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DHS App Aims to Help First Responders Find Missing People

September 10, 2015 The Department of Homeland Security is trying to use smartphones to streamline the search for missing persons. DHS is currently promoting a mobile app called "Lost Person Behavior," which includes advice for first responders about where to search for victims and how to approach them when they're located. The app...

The Internet of Things Might Force You To Restructure Your Team

September 9, 2015 The Internet of Things is more than a buzzy tech term for connected sensors and devices. It could change the way government agencies are organized, and the way they make decisions, according to one senior strategist. "Six-month strategy cycles are not going to work,” said Marty Trevino, a senior strategist...

Marine Corps Wants to Wipe Out 'Evil Twin' Social Media Impostors

September 8, 2015 The Marine Corps wants to eliminate any "evil twins" on social media sites -- fake and impostor accounts pretending to be General Officers or senior personnel. The agency is looking for technology that could help weed out and report bogus social media accounts, which often send out malicious links or...

Geological Agency Wants to Know if Its Social Media Strategy is Working

September 4, 2015 The U.S. Geological Survey wants to know if its Twitter feed -- which mostly features nature photos and Earth science facts -- is worth the investment for its social media team. The Interior Department agency is looking for an analytics tool that can monitor and measure how well its social...

GSA Ponders Slashing 2-Year Experience Requirement for IT Contractors

September 3, 2015 The General Services Administration is trying to make it easier for new IT contractors to sell technology to the government. In a new request for information, GSA is asking tech companies to comment on how the federal contracting system can be improved. The agency is also considering eliminating as a...

VA Official: New, Streamlined 'Vets.gov' Coming in November

September 3, 2015 The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to unveil a new Web portal that incorporates its more than 1,000 veteran-related websites, a VA official announced Thursday. The new hub, called "Vets.gov," is scheduled to go live on Veterans Day -- Nov. 11 -- of this year, VA's Chief Veterans Experience Officer...

Here Are the 10 'Shadiest' Web Domains On the Internet

September 1, 2015 A recent surge in the number of Web domains -- beyond the traditional URL endings such as ".com," ".org," ".net" and ".gov" -- could create more ways for cyberattackers to reach Internet users, a new report suggests. The Web domains most often associated with malicious activity (such as spam, phishing...

What Can the Postal Service Learn from Uber?

August 31, 2015 The Postal Service’s Office of the Inspector General wants the agency to take cues from Uber's and Starbucks' mobile apps. USPS has offered its mobile app, USPS Mobile, since 2009, and it now has about 7.2 million downloads. USPS Mobile has a variety of functions, including Post Office location, package...

18F Awards 16 Firms Spots on Agile BPA

August 28, 2015 The General Services Administration has authorized 16 businesses to sell "agile" technology development services to the federal government. For the past six months, GSA's technology consulting group, 18F, has been pushing to modernize the federal technology acquisition process, encouraging businesses to deliver working prototypes within months and weeks of a...

Pentagon Partners with Silicon Valley on 'Flexible Electronics'

August 28, 2015 The Pentagon is partnering with Silicon Valley stalwarts, including Apple, to develop flexible electronics -- thin, bendable sensors that can be embedded in fabric or circuits that can conform to other structures. The Defense Department is launching the new public-private partnership to research applications for flexible technology, which could be...