Open Source

Why feds shouldn't fear GitHub

Agencies shouldn't be afraid to leverage open-source tools like GitHub during software development, a USCIS IT official said.

DOD pushes back on open source

The Government Accountability Office wants the Department of Defense to implement governmentwide open source software requirements, but the Pentagon's top tech official has other plans.

The semantics of disinformation

DARPA thinks it can detect automated disinformation campaigns across a range of media by focusing on common machine-generated errors.

Watchdog: IRS botched Linux migration

Poor IT governance has prevented the IRS from making progress on a long-term effort to migrate 141 legacy applications from proprietary vendor software to open-source Linux operating systems, according to an audit.

Why user buy-in is the key to blockchain success

An organization can't put a blockchain vision in motion unless employees understand and buy into the impact it will have on them, the entire organization and its business processes

IBM to acquire Red Hat in $34B deal

In the largest acquisition in its history, IBM is buying Red Hat, the leading distributor of the open-source operating system Linux, in a move designed to bolster its hybrid cloud offering.

The disinformation game

The federal government is poised to bring new tools and strategies to bear in the fight against foreign-backed online disinformation campaigns, but how and when they choose to act could have ramifications on the U.S. political ecosystem.

Oracle rips innovation shops

In comments on a planned governmentwide modernization scheme, database firm Oracle called on the federal government to rethink open source and hiring software coders.

Trump names top IC CIO

CIA open source leader John Sherman has been tapped to serve as CIO of the intelligence community.

Energy Department releases code to count bats in the dark

Pacific Northwest Laboratory researchers are making the thermal imaging software available to energy companies to help with offshore wind turbine siting.

Buy vs. build to reduce insider threats

Commercially supported open source comes with both cost and security benefits.

VA chief talks commercial Vista

Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin told House appropriators that the agency was closing in on a decision about the future of its homegrown electronic health record.

Former Microsoft chief launches government data site

Steve Ballmer's $10 million government data site offers scope and scale, but transparency advocates warn that it's not a management tool.

CMS 101

Content management systems have grown more powerful and easier to use, but there are still some important factors for government users to consider.

The real story about COTS for the VA

An advocate for the VistA system warns a rush to commercial electronic health records could come with serious risks.

GSA moves one step closer to replacing DUNS

The General Services Administration released an RFI looking for input on an open numbering system for federal procurement.

Congress presses VA to go commercial on IT

The Department of Veterans Affairs must decide whether to keep and improve its home-grown Vista heath record system or move to a commercial provider. Legislators are growing tired of waiting for an answer.