FierceGovernmentIT spoke with Ben Balter, GitHub's government evangelist and former Presidential Innovation Fellow and new media fellow at the Federal Communications Commission, to discuss government's move to GitHub, the state of open government and what the government shutdown means for agencies' open data projects.
Some agencies have adopted the technique with such gusto they now have dedicated presonnel focused on running competitions. But not everyone thinks challenges are the vehicle for efficiency and innovation proponents claim. Challenges and competitions do more harm than good, writes Kevin Starr in an Aug. 22 post in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
The General Services Administration's newly-remodeled office space at 1800 F Street NW features open spaces for collaboration, desks for hoteling and green-building design, but the transition back to GSA headquarters is just part of what GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini calls a "total workplace transformation." There are only 400 workstations dedicated to individuals in the entire building. All other workstations are reserved for hoteling.
The Federal Chief Information Officer Council announced Aug. 9 a reorganization effort that will shift its work to operate in three core committees--innovation; portfolio management; and information security and identity management.
The federal government should adopt an enterprise approach that breaks down agency and department silos in order to leverage areas of overlap to meet mission needs, recommends a new report from the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton.
Officials across the federal government want a venue where they can share their experiences working with foreign regulatory agencies, the Government Accountability Office says. Venues for agencies to discuss international regulatory cooperation do exist, but they involve high-level officials, not those who are responsible for day-to-day implementation, GAO says in a report (.pdf) released August 1.
The National Institutes of Health announced July 22 it will spend up to $24 million per year, over four years as part of a plan to bring researchers together around big data in biomedicine.
Telework presents small federal agencies with difficulties that larger ones may not have to deal with, a report from the Government Accountability Office says. Employees of small agencies are more likely to be the only people capable of certain job functions, for example, officials from several agencies told the GAO during a group discussion.
Recent congressional testimony and White House oversight has further fueled the discussion around strengthening federal chief information officer authorities. While the focus has largely been on centralizing programs under the department CIOs, Commerce Department CIO Simon Szykman says greater authorities should be given to component CIOs as well.
Defense Knowledge Online went offline May 31, said the Army News Service in a June 3 post. The closure of DKO comes following 14 months of gradual transition to collaboration software hosted through the Defense Information Systems Agency's enterprise services.