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Spotlight: White House launches 'computer science for all' initiative

Over the weekend President Obama unveiled a new initiative aimed at empowering American students to learn computer science.

Q&A: Commerce Dept. Chief Data Scientist Jeffrey Chen on building a new data service and why data context matters

FierceGovernmentIT  caught up with Commerce Department Chief Data Scientist Jeffrey Chen to learn more about the work underway at the newly formed Commerce Data Service and the Commerce Data Usability Project.

Spotlight: Sandia to play major role in grid modernization effort

As the nation modernizes its power grid through an Energy Department-led initiative, Sandia National Laboratories is leading the security and resilience portion of the effort.

NIST gets back to measurement basics

The National Institute of Standards and Technology announced a new blog this week that will take a look at some of the people and projects underway at the science and technology agency.

New chip could mean better use of spectrum for DoD

A new chip may help ease congestion on the electromagnetic spectrum, which is becoming more clogged as the demand for connected devices grows.

18F debuts micro-purchase platform

The Generals Services Administration's innovation lab, 18F, has launched a new platform to more easily post and receive bids on micro-purchase tasks.

NIST Information Technology Lab would benefit from better resource planning, outreach activities, finds report

While the work underway at the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Information Technology Laboratory is worthwhile and its influence is significant, an independent assessment of three of its six divisions found room for improvement in the areas of resource planning and outreach.

DHS drone operation guide zeros in on mission, privacy, legal considerations

Federal entities that use unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, should keep the specific use of the technology as it relates to agency mission, as well as privacy and legal considerations, top of mind through the entire program lifecycle, suggests the Homeland Security Department.

White House aims to engage private sector, international organizations in global cybersecurity standards development

The White House has a strategy to better position the U.S. government to support international cybersecurity standards.

Postal Service could utilize driverless cars in the future, IG says

The Postal Service should look to the future and plan for how it could use self-driving vehicles to cut costs and speed up deliveries, says a Sept. 28 USPS inspector general blog post.