Nextgov - All Contenthttp://www.nextgov.com/Federal technology news, best practices, and web 2.0 tools.en-usFri, 30 Jan 2015 15:57:47 -0500House Committee Demands Answers from CTO Megan Smith and HHS on HealthCare.gov Data Mininghttp://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2015/01/house-committee-wants-answers-cto-megan-smith-and-hhs-healthcaregov-data-mining/104187/The head of the House Space, Science and Technology Committee says he might call U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith to testify about potential HealthCare.gov consumer privacy gaps.Jack MooreFri, 30 Jan 2015 15:57:47 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2015/01/house-committee-wants-answers-cto-megan-smith-and-hhs-healthcaregov-data-mining/104187/Big DataRocketing into the Future: Can Containers Help Secure the Cloud?http://www.nextgov.com/technology-news/tech-insider/2015/01/rocketing-future-can-containers-help-secure-cloud/104175/A combination of rapid application installation and controlled access to the underlying system will provide developers and operations with capabilities they need to fully exploit the cloud.Dominic DelmolinoFri, 30 Jan 2015 13:52:45 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/technology-news/tech-insider/2015/01/rocketing-future-can-containers-help-secure-cloud/104175/News - Tech Insiderbelekekin/Shutterstock.comA New Global Swarm of Weather-Sensing Satelliteshttp://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2015/01/new-global-swarm-weather-sensing-satellites/104163/Armed with tiny orbiting sensors, a startup plans to build the world's largest database of private weather data.Robinson Meyer, The AtlanticFri, 30 Jan 2015 13:47:27 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2015/01/new-global-swarm-weather-sensing-satellites/104163/Big DataA Spire employee works on one of the company's satellites.SpireGovernment Privacy Board to Obama: Shut Down NSA Mass Spying Nowhttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/01/government-privacy-board-obama-shut-down-nsa-mass-spying-now/104160/The White House has been quiet on surveillance reform since the USA Freedom Act crumbled in the Senate last November.Dustin Volz, National JournalFri, 30 Jan 2015 13:29:00 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/01/government-privacy-board-obama-shut-down-nsa-mass-spying-now/104160/CybersecurityThe National Security Administration campus in Fort Meade, Md. Patrick Semansky/APAmazon To Finally Announce How Much Revenue Its Cloud Services Bring Inhttp://www.nextgov.com/cloud-computing/2015/01/amazon-finally-announce-how-much-revenue-its-cloud-services-bring/104166/The cloud service powers both the CIA and Netflix.Alice Truong, QuartzFri, 30 Jan 2015 13:26:26 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cloud-computing/2015/01/amazon-finally-announce-how-much-revenue-its-cloud-services-bring/104166/CloudGil C/Shutterstock.comManaging Virtual Workers? Take a Page from Fantasy Footballhttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2015/01/what-do-fantasy-football-and-federal-teleworkers-have-common/104115/The strategies to creating and managing a winning fantasy football team are just as effective when leading a very different group of players—the federal virtual workforce.Hallie GoldenFri, 30 Jan 2015 11:00:19 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2015/01/what-do-fantasy-football-and-federal-teleworkers-have-common/104115/CIO Briefing - Wired WorkplaceDetroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson runs for a 67-yard touchdown reception during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Detroit. Johnson is one of the most traded players in CBS Sports and Yahoo fantasy leagues.Carlos Osorio/AP File PhotoHackers Redirect Malaysia Airlines, Pop Taylor Swift’s Twitter Account, and Harass Autistic Teenhttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/01/hackers-redirect-malaysia-airlines-pop-taylor-swifts-twitter-account-and-harass-autistic-teen/104124/Just another week in ThreatWatch, our regularly updated index of noteworthy data breaches.Aliya SternsteinFri, 30 Jan 2015 06:00:00 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/01/hackers-redirect-malaysia-airlines-pop-taylor-swifts-twitter-account-and-harass-autistic-teen/104124/CybersecurityTaylor Swift performs in Times Square during New Year's Eve celebrations.Charles Sykes/APThe Pentagon Accelerates Move to Cloud Computinghttp://www.nextgov.com/cloud-computing/2015/01/pentagon-accelerates-move-cloud-computing/104112/The proof is in the participation: The Defense Department’s latest cloud security guidelines received 800-plus public comments, the vast majority of them from industry players and cloud providers.Frank KonkelThu, 29 Jan 