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DHS Brings Social Networking to the Border

While most segments of the federal government are investing in social media as a means of meeting the president’s Open Government directive, some are being a little more creative than others. The Department of Homeland Security is using social media to help support a major goal – securing the Southwest …

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Call for Internationally Minded Federal Executives

There are new demands for internationally oriented executives. A recent GovernmentExecutive report stated, “There is a scarcity of leaders and staff well-versed and experienced in the global environment at many traditionally domestic-oriented agencies.” There is a mind frame that domestic and foreign affairs are separate, when in fact, there is …

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Evolving Open Government Dashboard

Aneesh Chopra, Federal CTO, posted to the White House Blog this morning about evolving the Open Government Dashboard. He mentioned that Vivek Kundra and himself are unveiling what they call “Version 1.0 of the Open Government Dashboard.” This Dashboard is being launched just after 60 days and will focus on …

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Federal CIO Will Increase TechStat Meetings

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has started new accountability sessions called TechStat meetings, to be held with department officials and will be conducted in order to assess their IT projects. The goal of these sessions is to ultimately create a more efficient government. Kundra started that the Obama administration is aiming …

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Tracking the Progress of Open Government

In the most recent movement towards implementation of the Open Government Directive, Federal CIO Vivek Kundra and Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra unveiled the launch of Open Government Dashboard, a web page designed to enable the public to track the progress of federal agencies in meeting deadlines for increased transparency. The …

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Another D.C. Blizzard Threatens Productivity, Tax Dollars

After facing a blizzard of historic proportions this weekend, the Washington, D.C. area is getting ready to batten down the hatches again, as another 15-20’’ is expected drop over Tuesday evening into Wednesday. Also falling to the ground this week: taxpayer dollars.  With the federal government shut down Monday and …

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Recovery Act Announcement Calls for Celebration in VA

Today Aneesh Chopra, Federal CTO, along with Senator Mark Warner, Senator Jim Webb, and Representative Tom Perriello made a milestone Recovery Act Announcement for Virginia – $21.5 million is being poured into expanding broadband access in Virginia. The goal of this Commerce Department decision is to improve economic development in …

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OPM OpenGov Site Launches; Beats Obama Deadline

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management has launched a new Open Government site, meeting President Obama’s December 8th, 2009 requirement that federal agencies establish a site within 60 days and publish their open government plan within 120 days. The initiative was created to enhance government transparency and increase civilian participation …

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Air Force Contracts with IBM

The U.S Air Force has contracted out IBM to create a cloud-computing platform. The cloud platform will be useful in helping to secure military and national security information and data. The contract is 10 months long and will include the Air Force’s nine command centers, 100 military bases, and a …

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