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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...

DARPA Trying To Build Software to Last A Century

April 9, 2015 The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency is working on what sounds like an impossible task -- software that doesn't need to be updated or upgraded. On Wednesday, the Defense Department Agency announced a four-year research project into software systems that could last more than 100 years by adapting to physical...

First Draft Big Data Framework Seeks to Tackle the Big Questions First

April 8, 2015 The National Institute of Standards and Technology wants to make sure everyone means the same thing when they talk about “big data." In an attempt to standardize big data discussions, the Commerce Department agency issued a draft “Interoperability Framework,” defining data analytics-related phrases, outlining management templates and describing common use...

State Department Wants Face-Scanning Software to Make Sure Your Passport Photo isn't a Fake

April 8, 2015 The State Department is looking to expedite the way its staff assesses passport and visa photos, according to a new request for information. The department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, which judges applications and then issues passports and visas to U.S. citizens, has asked tech companies to submit "image quality assessment...

Foreign Tech Firms Seemingly Unfazed By NSA Surveillance Revelations

April 7, 2015 Edward Snowden’s revelations of widespread surveillance by the National Security Agency don't appear to have discouraged most international customers from doing business with U.S. technology firms, a new survey suggests. About 26 percent of foreign firms -- based in the Asia Pacific, Canada, Europe and Latin America -- said they...

Contractors Could Get New Rules for Handling Sensitive Government Data

April 6, 2015 Private sector government contractors may soon be subjected to new rules for managing sensitive federal information. The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently published draft requirements for federal and nonfederal groups with access to “controlled unclassified information” -- a subset of confidential information that, while not classified, must still...

The Limits of Technology in Fighting Ebola

April 3, 2015 A year after the recent Ebola outbreak was first reported, the federal government is assessing how experimental technology -- wrist-worn devices that automatically monitor patients’ vital signs, for instance -- could help contain it or a future health crisis. As the outbreak continues in parts of Western Africa, the U.S....

Uncle Sam Might Be Even Less Innovative Than You Thought

April 1, 2015 The federal government might be less dedicated to innovation than it was in 2010. In a new survey, federal employees across departments scored their organizations’ culture of creativity and innovation. Their combined score, 58.9 out of 100, was a 0.5 point drop from 2013, and a 4.4 point drop since...