Federal leaders for government-wide acquisition and information-sharing initiatives have joined forces with technology suppliers to hammer out a new set of recommendations to identify and use the government’s information sharing standards and requirements.

The goal of the recommendations is to enhance national security, increase efficiency and reduce costs by improving collaboration between government and industry in developing open interoperability standards and incorporating them into commercial products Keep reading →

Government leaders have a unique opportunity to tackle some of the nation’s most pressing challenges – and reduce the federal deficit by as much as $220 billion – by taking more progressive steps in adopting innovative IT practices and other measures, says a prominent public-private partnership organization.

But to accomplish that, agency leaders will need to more fully align and integrate information technology with their mission and business operations, according to recommendations in a series of policy briefing papers released today by the ACT-IAC Institute for Innovation. Keep reading →

Big data, which has been the hot topic for conferences this year, has also received a good deal of attention on Capitol Hill in recent weeks, most notably with two recent events:

As one who represents a population of data scientists, a group for which the TechAmerica says there is growing demand, I have seen quite a few–and written a number of–articles about recent big data conferences:

For those who contributed to the ACT-IAC discussion with Congressional staff members on Big Data at the Hill – Defining and Understanding Policy Implications, I offer some specific ideas to three suggestions in their report:

What Congress should do to help big data Keep reading →

When Roger Baker, the chief information officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs, looks at the challenge of managing mobile technology, he sees more than the task of moving data securely to the tablets and smartphones used by the department’s nearly 280,000 doctors and employees.

Sounding more like a brand manager than a CIO, Baker said that the bigger challenge is managing the department’s mobile applications – and more specifically, the experience veterans and employees encounter when they use them. Keep reading →

The much-anticipated Digital Government Strategy was released as a presidential memo on May 23.

It was worth the wait and certainly didn’t disappoint, delivering strong ideas and including many self-imposed deadlines. Keep reading →

Fresh off of a splashy announcement of the new federal digital strategy in New York, Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel and Federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park described some of the details of the plan on home turf Thursday.

The pair addressed about 200 government insiders at an event hosted by the ACT-IAC and AFFIRM in a Department of Interior auditorium. (Watch the recorded video.) Keep reading →

The Office of Management and Budget unveiled a long-awaited roadmap today on how federal agencies are to more fully embrace, and prioritize the use of, digital technology.

The new strategy — “Digital Government: Building A 21st Century Platform To Better Serve The American People” — lays out a framework and a set of action plans over the next 12 months for moving information safely and securely to the right stakeholders while using fewer resources. Keep reading →

Federal CIO Steve VanRoekel is expected to release the details this week of a long-awaited digital strategy document, laying out his vision and direction for how federal agencies should expect to use information and mobile technologies moving into the future.

Agency CIOs and others who’ve seen the document aren’t saying what’s in it. And VanRoekel didn’t tip his hand Sunday evening during a keynote speech to a group of government and contracting executives gathered in Baltimore to attend the Government Information Technology Executive Council (GITEC) summit. Keep reading →

The American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council released its list of top 30 government IT programs and projects for 2012.

The finalists in ACT-IAC’s 11th annual Awards Program, were selected by a panel of more than 50 judges, representing senior government IT and industry IT organizations. Keep reading →

Federal agencies trying to plot their path toward a mobile future need to be willing to say “yes” to pilot programs even if the outcomes are hard to predict, said Veterans Affairs CIO Roger Baker today in a panel discussion at the Executive Leadership Conference.

But even if agencies move forward to embrace mobile technologies, they must also resolve,” How do we work around interagency silos to share these services,” said Gwynne Kostin, director mobile, GSA Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies. Keep reading →

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