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Category Archives: E-Government

Public-sector digitization: The trillion-dollar challenge

McKinsey – The full benefits of digitization could be huge, but to realize them, governments need to tackle the factors that make many e-government efforts fall short of their promise. December 2014 | byCem Dilmegani, Bengi Korkmaz, and Martin Lundqvist “Citizens and businesses now expect government information to be readily available online, easy to find andContinue Reading

Want read-aloud in Kindles and other readers? Use FCC’s easy online form by Jan 9 2015

Update to my posting New on LLRX – Tell the FCC to Require Read-Aloud for Future Kindles and Other E Ink Devices – via author David Rothman – the most recent version of the LibraryCity post with mention of an unofficial January 9, 2015 deadline and a link to the FCC’s easy comment form. You need to submit formally.  TheContinue Reading

Astronomy Picture of the Day Archive

NASA provides earthbound inhabitants with remarkable views of the cosmos!

Russia plans to launch national digital library in 2015

Calvert Journal – “Next year we will launch a national electronic library, set to be the largest collection of online texts, books, magazines and so on [in Russia],” Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky told regional governors. “We will send you an approved model of a library, the implementation of which will allow the libraries to beContinue Reading

Census Bureau Projects U.S. and World Populations on New Year’s Day

“As our nation prepares to ring in the new year, the U.S. Census Bureau today projected the United States population will be 320,090,857 on Jan. 1, 2015. This represents an increase of 2,334,187, or 0.73 percent, from New Year’s Day 2014, and 11,345,319, or 3.67 percent, since Census Day (April 1) 2010. In January 2015, theContinue Reading

Social Media Directory – DHS

“The Department of Homeland Security and its component agencies use numerous social media accounts to provide you with information in more places and more ways [the listing is quite long – what appears below is only a portion of the total]. The Department uses non-government sites to make information and services more widely available. Sometimes we areContinue Reading

Evaluation of DHS’ Information Security Program for Fiscal Year 2014

December 12, 2014 OIG-15-16: “DHS has taken steps to improve its information security program. For example, DHS expanded the ongoing authorization program to improve the security of its information systems through a revised risk management approach. Additionally, DHS developed and implemented the Fiscal Year 2014 Information Security Performance Plan, which defines the performance requirements, priorities, and overall goals for the Department. DHS has alsoContinue Reading

National Archives Information Security Oversight Office Report to the President 2013

“This report provides statistics and analysis of the system of classification and declassification based on ISOO’s review of Departments’ and Agencies’ programs. It also contains the status of agency self-assessment reporting, the cost of security classification activity, and the National Industrial Security Program. I have also incorporated the required annual report on the development of the Controlled UnclassifiedContinue Reading

Federal Agencies’ Steps to Improve Mobile Access to Government Information and Services

Federal Agencies’ Steps to Improve Mobile Access to Government Information and Services, GAO-15-69: Published: Dec 22, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 2014. “According to Pew Research Center, in 2013, some demographic groups relied more on cellphones to access the Internet than others. Those who are young, earn more income, have a graduate degree, or are African American hadContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Federal Subcontracting, Higher Education, 401(k) Plans, Government Mobile Devices

Federal Subcontracting: Further Actions Needed to Improve Oversight of Pass-through Contracts, GAO-15-200: Published: Dec 22, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 2014. Higher Education: Education Should Strengthen Oversight of Schools and Accreditors, GAO-15-59: Published: Dec 22, 2014. Publicly Released: Dec 22, 2014. 401(K) Plans: Greater Protections Needed for Forced Transfers and Inactive Accounts, GAO-15-73: Published: Nov 21, 2014. PubliclyContinue Reading

Web Index Annual Report 2014

WebIndexReport 2014-15 “Growing inequality is one of the defining challenges of our time. What role can the World Wide Web play in tackling it? Seven out of 10 people live in countries where the gap between rich and poor is greater than it was 30 years ago, according to Oxfam research. In some countries these disparitiesContinue Reading

NOAA Climate Resilience Toolkit

“Meeting the challenges of a changing climate – The U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit provides scientific tools, information, and expertise to help people manage their climate-related risks and opportunities, and improve their resilience to extreme events. The site is designed to serve interested citizens, communities, businesses, resource managers, planners, and policy leaders at all levels of government. AContinue Reading