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GSA Platform Will Generate Ideas for Improving Government

A new online platform from the General Services Administration is helping federal agencies generate creative ideas for improving government while also improving openness and transparency, a White House directive. GSA officials say the Innovation Challenges Platform provides agencies with a way to lower the barriers for government's use of prizes and challenges by providing a platform at no cost that simplifies the public engagement process for both agencies and the public. It allows the public to suggest and discuss solutions to government problems. The platform is currently being used for AppsforHealthyKids.com. Director of new media and citizen engagement at the agency Bev Godwin says, there are a lot of different benefits that agencies can derive from such challenges, one of the most important being that they only pay for the solution.

Tags: Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , GSA , Bev Godwin , Scott Carr

Tuesday - 06/15/2010, 07:17pm EDT

New Device Gets a Grip on Stroke Treatment

Researchers with the National Science Foundation have developed a new tool for efficiently removing blood clots in the brain, the leading cause of strokes. The tool overcomes limitations in current emergency stroke treatments, potentially extending the time for a victim to get help. Engineered with support from the Foundation's Small Business Innovation Research program, Insera Therapeutics of California, developed the Stroke Help using an Transcatheter Retrieval device. It contains two primary components; an outer sheath for containing captured clots and an inner filament that houses the collapsible, five-millimeter-diameter, nickel-titanium mesh that grabs and filters the clots. The technology can be custom-fit for patients. Researchers say, such strokes are the leading cause of long-term disability in the U.S.

Tags: Meeting Missions Goals through Technology , science , Scott Carr

Tuesday - 06/15/2010, 07:16pm EDT

Senate cybersecurity bill: one step closer to passing

WFED's Max Cacas reports.

Tags: Cybersecurity , Dorobek Insider , Max Cacas ,

Tuesday - 06/15/2010, 07:04pm EDT
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A look at the level of technology in federal offices

GovExec's Tom Shoop brings us more.

Tags: Tom Shoop , GovExec , DorobekInsider , OMB

Tuesday - 06/15/2010, 06:55pm EDT
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OMB examines off schedule IT projects

WFED's Jason Miller reports.

Tags: Jason Miller , DorobekInsider , OMB , IT

Tuesday - 06/15/2010, 06:32pm EDT
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Burke making sure NEA fulfills its grant-making mission

The NEA's CIO, Mike Burke, has more on his plate since the ARRA passed.
June 17, 2010

Tags: Ask the CIO , National Endowment for the Arts , Mike Burke , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 06/15/2010, 03:16pm EDT
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Navy CIO Carey leaving

He plans on taking a new position later this summer. Carey says after three years in the position, it's time to move on to new challenges.

Tags: Rob Carey , Navy , CIO Council , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 06/15/2010, 03:40pm EDT

Feds lead Smart Grid development effort

The Senate is now considering a bill, approved last week by the House, designed to help the nation's electrical grid evolve into an enhanced Smart Grid which would help protect itself from cyber-attacks. In addition, however, the Smart Grid is also expected to help the nation do a better job of managing our electrical resources. A group of federal employees recently talked about their role in developing the Smart Grid.

Tags: AFFIRM , Eric Lightener , DoE , David Wollman , NIST , Nick Sinai , FCC , Max Cacas , Smart Grid

Tuesday - 06/15/2010, 07:15am EDT
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