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How Many CIOs Does It Take . . .

October 5, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow You would think with three chief information officers in a room, there would not be technology problems for a presentation. Yet, at a morning panel titled "Green IT Strategies" at the Greengov symposium at George Washington University, the question was how many does it take to get their PowerPoint slides...

CIOs Not Into CyberScope

October 4, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Although use of CyberScope, a mandatory new system for reporting on information security in federal agencies, is required by Nov. 15, fewer than one in five federal information technology chiefs have tried using the program. According to a survey of chief information officers from 34-Cabinet level departments and other agencies...

Canada Launches Apps Contest

October 1, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Canada's capital city plans to hold a contest for citizens to think up government services. But first someone should make sure the competition's website works. Ottawa launched this week Apps4Ottawa, which will award $50,000 (Canadian) in prizes to people who create applications designed for mobile devices, computers, websites and other...

Google's Street View of Penguins

September 30, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Watch out penguins. After raising privacy concerns in Europe, Google Street View has arrived in Antarctica. The service, which provides panoramic views of locations from street level, is now on all seven continents, Google boasted on its blog. And although the continent may not have many streets, or people for...

Kaiser Donates Doctor-Talk Tool

September 30, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Kaiser Permanente announced on Wednesday that it is donating a translation-enabling technology to the International Healthcare Terminology Standards Development Organization. The tool, Convergent Medical Terminology, helps translate doctor-talk into words patients will recognize while viewing their electronic health records. Instead of using detailed medical terminology, it automatically displays words such...

Former Defense social media expert says don't resist

September 30, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Price Floyd, the principal deputy assistant secretary of Defense for public affairs who specialized in social media, left his post in August after spending more than a year working with Defense Department officials on a policy for how commanders and soldiers could use social media. Floyd, now vice president for...

Fed Lawyer: I was Fired for Blog

September 29, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A federal attorney said he was fired two weeks after he began writing the blog FAA Lawyer Whistleblower out of frustration when attempts to alert Federal Aviation Administration officials about safety problems were rebuffed. The Washington Examiner reports David Pardo, 27, a pilot and attorney at FAA, says he was...

New Tool Helps Feds Plan Travel

September 28, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow For traveling federal employees, the question usually is how much can I spend on my hotel and what is there to do in the area. Well now there is an app that tries to provide answers. GovLoop has launched a new tool, a per diem calculator, that seeks to answer...

Transportation, industry look for ways to stop distracted driving

September 28, 2010 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Distracted driving is a proven hazard, but how to stop it is a question many experts and government still are trying to answer. In 2009, driving while texting, using a cell phone or simply not paying attention to the road caused almost 5,500 deaths and nearly 450,000 injuries in the...

From Nextgov.com: Transportation, industry look for ways to stop distracted driving

September 28, 2010 Distracted driving is a proven hazard, but how to stop it is a question many experts and government still are trying to answer. Read the full story on Nextgov.com.