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If First Responder Broadband Network Isn’t Working by 2022, ‘We Should be Shot,’ Program Director Says

March 13, 2015 Despite a spate of public emergencies in recent years -- Hurricane Sandy, the Boston Marathon bombing and a mudslide in Washington state last year -- it will be several more years until police officers, firefighters and others can access the federally funded, nationwide broadband network being built for first responders....

Pentagon Intel Analysts May Soon Use a Trick from Amazon's Book

March 13, 2015 Since Col. Nichoel Brooks took the helm 18 months ago, the National Ground Intelligence Center has shrunk from 2,789 people to fewer than 1,500. Now, she said, her challenge is to help a dwindling staff access and process larger amounts of data. The National Ground Intelligence Center provides geospatial intelligence...

What Can the Pentagon Learn From Amazon?

March 12, 2015 Since Col. Nichoel Brooks took the helm 18 months ago, the National Ground Intelligence Center has shrunk from 2,789 people to fewer than 1,500. Now, she said, her challenge is to help a dwindling staff access and process larger amounts of data. The National Ground Intelligence Center provides geospatial intelligence...

WhiteHouse.gov Finally Gets Boosted Encryption

March 11, 2015 The White House today debuted HTTPS-encryption on WhiteHouse.gov, finally giving in to pressure from critics who claimed the site was not secure enough. The announcement, made in a tweet, comes about a month after several government groups said they were transitioning to HTTPS-only public-facing websites. Last week, the Federal Trade...

Are Medicaid IT Systems the Weak Link in Detecting Improper Payments?

March 10, 2015 States aren't doing enough to prove that their Medicaid information systems can detect improper payments -- for medically unnecessary treatments, services not covered by Medicaid or services billed for but never provided, according to a new Government Accountability Office report. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimated that $14.4...

What's Stopping Startups From Contracting with the Government?

March 9, 2015 President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 budget proposal dedicates $86 billion to IT spending -- and a growing movement thinks startups should get a bigger cut of it. During a recent conference call, Office of Management and Budget Deputy Chief Information Officer Lisa Schlosser said the White House is "exploring ways...

FTC Pits Humans Against Robocalls in New Contest

March 6, 2015 If you have a good system for blocking automated marketing calls, the Federal Trade Commission might have a cash prize for you. For the past few years, FTC has been trying to curtail an uptick in robocalls by asking members of the public to submit their own ideas. On Monday,...

Senators: We Need a National Strategy for the Internet of Things

March 6, 2015 The "Internet of Things" is more than just iPhone-controlled thermostats and washing machines capable of texting -- it could also drive significant economic growth in the United States, a group of senators argues. Weeks after the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held the first-ever hearing on the topic, Sen....

GAO: CMS Isn't Doing Enough to Address HealthCare.gov Failures

March 5, 2015 Despite attempts to address HealthCare.gov's technical failures -- the crashes and response-time lag, among other issues -- the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services hasn't fixed underlying flaws in the IT management process, a new report finds. In a performance audit of the agency, conducted between December 2013 and March...

House Committee Prods Energy Department to Use More Supercomputers

March 4, 2015 The House Committee on Science, Space and Technology today approved a bill that would require the Energy Department to research supercomputing technology that could increase computing capability while reducing power use. Introduced by Rep. Randy Hultgren, R-Ill., the American Super Computing Leadership Act, which also requires Energy to partner with...