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.

18F’s Hub pushes tech adoption, transparency

The General Services Administration today launched a new Jekyll-based documentation platform called the Hub. What’s that? FedScoop’s assistant editor, Billy Mitchell, has the latest.

One year later, a look back on the growth of 18F

A year after 18F’s unofficial launch, Executive Director Greg Godbout talks about the importance of culture, what they got right and wrong, and what the future of digital service shops in federal agencies looks like.

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.

GAO chief: DATA Act has a ‘long way to go’

The head of the Government Accountability Office expressed cautious optimism that the federal government could establish governmentwide financial data standards by May 2015.

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.

‘Dream team’ releases first U.S. open government playbook

A working group of more than 40 government agencies and nonprofits is asking for the public’s help in crafting a guide that details the best ways for the government to engage and collaborate with its citizens.

HHS launches new cohort of Entrepreneurs-In-Residence

IDEA Lab announced a new cohort for its Entrepreneurs-In-Residence program, which matches entrepreneurs from outside government with HHS employees to innovate on “high risk high reward projects” crowdsourced from within the agency.

Focus returns to Healthcare.gov tech this weekend

Come Nov. 15, all eyes will return to Healthcare.gov with memories of last year’s flawed technological launch top of mind as the the Affordable Care Act’s second enrollment period begins. But this time around, President Barack Obama and his Healthcare.gov team are confident that things will be different.

GSA plans to modernize its Integrated Award Environment

The General Services Administration announced last week that in September it awarded Booz Allen Hamilton a $64.5 million contract to provide a common services platform for its Integrated Award Environment over the next five years. This system, GSA said, will play a key role in transforming the agency’s IAE into a unified, more modern group of systems.

Retiring head of OGIS hails FOIA portal a success

Miriam Nisbet, founding director of the Office of Government Information Services, pointed to FOIAonline as a major agency achievement.

USAID’s Ebola Grand Challenge gives the world a voice in innovation

The U.S. Agency for International Development is turning to crowdsourcing to improve the tools, equipment and diagnostics needed to halt the spread of Ebola.

Microsoft helping government embrace open source programming

Although they have been operating in stealth mode, Microsoft is emerging as a leader in the open source government movement. FedScoop’s John Breeden II talks to Microsoft’s Kent Cunningham and Michael Donlan about how the company is working with agencies on open source efforts.

18F spreads the gospel of agile with new interagency consulting unit; dashboard on the way

The innovators disrupting bureaucracy in the General Services Administration’s 18F have learned quite a bit since launching in March, and now they’re taking that gospel to other agencies with a new program called 18F Consulting.

Todd Park subpoenaed again to testify on HealthCare.gov

House Science Committee Republicans want the former federal chief technology officer to answer questions about his role in the launch of HealthCare.gov.

USAID establishes its first open data policy

The U.S. Agency for International Development jumped on the open data wave last week, announcing its first-ever policy to share its datasets and tools with the public on a central repository.

Recovery CIO Shawn Kingsberry leaving government

Shawn Kingsberry, chief information officer for the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, is leaving government for the private sector.

How IARPA’s first challenge winners channeled ‘Star Wars’ for success

The winners of IARPA’s first ever public challenge have created a predictive analysis tool that Yoda would be proud of.

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