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Open Government Momentum Continues

February 24, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies continue to innovate in response to the Obama administration's open government initiatives, said panelists at a Wednesday event sponsored by Government Executive, Nextgov's sister publication. Animated officials and an interested audience highlighted "pockets of excellence" in agencies' rollout of open government Web sites, along with a push to expand ...

Software defects threaten 2010 census rollout

February 24, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Growing problems with the Census Bureau's software for processing some of the paperwork associated with the decennial count have left the agency scrambling to test and fix errors, witnesses told a Senate panel on Tuesday. "Census has encountered major hardware and software issues affecting system performance that have prompted Census ...

USA.gov Plus YouTube

February 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration wants to know: How has USA.gov, the all-encompassing government information portal, made your life easier? The agency on Monday announced it would offer $2,500 to the most entertaining, creative or inspiring video detailing the pros of USA.gov. Until April 2, the public can upload 30- to ...

Panel: Obama's open government directive faces hurdles

February 23, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Obama administration's open government directive is a step toward enhancing transparency and democracy, but it still has a ways to go, technology observers said on Tuesday. Panelists at a State of the Union for Technology event hosted by The Atlantic magazine in Washington, said that while the mandate could ...

Second Life at Work

February 22, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Agriculture Department is going virtual, and employees may soon be able to conduct business through 3-D avatars rather than traditional teleconferencing, email or good old-fashioned staff meetings. According to a posting on Federal Business Opportunities, the department seeks a Second Life-like system that can be used behind a secure ...

There's an App for That

February 19, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you've ever had a burning desire to read Zachary Taylor's inaugural address, wondered about the exact wording of the Mayflower Compact or simply forgotten the 17th Amendment, worry no more. There's an app for that. MultiEducator Inc., a multimedia software developer, earlier this month released American Dreams, an iPhone/iPod ...

Panel: Open Networx to states and localities to expand broadband use

February 19, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The General Services Administration should open its massive Networx telecommunications contract to state and local governments to encourage the expansion of broadband into rural and other underserved areas, a Federal Communications Commission panel said on Thursday. The proposal, included in the initial recommendations for the national broadband plan, would allow ...

Labor moves to paperless pension filing

February 18, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An all-electronic system for filing pension and benefit plans will save the Labor Department 30 percent annually in operating and maintenance costs, according to a solutions developer. Vangent Inc., an information management contractor, on Wednesday announced that its Employee Retirement Income Security Act Filing Acceptance System, known as EFAST2, has ...

Social Networking: In. Blogging: Out.

February 17, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Teens and young adults are moving away from blogging and using Facebook and other social media sites in increasing numbers, according to a recent study from the Pew Research Center. The Pew Internet and American Life project studied their social media and Internet usage, and the findings revealed that, while ...

Another Government Dashboard

February 17, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday announced the debut of another IT dashboard, this time as a window into the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The new OIRA dashboard allows users to track regulations submitted for interagency review sorted by agency, length of review, stage of rulemaking ...