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The Plan for Avoiding 2020 Census Tech Flubs? Innovate But Don’t Invent

April 21, 2015 About five years from the 2020 survey, the Census Bureau is scrambling to trim as much as $5 billion off survey administration costs by using technology such as smartphones and tablets, officials said. As the Commerce Department agency prepares to unveil plans in September for the re-engineered survey, leaders are...

Few Americans Think Federal Open Data Programs Are Effective

April 21, 2015 Government attempts to unlock data sets to the public have yet to make an impact on most citizens, a new survey suggests. Though 65 percent of Americans have used the Internet to find government-related information in the last 12 months, just 5 percent believe the federal government shares information "very...

White House Promotes Tech Meetups

April 17, 2015 The White House's tech policy leaders are making a bet that just getting tech-minded citizens in a room together could boost employment and entrepreneurship in the U.S. And they might even be willing to pony up the space to hold the gatherings in the future. During the first-ever White House...

Consumer Electronics Show Sets up Shop in Least Tech-Savvy Place on Earth: US Congress

April 16, 2015 Had it descended on the Capitol lawn a few hours later, the infamous gyrocopter might have joined other high-tech gadgets at Congress’ annual Consumer Electronics Showcase on the Hill. Tens of technology businesses, from startups to heavyweights such as Google and LG, came Wednesday to the Rayburn House Office to...

ACLU: Government Should Encourage Anonymous Browsing

April 16, 2015 About a month after the White House announced its plan to require federal websites to use secure connections, the American Civil Liberties Union has a message for federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott: It’s not enough. In March, the White House proposed that all federal sites use a Hypertext Transfer...

Former FBI Director Talks Cybersecurity

April 15, 2015 From hammering out new cybersecurity responsibilities to successfully transitioning thousands of case files over to a digital system, it was the delegation of responsibility -- not the technology itself -- that posed a major challenge to former FBI Director Robert Mueller, he said in a recent keynote. During a government...

GAO: Billions More To Be Saved by IT Reform

April 14, 2015 Federal agencies could save billions of dollars by reducing wasteful IT spending, the Government Accountability Office suggested in its annual report on careless spending and copycat programs. GAO on Tuesday released its fifth annual assessment of redundant and inefficient federal programs, along with 66 recommendations for reducing duplicative efforts. Among...

DOD Stresses Cyber in Acquisition Reform Update

April 10, 2015 The Defense Department is focusing part of its acquisition overhaul on cybersecurity, according to new guidance. Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall on Thursday issued instructions for implementing Better Buying Power 3.0, the third version of an efficiency directive originally introduced in 2010. The directive aims...

HHS Cracks Down on Hospitals Hoarding Patient Information

April 10, 2015 It could be years before patients move freely between health care systems followed seamlessly by their electronic health records. Are technology developers -- and big health care conglomerates -- to blame? The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is paying special attention...

White House Tests Out Responsive Website

April 9, 2015 The White House's homepage has been updated so it looks the same on each device -- desktop and laptop computers as well as mobile phones and tablets. It's part of the White House's new effort to create a responsive website, while gradually making small improvements in the site to make...