Technology

The Five Best Government Blogs and The Six Reasons Why They Work

With the Obama Administration placing a high priority on the goal of transparency in the federal government these days, blogging has become a dynamic, useful tool for agency officials to communicate thoughts, opinions and information directly to the public.  High-ranking federal officials are taking to the web and fueling a …

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USAJOBS Gets Makeover

The Office of Personnel Management has taken steps to improve the federal government’s job engine USAJOBS.gov, making changes to increase ease and efficiency. “USAJOBS is a great example of a hugely successful internet job site, the one that is helping people find Federal jobs,” said OPM Director John Berry. The …

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Navy Plans Launch of “Pulse”

Just last week we mentioned the launch of “milBook,” the Defense Department’s secure networking tool. Now the Navy is launching “Pulse.” This will be their very own secure blog. Robert Carey, Navy CIO, said that this blog allows anyone in the Navy or Marine Corps to give feedback on IT …

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GSA Launches New Blog

GSA has launched the “Great Government through Technology Blog,” a blog about the federal technology space. Assistant Commissioner for Integrated Technology Services, Ed O’Hare, launched this new blog. It will be a regularly updated blog with breaking news and posts. The goal of the blog is to create a medium …

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1st Open Government Directive Deadline Due

Today marks the first deadline of the Open Government Directive for agencies. It seems like just yesterday we were discussing the launch of the directive on December 8th, 2009. The deadline due today is that each agency must provide at least three high-value data sets open to the public. A …

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Blast from the Past: TSP Site Ready for May Re-Launch

In May, the Obama administration will blow the dust off an online relic with the re-launch of the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) website. The site hadn’t been significantly updated or modernized since hitting the web in 1997.  The new page will seek to be more user-friendly, a tag-along to Obama’s …

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NIST Publishes Outline for Advanced “Smart Grid”

An important piece of President Obama’s energy plan is moving forward with the announcement from the Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of an initial list of standards, a preliminary cyber security strategy, and other parts of a framework to support transforming America’s aging electric power system …

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Fort Delivers Run Down on OMB’s MAX program

Emily Fort, project lead for the Office of Management and Budgets MAX federal program, delivered an eSeminar on the Federal Computer Week website, presenting on the growing initiative’s design and increasing scope. Fort described the “Common Solutions” of the “Budget Formulation & Execution Line of Business” that would help streamline …

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“MilBook” Has Growing Popularity

The U.S. Military is seeing growing popularity with new Web 2.0 tool “milBook.” This new secure, behind-the-firewall, professional networking site for the military has already attracted 20,000 users. “MilBook” has quickly become a widely accepted tool by the Department of Defense. It was launched back in October 2009. One of …

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The Green Revolution Continues

On January 8th, President Obama announced the award of $2.3 billion in the Recovery Act Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits. This award was put into place in order to create more clean energy projects nationwide. This also was put into place to create thousands of green jobs – so, where …

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