Biden simplifies federal website message a bit too much

In announcing a campaign to cut unneeded websites, Joe Biden and others may have lost some precision.

Design a logo, win a prize

Interior Department offers a $1,000 prize for a logo design.

Government learns social media has a double edge

The public knows where to find your Facebook page and they're increasingly ready to use it to let you know what they think. Are you listening?

How much fun and games do federal websites need?

Are flashy interactive features really necessary for a government website to be considered "good?"

A truly effective Facebook scam :(

Knowledge of human psychology helps scammers trick Facebook users, writes Steve Kelman.

Agencies update progress on transparency plans

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

Terror alert system will use Facebook, Twitter

The Homeland Security Department is planning to scrap its color-coded terror alert system for a new system that relies on Facebook and Twitter in some cases, according to the Associated Press.

CTO shares lessons learned from freeing HHS data

The Health and Human Services Department has been pushing out its data in recent months and the results have sparked innovation and helped consumers, Chief Technology Officer Todd Park said at a new media conference.

Social media and the quest for knowledge (and a good snow shovel)

FCW cartoonist John Klossner explores the wonders and byways of Quora, the latest social networking rage.

Agencies schooled to be vendor-neutral in RFPs

Officials have reminded agency purchasers about value-neutral IT purchases after a federal judge ruled that the Interior Department decided to buy software from Microsoft while other capable companies were interested in the work.

A Facebook scam that almost caught me

Columnist Steve Kelman comes close to falling for a Facebook scam.

The year in cartoons: Security certifications, insourcing and light bulb procurements

FCW cartoonist John Klossner selects his favorite editorial cartoons from 2010.

CDC publishes social media toolkit online

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention share the lessons they have learned by using Facebook, Twitter, podcasts, blogs and other social media.

Army launches 'don't ask, don't tell' inbox

The intent of the inbox is to help the Army assess and consider whether repeal of the law would reduce operational readiness or unit cohesion.

GSA seeks to upgrade its electronic travel service

The General Services Administration wants pioneering approaches to improve its E-Government Travel System, as the agency upgrades its travel management services.

Facebook: A Swedish perspective

Blogger Steve Kelman is struck by the extent to which Facebook has become part of Swedish culture.

Social media, parasailing donkeys and the news crisis

Blogger John Klossner is skeptical that social networking sites -- cartoonist blogs included -- are ready to fill the gap left by mainstream media.

White House uses LinkedIn for policy discussion

The White House claims success in using its LinkedIn group to hold a members-only discussion on Wall Street reforms.

Industry retirees leave mainframe computers behind

Old mainframe computers stay at a company longer than the employees who know how to run them, according to a news report.

WikiLeaks upends digital security assumptions

Case demonstrates that classified documents are difficult to protect from determined data miners.