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Doug Beizer

Doug Beizer is a staff writer for Federal Computer Week.

InfoZen to support product testing at Patent Office

InfoZen Inc. will provide verification testing services for new products deployed within the Patent and Trademark Office under a new 10-year, $22 million contract.

Survey shows gains in opinion about open government

A new survey about open government found that 53 percent of responders think that the federal government is more open today than when President Barack Obama was inaugurated.

Lawmaker wants more technology for transparency

A new House bill would require the use of technologies to increase disclosures from lobbyists and lawmakers.

Social media likely coming to Vets health portal

Veterans Affairs officials plan to add social-media style tools to the portal veterans use to access health records, a VA officials said today at the 2010 FOSE conference.

DRC to assist Coast Guard modernization efforts

DRC will support several modernization efforts at the Coast Guard under a new $5 million, 5-year contract.

Online project aims to mine difficult-to-find government data

The Data Mine project is seeking tips about government information that is inaccessible or difficult to find.

Irish group offers 100,000 euros prizes for good ideas

Similar to efforts under way in the United States, an Irish group is offering prize money for ideas on how to boost business and create jobs.

The key to making cloud computing work is more basic than you think

Agencies must consider hardware upgrades when virtualization projects move beyond pilot programs, industry experts say.

ICF wins new verification work

ICF International will provide verification and validation for HUD information technology support contracts under a new contract.

Opportunities abound when agencies look to the cloud

Contractors will have a chance to play a significant role in the government's move to make data more open to the public and other agencies, which likely will involve cloud computing.

Israeli soldier's Facebook status: In prison and kicked out of his unit for compromising mission

An Israeli soldier was disciplined for revealing details about a planned raid of a Palestinian village on his Facebook page, according to several media reports.

Contractor needed for social media initiative

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration is looking for a contractor to build content management and social networking Web sites in its effort to become more open and transparent.

ASRC to support NASA's Stennis Space Center

ASRC Research and Technology Solutions will provide information and technical services to NASA’s Stennis Space Center under a new $54.5 million contract.

GSA sponsors video contest

GSA officials say they will give $2,500 to the person who creates the best video that shows how made life better.

DOD details strict flash drive rules

A DOD policy that bans using flash drives was relaxed recently because of adjustments made to Defense Department computer systems. But that doesn't mean there are no more limitations on their use.

CollabNet acquires project management provider

CollabNet, the provider of the software development platform behind the Defense Information Systems Agency’s, has acquired Danube, a provider of Scrum project management solutions.

Paperwork Reduction Act review coming soon

Policies that make it difficult for federal agencies to use social media also may soon be modified, White House official says.

Astronaut sends wife flowers from space via the Internet

NASA Commander Jeff Williams used the Internet access aboard the International Space Station to send his wife flowers.

Alion to assist Navy with ship modernization

Alion Science and Technology will provide acquisition management support to the Navy for modernization of various ships under a new contract.