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Commerce Department Recruits Former Google Exec

May 27, 2015 In the latest example of a federal agency recruiting private sector talent, the Commerce Department has named a former Google executive as its digital economy director. Alan Davidson is expected to help lead Commerce’s work on issues related to the digital economy and Internet policy, according to the think tank...

NASA Wants to Help Propel Space Tech Past ‘Tipping Point’

May 26, 2015 The next big thing in commercial space technology may not be quite ready to head to market. And that’s where NASA is stepping in. The space agency announced last week it wants to invest in a number of industry-developed space technologies that are at the so-called “tipping point” -- everything...

When It Comes to Protecting their Data, Americans Still Trust the Government More Than Facebook

May 21, 2015 After the onslaught of privacy and surveillance concerns incited by National Security Agency surveillance, Americans clearly have trust issues with the federal government. Just 6 percent of Americans say they’re “very confident” records maintained by federal agencies will be kept private and secure, according to a Pew Research Center survey...

VA’s ‘Grand Challenge’: Open-Source Prosthetic Limbs for Veterans

May 20, 2015 The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to build better prosthetics. And it wants your help. Last week, VA’s Center for Innovation launched its three-month Innovation Creation Series for Prosthetics and Assistive Technologies. The aim of the series is to build a suite of special prosthetics and other state-of-the-art technologies to...

App Glitches Cost Agencies Millions of Dollars in Lost Productivity

May 20, 2015 How long does it take for federal agencies to pinpoint and resolve application performance glitches? For the majority of the federal tech leaders polled in a recent study, it took a day or more, and that equates to some $4 million in lost productivity. From email to enterprise-resource planning systems,...

VA Wants Your Help Building Better Prosthetics

May 19, 2015 The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to build better prosthetics. And it wants your help. Last week, VA’s Center for Innovation launched its three-month Innovation Creation Series for Prosthetics and Assistive Technologies. The aim of the series is to build a suite of special prosthetics and other state-of-the-art technologies to...

Congressman Wants Federal Buildings Outfitted with Bird-Friendly Features

May 18, 2015 Are the thousands of federal buildings across the country death traps for birds? An Illinois congressman wants federal buildings to be outfitted with new design materials and even some high-tech features to deter birds from flying to their doom on Uncle Sam’s property. If approved by Congress, the Federal Bird-Safe...

Want to Build a NASA Rocket? Agency Goes Public with Source Code

May 15, 2015 You no longer have to be a rocket scientist to access more than 1,000 cutting-edge program tools from NASA. This week, NASA published its second annual Software Catalog, which makes much of the coding its top scientists use on a daily basis available for public consumption at no cost. “As...

12 Ways for Congress to Step Up US Data Innovation

May 13, 2015 As data becomes more important in shaping the country’s day-to-day decision-making, the Center for Data Innovation has some ideas for how Congress can fast track U.S. data innovation --a dozen of them, to be exact. On Monday, the organization published a to-do list detailing the legislative steps Congress can take...

NASA Has Big Plans for the Next 20 Years -- But Can Its Budget Keep Up?

May 12, 2015 Spacesuits built for humans to take more interstellar strolls outside the confines of their spacecraft. Spacecraft with the ability to make smooth landings on Mars despite its inhospitable terrain. A digital tracking system to keep tabs on flights scattered across our increasingly congested skies. These are only a fraction of...