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Former White House Deputy CTO on Open Gov vs. Good Gov

Beth Noveck, former White House deputy chief technology officer and director of the Open Government Initiative, says the administration is on-track in its efforts to re-brand “open government,” as “good government. Blogging on The Huffington Post, Noveck, the author of Wiki Government, a tome on social media and democracy, says …

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FCC’s New Utility-pole Guidelines Aim to Bolster Broadband

In an effort to boost broadband expansion, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has proposed lowering the fees telecommunications firms traditionally have to pay to use electric companies’ utility poles. When a telecom attaches equipment to a utility pole — what POLITICO described as those “ugly sticks in the ground” …

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HHS Announces New Health IT Coordinator

The Health and Human Services Department has announced a new director of its health IT initiatives to replace agency stalwart Dr. David Blumenthal, who is returning to academia. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Farzad Mostashari, who had served as Blumenthal’s second-in-command since July 2009, would take over as director of …

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Army CIO Talks ‘One Army Network Approach’

Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence, the Army’s new chief information officer/G-6, is a true believer in a “one Army network approach,” as evidenced by her March 31 address to top Army and civilian leaders, Nextgov reports. The global Army enterprise network “is all about data availability,” she said, which means the …

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Open-gov Sites Likely to Stay Online under New CR Funding

The latest proposal for a continuing resolution to come out of the House Appropriations Committee includes $17 million for the Office of Management and Budget’s E-Government program, which administers funds for open-government sites, Federal News Radio reports. However, while a marked increase from the $2 million previously proposed, it is …

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EHRs + Cloud Computing = Business Opportunities?

The push for effective electronic-health records aided by cloud computing, which offers services stored and accessible via the Internet, could be the perfect partnership for new business opportunities, a pithy write-up in this week’s Economist suggests. But even with the policy nudge toward EHRs, led by White House Chief Technology …

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Kundra Releases IT Dashboard Source Code

One of the philosophical cornerstones of the open-government websites championed by federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra was to promote transparency in government. For example, the Office of Management and Budget launched the IT Dashboard to track federal investments in IT projects to increase agency accountability and also to “shine …

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