2015 16:21:30 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cloud-computing/2015/01/pentagon-accelerates-move-cloud-computing/104112/CloudFlickr user Michael BairdFCC Demands Faster Broadband http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/01/fcc-demands-faster-broadband/104103/Republicans complain that increasing the definition of "broadband" is meant to justify power grabs.Brendan Sasso, National JournalThu, 29 Jan 2015 16:14:41 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/01/fcc-demands-faster-broadband/104103/CIO BriefingFederal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler.Jose Luis Magana/APCell Carriers Spend $45B in Auction of Wireless Frequencieshttp://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2015/01/cell-carriers-spend-45b-auction-wireless-frequencies/104106/The astronomical figure shows just how desperate carriers such as AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile are for access to more airwaves to power their customers' devices.Brendan Sasso, National JournalThu, 29 Jan 2015 16:07:05 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/mobile/2015/01/cell-carriers-spend-45b-auction-wireless-frequencies/104106/MobileSERHAT AKAVCI/Shutterstock.comBeware the Unwitting Insider Threathttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/01/beware-unwitting-insider-threat/104097/Employees who click on dubious email attachments, plug in unsecured storage devices or leave laptops unsecured, among other problematic IT practices, may be the biggest threat posed to securing federal agency networks.Jack MooreThu, 29 Jan 2015 15:39:52 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/01/beware-unwitting-insider-threat/104097/CybersecurityAndrea Danti/Shutterstock.comWhy Is Google Making Human Skin?http://www.nextgov.com/health/2015/01/why-google-making-human-skin/104064/A dive into one of Google Life Sciences' latest initiatives.James Hamblin, MD and Katherine Wells, The AtlanticThu, 29 Jan 2015 13:26:47 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/health/2015/01/why-google-making-human-skin/104064/Healthturtix/Shutterstock.comDHS Reveals Super Bowl Surveillance Techniques -- Sort Ofhttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/2015/01/dhs-reveals-super-bowl-surveillance-techniques-kinda/104016/Agents will not be using sarcasm-detecting software they have expressed an interest in buying, the Secret Service said.Aliya SternsteinWed, 28 Jan 2015 18:45:26 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2015/01/dhs-reveals-super-bowl-surveillance-techniques-kinda/104016/DefenseThe Super Bowl XLIX logo is displayed on the University of Phoenix Stadium, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz.Charlie Riedel/APWhy Paid Parental Leave Could Be Key to Diversifying the Tech Workforce http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2015/01/step-one-attracting-women-federal-it-jobs-paid-maternity-leave/103986/The president's new parental leave policy may entice more women to seek STEM jobs in the federal government versus the private sector.Hallie GoldenWed, 28 Jan 2015 17:09:47 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/wired-workplace/2015/01/step-one-attracting-women-federal-it-jobs-paid-maternity-leave/103986/CIO Briefing - Wired WorkplacePhotographee.eu/Shutterstock.comHere’s What the US Could Learn From Estonia About Cybersecurityhttp://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/01/heres-what-us-could-learn-estonia-about-cybersecurity/103959/Cyber attacks cost an estimated $400 billion in damages per year, but that number may soon soar thanks to what Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves called “the “little green men-ization of cyberspace."Linda Kinstler, QuartzWed, 28 Jan 2015 13:23:09 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/01/heres-what-us-could-learn-estonia-about-cybersecurity/103959/CybersecurityEstonia's President Toomas Hendrik Ilves addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly.John Minchillo/APThis Is How Feds Will Protect Sensitive Data in the Cloudhttp://www.nextgov.com/cloud-computing/2015/01/new-fedramp-standards-provide-glimpse-how-feds-will-protect-sensitive-data-cloud/103971/The so-called high-impact baseline has become a major priority because of recent demand from both the Defense Department and civilian agencies.Frank KonkelWed, 28 Jan 2015 13:06:47 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cloud-computing/2015/01/new-fedramp-standards-provide-glimpse-how-feds-will-protect-sensitive-data-cloud/103971/Cloudbannosuke/Shutterstock.comBeware Stricter Drone Lawshttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/2015/01/beware-stricter-drone-laws/103956/After a White House scare, could tougher regulations