In addition to storing the data, bringing forward technology and personnel to make that data useful is critical, said John Sprague, deputy chief technology officer for IT at NASA.
As the sensors and connected technologies that make up the Internet of Things find a home in the federal government, many agencies believe the adoption of open source technology will ensure that innovation isn't happening in silos.
While auditors may typically frown on agencies' unobligated funds exceeding balances, the practice is sometimes justifiable, and it was particularly helpful during the 2013 government shutdown, says an Oct. 30 Government Accountability Office report.
Several major government agencies have done a better job of managing their information technology spending, but duplicative contracts continue to plague their buying power, according to the Government Accountability Office.
Federal workers were slightly more engaged in their jobs this year than they were last year, and NASA remained one of the top agencies for job satisfaction, according to the Office of Personnel Management's 2015 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.
The British Meteorological Office issued research showing that these changes – the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, an El Niño weather phenomenon in the tropical Pacific and the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation – will continue to contribute to increasing global average temperatures.
Several federal agencies haven't been transparent about how they're measuring performance against their priority goals, says a Sept. 10 Government Accountability Office report.
The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces was 0.14 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the previous record set in 1998. It was also 1.46 F higher than the 20th century average of 60.4 F.
NASA's cost and schedule estimates for its Space Launch System aren't credible because the agency didn't follow best practices, says a July 16 Government Accountability Office audit.
The Agriculture Department's Forest Service is using NASA's Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership, which provides greater detail of smaller wildfires than ever before.