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Paying the Government Just Got a Whole Lot Easier

February 19, 2015 The next time you’re asked to fork over money for a court filing fee or your monthly Small Business Administration loan payment, you don’t need to reach for your checkbook. No, you’ll still have to make the payment. But the process will likely be much simpler, thanks to a newly...

Why Spending More Money Isn’t the Answer to Federal IT Failures

February 18, 2015 The federal government has famously struggled with large federal IT projects, but it's not because agencies are skimping on them. In fact, throwing billions of dollars into fixing wayward IT initiatives isn't necessarily helping, according to a recently released study by the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers. Why...

DARPA's New Search Engine Puts Google in the Dust

February 13, 2015 The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s foray into fighting hackers and other malcontents on the Web can be summed up in a single probing question. “How can I make the unseen seen?” Dan Kaufman, the director of DARPA’s information innovation office director, said last week in a feature on "60...

The Social Science Behind DARPA’s Plan to Map Out the Dark Web

February 13, 2015 The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s foray into fighting hackers and other malcontents on the Web can be summed up in a single probing question. “How can I make the unseen seen?” Dan Kaufman, the director of DARPA’s information innovation office director, said last week in a feature on "60...

Why Federal Agencies Want to Get on a First Name Basis With You

February 11, 2015 Imagine you receive two nearly identical emails from your health care provider asking for feedback. The only difference between the two notes? One addresses you by name, while the other simply begins with a generic “Greetings.” Which one would you respond to? Chances are, it's the one that highlights your...

This is What Agile Development Should Look Like in the Federal Government

February 9, 2015 The pace of technological innovation is so rapid that a project deemed state-of-the-art today might be anything but by next week. So when federal agencies talk in terms of years-long tech procurement timelines, the chance that these projects remain innovative -- let alone effective -- begins to fizzle. A new...

How to Innovate in a Short Timeframe and on a Shoestring Budget

February 9, 2015 More stringent fraud detection at the Social Security Administration thanks to a Web service that can efficiently sift through terabytes of data. Standardized HR for the Agriculture Department, which cut the four-month hiring process in half. Migrating NASA’s information to the cloud, thus increasing collaboration while decreasing operations and maintenance...

Emerging Tech Trends in 2015? It's All About the Data

February 5, 2015 There is a simple explanation for the 400 percent increase over the last five years in federal agencies' investments in predictive analytics: Too much data. “The exponential growth in structured and unstructured data is the backdrop of future federal IT needs,” stated a new report from Deltek on “Emerging Federal...

'Connect the Dots' -- An Alternative to NSA Bulk Surveillance?

February 3, 2015 Last month, the National Research Council concluded there is no technological replacement for the National's Security Agency's mass surveillance and therefore should not be fully replaced. “No software-based technique can fully replace the bulk collection of signals intelligence,” the report stated. But there may in fact be a viable alternative...

The Public Participation Playbook Goes Live

February 3, 2015 Federal managers need to drop the “if you build it, they will come” mentality when it comes to launching new programs and services. Instead, they need to think about how to engage the public from the get-go. That’s the thinking behind the new U.S. Public Participation Playbook, which went live...