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Congressional Hearing on the Use of Technology to Better Target Benefits and Eliminate Waste

by Jess Kamen, Politico Morning Tech, April 16, 2012

THURSDAY, APRIL 19th — U.S. House Ways and Means holds a subcommittee hearing Thursday on the ‘use of technology to better target benefits and eliminate waste, fraud and abuse,’ beginning 10 a.m. (http://1.usa.gov/IPkeRJ).

From the Committee website:

“Congressman Geoff Davis (R-KY), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Human Resources of the Committee on Ways and Means, today announced that the Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the use of technology to better target benefits and eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse. The hearing will take place on Thursday, April 19, 2012, in 1100 Longworth House Office Building, beginning at 10:00 A.M.

In view of the limited time available to hear witnesses, oral testimony at this hearing will be from invited witnesses only. Witnesses will include representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as well as other public and private sector experts on the current status of and the potential for technology to improve the administration of public benefits.  However, any individual or organization not scheduled for an oral appearance may submit a written statement for consideration by the Committee and for inclusion in the printed record of the hearing. …

FOCUS OF THE HEARING:

The hearing will focus on current and future data standardization efforts designed to increase the use of technology to improve the administration of public benefit programs.”

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Draft Recommendations of National Geospatial Advisory Committee Working Group Advises Feds to Restructure

Logo of the Federal Geographic Data Committee.

By Joe Francica, Directions Magazine, January 2, 2012

Summary: [A working group of t]he National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) is recommending that the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) move the procurement process for geospatial technology under the auspices of the General Services Administration (GSA). Why? [A working group of t]he NGAC has deep concerns about how well the FGDC has performed its statutory duties. This article provides information on the NGAC’s additional warnings and “barriers to success” for the FGDC. For full text of the article, click here.
EDITOR’S NOTE – January 16, 2012: The NGAC is still discussing the DRAFT recommendations of a working group that will be included in an “innovative strategies report.”  The report was discussed at the public meeting on January 12, and this conversation will be continued at subsequent meetings. For a copy of the agenda, meeting summary, and powerpoint slides, click here.
For PDF copies of CRS Reports on Geospatial Technology for the Nation and the upcoming GAO evaluation of federal investments in geospatial technology, see the links below.

House Technology and Innovation Subcommittee Hearing – Cloud Computing

Subcommittee on Technology and Innovation | 2318 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 | 09/21/2011 – 10:00am – 12:00pm

The Next IT Revolution?: Cloud Computing Opportunities and Challenges

Witnesses

  • Mr. Michael Capellas, Chairman and CEO, Virtual Computing Environment Company
  • Dr. Dan Reed, Corporate Vice President, Technology Policy Group, Microsoft Corporation
  • Mr. Nick Combs, Federal Chief Technology Officer, EMC Corporation
  • Dr. David McClure, Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, General Services Administration

via Technology and Innovation Subcommittee Hearing – Cloud Computing | Committee on Science – U.S. House of Representatives.

GSA expands outreach on helping federal agencies go mobile

By Alice Lipowicz, Federal Computer Week, Jun 23, 2011

The General Services Administration wants to help federal agencies go mobile with its new Making Mobile Gov project to raise awareness about using mobile devices to reach the public, a senior official announced. …

For full text of the article visit GSA expands outreach on helping federal agencies go mobile — Federal Computer Week.

International Open Government Data Conference

President Obama on January 21, 2009, issued a Memorandum on Transparency and Open Government. The United States and seven other countries have launched Open Government Data sites that portend a new era of transparency, open government data and more open governments around the world. Many are working on similar developments. For the first time, the International Open Government Data Conference (IOGDC), hosted on November 15-17, 2010 in Washington, D.C.,  will gather the community of data owners, developers and policy makers from around the globe to share lessons learned, stimulate new ideas, and demonstrate the power of democratizing data.

Hosted by the United States Government, the IOGDC will bring together the world’s foremost experts on open government data. From policy to technology, IOGDC promises to be filled with thoughtful, dynamic discussion around the historic opportunity presented by open government data to foster collaboration, transparency, and interactive public participation. As the first event of its kind, this conference will be a milestone in the enhancement and expansion of open government data and the benefits it produces. There is no cost to attend, but invitation and preregistration is required.

Conference website: http://www.data.gov/conference

Invited speakers will include:

  • Vivek Kundra, U.S. Chief Information Officer
  • Neil Fantom, Senior Statistician, World Bank
  • Trevor Smallwood, Assistant Secretary, Cyber Security, Australian Government Information Management Office
  • Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web; Director, World Wide Web Consortium
  • Samantha Power, White House, Senior Advisor, National Security Staff
  • Andrea Johnston, Director, Strategic Policy Development, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • David L. McClure, Ph.D. , Associate Administrator, Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, U.S. General Services Administration
  • Todd Park, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Beth Simone Noveck, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Open Government, Office of Science and Technology
  • Dr. James Hendler, co-creator of the Semantic Web; Tetherless World Senior Constellation Professor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Tomasz Janowski, Ph.D., Senior Research Fellow, United Nations University
  • Aneesh Chopra, U.S. Chief Technology Officer
  • Sharon Dawes, Senior Fellow, Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany
  • Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia, Program Executive, Data.gov, U.S. General Services Administration
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