Labor looks to the cloud for new digital platform

The Labor Department is in the conceptual stage of developing a enterprisewide collaborative platform to integrate and modernize the department’s various IT abilities like mobility and data sharing.

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.

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.

White House announces grants for college IT programs

A portion of $450 million in grants from the White House will be used to fund 25 job-driven education programs in cybersecurity and information technology through partnerships with private sector companies like Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen and SpaceX, Vice President Joe Biden announced Monday.

White House releases new open government initiatives

Criticized for his administration’s lack of transparency, President Barack Obama announced a series of new open government initiatives Wednesday designed to improve online accessibility, education and innovation.

Anti-social: Feds wonder why social media companies drag feet on accessibility issues

The Federal Communications Commission hosted a panel of experts Thursday to talk about the challenges and ongoing need to make social media platforms more accessible to those with disabilities. But there was one group of representatives that was notably absent from the proceedings: the social media companies themselves.

DigitalGov rolls out 3 new social media toolkits in quest for ‘social government’

As GSA’s DigitalGov enters its third year of existence, it aims to make socialgov “bigger, badder, better and bolder.”

VA adds to IT executive team

The Department of Veterans Affairs has in the last few months brought on three new senior IT executives, including a deputy chief information officer for a newly created Office of Customer Advocacy.

New jobs report is good news for cybersecurity professionals

The number of job postings for cybersecurity positions grew twice as fast as the overall IT job market in 2013, according to a new study.

Sec. Perez takes Twitter questions, disputes CBO on minimum wage

Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would have little or no negative impact on employment, according to Labor Secretary Tom Perez in a Feb. 18 Twitter question-and-answer session.

How Labor’s departing deputy secretary made innovation work

After his announcement before the holidays that he would be leaving the Labor Department, Seth Harris has been working with his team to transition out of the position. In this exclusive interview, he talks with FedScoop about his experience as deputy secretary.

EXCLUSIVE: Labor’s second in command steps down

After more than 4.5 years as deputy secretary of the Labor Department and six months as acting secretary, FedScoop has learned Seth Harris is leaving the department.

TechTake: Surge in women entering tech industry

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in the last year 60 percent of those hired in the tech industry were women. That’s a big shift away from the usual 70 to 80 percent of hires who, historically, have been men.

Government officials make list of top minds

Alex Ross, Hilda Solis and Cathy Lanier have been included on the Daily Muse’s 50 Fearless Minds Changing the World list.

How Labor prepares for shutdown

The Labor Department issued Sept. 27 its shutdown plan, detailing a complete national and regional office staff guidance.

FedWire: DOD’s supercomputer, Solar Decathlon and Twitter town hall

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Labor Department’s Xavier Hughes on enhancing customer service

Xavier Hughes, chief innovation officer, Labor Department, discusses with FedScoopTV DOL’s customer service program and progresses.

Women’s Equality Day: In government, much to celebrate, much to accomplish

After a weekend of remembering the march that sparked a series of legislative reforms for civil rights, there is another historic milestone to remember—Women’s Equality Day.

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.

Cracking the code on social media accessibility

Accessibility to social media and technology for people with disabilities has recently moved into the spotlight, but is still a neglected area of need. Many think of “disability” as simply referring to physical disabilities, not mental disabilities, hampering efforts to secure services for the large population.

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