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.

Could another Google employee be White House bound?

Just a week after the White House officially announced that U.S. chief technology officer Todd Park would be leaving the position and moving back to California, Fortune Magazine is reporting that Google’s Megan Smith will succeed him.

Todd Park to step down as U.S. CTO by end of August

Todd Park, the United States Chief Technology Officer, will step down by the end of August, an official familiar with the situation confirmed to FedScoop.

Park will take on a new role working as part of the White House team from Silicon Valley where he will focus on recruiting top tech talent and help channel the best ideas from the tech community into IT efforts in government.

After, White House creates Digital Service team

Less than a year since a small team of private sector digital technology experts attempted to save the flawed marketplace, a new team in the Office of Management and Budget will lead an effort to help recreate the government’s digital experience.

Agencies showcase disaster tech at White House Demo Day

More than a half dozen agencies and just under 20 private companies met at the White House July 29 to highlight new digital tools to help citizens cope in the aftermath of a disaster.

Pahlka tweets farewell to Washington

Jennifer Pahlka, the founder and executive director at Code for America who served for the past year as the deputy chief technology officer for government innovation at the White House, has left the building.

Health Datapalooza introduces new health data and tools

A packed house of 2,000-plus Monday morning were the first to hear of new health data and tools from the Federal Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services announced at the 2014 Health Datapalooza in Washington, D.C.

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.

Safety data takes center stage

Technologists, safety officers, entrepreneurs and government officials gathered at the Agriculture Department on Tuesday for the second annual Safety Datapalooza.

State enrollment of ACA dwarfs that of federal site

Almost three times as many have signed up for health care coverage through state-run health exchanges than through the federal government’s marketplace as part of the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health and Human Services reported Wednesday.

Top technologists testify on

The plagued rollout of isn’t so much a technical issue, but rooted in a larger management challenge and failure to adopt private-sector best practices in launching IT projects, according to testimony heard at the Nov. 13 hearing on the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace.

CTO Park subpoenaed about

U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park has been subpoenaed by a House committee to speak about the ailing website.

Using tech to fight human trafficking epidemic

The White House is using technology to tackle an age-old issue from a new perspective. Human trafficking is a global problem and one the administration has pledged to redouble its efforts on here in the U.S.

Energy high as health IT week kicks off in DC

With Monday marking the kickoff of National Health IT Week, U.S. CTO Todd Park took the opportunity to bring his trademark enthusiasm to an already-energetic crowd at the Health and Human Services Department.

White House looks to public for ideas on open gov

The Obama administration is developing a second action plan on open government, and it’s asking citizens to help with the task.

US CTO Todd Park on unlocking data and lowering the cost of government

U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park discusses in this FedScoopTV interview how projects such as RFP-EZ can help lower the cost of government.

Obama does live social media Q&A with Zillow CEO

One of the most popular conversation topics in D.C. is rent: How much is someone paying, where they got a good deal, how no one can afford to live where they want to.

BREAKING: Former innovation fellow named VA CTO

Marina Martin has been named chief technology officer at the Veterans Affairs Department, replacing former VA CTO Peter Levin, who left the department in March and headed to the private sector.

Former Twitter exec joins OSTP

Twitter lawyer Nicole Wong is joining OSTP as deputy chief technology officer, on the heels of another recent hire, Code for America founder Jennifer Pahlka, who serves as deputy CTO of government innovation.

After hours: Where to schmooze with government techies

D.C. is known for its networking happy hours. Even after the 9-to-5 grind, folks are still gathering at local watering holes to relax with colleagues and talk shop. So where do government techies end up after business hours?

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