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Category Archives: E-Government

Improving access to government services through a shared authentication platform

“18F, which is part of the General Services Administration’s Technology Transformation Service, is building an authentication platform to make online interactions with the U.S. government simple, efficient and intuitive. This platform will be a service shared by agencies to streamline logging in and to allow the public to securely access personal information and federal government services. Federal agencies will be able to integrate our platform with their existing services as they choose…”

Important Announcement regarding the National Technical Reports Library

Gregory G. Guthrie, Program Manager, National Technical Reports Library National Technical Information Service”Announcing Open NTRL – In October 2014 NTIS announced four levels of access to the National Technical Reports Library (NTRL): Public NTRL – open access to all bibliographic and abstract content with a link to the NTIS Webstore for purchasing. Public NTRL with… Continue Reading

Discover the open data policies -The Open Data, for non-lawyers

Via the Sunlight Foundation and OpenGov Foundation: “Open Data Policies Decoded provides the open data policies on one friendly website. Inline definitions, cross-references, bulk downloads, a modern API, and all of the niceties of modern website design. It’s like the expensive software lawyers use, but free and wonderful. This is a public beta test of… Continue Reading

App for Pocket Guide to Transportation 2016

“The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) has introduced its most innovative product – a smartphone app for the Pocket Guide to Transportation 2016. The Pocket Guide is a popular, quick reference guide to significant transportation statistics. The new app allows users to take all the informative graphics and tables from the… Continue Reading

NASA Unveils New Public Web Portal for Research Results

“Public access to NASA-funded research data now is just a click away, with the launch of a new agency public access portal. The creation of the NASA-Funded Research Results portal on NASA.gov reflects the agency’s ongoing commitment to providing broad public access to science data. “At NASA, we are celebrating this opportunity to extend access… Continue Reading

Background Checks for Firearm Transfers, 2013–2014 – Statistical Tables

Background Checks for Firearm Transfers, 2013–14 – Statistical Tables – Trent D. Buskirk, Ph.D., Regional Justice Information Service, Joseph M. Durso, Regional Justice Information Service, Ronald J. Frandsen, Regional Justice Information Service, Jennifer C. Karberg, Regional Justice Information Service, Allina D. Lee, Bureau of Justice Statistics, June 30, 2016. NCJ 249849. “Describes background checks for… Continue Reading

2016 International Data Base Update

“The current update provides revisions for 14 countries and areas, incorporating new data from censuses, surveys, and administrative records and new analyses. Revised estimates and projections are available for Argentina, Bangladesh, Croatia, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, Gaza Strip, Haiti, Namibia, Nepal, South Korea, the United States, Venezuela and West Bank. Highlights from the International Data Base:… Continue Reading

Updated Circular A-130, Managing Information as a Strategic Resource

White House – OMB: [July 26, 2016] “the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) …releas[ed] an update to the Federal Government’s governing document for the management of Federal information resources: Circular A-130, Managing Information as a Strategic Resource. The way we manage information technology (IT), security, data governance, and privacy has rapidly evolved since A-130… Continue Reading

Export.gov

“Developed by international trade experts and economists, Export.gov provides trusted market intelligence, practical advice and business tools to help U.S. companies expand in global markets.” Continue Reading

McKinsey – Policy in the data age

Policy in the data age: Data enablement for the common good By Karim Tadjeddine and Martin Lundqvist “The tremendous impact that digital services have had on governments and society has been the subject of extensive research that has documented the rapid, extensive adoption of public-sector digital services around the globe. We believe that the coming… Continue Reading

Inspection of Federal Computer Security at US Department of the Interior

Inspection of Federal Computer Security at the U.S. Department of the Interior, August 9, 2016: “In accordance with Section 406 of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015, we inspected DOI’s policies, procedures, and practices for securing its computer networks and systems for all covered systems related to logical access control policies and practices, use of multifactor… Continue Reading

Federal Source Code Policy: Achieving Efficiency, Transparency, and Innovation through Reusable and Open Source Software

Federal Source Code Policy – “The U.S. Government is committed to improving the way Federal agencies buy, build, and deliver information technology (IT) and software solutions to better support cost efficiency, mission effectiveness, and the consumer experience with Government programs. Each year, the Federal Government spends more than $6 billion on software through more than… Continue Reading