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Technology Popular Theme in Agency Competitions

May 11, 2015 Last year, when NASA sought to come up with a new algorithm for detecting potentially hazardous asteroids barreling through our solar system, it turned to the wisdom of the crowd. A series of contests and challenges -- total price tag: $200,000 -- resulted in a 15 percent improvement over the...

Lawmakers Prod Agencies to Retool Energy-Guzzling Data Centers

May 8, 2015 Federal agencies have eliminated some 1,200 federal data centers over the past five years and about 2,600 more are expected to get the ax shortly as part of an effort to cut federal IT costs. But lawmakers think it might take more than consolidation to tame these notorious energy guzzlers....

Government’s Mobile Sites, Apps Rated More Highly Than Many Companies’

May 7, 2015 More and more, Americans are turning to their smartphones to check their bank balance, look up a restaurant listing -- or even access a government service. And it turns out, the federal government is actually outpacing several key private industries when it comes public satisfaction with their mobile websites and...

Lessons Learned from Australia's Chief Technology Officer

May 6, 2015 For over two years, the Australian government’s chief technology officer and procurement coordinator, John Sheridan, has led the charge in providing governmentwide technological services. Although a large scale, complex responsibility, his strategy is simple: Work in short, achievable steps to meet long-term goals. Most recently, Sheridan’s efforts resulted in the...

Do We Need to Add an 'A' to STEM?

May 4, 2015 STEM has become quite the buzzword in tech circles around Washington, D.C. But a group of lawmakers think the focus on science, technology, engineering and math may be too limited. A House resolution, introduced May 1 by Rep. James Langevin, D-R.I., encourages agencies to incorporate art and design into federal...

Why People Who Put ‘Data Scientist’ on Their LinkedIn Profiles Earn More Money

May 4, 2015 This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a massive, new data set detailing all the drugs -- and their costs -- prescribed by doctors under Medicare Part D in 2013. It's all part of continuing efforts by the federal government to release important data for actionable use...

Got Ideas About Cyber R&D Strategy? You Can Weigh in Now

April 30, 2015 In its quest to craft a comprehensive federal cybersecurity research and development strategic plan, the National Science Foundation has decided to leave no technological stone unturned -- even if it’s in the private sector. On Monday, a notice in the Federal Register stated the agency would be reaching beyond the...

Trio of DC's Top Female Coders Hail from Federal Innovation Shop

April 29, 2015 Three employees of 18F, the digital fix-it arm of the federal government, were honored at Tuesday night’s inaugural DCFemTech awards, recognizing the D.C. area's top female programmers. 18F tied only with AOL as the organization with the most employees honored. Out of a pool of almost 80 nominees, 30 women...

Survey: Most Americans Just Not That Into Uncle Sam's Digital Services

April 28, 2015 Less than half of American adults who use the Internet at least once a week want the federal government to dive deeper into digital service delivery, according to a Forrester Research study released Tuesday. Last year saw the launch of both two government tech teams designed to help agencies whip...

GSA to Host Data-Infused Hackathon

April 27, 2015 The General Services Administration plans to open its doors to over 100 members of the public for a hackathon next week to give itself and fellow agencies a technological boost in the data department. GSA recently announced it will host the Digital Innovation and Strategy Hack-a-thon on May 8 at...