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Lawmakers Want a Few Good Hackers to Help Bring Congress into the 21st Century

April 24, 2015 A program providing mobile access to campaign finance data. A Twitter filter for congressional staffers to more easily keep tabs on the day’s government-related social media buzz. A digital system to track how long it takes congressional offices to respond to letters from their constituents. These are only a small...

Feds Say Encrypting Data is Key but Don't Want to Pony up the Cash

April 23, 2015 Despite an increasing volume of data traveling across federal networks, a majority of federal IT managers recently polled do not believe that data is secure. Only about a quarter of the 200 respondents from 60 agencies were certain of their network data’s safety, according to the recently released report by...

Here Are the Agency Websites Google Doesn’t Think are Mobile Friendly

April 22, 2015 Mobilegeddon won't leave federal websites unscathed. Google’s newly implemented policy to adjust mobile search rankings based on a website’s mobile friendliness could leave some federal websites on a Google search engine’s dreaded second page -- at least when users search from a smartphone. The new policy went into effect Tuesday....

FCC Website Gets a Refresh

April 22, 2015 After devoting more than eight months to research and design work, a Federal Communications Commission team has released an interactive prototype of its refurbished website. Unveiled Monday, the prototype features cleanly laid out navigation bars, accessible agency resources and a separate section meant specifically for general consumers, according to an...

Feds’ Enthusiasm for ‘Bring-Your-Own-Device’ Deflates

April 21, 2015 Government agencies appear to have even less interest in the highly publicized "bring your own device" movement than they did last year, according to a study released Tuesday. More than 70 percent of government workers polled by Forrester Research said BYOD initiatives aren’t on their IT organization’s agenda or are...

How Secure is an Email Tip Line for Federal Employees?

April 17, 2015 Congressman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the House Oversight subcommittee on government operations, wants to provide federal whistleblowers -- and simply fed-up feds ---with an anonymous forum to air their workplace grievances. Meadow encouraged federal employees concerned about their workplaces to drop him a line at TellMark@mail.house.gov. But is an...

Shortage of IT Security Professionals not Unique to Government

April 16, 2015 The federal government is not the only entity struggling to fill its ranks with talented information security professionals. The entire world appears to be in the same boat, according to a new study. Conducted by growth consulting company Frost & Sullivan, the (ISC)² Global Information Security Workforce Study polled almost...

No Filter: Government Publishing Office Now on Instagram

April 15, 2015 In its latest ode to the digital age, the Government Publishing Office has just added Instagram to its social media repertoire, according to an agency statement Wednesday. The new account is expected to help the agency get the word out about government information online, according to the publishing office. So...

Could Demographic Information Boost the Number of Women in STEM?

April 14, 2015 Many federal agencies distributing science, technology, engineering and math grants may be missing the opportunity to improve the field’s gender imbalance, by not asking for applicant demographic information, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Monday. The study, "Federal Agencies Differ in the Data They Collect on Grant Applicants,"...

What the US Can Learn from a Nordic Innovation Leader

April 13, 2015 With more than 50 countries now boasting national innovation foundations, the United States may want to take a page or two out of some of their best practice books, according to a recently released report. Published this month by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, “The Global Flourishing of National...