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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...

GPO Joins GitHub

March 16, 2015 The Government Publishing Office, which produces, disseminates and indexes official government documents including the federal budget request, can now be found on open-source code repository site GitHub. The agency is using GitHub to share with the public elements of the code supporting FDsys, GPO's document and data management system. FDsys...

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...