The Veterans Affairs Department will move all of its 600,000 employees to a cloud-based email, messaging and calendar system over the next five years, says Hewlett-Packard in a Nov. 13 press release. The transition will begin with an initial group of 15,000 people.
Federal agencies are taking to social media to message alerts and updates related to Hurricane Sandy. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate--one of the more active federal Twitter users, with more than 30,000 followers--was busy providing information about the storm via Twitter even before the first raindrops fell.
The Internal Revenue Service could be saving millions of dollars and rent about one million square feet less of space each year if it made its roughly 22,000 telecommuting employees share workstations when working in an IRS building, finds the Treasure Inspector General for Tax Administration.
Knowledge management efforts have been embedded into the Army for years, but there is very little uniformity or interaction across the service, said Army officials Oct. 17 while speaking on a panel at KMWorld in Washington, D.C. "Inconsistency is the consistency," said Jim Bradley, deputy chief knowledge officer at Army training and doctrine command.
The intelligence community is running an acquisition pilot under which qualified apps or widget developers can submit their code to a marketplace and be paid a nominal fee--but if the application's uptake is significant, be paid what it would have cost the federal government to otherwise purchase it, said Dawn Meyerriecks, assistant director of national intelligence for acquisition, technology and facilities.
Daniel Tangherlini, the General Services Administration's acting administrator, is uncertain about the agency's ability to provide services that offset the cost of agency operations. "We have questions about the sustainability of our economic trajectory, at least for the federal government," said Tangherlini Oct. 11, while speaking at an event hosted by the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University, in Washington, D.C.
The federal government utilizes 12 distinct approaches for interagency collaboration, including the use of presidential advisors, office co-location, joint program efforts, specially-created interagency offices, and conferences and communities of practice. Agencies use a variety of these strategies in order to collaborate, finds the GAO in a Sept. 27 study (.pdf).
The National Nuclear Security Administration is trying to enable a virtual workforce through a variety of strategies including social computing. The agency is in the process of rolling out an internal social network to 45,000 network accounts, spanning about 10 large geographic locations, said Travis Howerton, chief technology officer at NNSA, during a Sept. 14 AFFIRM event in Washington, D.C.
The National Research Council is recommending a 10-year research path to studying the sun, including its connections with the Earth and its interactions with other bodies in the solar system in a new report. A team of about 85 solar and space physicists and space system engineers lay out four scientific goals for basic and applied research for the next 10 years, according to a National Research Council announcement describing highlights of the 454-page report.
The White House announced Aug. 23 the inaugural class of Presidential Innovation Fellows. The group of 18 private-sector professionals will work for 6 months on one of five "tough but tractable challenges" the administration says will "provide immediate benefits and cost-savings to American citizens, entrepreneurs and businesses." The launch of the fellows program was a requirement of the White House's Digital Government Strategy. Since the Presidential Innovation Fellows program was announced May 23, the White House received more than 700 applications, said Federal CTO Todd Park.