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11:33 am, September 16, 2014

Transforming data into smart business analytics

David Rubal, Public Sector Pre-Sales Consulting Manager with Tableau Software, will discuss how his company is helping agencies analyze and process big data.
September 16, 2014

Updated 06 minutes, 37 seconds ago
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White House, GSA welcome Round 3 Innovation Fellows

The White House and the General Services Administration select 27 new Presidential Innovation Fellows to work on "high-impact" projects.

Updated 1 hours, 21 minutes ago

Ed Bersoff and Jonathan Aberman

The government looks far and wide for answers to its most challenging problems. Yesterday, the White House hired 27 new Presidential Innovation Fellows from around the country to come in and help. But sometimes, solutions are no farther away than your back yard. A new Virginia non-profit called Tandem NSI aims to link the government with technology entrepreneurs without a lot of red tape. Jonathan Aberman is managing partner of Amplifier Ventures and Ed Bersoff is a veteran in federal contracting. They joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss why the federal government should adopt new technologies.

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:41am EDT
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Melvyn Smith, Centre for Machine Vision, Bristol Robotic Laboratory

A British research team aims to prove that 3-D technology could help Homeland Security discover more suspicious activity. Surveillance systems usually rely on 2-D images. Now, a team from England's Centre for Machine Vision is building a system to extract high resolution 3-D video from a distance of several hundred feet. Professor Melvyn Smith is director of the Centre for Machine Vision in the Bristol Robotic Laboratory. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what prompted him to conduct this research.

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:36am EDT
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OMB turns to the people-solution to fix troubled IT programs

As part of President Barack Obama's second term management agenda, agencies are testing new hiring authorities for technology experts and an industry-government exchange program. The Office of Management and Budget also worked with agencies to benchmark the cost effectiveness of back-office functions.

Monday - 09/15/2014, 03:41am EDT
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Ariel Rabkin, AEI's Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy

The Obama Administration wants to avoid a repeat of the technical glitches it experienced with the rollout of HealthCare.gov. One way is through a White House effort called the U.S. Digital Service. The Digital Service will consist of a small team of experts that will serve as consultants to agencies on IT projects. Ariel Rabkin is a visiting fellow with AEI's Center for Internet, Communications and Technology Policy. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why many IT projects fail in the first place.

Sunday - 09/14/2014, 06:47pm EDT
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One vendor team's approach to DoD EHR: Start with VistA

Advocates for VistA, VA's EHR system, shouldn't give up hope yet. There's still some chance that DoD could wind up using the same system VA does, or at least a commercial derivative of it.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 06:04pm EDT

DoD broadens its horizons on benefits of new electronic health record system

The Pentagon has been thinking about how to upgrade and replace its electronic health record system for a very long time. But in the eight years that have passed since those discussions began in earnest, much has changed in terms of the capabilities of commercial EHR systems.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 05:58pm EDT

Army stands up first-of-its-kind cyber brigade, explores dedicated career field for cyber

The Army's new dedicated career branch for cyber specialties could be up and running as soon as October.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 05:50pm EDT

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Army stands up first-of-its-kind cyber brigade

"Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook" is a biweekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community, as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu. In this week's notebook, Sgt. Maj. Rodney Harris, Army Cyber Command's senior enlisted adviser said the Army's new dedicated career branch for cyber specialties could be up and running as soon as October

Friday - 09/12/2014, 05:41pm EDT

DHS S&T chief plans for more relevant research, better employee morale

Dr. Reginald Brothers, the new Homeland Security Department undersecretary for science and technology, wants to revamp DHS' S&T portfolio by making its research projects more relevant to end users, building more connective tissue between headquarters and DHS components and rebuilding workforce morale.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 04:11am EDT
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Army Contracting Command running through the doors that cloud opens

Gino Magnifico, the chief information officer of the Army Contracting Command, said the move to a zero-client setup for its desktop computers and the development of lighter weight apps to be used anywhere in the world is a direct result of having a mature cloud infrastructure.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 01:34pm EDT
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Navy on schedule for full transition to NGEN contract at end of this month

After years of acquisition planning, bid protests and then eventually a rolling process of migrating users from one contract to another, the Navy says all of its users will have moved to its new NGEN contract by the end of this month.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 01:19pm EDT
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How to bring fresh ideas into your organization

On this week's Women of Washington radio show, Anne Altman, head of IBM Federal, joins hosts Gigi Schumm and Aileen Black to discuss how successful companies bring new talent into their organizations.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 11:43am EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Shrinking agency budgets and the widespread use of cloud computing is starting to address a longstanding problem for agencies, Shadow IT. Shadow IT is when employees deploy hardware and software without the permission or knowledge of the agency's CIO. Federal News Radio's Executive Editor Jason Miller explained how agencies are starting to shine the light on this rogue IT on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin. Read Jason's related article.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 08:59am EDT
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Cloud, budget reductions helping CIOs pull IT out of the shadows

NASA CIO Larry Sweet has mandated enterprise services first for all commodity IT. Other agencies, such as GSA and Interior, are trying to find the right balance between giving field offices latitude and rigid IT requirements.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 04:12am EDT

Spanning the Globe, Geospatially

Every day, one federal agency simultaneously serves the global intelligence needs of the American military, the U.S. Intelligence Community, and, increasingly, domestic first responders. In this episode of AFCEA Answers, Ellen McCarthy, chief operating officer of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), discusses how "managing through portfolios" makes sense during a new era of intelligence challenges and fiscal restraint. We'll also discuss how links with industry and academia are driving mission-focused innovations, like NGA's "Map of the World". And McCarthy talks about educating and recruiting the next generation of NGA innovators.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 04:27pm EDT

Claire Giordano, Senior Director, Quantum

These days, it's only a matter of time before the next data breach occurs. Just ask Home Depot, it could also be your agency. Hackers recently breached HealthCare.gov and installed malicious software. Although the attack took place in July, it took the Health and Human Services Department more than a month to detect it. Claire Giordano is a senior director at Quantum. She joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how network forensics can play a critical role in protecting agencies' data.

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 10:01am EDT
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Managing complex IT systems

Rebecca Halstead, president of the local chapter of the International Institute of Business Analysis and David Pradko, vice president of Finance for the IIBA, will how their organization can help your agency with its software development projects.
September 9, 2014

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 09:57pm EDT
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VA customer-service warriors on mission to streamline veterans' needs

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald has pledged to put veterans first at the department. Maureen Ellenberger is one of his warriors in the battle. As director of veterans relationship management at the Veterans Benefits Administration, she is trying to standardize the customer service that veterans receive and make sure their experiences are positive.

Tuesday - 09/09/2014, 03:02pm EDT
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