Obama announces federal initiatives to help states expand broadband

The executive branch is expanding its role in helping state and local communities get access to high-speed broadband through a variety of sources, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.

New IT subcommittee to debut in 114th Congress

Less than a week after the Federal Information Technology Acquisition and Reform Act and several cybersecurity-related pieces of legislation passed the U.S. House and Senate to close out the 113th Congress, the head of the next Congress’ Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced a new subcommittee devoted solely to IT.

Agencies lay groundwork to make data more valuable

Chief data officers are helping federal agencies make government data cleaner, more accessible and ultimately independent of the systems they were created on.

Connect.gov credential providers hope for widespread agency use

Connect.gov is live in its first phase, but only a few agencies so far are on board to use the uniform digital credential platform. However, as the service matures and its benefits are realized, ID.me, one of the credential-providing partners on the project, believes that will change.

NTIS expands free access to federal science and tech studies

The National Technical Information Service has upgraded its research database, giving the public free access to a trove of 800,000 documents related to federal science and technology research.

CIO on GPO’s IT model: ‘Best of both worlds’

The Government Printing Office doesn’t have to follow mandates sent down from the White House. In fact, without an order from the Office of Management and Budget, the agency instead has the flexibility to pursue the projects that work for their agency and their budget.

USDA announces more funding for rural broadband in states, territories

More than $190 million in advanced communication infrastructure, including broadband, is headed to several states and territories, the Agriculture Department announced Wednesday.

Ga. technical college receives USDA grant for IT program

A public technical college in Georgia will receive a nearly $100,000 Agriculture Department grant to upgrade the wireless network equipment for its information technology training program, according to an agency release.

USDA awards loans to improve broadband in rural Midwest

The Agriculture Department awarded almost $40 million in loans Aug. 15 that will help bring new or improved broadband Internet service to some of the nation’s most rural areas.

Coffee in as USDA Associate CIO for Data Center Operations

Richard Coffee will be the new Associate Chief Information Officer for Data Center Operations and Director of the National Information Technology Center at the Agriculture Department, starting June 15, according to an internal email obtained by FedScoop.

FedMentor: James Steven, USDA

James Steven, acting associate CIO for data center operations and director of the National Information Technology Center at the Agriculture Department, shares career advice in this FedMentor interview.

USDA’s Dr. Michael Valivullah on mobility successes

Dr. Michael Valivullah, CTO, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Agriculture Department, shares some of the mobility successes from his department in this FedScoopTV interview.

Safety data takes center stage

Technologists, safety officers, entrepreneurs and government officials gathered at the Agriculture Department on Tuesday for the second annual Safety Datapalooza.

FedWire: Tracking library books, reducing the budget and more

FedWire is FedScoop’s afternoon roundup of news and notes from the federal IT community. Send your links and videos to tips@fedscoop.com.

White House reviews its year in open data

Looking for the number of dollar bills printed by the U.S. each year? Or maybe a directory of farmers markets nationwide? All that data and much more is now publicly available, according to a 2013 review of President Barack Obama’s executive order to make government data more accessible.

Mobile federal workforce allows for space efficiency

The Government Accountability Office reviewed five agencies that were either exploring “hoteling” programs or increasing their telework programs.

Students create prize for agriculture innovation

Students and fans of agriculture innovation have a new goal for which to aim. The University of Wisconsin – Madison in conjunction with the Agriculture Department and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation announced Oct. 2 the Agriculture Innovation Prize: Powered by 40 Chances.

FedWire: USDA’s Storify, Instagram meetup and Hagel’s NATO meetings

FedWire is FedScoop’s afternoon roundup of news and notes from the federal IT community. Send your links and videos to tips@fedscoop.com.

USDA’s Dr. Michael Valivullah on the FDCCI

Dr. Michael Valivullah, CTO, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Agriculture Department, discusses the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative in this FedScoopTV interview.

Roundup: Lowering the Cost of Government with IT Summit

FedScoop on Aug. 22 hosted its fifth annual Lowering the Cost of Government with IT Summit, gathering top leaders in government and IT. Here are some highlights from the sessions and keynotes.

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