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GSA Seeks Facebookers to Improve Social Media Timeline

They may not have the popularity of Facebook, but Gov 2.0 initiatives are making milestones. And now the feds are crowd-sourcing to meet and make new goals. David McClure, an associate administrator of the General Services Administration, presented a timeline of social media in government on a blog post on …

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Proposed Chinese Telecom Deal Raises Specter of Spying

A proposed deal between Sprint Nextel, Cricket and two Chinese telecom companies has raised a few eyebrows, with some U.S. senators concerned about security. The Hill reports a bipartisan group of legislators wrote a letter seeking reassurance about the deal from Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski. The letter, signed …

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Blumenthal’s EHR Letter: From Minority to Priority Populations

The government’s top health IT guru wants to avoid another “digital divide” by making sure healthcare vendors are serving minority communities in adopting electronic medical records. “Electronic health records possess the ability to help improve both the quality and efficiency of medical care accessible by minorities, so that perhaps rates …

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Kundra, GSA: Cloud-Computing Shop Open for Business

Government agencies will have access to cloud-based technology with a simple download from the U.S. General Services Administration’s Apps.gov website. GSA announced it would offer cloud-computing infrastructure-as-a-service offerings, including cloud storage, virtualization and web-hosting services on the cloud-computing applications website. Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra said the new cloud …

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DoD Seeks Drawdown on Oil Consumption

The Defense Department has its eye set on reducing the armed forces’ reliance on fossil fuels both as a matter of national security and a way to save money, according to one of the Pentagon’s top energy specialists. Sharon Burke, director of DoD’s operational energy plans and programs, said reducing …

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New Home for Healthcare Innovation Coming Soon

The Department of Health and Human Services is making preparations on a new healthcare innovation center to open next year, FederalNewsRadio.com reports. The new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is mandated by the healthcare reform law passed earlier this year. The center will focus on improved payment and delivery …

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Cyberspace: The Final Frontier?

The wars of the 20th century were fought on nearly all fronts: land, sea, air and, even in the era of high-tech satellites, space. But the Defense Department is now adding another frontier to the battlefield – cyberspace. “Information technology provides us with critical advantages in all of our war-fighting …

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SmartGrid Summit Aims to Beat Gridlock on Energy

Representatives from the Obama administration, industry leaders and regulators, and energy advocates and entrepreneurs will all converge in Washington this week for the annual Smart Grid summit, GridWeek. The event aims to explore the impact implementing the Smart Grid–the modern electricity network that uses two-way digital communications technology–will have on …

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Feds Learn How to Count (Data Centers)

The Office of Management and Budget recently announced it was shuttering and consolidating federal centers throughout the country. However, after OMB completed its reviews of the centers before the consolidation, it discovered there are nearly 1,000 more data centers than initial estimates, Data Center Knowledge reports. The previous underestimated number …

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