The government's need to offer mobile apps is obvious – as is the need to test their usability before agencies release them for public use. To make such studies easier and less expensive, the General Services Administration's DigitalGov team suggests a few methods.
Inadequate program oversight has left the General Services Administration's firearms donation program vulnerable to theft, says a June 12 GSA inspector general report. The Federal Property and Administrative Services Act of 1949 requires executive agencies to report to GSA excess property available for transfer to other federal agencies, the report says.
President Obama wants to make sure federal workers don't become resistant to antibiotics and he's starting in the cafeterias. Obama directed agencies to encourage use antibiotic-free meat and poultry in their cafeterias in a June 2 memo. He stopped short of mandating the practice, though.
For those agencies using mobile apps, analytics can be an invaluable tool, said David Cooper, mobile applications program lead at the DoD's National Center for Telehealth and Technology.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is putting the finishing touches on a new interagency report that will advise federal agencies on assessing and mitigating the privacy risks associated with their digital services.
MyUSA, a product of the General Services Administration's 18F, is an account management service that consolidates interactions with government websites.
Searches are often driven by "need-to-know information" rather than passive consumption, "which aligns with a lot of the information and resources government agencies provide on their digital properties," according to the DigitalGov post.
A government oversight group says a new General Services Administration proposal would make discounts available to the federal government less transparent – causing agencies to miss savings opportunities.
GSA says that it has expanded recycling efforts at the Denver center by launching additional single-stream recycling and organic waste collection services for six of its 44 buildings there.
Despite the General Services Administration's efforts to provide agencies with tools that support the acquisition of cloud computing technologies, there's a growing demand for neutral facilitators, or "cloud brokers," to walk agencies through the selection of a cloud vendor.