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White House Looking for Help on Personalized Medicine Technology

August 24, 2015 The White House is looking for ideas about how to tailor medical treatments to each individual patient, based on genetic history and behavior. President Barack Obama launched the national research effort, called the Precision Medicine Initiative, in January.he administration also set aside $215 million in the 2016 fiscal year budget...

Will More Federal Employees Learn To Code Any Time Soon?

August 21, 2015 It's well known that the federal government is facing a shortage of tech talent: A survey released in June showed that about 63 percent of federal CIOs felt their agencies were “not at all” or “insufficiently” prepared for talent development needs. Despite the talent deficit, federal attempts to offer coding...

Is Yelp Really the Best Way to Give the Government a Piece of Your Mind?

August 20, 2015 News broke this week that federal agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration, can now use Yelp to gather and respond to customer feedback. Yes, Yelp and the federal government are working on a version of the review site for federal agencies, allowing them to "claim" their Yelp review pages and...

Six Months In, White House Data Scientist Reflects on Progress

August 19, 2015 Sixth months after his first day in office, White House Chief Data Scientist DJ Patil is assessing the administration's progress in making data more accessible to the public. His team, he wrote in a blog post on Medium, helps federal agencies and departments in "using data to benefit all Americans"...

Can Metrics Capture the Value of 'Innovation'?

August 18, 2015 Government chief information officers struggle to quantify nontechnical factors such as "organizational health" and "innovation," a new report argues. After interviewing 27 government CIOs, Arizona State University Associate Dean Kevin Desouza concluded that most "have a very good inventory of metrics" for technical performance -- such as server downtime or...

White House Makes Presidential Innovation Fellows Program Permanent

August 17, 2015 President Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order to ensure the Presidential Innovation Fellows program outlasts the administration change in 2016. The PIF program, designed to "bring the innovation economy into government," invites top technologists from the private sector to embed themselves in federal agencies, advising civil servants on...

Watchdog: DOD and VA Need Better Metrics for Health Record Interoperability

August 14, 2015 The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs don’t have sufficient metrics to demonstrate their progress toward health systems that communicate with each other, according to a new report. In a recent audit, the Government Accountability Office concluded DOD, VA and the Interagency Program Office overseeing the effort to make their...

Will This New Report Help Agencies Get Their Cyber Act Together?

August 14, 2015 The National Institute for Standards and Technology wants federal agencies to get their act together on cybersecurity standards. In a new publication, the group calls on agencies to coordinate with each other, with the private sector and with international governments to draw up, and abide by, cybersecurity benchmarks. NIST is...

What's the Most Commonly Used Mobile App for Governments Across the World?

August 12, 2015 The public sector is more likely to use mobile applications for managing documents than for any other purposes, a new report suggests. In the past few months, about 47 percent of apps activated by government groups worldwide were related to document editing, according to the report from tech contractor Good...

Commerce, PayPal to Share Data on US Exports

August 12, 2015 The Commerce Department and e-payment system PayPal are planning to collaborate on making economic data more accessible. The two are forming a working group under Commerce's Data Advisory Council to encourage U.S. exports, the department's Chief Data Officer Ian Kalin wrote in a blog post, co-authored by Vadim Kutsyy, PayPal's...