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Calling All Data Enthusiasts: GSA Needs You

September 16, 2015 The General Services Administration wants to harness the power of open data to spur governmentwide improvements and transparency, so it’s tapping the collective brain for help. The agency announced a new competition called the Digital Innovation Hack-a-thon, scheduled for Oct. 16 at the GSA headquarters in Washington, D.C., according to...

IG Cites Lax Oversight of HealthCare.gov Contractors

September 15, 2015 The disastrous rollout of HealthCare.gov had a lot to do with insufficient contractor oversight and management by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, according to a new inspector general report. Released Monday, the Department of Human Services IG report examined the 20 most critical HealthCare.gov-related contracts awarded between 2010...

8 Tough Questions for the New CIO of the Library of Congress

September 14, 2015 As the newly appointed chief information officer of the Library of Congress, Bernard A. Barton Jr. says excelling in the digital age is going to depend a lot on making smart predictions. Technology is constantly evolving, he explained. So for this two-century-old library to keep pace, it must be able...

The Answers to These 8 Questions Could Solve Government's Cyber Woes

September 11, 2015 A cybersecurity reserve corps in case the government needs extra manpower. An incentive and penalty system to encourage industry and government to share cyberthreat information. An independent assessment board to evaluate each agency's online security posture. These were just a handful of the many proposals submitted to trade group ACT-IAC...

How Can Agencies Balance IT Innovation and Cost Savings?

September 10, 2015 The explosion of technological advancements coupled with declining federal budgets over the last few years have put the government in a tough spot. At the same time acquisition offices push for cost savings, leaders are trying to keep pace with mainstream tech innovation. The juxtaposition of these two competing priorities...

Experts: Stop Calling Everything Cyberwar

September 9, 2015 When it comes to nefarious deeds in cyberspace, it's important to keep one thing in mind: Cybercrime does not mean the same thing as cyberwar. Squadron Leader Emma Lovett, an expert on armed conflict with the Royal Australian Air Force currently on exchange at the Pentagon, said she wants to...

2015 Bold Awards Recognize Government Innovators

September 9, 2015 An open-source digital tool for crisis responders, a state-of-the-art relaunch of a health data repository and a security-vetting tool for the Defense Department following the horrific Washington Navy Yard shooting. These were only a handful of the many talented federal and industry innovators recognized Wednesday at the third annual Nextgov...

Library of Congress Finally Gets a Permanent CIO

September 8, 2015 After three years of short-term IT leadership, the Library of Congress has named a permanent chief information officer to manage IT operations at one of the world’s largest libraries. Bernard A. Barton Jr.’s first day as CIO was Tuesday. In a statement announcing the new hire, Librarian of Congress James...

Census Has Big Tech Plans for the 2020 Count. Will They Stay on Track?

September 8, 2015 In four-and-a-half years, if you’re one of the many Americans who don’t mail in your Census forms quickly enough, you might get a knock on your door from a representative of the federal government. And if everything goes according to the Census Bureau’s plans, the agency’s 200,000 field workers might...

Library of Congress’ Latest Tech Stumble: Copyright System Down for a Week

September 4, 2015 Updated Sept. 8: The U.S. Copyright Office now says its online registration system is back up and running. A system failure following routine maintenance shuttered the online copyright registration system for more than a week. The "electronic Copyright Office” came back online in the early morning on Sunday. The online...