Privacy experts laud Obama’s bid to safeguard student data

Obama’s consumer protection proposal included a measure to protect personal student data so technology companies can’t advertise products to kids.

IG pushes USPS to create a more flexible workplace

A flexible work-life balance can help employees be more productive, which could translate into more revenue for the cash-strapped Postal Service, a report from the agency’s inspector general said.

Postmaster general takes down Congress, unions in farewell remarks

With less than a month left in his term as postmaster general, Patrick Donahoe slammed Congress, the mailing industry and postal workers unions in a farewell speech Tuesday at the National Press Club.

Inside the FCC’s risky IT overhaul

The FCC is in the midst of a total IT overhaul designed to replace a wide range of legacy systems have resulted in some very public failures. But can David Bray lead the agency out of its antiquated past?

Heading into 2015, USPS looks to tech to reshape model

After a cyber intrusion compromised the data of 800,000 of its current and former employees earlier this year, the Postal Service has made a number of relatively major infrastructure and account management changes.

How an innovation fellow gave Interior’s new portal a boost

When the Interior Department’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue received a presidential innovation fellow, Judith Wilson, the lead of the U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative secretariat didn’t know that it would lead to the launch of the department’s new revenue open data portal.

Exclusive: HHS to lead 2-year DATA Act pilot

The DATA Act is in full swing, and it’s well known that the Office of Management and Budget and the Treasury Department are partnering to issue a governmentwide set of data standards by May 2015. What’s less known, however, is the Department of Health and Human Services’ role to lead a two-year pilot of the DATA Act beginning the same time next year.

White House officially unveils disaster data portal

More than two years after Hurricane Sandy stormed the East Coast, the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy officially launched a portal to aggregate open disaster-related data from across the country.

Interior launches new natural resources revenue data portal

The Interior Department became the latest government agency to open up some of their data to the public with the launch of a new data portal that visualizes the natural resource revenue the federal government receives from developing energy and mineral resources on public lands and waters.

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. credential providers hope for widespread agency use 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,, one of the credential-providing partners on the project, believes that will change.

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.

CDC testing big data defense against Ebola

Ebola may not be getting the media attention it did a few short months ago, but it’s still ravaging West Africa. And now the CDC is piloting a tool that merges health, population and movement data to predict the spread of the disease.

NCI: Consumer health big data needs clinical validation

Millions of Americans swear by their fitness apps and wearable health tracking devices. But researchers at the National Cancer Institute are hesitant to conclude this wearable tech revolution is clinically effective.

Multinational group discusses open data for Earth observations

Representatives from the multinational Group on Earth Observations met in Geneva last week to examine how open Earth observation data integration could benefit thousands of people globally.

FDA’s Kass-Hout sees tech opportunities in personalized medicine

FDA’s first chief health informatics officer envisions a future where health care could be better tailored to the patent.

CMS creates chief data officer position, new data office

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has hired a chief data officer to lead a new data-focused office overseeing the use of the agency’s wealth of health data.

Chuck McGann to leave USPS for private sector

After more than a decade and a half in the United States Postal Service, Chief Information Security Officer Chuck McGann is leaving the agency to work in the private sector.

Commentary: E.U. data privacy rules threaten medical research

Proposed European data privacy regulations could dramatically hamper medical research efforts in the E.U., raising questions of unintended consequences for U.S. policymakers.

Hagel launches defense innovation effort

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced a sweeping new innovation effort Saturday designed to help the Pentagon maintain its technological and readiness edge in the face of a major reduction in the size of the military and unprecedented budget pressures.

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