Want more women in IT? Change the approach to young girls

A group of federal CIOs — all women — said if the nation is going to be successful in attracting more women to the federal IT field it will have to change the messaging it sends to young girls in grammar school.

Issa, DelBene create congressional IoT caucus

Created by Sens. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., the Congressional Caucus on the Internet of Things aims to educate members of Congress on the developing uses and potential worries associated with the growing number of devices and systems that link to one another and the Internet. Some researchers claim nearly 5 billion devices will be interconnected by 2020.

HHS’ move to Microsoft cloud about more than email

When the Department of Health and Human Services begins rolling out its Microsoft 365 Email-as-a-Service cloud solution later this year, department Chief Information Officer Frank Baitman expects HHS to benefit from more than just the gained efficiencies of consolidating email systems.

GSA pursues agile software acquisition under Schedule 70

The General Services Administration published a request for information Wednesday to explore the possibility of creating a procurement vehicle for agile software development.

Inside Frank Baitman’s plans to consolidate HHS IT in 2015

Frank Baitman has a long list of IT plans for HHS in 2015, but disconnect within the federated department is making things a bit tricky.

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.

Agencies fall short of White House targets for cybersecurity

The White House is seeing an upward trend in new cybersecurity practices governmentwide, but the Obama administration is finding that not all agencies are living up to the cyber standards it set forth in last year’s cross-agency priority goals.

Desktops, laptops remain primary gateways to agency sites

A GAO report found that between 82 and 94 percent of visitors still accessed the agencies’ websites with a laptop or desktop.

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.

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.

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.

FAA, industry groups launch UAS safety campaign

The campaign, Know Before You Fly, aims to increase awareness of UAS operation rules and regulations.

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.

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 reviewed for government

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablet has been green lit for federal government service, but is it truly ready? We do a deep dive review of the new SP3 and find out.

Transportation Department launches app to curb drunk driving

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration unveiled a new app that helps users call a taxi, call a friend or find their location. Through the app, the agency hopes to keep drunk drivers off the roads.

2014 Year-in-Review: Big names and big stories

SPECIAL REPORT: Fedscoop’s 2014 Year-in-Review. We take a look back at this year’s biggest newsmakers in federal IT and the challenges that government technology professionals faced as they tried to keep pace with the fast-moving world of tech.

We have you covered through the 12 days of federal IT, from acquisition to cloud computing, Congress, cybersecurity, Defense, FAA, FCC, health IT, patent and trademark, Veterans Affairs, the White House and workforce issues.

GPO gets name change to reflect digital times

Although the Government Printing Office has been investing in and focusing on digital development and production for a decade, it wasn’t until Tuesday evening that the name of the agency actually reflected it. When President Barack Obama signed the continuing resolution omnibus spending bill Tuesday evening, GPO officially became the Government Publishing Office.

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.

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.

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