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March 19th Open Government Deadline

Today marks yet another Open Government Initiative deadline. Agencies are required to have their public comments submitted by today. So far there have been 2,000 ideas from the public and NASA has received the most suggestions. Other agencies that received more feedback than others were the Environmental Protection Agency, the …

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Congresswoman Donna Edwards Speaks at DigiGirlz Day

This morning at the Microsoft Office in Chevy Chase, Congresswoman Donna Edwards addressed local high school students at this year’s DigiGirlz Day. This event was created by Microsoft for 8th – 12th grade girls in the Maryland, D.C., Virginia area to dispel gender stereotypes of careers in the technology industry. …

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Second Annual “Fix a Leak Week”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has declared this week (March 15, 2010 through March 21, 2010) the second annual “Fix a Leak Week.” The EPA is working with communities, retailers, plumbers, water utilities and manufacturers to promote this week in order to help consumers save water and in turn, save …

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Federal Social-Networking Surveillance Revealed

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based civil liberties group, (working in accordance with the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic at the University of California, Berkley, School of Law), filed suit on December 1s, 2009 against 6 government agencies for failure to disclose their policies on using social …

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Definition of EHRs Confuses Many Healthcare Providers

While some consumer-advocate groups endorse the Obama administration’s definition of electronic health records, others say the Health and Human Services Department and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ 556-page document of what constitutes EHRs fails to understand the realities of the challenges healthcare providers face every day, according to …

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HHS Makes Final State Awards

On Monday, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department announced that they are going put $162 million in awards to fund more health IT projects. The funding of these awards comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act from the 2009 federal economic stimulus package. These projects are spread over …

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Federal Departments Evade Tracking Technology Policy

Some federal departments have found a loophole in a policy that prohibits government websites from tracking online visitor activity, according to NextGov. In 2000, the Office of Management and Budget issued a federal policy banning the use of cookies, which collect data on a visitor’s use of the site to …

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“The Joint Operating Environment” on the Energy Crisis

The U.S. Joint Forces Command published “The Joint Operating Environment” report which “seeks to provide the Joint Force an intellectual foundation upon which we will construct the concepts to guide our future force development.” While many of the predictions may not be completely accurate, they are based on trends, challenges …

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D.C. CTO Sivak Brings New Ideas to Role

New District of Columbia Chief Technology Officer Bryan Sivak is bringing initiatives to his new role – and lots of initiatives for D.C. Included in his database of plans is the recently launched TrackDC program.  TrackDC functions as a real-time operational dashboard for every agency in the city. D.C. is …

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Microsoft Promotes Gov 2.0 through Cloud, Collaboration

Open government has become the buzz phrase in the Obama administration. When OMB Director Peter Orszag in December last year released the Open Government Directive to federal department and agency executives to expand upon President Barack Obama’s January memorandum on transparency and open government, he noted how transparency, participation and …

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