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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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White House touts success of agency 'challenges'

Increasingly, agencies are using a tool at their disposal. Instead of issuing RFP's, they're issuing challenges. And according to a new report from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, agencies that have jumped on the challenge bandwagon have begun to "reap the rewards of well-designed prizes integrated into a broader innovation strategy."

Tags: Challenge.gov , challenges , Air Force Research Laboratory , HHS , GSA

Tuesday - 04/10/2012, 06:18pm EDT

White House, agencies commit $200M to solving 'big data' quandary

Federal technology leaders unveiled an initiative to develop better ways of harnessing the rapidly growing volume of increasingly complicated data sets, known as big data. The push is led by a joint solicitation from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health to develop the core technologies for reigning in big data. All told, six federal departments and agencies will take part in the program committing more than $200 million in research-and-development investments.

Tags: NIH , DoD , DARPA , Energy , USGS , NSF , John Holdren , Subra Suresh , Francis Collins , Marcia McNutt

Thursday - 03/29/2012, 08:53pm EDT
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Obama appoints Todd Park to federal CTO role

The White House announced today President Barack Obama will appoint Todd Park to serve as the next federal chief technology officer. Park most recently served at the CTO of the Health and Human Services Department and fills the slot vacated by Aneesh Chopra, who stepped down last month after three years in the position.

Tags: Todd Park , HHS , Aneesh Chopra , technology , people

Friday - 03/09/2012, 03:40pm EST

OSTP wants help in making scientific data accessible

Under the America Competes Act, an interagency working group issued a RFI asking for input across 13 areas on how to ensure federally-funded research data is available for the long-term.

Tags: America Compete Act , data management , records management , industry , jason miller

Friday - 11/04/2011, 02:25pm EDT

New federal cookie policy coming soon?

Federal chief technology officer Aneesh Chopra says a 15-member working group is close to coming out with a report. It's been nearly six months since OMB ended the public comment period on whether to allow software to track users' habits.

Tags: technology , management , Aneesh Chopra , Dave McClure , Vivek Kundra , Cass Sunstein , OMB , OIRA , GSA , EPA , DHS , education , Anil Dash , American Association for the Advancement of Scienc , open government , Federal cookie policy

Monday - 02/15/2010, 06:58am EST
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Changes to federal cookie policy facing legislative hurdle?

White House says provision in financial services bill not a problem. Administration not taken any steps to work with Congress on changes to the law.

Tags: technology , Aneesh Chopra , Rick Weiss , OMB , Senate Appropriations Committee , Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board , health IT , Smart Grid , Federal cookie policy , research and development , cybersecurity

Thursday - 07/30/2009, 07:04am EDT
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Federal R&D efforts could get boost

NSF, NIST and Energy continue to receive increases on way to doubling budget by 2017. Overall, R&D across government increases only slightly. OSTP will create a dashboard to measure effectiveness of federal R&D efforts.

Tags: technology , John Holdren , Aneesh Chopra , White House , NASA , NSF , Energy , NIST , USDA , education , Smithsonian , research and development , R&D dashboard , budget , FY 2011 budget

Tuesday - 02/02/2010, 06:40am EST
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