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Cloud first strategy turns 5 years old

The government's "cloud first" strategy turned five years old last month, marking a period when many agencies overhauled services by consolidating their data centers and moving programs to the cloud.

Open source solutions offered through Canada's web experience toolkit

The toolkit is a code library and framework for web design with a heavy emphasis on accessibility, usability, interoperability, and mobile-friendly and multi-lingual features. The WET is open source, so it can be used commercially or for government, and is on GitHub.

NIST to pilot Drupal

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is planning a 3-month pilot of open source web content management system Drupal, according to an Aug. 14 solicitation posted to FedBizOpps. The solicitation seeks consulting services to identify the requirements of migrating all public-facing NIST.gov sites from their CommonSpot platform to a cloud-based Drupal platform.The agency also expects the contractor to train its office of information systems management staff to support Drupal. Testing would also include the migration of one external NIST website to a Drupal cloud environment, says the solicitation.

White House to open We the People platform

The White House is in the process of creating an open source version of its "We the People" online petition platform. The effort will fulfill one of its objectives under the National Action Plan it revealed as a member of the international Open Government Partnership.

FCC thinks "API First" to create custom dashboards, share code

The Federal Communications Commission launched Dec. 20 the public beta of My.FCC.gov, an online tool for creating, saving and managing a customized FCC website based on a menu of 22 "widgets." The

Expect a high C&A burden when deploying Drupal in a controlled environment

Across government, open source web content management system Drupal is increasing in popularity. But most of the buzz has been around sites such as WhiteHouse.gov and Energy.gov, not from Defense or

The case for decoupled federal websites

Since the federal government stopped issuing.gov URLs in June, former Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra suggested the government may want to consolidate sites down to a single, giant

Spotlight: FCC.gov reboots

The Federal Communications Commission launched a new website this week. For the new site, now available in beta, FCC chose to host content on the cloud and use the popular open source web content

Spotlight: No joke, government gets in on the April Fool's action

Proving that April Fool's Day antics aren't just for companies like Google, some government agencies pulled their own pranks on April 1. The Army announced in a press release that the Stetsen would

Five tips for government web portal adoption

In an era of transparency, many federal agencies are creating online dashboards and self-service applications, but simply jury rigging a web content management system to perform like a portal is