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Also in the News: Obama taps tech for health care push

President-elect Barack Obama is drawing on the kinds of high-tech communications and social networking tools he used to get elected as he begins the push for his health care reform agenda, the Washington Post reports.


Transition Watch: Obama team gives a Web 2.0 twist

Obama’s transition team continues to push the limits of interactive government by expanding community-based postings to its Web site, according to Computerworld.

Also in the News: Canadians drop border data sharing with U.S.

Canada has dropped plans to let the U.S. create a database for personal information about Canadians crossing the border, according to the Canadian TV news station CKWS.

Also in the News: USDA reopens Networx competition

The Agriculture Department has reopened its competition to find a telecommunications services vendor under the Networx program after a protest by the losing bidders, NextGov reports.

Also in the News: Agencies overstate savings from competitive sourcing

The Government Accountability Office says agencies are overstating the savings they get when they allow contractors to compete for federal jobs, according to Federal Times.


Transition Watch: Daschle likely to push for health IT

Obama's pick for HHS secretary is an advocate of expanding health information technology as one part of a comprehensive health reform program, Government Health IT reports.

Also in the News: Feds are moving into the cloud

Federal agencies are increasingly looking to cloud computing to help them find efficiencies and cost savings, eWeek reports.


Also in the News: Obama to take White House communications online

Armed with 10 million e-mail addresses collected during the presidential campaign, Obama aides plan to reach out directly to their supporters via the World Wide Web.

Also in the News: GPO to release 'Plum Book'

Book listing more than 8,000 positions in the executive and legislative branches will be available Nov. 12, according to a GPO press release.

Also in the News: Obama wants changes to federal workforce

President-elect has plans for major shake-up, but method of implementation and chances of success are unclear.

Also in the News: Obama, McCain campaign computer systems hacked

Both campaigns experienced sophisticated cyberattacks from an unknown "foreign entity" over the summer, Newsweek reports.

Also in the News: Who would be Obama's CTO?

Wired blog calls for suggestions to fill the post of chief technology officer in an Obama administration.

Also in the News: Government 2.0 here to stay

In an article on, Transportation CIO says the use of Web 2.0 will continue to affect how citizens and government interact.

Also in the News: Most agencies miss telecom deadline

Only 15 percent of agencies using GSA's Networx contracts had chosen a telecommunications carrier by the Sept. 30 deadline, Federal Times reports.

Also in the News: Davis takes parting shots

Retiring Republican representative critiques his party -- and Congress' inability to get things done -- in an interview with The New York Times.

Also in the News: State Department, IBM build telehealth bridge to rural Pakistan

A coalition of public and private organizations is using videoconferencing and Web-based technology to link physicians and patients, many of whom have not received medical treatment in decades, Government Health IT reports.

Also in the News: IT key to kids' health data project

Ambitious government study to track health of 100,000 U.S. children from before birth to age 21 starts in January, InformationWeek reports.

Also in the News: Council to revisit criteria for locality pay

Some members of the Federal Salary Council want to revisit standards for making locality pay decisions, Federal Times reports.

Also in the News: Google unveils tool to rank meeting questions

Google has released to the public a new tool that allows attendees to rank and vote on questions to be asked at meetings, Computerworld reports.

Also in the News: Navy delivers more Internet bandwidth to small ships in trial

The Navy has been performing a high-speed satellite networking trial that gives smaller ships up to 10 times more satellite bandwidth than previously available, according to Defense Systems.