Patent office hosts IT Meetup featuring Etsy speaker

Quirky e-commerce site Etsy made a house call to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Wednesday night. During a USPTO-sponsored Meetup, Etsy’s Ryan Frantz spoke about DevOps – a trendy IT philosophy that calls for development and operations teams to work together so they can more rapidly deploy new systems.

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.

Year in Review: Patent office telework under fire

An award-winning telework program that was once considered a model for the federal government lost some of its luster this year amid unflattering reports of time abuse among users.

Patent office releases new beta version of public website

The agency said the new site would make it easier to access services and accomplish tasks.

Infighting, ‘personal attacks’ rattle NIST-funded identity group

The Identity Ecosystem Steering Group, a public-private partnership funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to help develop policies and standards for trusted online identities, put a new code of conduct into effect this week after more than a year of unprofessional behavior among a small group of volunteers began to drive dozens of members away from the effort.

How enterprise architecture is curing the Census Bureau’s IT issues

A customized enterprise architecture framework at the Census Bureau emphasizes efficiency and agility, and cut out a swath of excessive software and spread shared solutions throughout the entire bureau.

Patent office CIO aims for culture change amid systems updates

By increasing collaboration, deploying fast updates and bringing in a tech-savvy workforce, USPTO John Owens hopes to make his agency’s dated IT systems so dependable, so modern that a system failure would be big news.

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.

Patent office’s Lee might need to wait before confirmation

“There isn’t enough time,” said Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, remarking on the chances of confirming Michelle Lee before the end of the congressional session.

Best places to work: Top 10 federal subagencies

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of General Counsel leapt to the top of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government among agency subcomponents.

Best places to work: Top 10 large federal agencies

Once again, NASA topped the list of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government among large agencies. The space agency garnered the No.1 spot for the past three years, despite budget cuts and the end of the space shuttle program.

Job satisfaction among feds falls to all-time low

NASA once again tops the list as the large federal agency with the highest employee satisfaction, according to a new survey. But overall, federal employee satisfaction fell for the fourth consecutive year.

How NIST is helping law enforcement with digital forensics

During a National Institute of Standards and Technology forensics conference Wednesday, a number of NIST scientists, engineers and program managers poured over the ways the agency is helping law enforcement enhance investigations.

IT reform comes up for vote as part of Defense bill

After nearly two years and several iterations, the bill formerly known as the Federal Information Technology Acquisition and Reform Act is heading to the House floor as part of the 2015 Defense authorization bill.

Education Department OIG uncovers IT vulnerabilities

The information technology systems at the Education Department are vulnerable to attacks, according to a report this month from the agency’s inspector general.

Draft guidance aims to safeguard federal data stored by contractors

Two agencies that oversee government data released a draft recommendation that aims to protect sensitive federal information stored on the computers of contractors.

Patent office should continue to boost IT funding – report

As it emerges from 2013’s sequestration, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office should continue to increase funding for information technology, according to a new report put out by the 2014 Patent Public Advisory Committee.

GSA releases Schedule 70 Cloud SIN draft terms and conditions

The General Services Administration has released a draft of the terms and conditions for its proposed special item number of cloud acquisition under IT Schedule 70 to make agency cloud procurement simpler and more transparent.

Patent office takes hits at House hearing on telework

House lawmakers hammered the patent office about a report that surfaced that found instances of fraud within a once-acclaimed teleworking program.

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