What’s so funny about duplicative websites

FCW cartoonist John Klossner finds offers a lighter perspective on the Obama administration's Campaign to Cut Waste.

4 myths busted about mobile devices

Federal agencies considering mobile applications should avoid these common myths that might limit their potential, a GSA official said.

Will a national alert system be ready for the next emergency?

Tuesday afternoon's 5.8 earthquake left hundreds of thousands of people along the East Coast temporarily without cell-phone service as circuits became overloaded and communications in many cases was reduced to texting or tweets. So what's a nation to do?

Give social media the respect it deserves

FCW cartoonist John Klossner admits that he could benefit from taking social media more seriously.

VA adds tablets to contracting vehicle

The Veterans Affairs Department has added amendments to an upcoming major procurement vehicle to specify several types of tablets and light laptop computers it may want to buy.

SRA, 4 others named to $480M VA contract

SRA International Inc. and four other contractors have been named to the Veterans Affairs Department’s $480 million Veterans Relationship Management program.

Recovery.gov: Let's talk tools for fighting waste and fraud

The Recovery.gov oversight board wants a contractor to build a public dialogue on tools to fight waste and fraud.

Congressional staffers have age gap on social media

A survey of congressional staff members found some interesting differences in how the offices are using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Chopra vs. Kundra in online clout: Who's the champ?

Federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra is a newcomer to Twitter, but he is already surpassing federal CIO Vivek Kundra in a measure of online influence. Also, a new Apps against Abuse contest and GPO eBook update.

Did a rogue Twitter account confuse White House town hall participants?

An apparently unrelated Twitter account named @askobama collected more than a thousand users and dozens of tweets in the days before the White House Twitter Town Hall.

Hughes extends broadband availability to remote government offices

Hughes Network Systems LLC has unveiled a group of services called Connect & Express for Government to provide remote government agencies and offices with affordable broadband Internet service.

After Kundra: What next?

Vivek Kundra has been a forceful leader for change in federal IT. What will happen to the efforts now underway when he leaves the federal CIO post in August?

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra leaving White House

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has been the most prominent force for technology in the Obama administration, but he is about to step down.

VanRoekel leaving FCC to join USAID, newspaper says

Steven VanRoekel, who left Microsoft in 2009 to take a high-profile position to revamp the online presence of the Federal Communications Commission, is moving on, according to The Hill newspaper.

Northrop agrees on $5M tab for computer outage

Company's payment includes corrective actions it owes Virginia after Northrop's equipment failed, crippling several state agencies last year.

CGI tasked with cybersecurity enhancement at EPA

CGI Federal Inc. will boost cybersecurity for the Environmental Protection Agency under a $34 million task order from the ITS-EPA II Program Blanket Purchase Agreement.

SF government media provider buys Chicago software maker

Granicus Inc., a government media provider, has acquired Daystar Computer Systems, a provider of agenda management products and services to government agencies. Financial details of the transaction were not reported.

Is government adoption of social media slowing down?

GSA's social media timeline may be running out of steam; also Library of Congress creates online jukebox, and federal mobile apps get their own tweets

State, local Schedule 70 buys top $600M in fiscal 2010

Purchases on the General Services Administration's Schedule 70 by state and local governments as well as public educational groups grew 7.5 percent in federal fiscal 2010 to $608 million, according to a new report from Input.

Agencies update progress on transparency plans

Federal agencies are publishing charts, graphics and progress reports on their open government efforts.