NSF wants to develop regional big data hubs

The National Science Foundation is planning to develop a national network of big data regional innovation hubs.

Field of Dreams: Data.gov’s half-decade transition

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…

Why the FBI will never be an early tech adopter

For Jeremy Wiltz moving to the cloud has been all about trust. But the the deputy assistant director for the FBI’s Information Services branch acknowledges the bureau will never be in the position where it can deploy the latest technologies and worry about working out the kinks later.

Intelligence community cloud may require new procurement models

The effort to move the 17 agencies in the U.S. intelligence community away from stovepiped IT systems and toward a cloud-based shared services environment is well under way. But a new study by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance suggests the private sector may find it difficult to fully support the effort without fundamental changes to the contracting and procurement processes intelligence agencies use to buy applications and infrastructure.

OPM to cut ties with security clearance contractor

The federal Office of Personnel Management plans to end the government’s relationship with U.S. Investigations Services LLC, the security clearance contractor that suffered a major cyberattack last month leading to the compromise of personnel records belonging to more than 25,000 federal employees.

DARPA wants help closing nanotechnology’s ‘assembly gap’

DARPA wants to be able to take things built at a really, really small level and scale them for production in really big systems.

Does the Internet of Things hold the key to post-9/11 emergency comms?

Thirteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there’s been little progress made to improve communications for first responders during disasters. But a new project led by the Department of Homeland Security aims to leverage the Internet of Things to provide the life-saving communications capabilities our nation’s heroes need.

FAA allows use of drones in search for missing Texas woman

Christina Marie Morris of Fort Worth, Texas was last seen in Plano, Texas, Aug. 30, and after more than 10 days of searching on foot, by car and on horseback, the search will take to the skies via drone.

NOAA’s Daniel McCrae on moving mobility plans past the hardware

McCrae, who manages a mobility system for NOAA, said mission focus should be the ultimate guideline for developing an agency’s mobility plan.

Feds encouraged to test the waters on Reddit

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.

Did Apple just make itself the biggest target in the world?

By introducing its new mobile wallet technology with the iPhone 6, Apple may have single-handedly blunted the attacks targeting retail point-of-sale systems. And by doing so, the company may also have made itself the biggest target in the world for cybercriminals.

USPS cloud systems don’t comply with established standards, OIG says

The United States Postal Service did not comply with its established standards on cloud computing, according to a report from the agency’s inspector general.

Women tech leaders call for changes in STEM education, perceptions

With the nation facing an unprecedented shortage of workers with skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, some women technology leaders would like to see changes in the education system so that children — especially girls — are taught at a younger age that STEM subjects are both cool and important to society.

Leaders discuss STEM’s future at FedScoop’s Tech Town Hall

The fight to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics to the forefront of American education was front and center Tuesday at the Newseum, as FedScoop brought leaders from education, government and industry together for its first-ever Tech Town Hall. A host of panelists tackled STEM from a number of angles, including ways STEM professionals are rapidly advancing technology, how STEM careers can be promoted throughout underprivileged schools and how students can be sold on STEM’s “cool factor.” “I think we all have a responsibility to help push our sons and daughters to really think outside the box,” Ellen McCarthy, chief operating officer at…

OPM announces more digital tools to strengthen workforce

The Office of Personnel Management is working to introduce several new digital tools to strengthen the federal workforce from top to bottom.

New VA secretary sets sights on major agency reforms

Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald outlined for the first time Monday his strategic vision for a new, efficient and innovative VA. The bottom line: Today’s VA is too complex, too hierarchical and needs to be flipped on its head.

First digital library from GPO depository program goes live in North Dakota

After decades of providing physical documents to local and university libraries as a part of its federal depository library program, the Government Printing Office is making the move to digital-only at one federal depository library.

Post Office and Amazon testing grocery delivery in San Francisco

The United States Postal Service began collaborating with online retail giant Amazon.com for a 60-day grocery delivery pilot in San Francisco during the first week of August.

Issa demands answers after Healthcare.gov hack

News of a security breach at Healthcare.gov has reinvigorated the Republican-led effort to convince Americans the law and the website are broken. And now the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is demanding answers from the Obama administration’s point person at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Ms. Smith goes to Washington

Now that the White House has confirmed Megan Smith will take over as the next U.S. chief technology officer, industry leaders and analysts wonder how the former Google vice president will fare in the bureaucracy of the federal government.

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