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Inside the Presidential Innovation Fellows program: A Q&A with the White House

From saving lives to saving hundreds of thousands of dollars, the Presidential Innovation Fellows program is already making a difference in its short two-year existence. In our special report, Solving Our Nation's Toughest Challenges: The Presidential Innovation Fellows, Federal News Radio gets an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the fellows program and examines some of its greatest success stories.

Tags: Jennifer Pahlka , Presidential Innovation Fellows , Shefali Kapadia , workforce

Tuesday - 04/01/2014, 04:00am EDT

Data innovation, crowdsourcing on the horizon for Innovation Fellows program

The White House is looking for a few great thinkers for round 3 of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, which will focus on data innovation, crowdsourcing and digital projects. Applications are being accepted through April 7, with work scheduled to begin on the projects this summer. In part three of Federal News Radio's special report, Solving Our Nation's Toughest Challenges: The Presidential Innovation Fellows, we get a behind-the-scenes look at what's ahead in round 3 of the program.

Tags: Presidential Innovation Fellows , Lena Trudeau , Jennifer Pahlka , GSA , workforce , Shefali Kapadia

Thursday - 04/03/2014, 04:00am EDT

Challenge.gov platform recognized for changing how feds solve problems

The Challenge.gov platform Thursday received the prestigious Harvard Innovations in American Government award from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. It beat out 600 other entrants to be the first federal winner of the award since 2003.

Tags: management , GSA , White House , John Holdren , Dan Tangherlini , Harvard Kennedy School of Government , Stephen Goldsmith , Challenge.gov , competition , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/24/2014, 09:25am EST
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White House considering options after Issa subpoenaes federal CTO Park

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is compelling federal CTO Todd Park show up Wednesday for a hearing before the Oversight and Government Reform Committee on the IT oversight problems of the HealthCare.gov website.

Tags: technology , oversight , Darrell Issa , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Todd Park , Steven VanRoekel , Henry Chao , HHS , CMS , HealthCare.gov , Jason Miller

Monday - 11/11/2013, 12:47pm EST

White House wants to root out copycat programs - starting with STEM

The Obama administration's proposed fiscal 2014 budget called for consolidating or eliminating 116 of the government's 226 STEM initiatives and centralizing the coordination of STEM programs under just three agencies: the Education Department, the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution. The administration's STEM proposal is one of the government's first visible steps in reversing some of the duplication that riddles the federal landscape and which some lawmakers have seized on as examples of government waste.

Tags: Senate , Senate Budget Committee , Task Force on Government Performance , Mark Warner , Kelly Ayotte , John Holdren , STEM , duplicative programs , Jack Moore

Friday - 05/17/2013, 01:45pm EDT
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White House to mandate machine-readable open data

The guidance is two months late, but OMB is expected to issue it in early 2013. Todd Park, the federal CTO, said the White House also is updating the Data.gov platform and expanding the approach to healthcare data to other sectors.

Tags: technology , open government , Todd Park , Steve VanRoekel , OMB , Innovation Fellows Program , Digital Management Strategy , data management , Blue Button initiative , healthcare data , Jason Miller

Monday - 01/07/2013, 05:25am EST
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Federal CTO plans new networking tool to spur innovation

The Innovation Networking Project will supplement traditional, face-to-face, networking with the goal of connecting federal visionaries, Todd Park said. He hopes the end result will remove stovepipes that have prevented big thinkers from finding each other.

Tags: Todd Park , innovation , networking , Innovation Networking Project , Carmen Medina , Ruben Gomez , GovLoop , Next Generation of Government Summit

Friday - 07/27/2012, 07:57pm EDT
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Obama assigns new responsibilities for keeping government connected in case of emergency

In an executive order issued Friday, President Barack Obama laid out an all-hands-on-deck approach to developing policies for preserving government communications in the event of a national disaster or emergency. The order creates the Executive Committee on National Security and Emergency Preparedness Communications or NS/EP communications to be staffed with high-ranking officials from eight agencies and departments

Tags: DoD , DHS , emergency communications , Barack Obama , National Communications System

Friday - 07/06/2012, 09:20pm EDT

OSTP helping agencies take open gov to '2.0 level'

Chris Vein, the deputy chief technology officer for government innovation at OSTP, gives an update on how agencies have done in the past few years in carrying out their open government and transparency plans.

Tags: Chris Vein , technology , open government , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 04/11/2012, 09:54am EDT
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