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Alice Lipowicz

Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

Bringing the outside online: Outdoor agencies utilize tech in new ways

The National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Geological Survey are reevaluating how they use technology to better serve the public.

Digital Government

Bon Jovi, VA join forces on new app to REACH homeless vets

The Veterans Affairs Department is hopeful that the New Jersey rocker's star power will encourage volunteer software developers to create a mobile application to help locate available shelters and care for homeless veterans and others.

Digital Government

Is NASA's knowledge management program obsolete?

NASA's Inspector General is raising questions about the future viability of one of NASA's knowledge management systems.

Emerging Tech

NASA's new trajectory: Angry Birds in space

NASA is going into outer space again, but this time instead of launching a spaceship, it's sending some Angry Birds.


Agencies flock to Drupal content management system

The Environmental Protection Agency is the latest among more than 150 federal agencies converting their websites to the Drupal open-source content management system.


StumbleUpon and feds: Tricks of the social media trade

A StumbleUpon executive explains how federal agencies can leverage the StumbleUpon platform to drive traffic to federal websites.


IRS coughs up $320M to overhaul website

The Internal Revenue Service has begun an ambitious, 10-year upgrade to its website. But a new report from the Government Accountability Office says the agency is missing some key elements in the roadmap for its investment.


Will Facebook Timeline put your job in jeopardy?

Facebook Timeline is becoming mandatory for the social network's users soon, and with it comes an array of new headaches for federal executives.


Tech projects top $7B list of 'stupid' federal spending

Sen. Tom Coburn's annual list of wasteful government spending does not spare new technologies, though some would debate their place on "Wastebook 2011."


White House report finds agencies' sites weave a tangled Web

A report from the .gov Reform Task Force finds that federal agencies are all over the map with how many websites they operate, starting with NASA and its more than 1,500 sites.

Digital Government

Facebook Timeline makes its long-anticipated debut

The Timeline application on Facebook that showcases past photographs and status updates is finally available, but is it all it promises to be?

Digital Government

Flashy House Republicans' WhipCast app has serious legislative tone

House Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy apparently took some tips from Hollywood in debuting the new GOP WhipCast mobile application, but the information it provides is anything but yesterday's news.


Will new Google algorithm punish federal websites?

Federal agencies may risk being penalized by Google's "freshness" algorithm if they don't start updating their site content more frequently.


IG: NARA e-records archive missing vital Google-like search capability

As the National Archives' electronic archives moves into operational mode in October, its lack of a full text-based search option could frustrate users. But can it be fixed?

Digital Government

10 tricks of the social media trade

As agencies step up their social media presence, they should consider these lessons from fellow feds who have gone before them.


VA plans mobile security strategy to manage 100,000 new tablets

The Veterans Affairs Department has concluded that a mobile device management solution will overcome any security hurdles that might arise from its move to tablets and smart phones.


VA's slip-ups invalidate 157,000 ID cards

The VA has issued more than 157,000 personal identity verification credentials without proper security controls, throwing the validity of every credential into doubt, IG says.


Federal cybersecurity incidents jump sixfold in five years

Federal agencies show persistent weaknesses in their information security controls, GAO says in a new report.


DHS taking its public websites into the cloud

The Homeland Security Department is moving its public-facing websites to the cloud on a $600,000-a-year contract.


Will Kundra's 5 top initiatives survive?

The ambitious and sometimes controversial former federal CIO had no shortage of big ideas for reforming government IT. But can they succeed without him?