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.
A senior Obama administration official acknowledged that federal purchasing rules are difficult to navigate, especially for information technology projects and services, but they're getting the job done – for now.
Insufficient project requirements, among other problems, are continuing to delay a now four-year-old Internal Revenue Service IT modernization effort, designed to help taxpayers resolve disputes with the agency, the internal watchdog finds.
The White House recently launched the "write" application programming interface version of its petitions platform as a way for people to more easily submit signatures from other sites.
A report commissioned by the Homeland Security Department's Science and Technology Directorate says barriers to using and developing open source software must be addressed as IT budgets across government continue to tighten.
With a little help from the General Services Administration's digital search program, federal web managers can now expand search results on their agency and department sites to include results from their Instagram accounts and relevant Federal Register notices.
Representatives from 175 countries will discuss topics such as Internet governance, online security and privacy, and the Internet of Things, as the United Nations' International Telecommunications Union, or ITU, kicked off three weeks of meetings Oct. 20 in Busan, South Korea.
A tool being developed for the Army will bring together intelligence, terrain and electromagnetic spectrum data, providing a common operational picture for electronic warfare.
Two years after it launched, Congress.gov has moved out of the beta phase. The successor to the two-decade-old THOMAS system for finding legislative information features several new enhancements
A new group within the United Nations focused on harnessing data for sustainable development met for the first time during the Sept. 25 and 26 general assembly to review their mandate from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The Independent Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development is tasked with submitting a report to the secretary general by early November with policy recommendations.