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Industry Sells Congress on Internet of Things

March 25, 2015 Lawmakers are increasingly interested in applying the Internet of Things -- the same network that lets consumers control their toasters and thermostats by smartphone -- to public issues, such as unemployment and economic growth. At an Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing Tuesday, representatives asked witnesses from technology companies about applications...

Senate Passes Resolution for National Strategy on Internet of Things

March 25, 2015 The Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan resolution to use the Internet of Things -- a term for the connected network of computing devices, objects and sensors -- both to promote economic growth and to benefit consumers. Introduced earlier this month by Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., the resolution calls on the...

Federal CIO Council Named 'Worst' in Open Government

March 23, 2015 The Federal Chief Information Officers Council is taking home this year's Rosemary Award for giving the "worst open government performance of 2014." The “award” -- bequeathed each year by George Washington University research center, the National Security Archive -- is meant to “highlight the lowlights of government secrecy," the announcement...

Federal IT Spending Could Spike in 2016

March 20, 2015 Federal civilian agencies are in line to ramp up their IT spending in the remainder of the current fiscal year and 2016, a new forecast suggests. Civilian agency spending could jump to a total of $48.1 billion by the end of the summer -- an increase of 10.3 percent compared...

GAO: IRS May Be Putting Taxpayer Info At Risk

March 20, 2015 The Internal Revenue Service could still be placing confidential taxpayer information at risk, despite censure from the Government Accountability Office over the past several years, a new report says. GAO’s annual audit of IRS’s information security protocol -- released each year during tax season -- has found persistent problems that...

New Dashboard Tracks Which Federal Sites You're On, And How You Got There

March 19, 2015 At 11:23 a.m. on Thursday, 150,980 people -- more than the population of Alexandria, Virginia -- were browsing U.S. federal websites. Five thousand of them visited an IRS.gov page called "Where's my Refund?" Another 2,091 were checking forecasts on Weather.gov. These stats come from a new dashboard tracking user behavior...

USAID Tech Guru VanRoekel Stepping Down

March 18, 2015 Former White House Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel has left the U.S. Agency for International Development about six months after joining, the agency confirmed to Nextgov. VanRoekel left the White House in September to serve as USAID's chief innovation officer, overseeing the application of technology to help treat and contain...

Senators Want to Speed Adoption of Electronic Health Records Systems

March 18, 2015 It could be years before patient health records flow seamlessly between hospitals, despite federal and state efforts to encourage information exchange. Earlier this week, lawmakers asked representatives from the private sector how they could speed up that process. The federal government has invested about $30 billion in Medicare and Medicaid...

UK, US Most Committed in G8 to Unleashing Data

March 17, 2015 The United Kingdom is the G8 nation most committed to opening data to the public, a new report suggests. A ranking from the Center for Data Innovation, a Washington think tank, finds the U.K. has met the most aspects of a G8 Open Data Charter; elements of the charter, drawn...

Coast Guard's Fingerprint System Used to Nab Terrorist Suspects is Flawed, OIG Says

March 16, 2015 The Coast Guard needs to improve the digital fingerprinting system used to determine if persons attempting to illegally enter the country are also suspected terrorists, felons or deportees, according to a report from the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General. Personnel on 23 Coast Guard ships use...