threaten Amazon's delivery dreams?Russell Berman, The AtlanticWed, 28 Jan 2015 12:59:44 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2015/01/beware-stricter-drone-laws/103956/DefenseSecret Service officers search the south grounds of the White House after a drone accidentally crashed there.Susan Walsh/APIf You're Using Big Data, Press '1'http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2015/01/if-youre-using-big-data-press-one/103941/Big data has the potential to improve the federal customer experience.Patrick BoyntonWed, 28 Jan 2015 10:25:50 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/big-data/2015/01/if-youre-using-big-data-press-one/103941/Big Data Tashatuvango/Shutterstock.comFederal CTO’s New Mission: Raise the Government’s Tech IQhttp://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/01/ctos-new-mission-raise-governments-tech-iq/103923/Megan Smith is touting the Obama administration’s all-of the-above approach to refreshing its tech workforce, including tapping Silicon Valley alumni to work on short-term projects and retraining existing federal techies.Jack MooreTue, 27 Jan 2015 18:23:22 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/01/ctos-new-mission-raise-governments-tech-iq/103923/CIO BriefingCTO Megan Smith shares a laugh with a middle school student from Newark, N.J. and Code.org Founder Hadi Partovi, center, after teaching U.S. President Barack Obama how to code at the White House.Paul Morigi/APDHS to Launch Iris and Facial Recognition at the Borderhttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/2015/01/dhs-launch-iris-and-facial-recognition-border/103908/The project is part of a coming overhaul of DHS' biometric system, which currently contains more than 170 million foreigner fingerprints and facial images.Aliya SternsteinTue, 27 Jan 2015 18:08:49 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2015/01/dhs-launch-iris-and-facial-recognition-border/103908/Defensera2studio/Shutterstock.comFeds Get a How-To Guide for Responding to Social Media Hackshttp://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/emerging-tech-blog/2015/01/new-toolkit-feds-aims-prevent-social-media-hacks/103866/If you’re a fed whose job involves dealing with your department’s social media accounts, this resource is worth a look.Frank KonkelTue, 27 Jan 2015 15:16:59 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/emerging-tech-blog/2015/01/new-toolkit-feds-aims-prevent-social-media-hacks/103866/Emerging Tech - Emerging TechQuka/Shutterstock.comWhat Do Americans Hate More: Their Internet Providers or Their Government?http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/01/what-do-americans-hate-more-their-internet-providers-or-their-government/103845/Customer satisfaction with the federal government is declining, according to a new survey.Brian Resnick, National JournalTue, 27 Jan 2015 14:28:11 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2015/01/what-do-americans-hate-more-their-internet-providers-or-their-government/103845/CIO BriefingGil C/Shutterstock.comAfter Drone Crashes in its Backyard, White House Calls for New Regulationshttp://www.nextgov.com/defense/2015/01/after-drone-crashes-its-backyard-white-house-calls-new-regulations/103848/The president directed federal agencies to release rules for commercial drone use.Kaveh Waddell, National JournalTue, 27 Jan 2015 13:57:57 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/defense/2015/01/after-drone-crashes-its-backyard-white-house-calls-new-regulations/103848/DefenseThe drone that crashed onto the White House grounds in Washington, Monday, Jan. 26, 2015.US Secret Service/APGSA Spends Over $100 Million for New Cloud Serviceshttp://www.nextgov.com/cloud-computing/2015/01/gsa-forks-over-100-million-new-cloud-services/103842/Awarded through GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, the contract will be a GSA-wide procurement vehicle,Frank KonkelTue, 27 Jan 2015 12:20:00 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cloud-computing/2015/01/gsa-forks-over-100-million-new-cloud-services/103842/CloudMacrovector/Shutterstock.comMicrosoft’s Transition to the Cloud Will Be a Drawn-Out Sloghttp://www.nextgov.com/cloud-computing/2015/01/microsofts-transition-cloud-will-be-drawn-out-slog/103824/The company is shifting toward a model of selling software as subscription-based services, and away from its “old” business of selling one-time software licenses.Dan Frommer, QuartzTue, 27 Jan 2015 11:10:49 -0500http://www.nextgov.com/cloud-computing/2015/01/microsofts-transition-cloud-will-be-drawn-out-slog/103824/CloudMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella gestures while speaking during a press briefing on the intersection of cloud and mobile computing.Eric Risberg/AP