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How Secure is Federal Data at Branch Offices and Other Remote Sites?

November 5, 2015 Almost 90 percent of federal leaders polled in a new survey say they are concerned about their ability to secure sensitive information in branch offices and other far-flung remote sites where a lot of government work gets done. About a third of respondents -- 67 percent -- said they consider...

Critical Mobile Device Decision for 2020 Census Remains Unsettled

November 4, 2015 Census Bureau officials have two viable options for incorporating mobile devices into the agency's field work for the 2020 count: "bring your own device" and government-furnished devices. And they appear to be in very little hurry to make a choice. Despite already releasing its 2020 Census Operational Plan last month,...

Census Delays Key Decisions About Using Tech in 2020 Count

November 3, 2015 Less than two years out from critical end-to-end testing of the 2020 Census count, the window to incorporate new technology and IT systems is closing fast. Both the projected $5.2 billion in cost savings and increased efficiency will depend almost exclusively on the agency successfully implementing such new tech-based techniques...

Survey: People Want to Know About Government Data Breaches ‘In Real Time’

November 2, 2015 The majority of Washington, D.C., area residents want to hear about the next government data breach in real time, according to a recent survey. Of the 500 residents polled -- 20 percent of whom are current or former federal employees -- the vast majority do not want to wait months...

Say What? Even the Experts Disagree on Cyber Terminology

October 30, 2015 The recent Office of Personnel Management cyber breach was not only a case of stolen federal employee and contractor data. It may also have been one of mistaken identity. While the breach did take place in cyberspace and was certainly a crime, it did not constitute a cyberattack, Director of...

Want DOD To Be More Innovative? Sorry, Government Is Inefficient on Purpose

October 29, 2015 Think the government is overly bureaucratic, inefficient and stifles innovation? Well, you’re probably right in a lot of ways. But it was designed to be that way. That’s according to Adam Tarsi, chief of staff at the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office, a small arm of the Pentagon designed to...

Census Bureau on the Hunt for New CIO

October 28, 2015 The Census Bureau, which has ambitious plans to use technology in the upcoming 2020 count, is looking for a new IT chief. On Monday, the agency posted an opening for an associate director for information technology and CIO to oversee the agency's IT portfolio, according to the USAJobs posting. Specific...

Hacking the Capitol: All the Ways Tech Can Help Congress Work Smarter

October 27, 2015 A platform that would allow the public to contribute to congressional hearings in real-time. A track-changes type of tool that could show each and every change lawmakers make to a bill during the legislative process. A digital petition system for each congressional district. The second Congressional Hackathon, held Oct. 23...

New Tech Plans Aim to Take Copyright Office Out of the 1970s

October 26, 2015 One month after the online copyright registration system went dark for about a week, the U.S. Copyright Office has unveiled a 5-year plan to make it more tech savvy. Released Oct. 23, the six-point plan is designed to be both transparent and flexible, said Maria A. Pallante, director of the...

The Rise of Agency Innovation Labs

October 22, 2015 The White House wants more federal agencies to tap into the creative ideas floating around in their employees’ heads by launching innovation labs, according to a newly released administration strategy for boosting U.S. innovation. In recent years, an increasing number of agencies have jumped on the innovation lab bandwagon. In...