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OSTP Releases Best Practices for Agencies Navigating the Crowd

October 1, 2015 The Office of Science and Technology Policy wants all agencies to harness the power of crowdsourcing and citizen science, so it has released a toolkit to help them do just that. During an OSTP event held in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, OSTP Director John Holdren announced the release of the...

18F and USDS Want to Eliminate Federal Website 'Snowflakes'

September 29, 2015 The U.S. Digital Service and 18F are on a mission to standardize the digital face of the federal government, all the way down to its typeface. On Monday, the two agencies announced the release of the U.S. Web Design Standards, a step-by-step guide to help each agency revamp its website...

NASA Names New CIO

September 29, 2015 NASA has just named a new top IT official. Renee Wynn began her tenure Monday as NASA's chief information officer after serving for three months as the agency’s deputy CIO, the agency announced. Wynn is expected to concentrate on boosting the agency’s IT security efforts, launching state-of-the-art services through data...

Study: High Salaries Not the Biggest Draw for Female Cyber Pros

September 28, 2015 Good news, agencies: You may not need to break your bank to lure cybersecurity pros away from Silicon Valley. Or at least, not when recruiting women. When female information security professionals were asked what incentive they value in a job, the top response was flexible work schedules, according to a...

Different Inventors with the Same Name? That’s a Problem for the Patent Office

September 25, 2015 The Patent and Trademark Office wants to be able to automatically tell the difference between multiple inventors with the same name. On Thursday, the office brought together seven teams from around the world to present their automated methods for solving this name differentiation problem, also known as inventor disambiguation. The...

Agencies Harnessing Data to Make Your Visit to a Government Office More Bearable

September 23, 2015 Next time you need to visit the Social Security Administration, try avoid going Monday at noon. Or at least that’s what thousands of data sets collected each day over the past few weeks indicate. That data was gathered as part of an initiative called Feedback USA, a system of kiosks...

HHS Focuses on Flexibility in New Health IT Plan

September 22, 2015 The Department of Health and Human Services doesn’t know exactly what technology or even health care will look like in 2020, so fittingly the agency's new 5-year health IT strategic plan is centered on flexibility. On Monday, the agency released its final Federal Health IT Strategic Plan for 2015-2020, which...

Federal Researchers Want to Untangle Internet of Things

September 22, 2015 From fitness bracelets to driverless cars, the National Institute of Standards and Technology wants manufacturers contributing to the increasingly complex world of the Internet of Things to use a common language. On Sept. 18, the agency announced the release of its Draft Framework for Cyber-Physical Systems, which is meant to...

What do Astronaut Photographs and Floods in Bangladesh Have in Common?

September 18, 2015 When fishermen in El Salvador were inadvertently casting their lines into microalgae-infested water, the U.S. Agency for International Development turned to the skies for help. The agency worked with NASA to scan waterways -- satellite imagery can detect potential unsafe concentrations of microalgae -- and alert the locals about which...

150 Solutions to Agencies' Cybersecurity Woes

September 17, 2015 Enlisting white-hat hackers to send phishing emails to agency employees could help these staffers become more fluent in cybersecurity fundamentals, according to one agency top technologist. When staffers inevitably get caught, they learn a valuable cybersecurity lesson without the real-world consequences, explained Environmental Protection Agency Chief Technology Officer Greg Godbout...