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Top IT officials say transparency will improve project management

December 10, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Increased transparency will help technology projects stay on track, Obama administration officials told a Senate panel on Thursday. Lack of publicly available, up-to-date information on federal IT investments is part of the reason projects often are delivered behind schedule and over budget, federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra testified before ...

Business starts slowly on GSA's huge IT contract

December 10, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Business on one of the General Services Administration's flagship information technology contracts has been sluggish this year as federal agencies choose to use internal contracts to buy IT solutions. Federal agencies have purchased about $171 million worth of IT products and services off the Alliant contract since GSA launched the ...

Powers-King to Retire from GSA

December 9, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Just confirmed that Mary Powers-King, director of governmentwide acquisition contracts and Schedule 70 for GSA's Integrated Technology Service will retire shortly after the New Year. Powers-King has 31 years of federal service, including more than 25 years managing IT programs. No successor has been named yet, although her deputy, Jim ...

Federal agencies' path to cloud computing remains unclear

December 8, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cloud computing services have matured and are ready for federal agencies to use, but incorporating them into everyday operations could take months or years, according to industry executives that offer the service. Cloud computing refers to the practice of purchasing computer services that are stored and maintained by a third-party ...

Public Vote on Ways to SAVE

December 7, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow FedBlog guest blogger Dan Munz had an interesting post on Monday about the White House allowing the public to vote on the president's Securing Americans Value and Efficiency (SAVE) award: For the unfamiliar, the SAVE Award is an award for the idea, submitted by a government employee, that will most ...

Federal Health Sites Lead Pack

December 4, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As technology observers we're often quick to highlight when the government lags behind the private sector. That's why it's important to take note when the public sector does something better, which seems to be the case when it comes to providing electronic health information. According to a new survey from ...

Access and Technology

December 2, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on Wednesday on a topic that doesn't usually reach our radar: the manner in which local radio stations receive the ratings that determine their audience size and advertising rates. The debate that took place highlighted the difficulty of creating ...

Postal Service mail tracking system doesn't deliver

December 1, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Postal Service's new bar code system for tracking mail has been delivered behind schedule, over cost and without key functionalities, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office. USPS began the Intelligent Mail program in 2003 with the goal of developing one system that could interact with ...

Flight Sims Prep Fighter Pilots

November 30, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow DefenseNews has an interesting article today on how gaming technology is playing a larger role in military pilot training. As the technology has improved, so has the level of realism in the simulations. This is crucial because it helps pilots prepare for the range of events they may encounter when ...

Movement On Net Neutrality

November 30, 2009 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Today's Federal Register includes an official notice from the FCC that it is proposing a rule that would "preserve the open Internet." Net Neutrality has been a hot topic in recent days; two weeks ago a White House official spoke out in favor of the concept and took a shot ...