Software

Army introduces new rapid tech office

The Army is launching a new Rapid Capabilities Office designed to address its shrinking superiority in critical areas such as electronic warfare and cyber.

Will the MEGABYTE Act save money?

The MEGABYTE Act enshrines key Obama administration IT initiatives into law and promises to save at least $2 billion a year on software spending -- assuming implementation goes according to plan.

GSA working for meaningful shared-services impact

The General Services Administration wants to sharpen its understanding of how agencies plan to use shared services.

FDA has a role to play in software updates to medical devices

The Food and Drug Administration wants input from manufacturers and others about when a software update to a medical device would require premarket notification.

Forward with the dialogue on agile development

Steve Kelman considers and responds to ongoing discussions about agile software development.

Unraveling the agile development knot

A conversation with a CIO reveals some challenges and possible solutions for agencies contemplating or using agile development.

Agile development: A case in point

A CIO who came to government from the private sector turns to agile development to solve some thorny IT problems at DHS.

NIST could move to Drupal

Another proprietary system could be destined for the dustbin as NIST considers a move to an open-source option.

10 ways to make agile development work for you

GAO has identified 32 best practices for agencies to implement and manage agile software development. We showcase 10 of the best and point you to the rest.

3 steps for federal CIOs toward greater IT success

Inspired by the 25-point plan, a new white paper provides additional guidance to federal CIOs on how to make sense of the "firsts" policy.

How can software curb violent crime?

The ATF is looking for high-tech, interactive software than can help predict violent crime.

VanRoekel's open data strategy may have some limitations

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel is a strong supporter of APIs for government data, but a transparency group urges a broader perspective.

The fix for fraud that government isn't using

Continuous Transaction Analytics technology might help government in its war on waste, but an industry insider says not enough agencies use it -- or even know about it.

4 top tech skills for IT pros

Skills in cloud computing and mobile technologies could add to IT workers' pay.

VA could give MS Office the boot

Office is the government's dominant productivity suite, but the Veterans Affairs department would like to find a less expensive alternative.

Technology: Subsidized mobile devices and other hot concepts in 2012

By offering a stipend and a secure network connection, agencies will welcome employees' personal devices at work.

Analysis: How to cut intell budgets smartly

Deloitte's GovLab public sector research arm is recommending technologies and strategies to cut costs while maintaining capabilities.