery.

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.

Why the Vegas tech showdown matters to government

Hosted by the Consumer Electronics Association, the International Consumer Electronics Show draws one of the largest gatherings of businesses, innovators, entrepreneurs, startups, government officials, CEOs and members of the media.
So why might federal agencies be interested in jetting to Sin City for this event?

FedWire: Best of socialgov, federal cryptography and clean tech

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How agencies can up their digital skills

A new study of digital best practices aims to increase public sector entities’ communications skills, mainly through email and social media.

Land evolution in palm of your hand with NASA app

NASA’s newest iPad app gives users a glimpse into how a changing climate and natural disasters are quickly transforming the landscape of the planet.

Government officials make list of top minds

Alex Ross, Hilda Solis and Cathy Lanier have been included on the Daily Muse’s 50 Fearless Minds Changing the World list.

FedWire: USDA’s Storify, Instagram meetup and Hagel’s NATO meetings

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Alert issued for myPay app

The Army Computer Crime Investigation Unit is warning about the use of third-party mobile apps to access the myPay system.

FedWire: Government shutdown, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and NIST prototype

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Government shuts down for first time in nearly 20 years

Monday night, members of Congress went back and forth throwing punches under the dome as the minutes until midnight and the end of the fiscal year ran out. For the first time in nearly two decades, Congress failed to decide on a budget, and appropriations for government spending ran out.

Meet the ‘most talented digital person on the Hill’

Justin LoFranco has a captive audience. Halfway through his presentation, he seamlessly starts undressing. Jacket comes off, tie gets undone. As he rolls up his sleeves and leans back against the table in front of the room, his look has transformed from the formal Hill suit and tie.

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