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The Government Finally May Have Found All Its Data Centers

1:53 PM ET For years, the federal government has been trying to identify each of its many energy-guzzling data centers in hopes of closing many and saving money. The effort began in earnest in 2010 with the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative—since superseded by the Data Center Optimization policy—when the data center tally...

CIO Authority 'Still a Major Issue' Across Government

12:55 PM ET Half of all Chief Financial Officers Act agency chief information officers aren’t reporting to the secretary or deputy secretary, a fact Congress and the Government Accountability Office aren't going to let go of anytime soon. That much was clear during Tuesday’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, which featured...

No Agency Gets an A in Latest FITARA Scorecard

December 6, 2016 No agencies earned an A in the third batch of the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act scorecards produced by Congress. Released in advance of today’s 2 p.m. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing, the scorecards indicate 12 agencies improved their scores since their May grades, 11 held steady...

Come Talk About Encryption and Internet of Things Dec. 8

December 6, 2016 We at Nextgov will host our final Tech + Tequila of the year on Dec. 8, and our subject matter this time around is likely to get lots of play in 2017. The theme is “In Tech We Trust,” and we’ll host two distinct panels on the internet things and...

Agencies Fail at CIO Authorities in New Scorecards

December 5, 2016 More agencies have Fs than As, Bs and Cs combined in a new category measuring chief information officer authorities in the latest iteration of biannual Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act scorecards compiled by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The low scores for agencies in the new data...

U.S. Chief Data Scientist: 'Time is Now' For Technologists to Jump into Public Service

December 2, 2016 Data is one commonality all today’s emerging technologies and levels of society share. Cloud computing, the internet of things, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, complex analytics and other new technologies all involve the storage, sorting, sharing, manipulating and analyzing data. People are the largest producers of it. The Obama administration was...

Tech Trade Groups to Trump: Support Innovation, Please

December 1, 2016 Seventeen technology trade-group leaders joined together to pen a letter to Donald Trump Wednesday encouraging the president-elect to support innovation policies, offering a series of recommendations they believe will drive economic growth and better position the country’s digital future. The recommendations carry some weight considering the companies they represent employ...

GSA's New Tech Leader Says Group is Ready for Its Pixar Moment

November 30, 2016 Rob Cook, the new head of the General Services Administration’s tech wing, sees many parallels between where the Technology Transformation Service is today and where the collection of animators and techies who formed Pixar were in the mid-1980s. In those early, fledgling days for computer animation, Cook, a talented software...

Have a 'No Cloud' Policy? Here's Why That's Old Fashioned

November 30, 2016 Gartner’s latest cloud computing research is getting many mentions between sessions at Amazon Web Services’ re: Invent conference in Las Vegas. Linked above, Gartner says by 2020, “a corporate ‘no cloud’ policy will be as rare as a ‘no internet’ policy today." In other words, no business will operate without...

18F Co-Founder on Why Tech Transcends Party Politics

November 28, 2016 Aaron Snow began what would become a four-year term of government service as a member of the inaugural Presidential Innovation Fellows in 2013 and will end it in an advisory role at the General Services Administration, offering guidance to the new head of the Technology Transformation Service, Rob Cook. In...

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