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New US Digital Service Looks to Avoid IT Catastrophes

BY Alex Howard | Wednesday, August 13 2014

USDS' Mikey Dickerson at the 2009 MySQL Conference (Photo by Jorge Bernal)

At a time when the public's trust in institutions is at historic lows, the federal government's use of technology has an unusual place in the national discourse. After the first Internet president's administration was responsible for the high-profile failure of Healthcare.gov, the issue seemed ripe to drive significant reform on Capitol Hill. Even if some 10 million adults gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act after "Obama's trauma team" made successful fixes to Healthcare.gov, negative public perception has lingered, and for good reason. Under the radar, other projects have continued to sputter, like a $300 million dollar Social Security government IT boondoggle that still has not delivered a working system for submitting disability claims. The crash of the FCC's dated website under the weight of 1.1 million comments this summer didn't help, either. At the same time, the confidence of the technology community has been damaged by revelations of dragnet surveillance and surreptitious backdoors planted in software. Now, the executive branch has launched two new initiatives aimed squarely at these issues, 18F and the just-announced US Digital Service, Alex Howard reports. Read More

At PdF11, Vivek Kundra Reiterates Open Government Cost Savings, Importance of the Cloud

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, June 7 2011

The federal government should continue its move to cloud computing and hosting services, for cost savings and to avoid a reliance on outdated infrastructure, U.S. Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra said earlier this ... Read More

Issa Says Life Will Go on for Open Government Sites

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 18 2011

In his update on the state of play for open government funding, the Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe captures one objection to cuts in the electronic government funds -- things are just getting warmed up: Steven Aftergood, a ... Read More

Budget Agreement Shrinks Open Data Funding Pool

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, April 13 2011

The Sunlight Foundation's* Daniel Schuman has the latest details on how funding is shaping up for the E-Government Fund in H.R. 1473, the FY2011 budget bill currently working its way through Congress. What it looks like ... Read More

Whither Open Gov? The Latest on Dollars for Data

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, April 5 2011

An update on the situation where funding for open government projects like Data.gov and the IT Dashboard would be cut down to the bone as part of budget negotiations happening on the Hill: the Sunlight Foundation's* ... Read More

White House Open Sources "IT Dashboard" Code

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 4 2011

Whether or not there will be real funds behind the Obama administration's open government projects in the next federal budget is still an open question, but one project, at least, seems as if it will live on either way. ... Read More