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White House Seeking Open Govt. Ideas

President Barack Obama made transparency and open government a main focus during his election campaign in 2008. The administration is now seeking ideas from the public on how to make government more transparent. Aneesh Chopra, the U.S. chief technology officer, asked for ideas in a blog post Monday on the …

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Social Security Needs Long-Term Online Plan, IG Says

The Social Security Administration needs a strong long-term plan for online customer self-services, the agency’s inspector general said. InformationWeek reports the SSA currently offers 21 citizen-to-government services via the Internet as part of its shift to the Web. In a report released July 29, the IG said customers filed 37% …

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Public Safety Net Issue Awaits Congress

Congress starts its official August recess this week, but has a full slate of technology issues to deal with when it reconvenes after Labor Day. National Journal reports the main issue is legislation that would free up more spectrum to create a national public-safety broadband network that would improve communication …

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Energy Dept. Relaunches Website

The Energy Department on Thursday relaunched its website as part of its comprehensive website reform. The new website was created through a complete overhaul of its front-end and back-end design. It now includes localized information, visualized information, interactive charts and interactive maps. “This next phase is part of our ongoing …

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Agency CIOs Assigned Greater IT Authority

Chief information officers at federal agencies will have more power to manage the agency IT programs, including true portfolio management for all IT, the Office of Management and Budget said. OMB Director Jack Lew wrote a memo, released Monday, announcing the expanded role for agency CIOs. The changes are the …

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Fed Green IT Progress Not Tracked, Report Says

Most federal agencies have not created targets or baselines to measure green IT initiatives, a July 28 Government Accountability Office report says. GreenBiz.com reports the federal government will spend $79 billion this year on IT, including the purchase of roughly 1 million environmentally friendly computers and monitors. The green IT …

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High-Tech Care on Display at Workshop

Traditional methods of mental healthcare, including face-to-face meetings with a psychologist, were given a high-tech facelift at a demonstration July 21. The National Center for Telehealth and Technology, or T2, presented a workshop at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, guiding providers on offering mental health services from a distance. Armed With Science …

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Report Warns of Satellite Coverage Gaps

Looming coverage gaps in U.S. satellite systems could pose a serious threat to both national security and foreign relations, says a report from the Center for a New American Security. The CNAS released its 11-page report Monday, finding the coverage gaps will directly affect the Defense Department, State Department and …

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Former Microsoft Exec Set to be Federal CIO

Former Microsoft executive Steven VanRoekel is the next federal chief information officer, the New York Times reports. VanRoekel left Microsoft in 2009 to become managing director at the Federal Communications Commission and is currently on detail as an executive director at the Agency for International Development. VanRoekel worked at Microsoft …

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The Hill Still Favors Traditional Media over Social Media, Report Says

Most members of Congress use social media to reach their constituents but staffs still favor more traditional forms of communication, a Congressional Management Foundation report says. The CMF surveyed 260 Congressional Staffers between Oct. 12 and Dec. 13, 2010 for its report, released Tuesday. FierceGovernmentIT reports senior managers and social …

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