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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...

Rollout of New CIO Powers Could be 'Uneven,' DOJ CIO Says

March 3, 2015 Months after it was signed into law, federal agencies are still waiting for guidance on how to implement the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. FITARA, signed in December as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, gives federal chief information officers more authority over budgets and personnel processes for...

New Tool Aims to Make Government Financial Disclosures More Transparent

March 2, 2015 The U.S. Office of Government Ethics is promoting a new electronic filing system that could make federal officials' spending disclosures and potential conflicts of interest more transparent to the public. Called "Integrity," OGE unveiled the online system in January, and 19 agencies currently use it, according to a program advisory...

GAO: Pentagon's IT Planning is Too Sluggish

February 27, 2015 More than half of the Pentagon's major information systems programs took more than two years to establish baseline requirements -- life cycle cost estimates, schedule estimates and performance targets, a new report from the Government Accountability Office found. Twelve of the 20 large IT programs GAO examined took on average...

What 'Cloud' Really Stands For? House Mulls Over Pentagon IT Programs

February 26, 2015 Some lawmakers aren't convinced the Pentagon is adequately preparing for sophisticated cyberthreats, despite a growing Defense Department budget request. At a Feb. 25 House Armed Services Committee hearing on DOD's IT investments, Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., pinned some of the blame on the department’s push to adopt cloud computing, quipping...

Big Data, Not Quick Data: Most Agencies Don’t Need Real-Time Analytics Yet

February 25, 2015 For consumer products companies, such as smart-thermostat maker Nest, the ability to immediately respond to commands, or to relay temperature in real-time, is a selling point. For health records companies, up-to-the-minute changes in a patient's electronic file could dramatically impact their quality of care. While some industries embrace real-time data...

IBM Tries to Sell Government on ‘Brain in a Box’ Technology

February 25, 2015 IBM scientists came to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to sell lawmakers on the company's new computing chips, which are designed to mimic the connections made by neurons in the human brain. Once developed further, the postage-stamp-sized chips could power high-tech glasses that identify nearby objects for the wearer or desktop...

The Case for a Cyber Red Cross

February 24, 2015 After recent, high-profile cyber breaches affecting Sony, Target and other large organizations, some experts are proposing a "Cyber Red Cross" that would respond to virtual disasters the same way the group does to humanitarian crises. The United States has had a Cyber Emergency Readiness Team, now housed within the Department...

5 Forces That Could Transform Government IT

February 23, 2015 The line between tech management and business strategy is blurring, a new report says. And it could have a dramatic effect on agency chief information officers. Instead of just overseeing technology within their organizations, CIOs are becoming increasingly strategic: advising organizations on the role of technology in their overall missions,...