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Census Needs to Straighten Out Plans for 2020 Internet Option, Watchdog Says

March 9, 2015 The Census Bureau is attempting to introduce the 2020 headcount to the digital age by offering the public the option of responding via the Internet. Still five years away from that lofty goal, already the Government Accountability Office has spotted early warning signs that the bureau’s plan is not heading...

Pentagon Hires First Digital Media Director

March 5, 2015 Clarification: This story has been updated to clarify Stephanie Dreyer’s position. She is the department’s first director for digital media and strategy and will focus on spearheading Defense Secretary’s Ashton Carter’s social media communications. The Pentagon is getting a new social media maven. The Defense Department already boasts more than...

Pentagon Adds Social Media Whiz to Team

March 5, 2015 The Pentagon is getting a new social media maven. The Defense Department boasts more than 800,000 Facebook “likes” and almost as many Twitter followers -- and even maintains a presence on Instagram and Pinterest. Stephanie Dreyer, who is joining DOD as its first director for digital media and strategy, will...

Commerce Department Launches Private Sector Data Brain Trust

March 4, 2015 In the latest example of a federal agency dipping into the private sector pool for its technological needs, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker revealed Wednesday the 19 members who will make up the department's newly created Data Advisory Council. Member of the council hail from some of the nation's leading tech...

What Clinton's Email Habits Reveal About Federal Records Laws

March 3, 2015 Since Monday night, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has received a barrage of negative press thanks to The New York Times report detailing her exclusive use of a personal email to conduct government business during her four years as the nation’s top diplomat, raising concerns about everything from transparency...

Will Fixing Va.gov be Digital Team's First Priority?

February 26, 2015 The Department of Veterans Affairs is one of the first federal agencies to have its own in-house digital service squad. But the small team of coders and designers clearly has more work to do: The agency's main website placed dead last in a recent survey of federal websites. VA’s score...

Cyber Teamwork Between Federal Agencies Still Too Hard, Says Army Cyber Commander

February 26, 2015 Amid the onslaught of cyberthreats faced by federal agencies, the potential for an even larger and more sustained catastrophic version of a digital attack has become an increasingly real possibility. If such a scenario were to took take place, the Defense Department would certainly play a lead role in the...

Cyber Collaboration in Government Still a Work in Progress

February 25, 2015 Amid the onslaught of cyberthreats faced by federal agencies, the potential for an even larger and more sustained catastrophic version of a digital attack has become an increasingly real possibility. If such a scenario were to took take place, the Defense Department would certainly play a lead role in the...

The Federal Government’s Technology Problem is Actually a Design Problem

February 25, 2015 The biggest problem with government technology may not actually be technology; a more likely culprit is the design part of the digital equation. That's what civic designer Dana Chisnell said Feb. 24 during a keynote at the Arlington Economic Development and ACT-IAC's GoodGovUx event in Arlington, Virginia. Chisnell, a consultant...

Intelligence Agency Goes Virtual in Search for Talent

February 20, 2015 From an Urdu language analyst to a mission support accountant, Wednesday’s intelligence community career fair offered a wide array of job opportunities. But perhaps its greatest attribute came from the ease at which the public could access the fair. Participants did not need to venture further than their computer screens...