Personal mobile devices give agencies an IT headache

Employees are using their own mobile devices, and agency IT shops are suffering from the strain.

Cloud & Infrastructure

PCs, websites top list of ways public talks to agencies

In a new survey by IDC Government Insights, the public chose computers and websites as their preferred mode of interaction with federal agencies, though that will likely change as mobile communications grow.

Cloud & Infrastructure

USGS to publish more than 250K historic maps on Web

The U.S. Geological Survey is scanning the topographic maps, some of which are more than 100 years old, and making the high-resolution electronic PDFs available to the public.

Cloud & Infrastructure

National Weather Service mobile site to get facelift

The National Weather Service will refresh its mobile website, Mobile.weather.gov, which offers weather forecasts by ZIP code.

The myths and realities of mobile computing

Federal agencies considering mobile applications should be aware of these common myths that could limit their potential, a GSA official said.

Cybersecurity

FBI mobile fingerprint system puts criminals at RISC

Police officers nationwide will soon have access to the FBI's new fingerprint system that allows them to see if someone is a nationally known "worst" offender using mobile devices.

Does the Navy prefer Google+ over Facebook?

Google+ has attracted more than 10 million users since its recent introduction. Now the Navy has released an introduction to the new social tagging service.

Cybersecurity

FPS risk assessment system foundering

The Federal Protective Service's costs for developing a new risk assessment system have tripled, and the system is two years behind schedule, a new report from GAO says.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Some 70,000 affected by USAJobs.gov application system failure

The Office of Personnel Management has confirmed that federal job applications for up to 70,000 people were lost as a result of a system outage from Aug. 7 to Aug. 9.

Cybersecurity

FBI's first mobile app aids in missing child ID

Is there something missing from the FBI's new Child ID mobile app for missing children? Some parents think so.

HHS sees Facebook friends as potential disaster lifelines

The Health and Human Services Department has started its Lifeline Facebook App Challenge, which seeks to turn social media friends into "lifelines" during a disaster.

State & Local

NYC police unit to track criminals via Facebook, Twitter

The city forms a new unit to track social media sites, where criminals have been known to announce crimes or brag about them afterward.

Cloud & Infrastructure

NARA takes crowdsourcing approach to tagging historic documents

The National Archives and Records Administration wants amateur historians to get involved in putting electronic tags on its historic documents online.

White House names Kundra's successor as federal CIO

White House officials say former FCC and Microsoft executive Steven VanRoekel will be the new Federal CIO, succeeding Vivek Kundra.

Cloud & Infrastructure

NARA enlists Wikipedia volunteers to help get documents online

The National Archives and Records Administration wants help from Wikipedia-savvy volunteers to help prepare important digital documents for online access.

VA to allow iPads, Androids, other mobile devices on its network

The Veterans Affairs Department plans to allow employees to use mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads and Androids devices on VA networks by Oct. 1, CIO Roger Baker announced.

Agencies find mobile-first strategy covers a lot of ground

A panel of federal executives working with mobile applications discussed the benefits of a "mobile-first" approach.

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra leaving White House

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has been the most prominent force for technology in the Obama administration, but he is about to step down.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Google doesn't want 'UncleSam' anymore

Google has stopped operating several specialized search tools, including the Google.com/UncleSam search engine of government-related Web sites.

Cybersecurity

New voters' data often differs from SSA records, especially in four states

Many new voters without driver's licenses submit personal information that doesn't match Social Security's records, agency reports.

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