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Heads in the Cloud

Chief technology officers from more than a dozen leading software firms and the White House’s top technology gurus kicked off a two-day conference yesterday aimed at making better use of cloud computing across the federal government. The Business Software Alliance’s sixth annual forum hosted CTOs from 13 software firms including …

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US Navy Gets into Green Energy with Algae Biofuel

The U.S. Navy is pouring funds into environmentally friendly algae fuel to be used on board its ships and aircraft. The biofuel’s producer, Solazyme, just signed its third contract with the military to provide the algae-based biofuel – 150,000 gallons by 2011. The company has already delivered 20,000 gallons to …

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CIO Vivek Kundra to Deliver Presentation at PMI Global Congress

Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra will be delivering the opening plenary address at the PMI Global Congress, discussing how the federal government is making progress in managing the complex projects for government IT. As a driver of unprecedented change in the federal government’s IT operations, including pioneering work to …

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Call for Speakers at CIO Healthcare Summit

C-level executives for national healthcare organizations are invited to be panelists at the upcoming CIO Healthcare Summit, held Dec. 12-15 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The aim of the summit is to gather 50 CIOs and senior-level technology executives to form relationships and share ideas for the biggest challenges facing the health …

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Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra to Speak at mHealth Summit

Aneesh Chopra, assistant to the president and associate director for technology in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will deliver a keynote speech at a conference aiming to improve health in developing areas through mobile technologies. The mHealth Summit, taking place Nov. 8–10 in Washington, D.C., is …

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NASA Aims to Keep Skies Green

NASA held a Green Aviation Summit this week at its Ames Research Center to discuss ways to make air travel more efficient and environmentally friendly. “As the world travels even more, we’re going to have a very serious global warming issue, as well as lots of other environmental impacts of …

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White House Launches New Web Platform to Boost Citizen Engagement

The White House has launched the new Challenge.gov, an online platform provided by the General Services Administration that allows federal agencies to post contests aimed at increasing public involvement with the government. As part of President Barack Obama’s call for an open government, agencies were called upon to leverage challenges …

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FCC Unveils Community Website for ‘Citizen Developers’

The Federal Communications Commission yesterday introduced four new application programming interfaces that make FCC data available as web services, and unveiled a community website for “citizen developers” that provides code and tools for using the data sets. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the APIs and website at the Gov 2.0 …

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