Obama Calls for Tech Expertise in Government | Live Science

President Barack Obama today (July 8) described efforts to use technology to make the government smarter and more efficient. These efforts include making government data available online to the public, bringing people with tech expertise into government, and eliminating bureaucracy. … Continued

Obama Calls for Sleeker, Smarter Government | Epoch Times

President Barack Obama directed his administration on July 8 to pursue sleeker, more efficient government processes, saying more work needs to be done to fulfill his 2008 election promise to modernize the government. … According to Obama, increased access to government … Continued

Open Data Going Global | White House Blog

Open Data took another leap forward at this week’s G8 Summit in Long Erne, Northern Ireland, as member countries signed an Open Data Charter to spur the release and use of government-held data to advance economic opportunity, spur innovation, and increase accountability around … Continued


Perhaps it’s the constrained fiscal reality, punctuated by threats of government shut-downs. Or maybe it’s the ideological wars in Washington, playing out most recently in the battle over privacy and security sparked by revelations about the PRISM surveillance program. Whatever … Continued

White House shares API standards guide

“Before hands hit keyboards or anyone started writing any code, I think a number of people on our development team started thinking ahead to maintainability issues,” said Bryan Hirsch, new media technologies tech lead in the Executive Office of the … Continued

Wanted: A rockstar developer for Data.gov | FCW

Agencies often have a hard time competing with private-sector employers for top-notch IT talent, but this job might hold special appeal for the open-data crowd: The Data.gov team is hiring its own developer.

Putting open data to use | FCW

“We’re trying to move beyond the days when…agencies were just asked to make their data accessible, put it on Data.gov and call it a day,” Xavier Hughes, the Labor Department’s chief innovation officer, told attendees at ACT-IAC’s Management of Change … Continued

Government via mobile apps | The Washington Post

Here are excerpts from recent online posts from various federal technology executives, discussing new apps on the one-year anniversary of the Obama administration’s digital government strategy.

Expanding Markets and Innovation through Open Data

When it comes to agriculture and food security, data is one of the most important commodities in the world. The collection and interpretation of data sets on everything from crop prices, to weather and climate patterns, to genetic breakthroughs on … Continued

Open Data Is Good for America | Huffington Post

By Steven Van Roekel and Todd Park In today’s information age, most of us wouldn’t dream of buying a TV or washing machine without comparison shopping. But when it comes to healthcare decisions — one of the most important and … Continued

Open Government Data Ramps Up | GovWin Network

This month’s executive order and administrative policy on open data come four years after the launch of  data.gov  and an order tasking agencies to provide at least three “high-value datasets.” The hype is already building around the impact of the next … Continued

Feds to Open Data Access in a Big Way | e-Commerce Times

Making money from accessing the vast amounts of information collected by the U.S. government has been the basis for many commercial enterprises. The widespread use of Census Bureau data alone has been a great business resource for decades — with … Continued

What’s next for digital government?

As the Obama administration’s Digital Government Strategy enters its second year, the focus will likely be on institutionalizing open data and other initiatives rather than on a set of all-new deliverables. One potential change in the works is requiring agencies … Continued