‘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.

FedMentor: OMB’s Joanie Newhart

Joanie Newhart, associate administrator of acquisition workforce programs at the Office of Management and Budget, shares advice for up-and-coming federal employees in this FedMentors interview.

VanRoekel sees progress on government’s digital strategy

Next month marks two years since the Obama administration released its Digital Government Strategy for leveraging information technology to transform government services. And while some have complained about the lack of direction and resources to make change happen at the agency level, the nation’s top chief information officer said he sees the fruits of the strategy beginning to take hold.

Exclusive: Former Pollard prosecutor blasts administration on talk of release

The former U.S. attorney who led the government’s prosecution of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard said it is “incomprehensible” that the Obama administration is considering releasing Pollard, who was convicted in 1987 of spying for Israel.

Study unveils disconnect between digital government vision and execution

Since the Obama administration released its Digital Government Strategy in 2012, agencies and industry have been working to provide 21st-century services to citizens. But as well-intentioned as the landmark effort may have been, it has since gotten lost in translation. A new survey, administered by FedScoop and underwritten by Xerox, shows that while nearly everybody agrees on the need to create a digital government, the initiative faces significant challenges at the agency level.

Armed with tech background, political hopeful aims to shake up Congress

He’s been labeled a hacker. An open source coder. And software developer and engineer. He’s even been a public servant. And now, Dave Cole is running for Congress.

Guest column: Presidential Innovation Fellows: a model for impact and change

Adam Dole, a current presidential innovation fellow working on the MyData Initiatives (Blue Button) at the Department of Health and Human Services, discusses in this guest column how the program changed his life — and his future career aspirations.

White House announces plan to end NSA bulk data collection

The Obama administration today announced it will seek legislation to end the National Security Agency’s controversial bulk telephone metadata collection program.

Threat Matrix: Episode 15 – Zuckerberg’s surveillance reality check

President Barack Obama today is scheduled to meet with the CEOs of several major Internet companies to discuss civil liberties and privacy, and the government’s commitment to reforming bulk surveillance practices. But the Threat Matrix’s Dan Verton thinks some of the CEOs attending today’s White House meeting may leave disappointed with the president’s timeline for change and the cost.

Transparency forecast: Slim chance of sunshine

Sunday kicked off Sunshine Week, a seven-day period in which news organizations promote freedom of information and open government. And similarly to 2013, this year the spotlight was aimed at the government’s transparency shortcomings.

Box taps Chopra, Tullman for growing health care business

Cloud storage firm Box Inc. on Monday announced the addition of Aneesh Chopra, the first U.S. chief technology officer, and Glen Tullman, former CEO of electronic health record pioneer Allscripts, as special advisers to the company’s growing health care practice.

New goals set for more effective government

The Obama administration today announced new two-year agency priority goals and longer-term cross-agency priority goals. In addition, the administration also released agency strategic plans, outlining guidelines for improving performance in the coming years.

FedMentor: Neal Andrew, USMC

Neal Andrew, deputy, CIO Division, Marine Corps, shares career advice for up-and-coming federal employees in this FedMentor interview.

Threat Matrix: Episode 13 – Who’s ultimately responsible for national cybersecurity?

This week, Threat Matrix wants to know who is ultimately accountable for the nation’s critical infrastructure cybersecurity. Is it the federal government or the private companies that own and operate the majority of that infrastructure?

Administration defends voluntary nature of cybersecurity framework

Senior officials from the White House and Department of Homeland Security Thursday defended the administration’s hands-off approach to improving critical infrastructure cybersecurity, arguing that mandatory regulations would stifle innovation, hurt the economy and raise difficult questions about privacy and civil liberties.

White House looks for new class of innovation fellows

Calling all geniuses. The White House announced today it’s now accepting applications for the third class of the Presidential Innovation Fellow program.

NASA’s FY 2015 budget brings humans closer to Mars

With the president’s fiscal year 2015 budget released yesterday, one particular agency is getting one step closer to a really cool mission.

Budget breakdown: Windfall for workforce, R&D and STEM education

Despite what many consider a very modest pay raise for government employees, the budget request for fiscal year 2015 appears to actually invest in the federal workforce. Unveiled March 4, the FY 2015 budget request proposed a 1 percent pay increase for government employees, but emphasized more significant investments in training, development and recruitment initiatives for the federal workforce.

TechTake: Pressure now on Senate to deliver government transparency

It’s only Wednesday, but this week has already been a big one for the federal IT community.

Cybersecurity framework released to public

The White House announced Feb. 18 the completion of its cybersecurity framework, about one year after President Barack Obama signed an executive order mandating the creation of best practices and standards to help improve cybersecurity.

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