Advocates move to make open data more beneficial to citizens

Exploring the social impact of open data, Maureen Ohlhausen, a commissioner at the Federal Trade Commission, and a group of panelists spoke Wednesday at an Information Technology and Innovation Foundation event about creating conditions so open data can be most successful.

White House: Here’s how to hold an open data event

So you are responsible for promoting your agency’s open data, but you don’t know how to get it front of people who can figure out good ways to use it. The White House is willing to give you a nudge in the right direction: Its Office of Science and Technology Policy has created a guide for anyone looking to host events geared toward leveraging open data.

OSTP releases plan for future of civil Earth observations

From checking the weather app on your smartphone to looking online for the water levels in a nearby stream, civil Earth observations — data pulled from Earth-observing systems — have become an integral part of how one interacts with the data of daily life.

Survey suggests federal network complexity is limiting data center consolidation

Is federal network complexity holding the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative back?

Anne Rung nominated for OFPP administrator

In an internal email to OMB employees, Deputy Director for Management Beth Cobert said if confirmed by the Senate, Anne Rung, currently a senior adviser at the agency, would bring “a wealth of experience” to the position.

Obama will veto bill if cuts to energy tech remain

President Barack Obama will veto the 2015 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act if cuts to technology-related funding are not removed, according to a statement released Wednesday by the White House.

Energy Department offers $4 billion for renewable technologies

The Energy Department announced $4 billion in loan guarantees July 3 focused on U.S.-based innovative renewable energy and energy efficiency projects designed to help agencies avoid, reduce or sequester greenhouse gases.

OPM unveils plan to innovate the federal workforce

Key to OPM’s plan, explained Director Katherine Archuleta in a blog post, is focusing both on the workforce of today and tomorrow.

DigitalGov rolls out 3 new social media toolkits in quest for ‘social government’

As GSA’s DigitalGov enters its third year of existence, it aims to make socialgov “bigger, badder, better and bolder.”

Senate moves to reform FISMA

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee took a major step this week toward overhauling the aging Federal Information Security Management Act, lessening agencies’ static reporting requirements and striking a balance between FISMA’s checklist approach and the emerging concept of continuous monitoring.

Senate Committee passes modified FITARA

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee passed a bill Wednesday that would grant federal chief information officers new powers over IT budgets and staffing decisions and reform federal IT spending.

VanRoekel questions need for FITARA

Despite forward movement in Congress, current legislation for federal IT reform is not quite on the right track, federal Chief Information Officer Steven Van Roekel said during an online chat Thursday.

$1.6 billion later, federal mobility has room to improve

Mobile Work Exchange released its “Mobility Progress Report” Monday, grading the federal government’s returns on mobile and telework investments. It found that though the U.S. has invested $1.6 billion governmentwide to give workers access to information anywhere and anytime, 77 percent of IT managers said their agencies scored either a “B” or “C” in progress toward the goals set by the Digital Government Strategy. Only 11 percent gave their agency an “A,” and 3 percent gave an “F.”

FCC chairman issues bold vision for improving cybersecurity

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler Thursday said cybersecurity throughout the private sector must improve significantly beyond what existing voluntary frameworks have so far been able to deliver, but he stopped short of calling for new government regulations to get there.

The 3 coolest things we saw at the SmartAmerica Expo

The Smart America expo highlighted 24 projects that are on the cutting edge of the Internet of Things, including system built to interact with robotic humans and live dogs.

New study finds reform in government is necessary but not always easy

Reform efforts in government are an opportunity to rethink and reshape the mission and effectiveness of an agency. But success is not automatic and requires detailed planning and dedicated leadership, according to a new survey.

OMB IT Dashboard not up to par

The Office of Management and Budget’s IT Dashboard is supposed to be a trusted source for transparently analyzing the quality of federal IT investments and reducing duplicates. But according to a new Government Accountability Office report, the dashboard is not living up to the effective IT tool it is supposed to be.

Obama’s D-Day speech challenges post-Snowden narrative

The exposure of the National Security Agency’s domestic and international surveillance programs by Edward Snowden has created a deep sense of distrust among America’s European allies. But President Barack Obama drew a clear distinction Friday between Snowden’s America and the country that 70 years ago paid for “democracy’s beachhead” with a downpayment of 9,387 American lives.

CIO survey calls cybersecurity top challenge

Cybersecurity is again among the top priorities and challenges facing agencies, according to the results of a new survey from TechAmerica and Grant Thornton LLP.

Burwell confirmed as new HHS secretary

The Senate confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell Thursday to replace Katherine Sebelius in the currently chaotic role of Department of Health and Human Services secretary.

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