The Government Accountability Office's annual report on costly overlap and duplication identifies 380 actions to make government more efficient. Despite White House efforts to make meaningful progress in this area, it is hamstrung, said GAO Comptroller General Eugene Dodaro.
In a FierceGovIT-Market Connections PulsePoll™, we asked federal civilian and military workers directly to describe their experiences with mobile devices. Do they really make you more productive? How, and how much more? Does it depend on the device?
S everal federal information technology executives say tighter budgets are actually an impetus for innovative problem solving. "In my mind, crowdsourcing is one of the most untapped opportunities," said Sasi Pillay, NASA's chief technology officer.
The Agriculture Department April 30 announced the creation of a food, agriculture and rural data community on data.gov. The data.gov micro site will serve as a central resource for data sets, apps, developer tools and collaboration. The USDA also announced an action plan to further agricultural open data efforts beyond the United States.
Two General Services Administration officials recently sat down with FierceGovernmentIT to discuss their efforts to help agencies improve their digital presence and better serve citizens. Sheila Campbell, director of the center for excellence in digital government, and Jonathan Rubin, First Fridays usability program manager, explained GSA's web usability testing services as well as ways it's institutionalizing lessons learned through blog posts and training.
The General Services Administration announced Feb. 19 it will consolidate all information technology personnel, budgets and systems under the authority of its chief information officer.
The document doesn't address CIO authorities--and a September 2011 Government Accountability Office report noted that agency CIOs "are limited in their ability to ensure appropriate IT staff are being hired to meet mission needs."
Eight federal agencies will develop a conservation program to employ returning veterans and America's youth to protect and restore public lands, parks, waterways and cultural sites. Starting the 21CSC implements the first recommendation of the America's Great Outdoors Initiative introduced by President Obama in 2010.
A joint U.S.-Canadian commission tasked with breaking down regulatory barriers to cross-border trade says it is making progress in several key areas.No regulations have actually been revised in either country, but pilot programs are headed in that direction, according to the progress report (.pdf) issued this Dec. 14 by the Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council.
The Census Bureau is looking to the Internet and shared mapping technology to keep costs of the 2020 Decennial Census from reaching $25 billion, a cost estimate based on 2010 census costs.The 2010 Census cost $13 billion and is the most expensive census on record.