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  • From FWC: The government's role in spurring innovation

    12/3/12 10:07 AM

    From Federal Computer Week: While lack of resources is not always the problem, sometimes money matters. Cases in point are the numerous federal agencies that play a key role in innovation but that are woefully underfunded. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office used to be the envy of other nations for its effectiveness and efficiency. But today a backlog of more than 700,000 patent applications at the USPTO means that most applicants will wait at least three years for a decision.

  • From Next Gov: Border agency scouts for smartphone accessory to screen people and packages

    11/30/12 10:05 AM

    From Next Gov: The Homeland Security Department wants to outfit border agents with wearable devices that can scan cargo labels and travelers’ fingerprints, according to DHS documents

  • From Next Gov: Feds say innovation is rarely rewarded or encouraged

    11/28/12 10:00 AM

    From Next Gov: Technology and other innovations -- such as cloud computing and telework -- have dramatically changed the way federal employees perform their jobs. But when it comes to finding new and innovative ways of doing business in government, most federal employees lack the appropriate incentives and support, according to survey results released last week.

  • From Washington Technology: 5 ways to create big data opportunities

    11/27/12 10:24 AM

    From Washington Technology: There’s no doubt that the decibel level around big data is rising. Agencies are looking to big data to solve the critical need to store, manage, and extract meaningful value from massive quantities of information.

  • From Federal Times: Sequestration or not, firms, DoD will take a hit

    11/26/12 10:36 AM

    From Federal Times: Even if Congress is able to hammer out a debt deal that avoids sequestration in January, the resulting agreement will likely result in billions of dollars in additional cuts to the Defense Department — perhaps as much as $25 billion — likely forcing the military to alter its roles and missions.

  • From FederalNewsRadio: New technologies key to Postal Service revitalization

    11/23/12 8:06 AM

    From FederalNewsRadio: When Ellis Burgoyne started at the U.S. Postal Service in 1978, the idea of receiving mail online or tracking it via GPS was unimaginable. But today, the mail carrier turned chief information officer is leading a team of technologists and IT specialists making that a reality.

  • From AOL: Veterans Affairs leverages cloud to develop mobile app library

    11/21/12 10:07 AM

    From AOL: The Department of Veterans Affairs will stand up a series of internal and external mobile apps in January to deliver veterans programs and help employees do a better job of delivering benefits.

  • From Computer World: China moves to beat U.S. in exascale computing

    11/20/12 10:10 AM

    From Computer World: U.S. efforts to develop the next-generation high performance computing (HPC) platform are lagging because they don't have government funding. In China, it's a much different story.

  • Federal Hot Minute Nov. 19, 2012

    11/19/12 4:39 PM

    Here's the Federal Hot Minute for Nov. 19, 2012.

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