The perfect data management approach doesn’t exist, according to government experts. And because nobody’s perfect, they advised organizations to stop striving for perfection in data management and instead settle for “good enough” to reach effectiveness.
March 31 – which for years has been marked in the technology community as World Backup Day – also qualifies as a great reminder to governments, businesses, and citizens that putting into place correct data backup strategies is a strong front-line defense against the scourge of ransomware attacks.
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and five other Federal government agencies have announcedcreation of a prototype version of an integrated data and knowledge infrastructure program that they say will form the basis of a far-reaching “open knowledge network.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has developed more than 1,400 recommendations for modernizing and realigning its health care infrastructure, but a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) is finding gaps in the data VA used to inform the recommendations.
MITRE Corp., which operates Federally-funded R&D centers focusing on science and tech issues, said in a new survey this week that the Federal government would benefit from further empowering its chief data officers.
There is a lot of data to go around at the Department of Defense (DoD), but one of the biggest challenges the agency faces is that not everybody has access to the data that they need, a Pentagon official said this week.
The U.S. Department of the Army has emphasized the importance of aggregating data into a virtualized and centralized capability to meet mission imperatives and the needs of its civilian and military workforce, according to an agency official.
The role that data plays in meeting the demands of the Biden administration’s agenda for enhanced diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) policies is substantial, but only part of the picture, Federal experts said during a Feb. 21 GovLoop webinar.
A new report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) finds that the U.S. Department of State is not able to readily use International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) data to assess trends or risks related to the export of defense services.
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) recently stood up a new data management division within the Office of the Chief Data and Analytics Officer (CDAO) that aims to offer “invaluable insights” going forward, CDAO Lindsey Saul said.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) plans to release updated cybersecurity guidance for the healthcare industry along with an agency-wide data strategy in the upcoming weeks, according to Karl Mathias, chief information officer (CIO) at HHS.
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Department of Energy (DoE) launched a call to action asking utilities and outage data companies to voluntarily share their data with the Outage Data Initiative Nationwide (ODIN) for better real-time, standardized, and transparent power outage data.
The Data Foundation – a Washington-based think tank that advocate using data to inform public policymaking – has issued a new report calling on Congress to create a Federal Chief Data Officer (CDO) position.
The Pentagon’s Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has released a new strategy to improve the state of the agency’s data integration and utilization, information technology, and network capabilities.
The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) on August 8 released a new report for the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA) on current and potential sources of state death data used by Federal agencies for program administration and payment integrity, and pointing to ways for better government cooperation in the sharing of that data.
The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) continues to be plagued with problems in data collection and assessment of sexual harassment incidents that occur within the agency, according to a recent follow-up report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).
Federal agencies are increasingly sharing information with one another with both connected and disconnected applications, while trying to be more security conscious and reevaluating approaches to building software and other tech important for securing the homeland, officials said on July 20.
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued an alert memorandum detailing that the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS) is planning to expand the Transactional Data Reporting (TDR) Rule to the entire Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) Program by November 2022. FAS’ plan to do so comes despite ongoing issues with data […]
Government and private sector organizations that are seeking to create successful artificial intelligence (AI) technology efforts need to prioritize investments in data maintenance and categorization, two AI experts said this week.
Bipartisan legislation introduced in the Senate on June 23 aims to create new rules for bulk exports of U.S. citizens’ personal data that would help protect that data from use by hostile foreign governments.
The Federal government’s Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS) is falling short on information sharing regarding each participating agency’s current or planned spending for the whole-of-government initiative, and could use a shared database to make spending information more readily accessible, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said.
According to research from MeriTalk and AP-NORC, just 15 percent of American adults trust the Federal government to do what is right for them and their families all or most of the time. How can our governments at the Federal, state, and local levels regain the public’s confidence by delivering on the promises of major infrastructure programs?
The creation of a new police misconduct database, and a further evaluation of the use of facial recognition technologies in law enforcement, are among several foundational elements in President Biden’s executive order on policing issued today on the second anniversary of the killing of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police officers.
While concern in some quarters of the tech world continues to grow about how to keep pace with growing data storage demand, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded in a new report that exotic alternatives – think options like synthetic DNA – to fill the gap are probably still years away.
Recently MeriTalk sat down with Monzy Merza, vice president of cybersecurity go-to-market at Databricks, a data and artificial intelligence (AI) company that offers the first and only lakehouse platform in the cloud. Merza chatted about the implications and opportunities with M-21-31 and offered insights for successfully meeting its mandates.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency should look to improve how it has been categorizing drug seizure data and evaluating training, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) wrote in a new report.
As the Federal government and Department of Defense look to find creative solutions to problems, creators will need to emphasize getting accurate nonbiased data and understanding the user experience (UX) of their product if they look to create something that is both useful and used, the Chief Data Officer for United States Special Operations Command (SOCOM) said.
The United States military is developing a new Global Position System (GPS) signal resistant to interference, such as jamming. The Department of Defense (DoD) plans to install this technology on hundreds of weapons systems, but a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that incomplete data hinders deployment efforts.
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it launched a new $90 million initiative to improve data collection for health centers to reduce health disparities. The initiative will utilize the remaining American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.
The Department of State is looking to hire up to about 50 data scientists to work in different agency offices and portfolios, as well as support data-driven diplomacy.