Ivor D’Souza, the chief information officer of the National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine, said an interagency effort to cut the time it takes to connect the dots during an outbreak is paying off.
The Freedom of Information Act just turned 50. Journalists, lawyers and others are largely applauding the new FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, which President Barack Obama signed into law at the end of June. But there’s still a lot more work to be done to improve the way agencies give information to the public. Open government experts say agencies need more help from Congress to create a culture of openness and transparency. Federal News Radio’s Nicole Ogrysko offers more on the subject on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Hillary Clinton’s technology and innovation initiative pledges a more modern and open digital government. The policy plan also supports the creation of more STEM jobs and increased internet access.
Karen Neuman, the Homeland Security Department’s chief privacy officer, will step down at the end of July after three years on the job.
The White House also released new initiatives to improve agency response to records requests, including tasking the new Chief FOIA Officers Council to identify and address the biggest difficulties in complying with the law and OMB will issue new openness and transparency guidance.
Dan Katz, technical director for the public sector at Acquia, makes the case for cloud platforms and open source software for digital experience management as a way for agencies to more easily and quickly migrate to a digital environment.
One of government’s leading officials on the Freedom of Information Act says agencies need more open channels of communication with members of public seeking government records.
The White House Transition Coordinating Council (WHTCC) will hold its first meeting June 9.
The Office of Management and Budget indicated at a recent DATA Coalition summit that they will conduct an alternatives analysis to the Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number, which the federal government has used through a contract with the company Dun & Bradstreet.
The bills aim to improve coordination within and between agencies, further reduce duplicate efforts and improve availability of information on government grants and data.
Interior Department and Forest Service officials say a new $182 million contract awarded to Booz Allen Hamilton will make it easier for travelers to plan their visits to national parks, lands and waters.
Members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee sent a letter to OMB Director Shaun Donovan asking for information on how the agency is going to adjust its pilot program so it meets DATA Act requirements ahead of the May 2017 implementation.
Alex Howard of the Sunlight Foundation discusses the legislation now being negotiated to codify new reforms to the Freedom of Information Act.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark office has embarked on a mission to make its public information easier to access and use. Tom Beach, senior advisor for digital services and data analytics at the Patent and Trademark Office explained the effort on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency is the latest federal agency to establish a permanent presence in Silicon Valley. Agencies are feeling the need to be closer to the innovators in order to feed off their energy, get involved in partnerships and stay on top of the cutting edge of innovation.