The General Services Administration, which oversees and manages the federal government's open data hub, has released a document to help more agencies publish their datasets to the platform for public use. Because the platform called Data.gov doesn't actually host the data, but instead aggregates metadata about open data assets in one place, the metadata is only as good as agencies' data, writes the agency in a DigitalGov blog post Dec. 10.
The Navy Department's new Acting Chief Information Officer John Zangardi is reviewing his office's operations to identify areas where administrative burdens can be eliminated or reduced, he said in his first address since taking the position Oct. 24.
Federal retirement claims processing will eventually be fully automated, at least that's the vision of one Office of Personnel Management official. In the interim, OPM is focused on procuring a process and case management system to track business workflows that increase transparency and efficiencies, said Kenneth Zawodny, assistant director of retirement services at OPM.
Members of AARP, a nonprofit group that serves adults 50 years or older, are testing technology to help them better manage their digital identities in a simple, but more secure way using biometrics. It's just one of 15 federally funded pilots that was recently highlighted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Using an application programming interface, the Commerce, State and Treasury departments have created the searchable Consolidated Screening List that contains names of more than 8,000 company and individual names – and their aliases – restricted from conducting business with American companies as a result of U.S. export regulations, sanctions or other conditions.
Easy-to-share web addresses – sometimes called shortcut, vanity or marketing URLs – should be created by agency web managers in a specific format for very specific purposes, according to a Nov. 28 post on the General Services Administration's DigitalGov Blog.
The Federal Aviation Administration could have a tough time meeting its deadline for the Next Generation Air Transportation program, or NextGen – a 20-year, $40 billion initiative designed to modernize a decades-old U.S. aviation system by using satellite-based, digital technologies to make air travel safe, reliable, convenient and more predictable – according to the Transportation Department's inspector general.
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.
Federal website managers have additional tools to improve their sites' "findability," including access to more query and click data, as a result of recent upgrades to the backend analytics framework used by the General Services Administration's digital search program.
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.