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  • Greg Downing: HHS Requests for Public Comment on Open Govt Plan - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Greg Downing: HHS Requests for Public Comment on Open Govt Plan

    The Department of Health and Human Services‘s Idea Lab seeks public comment on a plan to address new areas of open government development that will be published in the fall. Greg Downing, HHS’ executive director for innovation in the immediate office of the secretary, wrote in a blog post published Tuesday the agency invites the public to provide responses […] More

  • Sarah Schacht Named Operations Manager of Identity Ecosystem Steering Group - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Sarah Schacht Named Operations Manager of Identity Ecosystem Steering Group

    Sarah Schacht, a principal consultant at Smarter Civic, has been appointed as operations manager at the Identity Ecosystem Steering Group. The private sector-led organization said Thursday Schacht will help grow IDESG’s Identity Ecosystem Framework registry and foster collaborations with companies, government agencies and civil organizations in the areas of privacy, security and identity management. “We are excited to […] More

  • White House Unveils Challenge.gov - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    White House Unveils Challenge.gov

    The White House has launched the new Challenge.gov, an online tool provided by the General Services Administration that allows federal agencies to post contests aimed at increasing public involvement with the government. As part of the Obama administration’s call for an open government, agencies were called upon to leverage challenges and prizes to spur citizen […] More

  • ExecutiveBiz's third annual list of Beltway Game Changers to Watch - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    ExecutiveBiz’s third annual list of Beltway Game Changers to Watch

    This is the year of aggressive competition. Tightening federal budgets, plus the insourcing push, are proving as much. But while many say government contracting is entering a lean, mean next couple years, there’s still plenty of market opportunity. The trick is knowing who’s changing the game “” and setting the terms “” so you can […] More

  • Top 10 Open Government Programs - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Top 10 Open Government Programs

    Open Government has been a major priority of the Obama administration since the campaign trail, and last week was the publication deadline of each agency's open government plan.  Below, we've listed (in no particular order) our ten favorite open government initiatives and why they're important to government contracting. 1. Department of Commerce's Virtual CommerceConnect CommerceConnect […] More

  • Gov 2.0, Transparency Focal Points in New Book - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Gov 2.0, Transparency Focal Points in New Book

    Is Gov 2.0 really all that? With real-time data accessible to anyone, can the government leverage transparency while trying to improve its operations? These are some of the questions the recently published Open Government: Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practice (O’Reilly Media) by Daniel Lathrop and Laurel Ruma attempts to answer through a collection of […] More

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    GAO’s Open Government Recommendations for USAspending.gov

    Before the Open Government Initiative, there was the The Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (FFATA) which required the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to create a publicly accessible website containing data on federal awards.  The OMB obliged, creating USAspending.gov, but the GAO’s recently-released review of the site points out a few […] More

  • Aneesh Chopra Responds to Jon Stewart's Criticism - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Aneesh Chopra Responds to Jon Stewart’s Criticism

    Earlier this month, Aneesh Chopra and Vivek Kundra announced the launch of the Open Government Directive. In case you missed it, Jon Stewart recently criticized the launch of Open Government on The Daily Show, which you can view here. In response to the criticism, Aneesh Chopra responded in an exclusive interview with ExecutiveBiz. View Chopra […] More

  • Kundra to CIOs: Get ready for Aug. 7 evaluation - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Kundra to CIOs: Get ready for Aug. 7 evaluation

    First came the IT dashboard. Now comes judgment day. Federal CIO Kundra tells Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller that Aug. 7 is the day the CIO Council will analyze portfolios across agencies. “This [Aug. 7 evaluation] will require first CIOs who may not have had power before to collect information and to vet the information,” […] More

  • The Federal IT dashboard “” your questions answered - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    The Federal IT dashboard “” your questions answered

    The other day we reported that Federal CIO Vivek Kundra had made good on his word to implement a federal IT dashboard. The web-based initiative has a bold objective: to provide an open and transparent way for the public to track the US government's $74 billion investment in federal technology projects. With your own projects […] More

  • Vivek Kundra to leverage dashboards for open government - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Vivek Kundra to leverage dashboards for open government

    When it comes to leveraging technology for greater government transparency, Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has something new in mind: dashboards. The New York Times Bits blog reports that by the end of the month, Kundra “hopes to start yet another federal Web site that will give officials and the public a window into all of […] More

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