Commentary: E.U. data privacy rules threaten medical research

Proposed European data privacy regulations could dramatically hamper medical research efforts in the E.U., raising questions of unintended consequences for U.S. policymakers.

Public and private research supports UAS commercialization

As the Federal Aviation Administration’s 2015 deadline for integrating small unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace approaches, members of the private, public and education sectors are already looking into the ways they can use drones to make tasks easier and safer — with or without the FAA.

Foreign hackers may still have access to VA networks, IG says

The Department of Veterans Affairs is still “actively monitoring” VA networks for traces of foreign hackers that successfully infiltrated its computer systems in 2010, and officials acknowledge that some of those groups may still have access to VA systems through unauthorized user accounts.

HHS launches new cohort of Entrepreneurs-In-Residence

IDEA Lab announced a new cohort for its Entrepreneurs-In-Residence program, which matches entrepreneurs from outside government with HHS employees to innovate on “high risk high reward projects” crowdsourced from within the agency.

Watch Terry Halvorsen’s FedTalks 2014 keynote

Watch as Terry Halvorsen, acting chief information officer for the Defense Department, commands the stage during his FedTalks 2014 keynote.

Hagel launches defense innovation effort

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced a sweeping new innovation effort Saturday designed to help the Pentagon maintain its technological and readiness edge in the face of a major reduction in the size of the military and unprecedented budget pressures.

VA readies scheduling RFP amid onslaught of security challenges

The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to release the long-awaited request for proposals next week.

Archives seeks new Federal Register director with top-secret clearance

The National Archives is on the hunt for a new director of the Federal Register — one with a top-secret security clearance.

ONC releases vision for IT enabled quality improvement

The nation has made tremendous improvements in growing its health IT infrastructure in the past decade, and the topic is continuing to grow as a critical focus in the federal health care community. But ONC recognizes that it will all be for naught if the technology and systems don’t achieve the end goal of improving the care quality patients are receiving.

Energy Department to build two new supercomputers, further exascale computing research

The Energy Department announced two nine-figure contract deals Friday aimed at furthering the department’s use of supercomputing.

Government contractors, executives of the year saluted

Four government contractors and three top executives, including IBM Federal General Manager Anne Altman, were recognized Thursday night at the 12th Annual Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards.

USPS postmaster general announces retirement

Patrick Donahoe will retire as postmaster general of the United States Postal Service in February, according to an announcement this morning from USPS. He will be replaced by Megan Brennan, current chief operating officer, who will be the first female postmaster general in the agency’s history.

Steven VanRoekel outlines USAID’s IT strategy to fight Ebola

Steven VanRoekel, chief innovation officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development, joins FedScoop TV after his keynote at FedTalk 2014 to discuss his agency’s role in fighting Ebola.

NOAA advances model to expand open data access

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is getting closer to a crafting a model to fund expanded access to the agency’s vast data troves.

To combat ‘trolls,’ patent office mulls crowdsoucing

Could patent examiners soon turn to crowdsourcing sites while evaluating applications? The patent office is holding a round table to explore the idea.

Focus returns to Healthcare.gov tech this weekend

Come Nov. 15, all eyes will return to Healthcare.gov with memories of last year’s flawed technological launch top of mind as the the Affordable Care Act’s second enrollment period begins. But this time around, President Barack Obama and his Healthcare.gov team are confident that things will be different.

Off the grid: Why can’t the U.S. find ISIL’s money?

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant is now considered the richest terrorist group in the world. But in a world of electronic banking, why is it so hard to identify the group’s middlemen and their money trail?

Amazon building classified marketplace for CIA cloud

CIA CIO Doug Wolfe announced the agency will be integrating a classified AWS Marketplace that will allow the intelligence community to use custom software.

USPS cyber breach: Agency halts teleworking, union files charges with NLRB

Employees of the United States Postal Service started their Monday with news that their personally identifiable information, including their social security numbers, had been potentially compromised in a cyber intrusion to the agency’s network, but now the agency has announced additional efforts in response to the breach and one employee union is on the offensive.

House committees to probe patent office telework at hearing next week

The House Judiciary, and Oversight & Government Reform committees plan to probe USPTO’s telework program next week after reports this summer alleging fraud.

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