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HHS Announces Innovation Winners

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius yesterday announced the six winners of innovation awards in the first cycle of the HHSinnovates program, which is aimed at supporting a “culture of innovation” in one of the federal government’s largest departments. “We launched the HHSinnovates awards program this year because we recognize that innovation …

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Government to Conserve Energy on ‘Power IT Down Day’

In an effort to reduce the government’s energy consumption, federal employees, as well as the private sector corporations serving them, will power down all electronics Aug. 27 as part of “Power IT Down Day.” The day of conservation comes as part of last February’s GreenGov Final Report, which encouraged ideas …

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Federal Agencies Report Transparency Progress

Federal agencies are becoming more transparent by releasing more documents, making more information available online, and reducing backlogs of pending FOIA requests, according to a report by the Department of Justice’s Office of Information Policy This spring marked the first time agencies submitted to the Department of Justice Chief FOIA …

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Kundra Announces Government-Wide Review of Federal IT Projects

The Office of Management and Budget issued yesterday a government-wide memorandum announcing an upcoming review of all high-risk IT projects across the federal government. The review comes as part of the OMB Memorandum 10-25, “Reforming the Federal Government’s Efforts to Manage Information Technology Projects.” Earlier in the month, federal Chief …

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DoD, DOE Collaborate for Clean Energy

U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Defense yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding during a White House forum to discuss clean energy in relation to national security. The MOU demonstrated a collaboration between the two departments to commit to fostering a clean-energy economy and improved efficiencies through …

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Google Receives FISMA Certification for Cloud Services

Google has announced it has received the first Federal Information Security Management Act certification for its Google Apps government cloud-computing services. David Mihalchik, business development executive with Google, explained Google is now certified as meeting the security controls under FISMA and a full suite of office applications will now be …

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Meeting Standards for Meaningful Use Top Goal for Health Execs

In a recent survey by CSC, 90 percent of healthcare leaders said achieving meaningful use of electronic health records to qualify for incentive payments was one of their organization’s top two priorities, InformationWeek reports. Sixty healthcare executives were surveyed in June and July about the most pressing concerns and goals. …

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Cybersecurity R&D Bill Passes through House

The U.S. House of Representatives yesterday passed the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2009 with a vote of 422-5. The bill reauthorizes computer and network research and development programs to the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The bill improves cybersecurity in the federal, private and …

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