Expansion of FBI facial recognition system raises privacy concerns

Documents released by the FBI show the bureau plans to double the size of its facial recognition database by 2015 and will, for the first time, include facial images of millions of people who have not been convicted of any crimes.

FedWire: Cosmic slurp, space rocks, and atom smashing

FedWire is FedScoop’s afternoon roundup of news and notes from the federal IT community. Send your links and videos to tips@fedscoop.com.

BlackBerry CEO pulls a John Paul Jones. But will it save the ship?

This week, Technocrat columnist John Breeden examines the tale of BlackBerry, which at least in terms of government service, flew to unimaginable heights, but now seems poised to topple into the abyss. So, what happened? And does BlackBerry have any magic left?

FedScoop Radio: Does digital government make sense?

Hear Goldy Kamali, CEO and founder of FedScoop, Camille Tuutti, editorial director at FedScoop, Chuck Brooks, vice president and client executive for the Department of Homeland Security at Xerox, and Fred Baradari, VP and client executive for Department of Justice at Xerox, discuss the digital government revolution in this BlogTalkRadio podcast.

Health secretary to step down

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, is stepping down after five years on the post, ending her HHS career in the wake of the botched rollout of healthcare.gov and several congressional hearings in which she was blamed for the rocky launch.

US Coast Guard’s Rear Adm. Robert Day on collaborative tech endeavors

U.S. Coast Guard CIO Rear Adm. Robert Day discusses with FedScoopTV one of the services’ successful collaborative technology endeavors.

DATA Act passes Senate

The Senate on Thursday passed the long-awaited Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, sending the bill to the House, where it is expected to pass swiftly.

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.

So, what’s the story behind 18F?

After their time in government ended, several second-round participants in the Presidential Innovation Fellows program came together with an idea: make the projects they had launched stick and give them a place to land. From there, 18F was born.

Worried about Heartbleed? Here’s some common-sense advice – stat!

In an effort to bring some order to the emergency room triage process to treat Heartbleed, FedScoop presents a collection of the best, common-sense advice for those worried about losing the lifeblood of their enterprise to a bleeding heart.

FedWire: personally generated health data, cyber report and open data impact

FedWire is FedScoop’s afternoon roundup of news and notes from the federal IT community. Send your links and videos to tips@fedscoop.com.

EXCLUSIVE: Coast Guard CIO to retire this summer

Rear Adm. Robert E. Day Jr., the chief information officer of the Coast Guard, plans to retire in July, FedScoop has learned.

‘We have to put pressure on OMB,’ GAO head tells Congress

The Government Accountability Office acts as the watchdog for the federal government, keeping constant oversight on departments and agencies. But sometimes, even GAO needs some extra weight behind it.

Leveraging data to enable reform

FedScoop Radio recently spoke with Ezmeralda Khalil, a principal in the Strategic Innovation Group at Booz Allen Hamilton.

USDA’s Dr. Michael Valivullah on mobility successes

Dr. Michael Valivullah, CTO, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Agriculture Department, shares some of the mobility successes from his department in this FedScoopTV interview.

SBA’s new head sworn in

Maria Contreras-Sweet was yesterday sworn in as the new administrator of the Small Business Administration, after being confirmed in January.

FDsys sees 1 billion retrievals

The Government Printing Office’s Federal Digital System has met an important milestone: 1 billion document retrievals.

Search for Malaysian aircraft turns to underwater robot

Now that the hunt for the missing Malaysian Airlines flight has picked up what could be pings from the aircraft’s flight data recorder, the international search force has turned to autonomous underwater vehicles to help scour the ocean floor for the digital recorders and signs of wreckage.

On government reform and IT with Michael Farber

Reform in government is no longer defined by episodic change, but by the continuous evolution of technologies, policies, procedures and strategic thinking. The process of reform, according to experts, has shifted from being viewed as a one-time fix to becoming a regular part of the day-to-day mission of most federal agencies.

NIST gets closer to keeping perfect time

The National Institute of Standards and Technology last week officially launched a new atomic clock that scientists are calling the most accurate time measurement device in the world.

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