The Obama administration has set improving customer service as a "cross-agency priority goal," but a Nov. 7 report from Forrester says federal departments and agencies are coming up very short.
Transparency groups are recommending changes to the rules of the House of Representatives that would allow the use of open source software. Noting a push toward open source software adoption by the executive branch, the legislative branch should follow suit and allow open source code to be used and published, say recommendations (pdf) issued to the 114 th Congress by three transparency groups.
Several government officials recently said that application programming interfaces, or APIs, are allowing federal agencies to provide and share more services and data quickly and easily without requiring a larger workforce. "APIs are the future, they really are," said Dennis Alvord, executive director of BusinessUSA at the Commerce Department.
Too often agencies are blindly checking a list of requirements rather than really thinking through how the technology they acquire or develop will serve the user, said Greg Godbout, executive director of the General Services Administration's innovation lab called 18F.
The FAA is seeking a commercial off-the-shelf application that will create a remotely accessible depository where digital media analysts can store digital forensic evidence and distribute forensic workload among geographically dispersed investigators, among other things.
U.S. and Chinese government offices will now directly exchange patent application priority documents through a secure, free electronic service designed to speed up processes and lower costs.
Advanced computing needs are threatening the National Science Foundation's position as a provider of high-powered computing to its researchers, according to a new report.
Forget traditional websites. To get content out there, agencies need to use new tools, argues the General Services Administration in a DigitalGov blog post, to change how government publishes information-- away from desktop ".gov" websites where traffic is declining, and toward mobile applications, social media and search engines.
The U.S.-Canada Regulatory Cooperation Council Joint Forward Plan, which was unveiled Aug. 29, solidifies the partnership arrangements and framework among regulators from the two nations – activities that were developed through an initial plan launched in late 2011.
The Office of Personnel Management wants to make it easier for federal workers to telework, an Aug. 22 OPM memo says. Agencies should remove barriers or limitations that unnecessarily restrict federal workers from using existing workplace flexibilities and work-life programs, the memo says.