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Zients Releases Contest Guidelines

The White House released a memo on Monday on how agencies can legally arrange contests in order to engage citizens to find new ideas on how to use technology to improve open government. The memo was from Jeffrey Zients, the Deputy Director for Management, in the Office of Management and …

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US Transportation Command Launches Facebook and Twitter Pages

Yesterday, the U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) launched its official Facebook and Twitter pages. In response to DOD Deputy Secretary William Lynn’s memo regarding the responsible and effective use of social media and web 2.0 applications on Friday, February 25, USTRANSCOM moved forward quickly with plans to establish a presence on …

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NIH First to Use OpenID

The National Institutes of Health is one of the first federal agencies to use OpenID. This service will allow researchers, as well as other visitors, to access privacy-protected sites by entering one password at a time. Users can easily switch between different secure sites without having to continually enter a …

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District Rolls Out “Open 311”

Last week, District of Columbia Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Bryan Sivak announced the launch of the first common platform for “Open 311.”  Open 311 provides free Application Programming Interface (API) access to city 311 systems for non-emergency city services. Addressing the common complaint of citizens’ concerns buried in government bureaucracy, …

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Wellness Initiative Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the “Communities Putting Prevention to Work” initiative this past Friday. The availability of Recovery Act Funds for this community prevention and wellness initiative will be a key to building a healthier nation. The initiative includes helping communities improve …

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HHS Issues Proposed Rule for Certifying EHRs

The Health and Human Services Department and the National Institute of Standards and Technology are creating a program that will enable vendors to obtain certifications for their electronic health record systems, so they can qualify for economic stimulus law incentives. In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on March 2, the …

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New Tweeter: EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

The Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson has become part of the Twitter community. She joined Twitter just yesterday, March 4, and she already has 1,434 followers as of this morning. Start following her here: @lisapjackson This is one way the EPA, and Jackson in particular, will work to be …

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10 People to Watch in Health IT

Physicians, healthcare directors and chief technology officers were among those who according to ExecutiveBiz’s list of the top 10 government health IT leaders have made an impact in their field and will help form the future of health IT. Five of those who made the cut include: National Coordinator for …

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