Justice Department releases two APIs as part of new digital services

Justice Department unveiled the DOJ News API and the DOJ Law Jobs API, which enable Web developers to build mobile apps, websites and other software applications that can search, sort and filter through the department’s press releases, blog posts, speeches and job vacancies.

Obama backs senior leadership with three new initiatives

President Barack Obama didn’t come bearing raises or holiday bonuses Tuesday while speaking to an audience of Senior Executive Service members, but he did offer the federal government’s leaders his thanks and a trio of new initiatives to make their service more impactful.

White House announces new AP computer science course, diversity efforts

The Obama administration announced a number of new initiatives Monday as part of this year’s Hour of Code, including a new Advanced Placement computer science course, a teacher-training push funded by $20 million in contributions from tech companies and nonprofit organizations, and new steps to encourage women and minorities to participate in STEM-related ventures.

An early Christmas gift? Feds get extra day off

President Barack Obama signed an executive order Friday that gives federal employees the day after Christmas off.

FITARA: A good start, but still unfinished business

The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act is on its way to the Senate floor after passing the House for the fourth time as a part of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act.

Ash Carter returns to a Pentagon in transition

President Barack Obama officially nominated Ashton Carter Friday as his fourth secretary of Defense in six years, calling him one of the nation’s “foremost national security leaders” with “a unique blend of strategic perspective and technical know-how.”

GAO chief: DATA Act has a ‘long way to go’

The head of the Government Accountability Office expressed cautious optimism that the federal government could establish governmentwide financial data standards by May 2015.

IT reform comes up for vote as part of Defense bill

After nearly two years and several iterations, the bill formerly known as the Federal Information Technology Acquisition and Reform Act is heading to the House floor as part of the 2015 Defense authorization bill.

Could microsatellites be the future of civil Earth observations?

Over the last two years, the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy has made datafying the visible and non-visible information about the Earth a priority — now, the agency is looking into finding a way to capture that data from the sky for less.

How to boost credit card security? Kantara’s Brennan weighs in

With the holiday buying season in full swing, the White House is aiming to improve the somewhat deficient credit card security standards in the United States.

Education Department OIG uncovers IT vulnerabilities

The information technology systems at the Education Department are vulnerable to attacks, according to a report this month from the agency’s inspector general.

What does the Pirker ruling mean for the FAA and drones?

In the wake of a recent ruling, members of industry are calling on the FAA to use its regulatory authority of unmanned aerial vehicles to encourage innovation.

Multinational group discusses open data for Earth observations

Representatives from the multinational Group on Earth Observations met in Geneva last week to examine how open Earth observation data integration could benefit thousands of people globally.

Obama commends National Medal of Science and Technology winners for ‘pushing boundaries’

Obama praised the “intrinsic hopefulness” of National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation winners during a White House ceremony Thursday.

Lame duck session: A boon for tech?

According to one expert, the final meeting of the 113th Congress could be good news for technology issues that have been stuck on the back burner.

President urges school superintendents to commit to digital education

Obama urged the nation’s 16,000 school superintendents at a White House ceremony to “take the pledge” and commit their districts to move forward in supporting digital education.

Democrats: Todd Park subpoena sends negative message to private innovators

Lawmakers got their chance Tuesday to question former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park about his involvement in the botched rollout of Healthcare.gov. And while Republicans focused on his accountability as a leader, Democrats expressed fear that his forced testimony could discourage private innovators from helping with the government’s major technology undertakings.

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.

U.S.-China strike deal to expand high-tech trade agreement

Nearly 20 years after the first information technology agreement was drafted, the United States and China have broken through disagreements with a new deal that will expand high-tech trade and lower tariffs.

Employee data potentially compromised in USPS systems breach

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said personal information for any current postal employee and any employee who left the agency sometime after May 2012 could be at risk. The network intruder also may have accessed information about customers who contacted the Postal Service call center this year between Jan. 1 and Aug. 16.

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