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Federal CTO’s New Mission: Raise the Government’s Tech IQ

January 27, 2015 Federal Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith is on a mission to raise the tech IQ -- or TQ -- in government. That’s the term Smith, a former Google executive who in August became the nation’s top technologist, uses to describe the potent mix of technical skill, design-centric thinking and penchant...

GSA in the Dark about How Many Virtual Workers It Has

January 21, 2015 The General Services Administration doesn’t know how many of its employees telework full time. A new report from GSA’s inspector general found that despite keeping a purported master list of so-called virtual workers, GSA doesn't actually know the number of employees who telework on a full-time basis. That’s because GSA’s...

New Website, State of the Union Guest Puts Focus on Government Digital Squads

January 20, 2015 This post has been updated. The economy still proved to be king when it came to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. But Obama hit on a few key technology initiatives during the address. For one thing, there was the president's call for action from Congress...

Is the Digital Wave Creating a ‘Never-Ending Work Day’ for Feds?

January 20, 2015 Many federal leaders are enthusiastic about the power of digital technology to improve the way government workers get their work done. But almost as many federal managers worry the rise of new technology has actually upended a healthy sense of work-life balance and could lead to “never-ending work days” that...

US Digital Team Reaches Across Pond to Share Code, Best Practices

January 16, 2015 The federal government’s in-house geek squad is strengthening ties with similar innovators overseas as part of an “ongoing digital partnership” between the U.S. and the U.K., Obama administration officials announced Friday. “Both countries have made real progress in working to improve how our governments use digital services to better serve...

A Wish List for the New Federal CIO

January 16, 2015 It’s been more than four months since federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel walked off the job and into a new role using technology to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. It’s still anybody’s guess whom the administration will name to fill VanRoekel’s shoes. Regardless, agency officials and tech...

Get Ready to Hear More About the Low-Profile US Digital Service

January 14, 2015 The Office of Management and Budget says members of a new team of tech innovators working to straighten out digital projects in government have had their noses to the grindstone over the past few months. Presumably, members of the U.S. Digital Service have even been too busy to set up...

Agencies, Want a New Website? Talk to GSA

January 14, 2015 Nearly four years after the Obama administration began an effort to ax extraneous federal websites, the White House budget office is asking the General Services Administration to take over cracking the whip. GSA’s Office of Governmentwide Policy is being given the power to set targets for consolidating agency domains and...

Agency Leaders are Gung Ho about Going Digital. So, Where are Their Plans?

January 13, 2015 By overwhelming margins, leaders in the federal government say they welcome digital technology in the workplace and are upbeat about its power to transform stodgy old offices into agencies of the future. But that enthusiasm hasn’t necessarily translated to action or organization. Released Tuesday, a new survey of federal leaders...

Federal Buildings are Vulnerable to Hacking and DHS Isn’t Doing Enough to Protect Them

January 12, 2015 Traditional federal agency computer networks are no strangers to malicious intruders. But now, a government watchdog is warning that federal facilities themselves are at risk of being hacked. High-tech access-control systems that regulate federal facilities’ electricity use, heating, air conditioning, closed-circuit security cameras and even the operation of elevators are...