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Senior Correspondent Before joining Government Executive’s editing team, Rebecca Carroll wrote and edited for The Associated Press in Washington, New York and Bangkok, and for National Geographic News. She also was a Peace Corps volunteer in China, where she returned to study at the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing University Center. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania, with a double major in English and Philosophy.
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Government Printing Office Becomes First Legislative Agency to Adopt Cloud Email

October 7, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Government Printing Office aims to complete a migration to Microsoft cloud email services by the yearend, the agency’s chief information officer said Tuesday. GPO is the first legislative branch agency to make the move to the cloud. The printing office will use Microsoft 365, which is already in place...

US Needs a New Robotics Agency or the Machine Overlords Will Win … Or Something

October 6, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. government’s “hopelessly piecemeal” approach to robotics could allow other countries to leapfrog us in innovation, warns a scholar who argues for the creation of a new federal agency. Ryan Calo, an assistant law professor at the University of Washington, conceded a "Federal Robotics Commission" would be small by...

Would Agencies Buy More Cloud if Companies Made It Easier?

October 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal contracting officers have to perform almost acrobatic feats to buy technology smartly under current rules, and they take the blame when they simply can’t. Public and private sector officials this week discussed how much of the onus of federal contracting challenges could be put back on the companies vying...

Congress.gov Beats Gmail by 3 Years

October 3, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If you’re into reading the text of legislation introduced in Congress or wonder where a bill stands or what hurdles it faced to get to where it is, you go to Congress.gov, which launched two years ago but only just became official. I’ve been linking up a storm to the...

Tangled Up in FOIA Requests, Agencies Turn to Technology

September 30, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Complying with the 1966 Freedom of Information Act these days is a hugely complex technological feat that goes far beyond filing cabinets, good judgment and black markers. One trick to organizing and handling mind-boggling numbers of documents is keeping in mind the requesters' needs, according to experts looking to make...

What We Know About Coming DATA Act Standards

September 29, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow We already have all the information we need to understand how much the federal government spends. But the pile of data is an unwieldy, nonuniform mess, which is why officials are putting enormous effort into developing a new set of standards for it. The challenges for organizing this information range...

Buying Coffee vs. Visualizing the Life Cycle of Federal Spending

September 26, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow One of many tricky obstacles to making federal spending more transparent is that most people aren’t too familiar with how government spends money in the first place. “In order to present the information in a way that is understandable for the public, we must present the spending information in its...

Report: Agencies Continue to Buck ‘Cloud First’ Policy -- And The Lack of Savings Shows It

September 25, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cloud computing solutions should be considered even for legacy information technology investments not up for replacement, according to a report released Thursday that found federal agencies aren’t saving as much as they could. Together, seven agencies reviewed by the Government Accountability Office have spent $222 million on cloud services since...

When the Government Sends You a Text Message, Take Note

September 24, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For years, it’s been difficult to tell if text messaging was on its way in or out, but if government use is any indicator, the technology is at the very least here for now. House lawmakers last week decided after some debate to include text messages among the electronic communications...

White House to Agencies: We’ve Told You Enough About Software

September 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Agencies are starting to address the problems underlying the hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars wasted on software, even as the White House continues to reject the notion it should improve its policies on the issue, the Government Accountability Office said Tuesday. Since its May report identifying widespread software management...

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