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What One Tech-Focused Lawmaker Says Stands in the Way of Modernization

October 20, 2017 An architect of a major piece of technology modernization says he has yet to hear from the White House since President Donald Trump took office, and is waiting for the appointment of a chief technology officer and chief information officer to push his upgrade efforts forward. Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va.,...

Mash Up Library of Congress Data, Maybe Win $5,000

October 20, 2017 The Library of Congress is handing out money to developers who can come up with new ways to analyze legislative data. The library this week unveiled the “Congressional Data Challenge,” promising $5,000 to winners who can churn out new visualizations, mobile apps and websites based on information held by the...

Startup Funding Bill Makes A Comeback

October 19, 2017 A group of lawmakers is resurrecting a years-old effort to set aside funding for the nation’s startups. The Startup Opportunity Accelerator Act would award cash prizes and grants to organizations helping to stand up new small businesses, per an amendment to the Small Business Act, which directs the Small Business...

GSA, OPM Nominees Pledge to Build Public Trust Through Open Data Programs

October 18, 2017 A Senate committee Wednesday scrutinized the people nominated to lead two agencies responsible for major technology projects. Emily Webster Murphy, nominated to lead the General Services Administration, and Jeff Pon, the White House’s choice for the Office of Personnel Management head, both sketched out broad technology goals during a Homeland...

DHS Wants to Stop the Next Anthrax Outbreak with Open Data

October 17, 2017 If someone unleashed a harmful pathogen in a crowded metropolitan subway system, local and national first responders would have just minutes to quash it before it proliferated. But today’s biothreat surveillance systems might take too long and too often rely on medical data that belongs to health systems and patients,...

Is Your Agency Ready to Solve Its Problems?

October 16, 2017 A Stanford University team has come up with an algorithm assessing whether agencies are ready for solutions to the challenges they face. Federal agencies have no shortage of problems but articulating them is another one, according to the team that developed the “Hacking for Defense” and “Hacking for Diplomacy” classes,...

FirstNet Seeks Disaster Response Apps

October 14, 2017 A broadband network exclusively for first responders may soon have a dedicated app store filled with public safety-related products. FirstNet, the Commerce Department-led partnership with AT&T to build out the nationwide network, this week debuted a program that lets developers submit smartphone and tablet applications for approval. Eventually, first responders...

FirstNet Seeks Disaster Response Apps

October 13, 2017 A broadband network exclusively for first responders may soon have a dedicated app store filled with public safety-related products. FirstNet, the Commerce Department-led partnership with AT&T to build out the nationwide network, this week debuted a program that lets developers submit smartphone and tablet applications for approval. Eventually, first responders...

Trump’s Tech Office Wants More Short-Term Talent

October 12, 2017 While key White House technology leadership positions remain unfilled, President Donald Trump’s technology office is looking for ways to bring business professionals into government for short-term projects. The Office of American Innovation, a new office Trump established to update federal technology, could model some of its recruitment efforts after digitally...

5 Ways Congress Can Grow the Internet of Things

October 10, 2017 A Congressional effort to advance the internet of things is progressing as a government watchdog gathers information about the wireless spectrum required to support billions of connected devices. Reps. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., and Darrell Issa, R-Calif., cofounders of the Congressional Internet of Things caucus, requested a Government Accountability Office investigation...