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Deputy CIO: DHS Trying to Coax Silicon Valley Startups into Federal Contracting

October 26, 2015 The Department of Homeland Security is looking into new ways to collaborate with tech startups -- inviting them to work on pilot projects and other processes that don't require them to go through the official contracting process, Deputy Chief Information Officer Margie Graves said Monday. “Talking with venture capital firms...

OMB Picks Companies for Agile Acquisition Training Pilot

October 23, 2015 Over the next six months, 30 federal acquisition specialists will undergo training courses designed to teach them new ways of buying technology. The Office of Management and Budget has awarded two government consulting firms a pilot contract to develop the new training program, as part of a Challenge.gov contest announced...

Q&A: Why Open Data Is an Opportunity for the Private Sector

October 22, 2015 As federal agencies start implementing the 2014 Digital Accountability and Transparency Act -- which requires them to publish spending data in standard formats -- a few tech startups see an opportunity to make money. One of those companies is 8-year-old Seattle-based tech company Socrata, whose customers include the Centers for...

Industry Takes On Federal Agency: The Battle Over Who Prints Secure ID Cards

October 21, 2015 Technology companies that manufacture government-issued identity cards, such as green cards and driver's licenses, are accusing one federal agency of siphoning business away by engaging in unfair competition. Secure credential cards, which sometimes contain RFID chips that communicate with external card readers, are essential to national security because they help...

CIOs Talk: Cybersecurity Isn't Just About Tech

October 20, 2015 Robust cybersecurity depends just as much on management as it does on the actual technology, according to a handful of federal chief information officers relatively new to the job. "There are enough resources to do great security if that's what we prioritize it, but we don't always prioritize it," Jonathan...

GSA: Hackathons Save Federal Dollars, Help Find Tech Talent

October 19, 2015 For the General Services Administration, hackathons are more than just occasional convocations for civic-minded techies in the private sector. They're also a chance to find products that could save the federal government thousands of dollars in IT spending, and an opportunity to recruit tech talent. In the GSA's second annual...

Venture Capital Giant Marc Andreessen Joins Board of Government Transparency Startup

October 15, 2015 A Silicon Valley startup that sells financial reporting software to state and local governments has made room for tech investor and entrepreneur Marc Andreessen on its board of directors. OpenGov, the Redwood City, California-based company that recently raised $25 million from investors and venture capital firms including Ashton Kutcher and...

18F Takes on 'Micropurchasing' Experiment

October 14, 2015 The General Services Administration's tech consultancy team is experimenting with a new way for federal agencies to buy code. The team is building an online system that could help federal agencies make "micro-purchases" -- transactions for less than $3,500 made directly with the vendor -- for open source software code....

Millennials Don't Trust Government With Their Online Information

October 13, 2015 Almost a quarter of Internet users between ages 16-35 don't trust their national government with their online information, a new survey finds. In a survey of about 2,000 "millennials" in the U.S. and U.K., about 22 percent described their level of trust in their government's online data security as "none"...

White House Renews Bet on the Creativity of the Crowd

October 8, 2015 Five years after unveiling Challenge.gov, the searchable directory of government-sponsored public innovation contests, the White House is ramping up its investment in the ingenuity of everyday citizens. On Wednesday, the White House announced nine new development "challenges," many of which grant cash prizes for winners who offer the most promising...