E-government - Infoworld http://www.infoworld.com/t/2015 en Healthcare.gov experiences maintenance outage on deadline day http://www.infoworld.com/t/e-government/healthcaregov-experiences-maintenance-outage-deadline-day-239507?source=rss_e-government <p>The U.S. government's flagship health insurance exchange website, Healthcare.gov, was temporarily shut down Monday, the deadline for people to sign up for health coverage under the new law.</p> <p>Monday's outage was intentional so that technicians could fix a software bug, a Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman said via email. Teams extended the site's regular overnight maintenance window and "brought the system online gradually to best meet consumer demand," she added.</p> The Industry Standard E-government E-health IT Management Mon, 31 Mar 2014 17:21:09 +0000 admin 239507 at http://www.infoworld.com NSA's plans reportedly involve infecting millions of computers with surveillance malware http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/nsas-plans-reportedly-involve-infecting-millions-of-computers-surveillance-malware-238275?source=rss_e-government <p>The U.S. National Security Agency has reportedly been working for the past several years on expanding its ability to infect computers with surveillance malware and creating a command-and-control infrastructure capable of managing millions of compromised systems at a time.</p> Security The Industry Standard E-government Intrusion Detection Malware Security Tools Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:14:58 +0000 admin 238275 at http://www.infoworld.com NSA created 'European bazaar' to spy on EU citizens, Snowden tells European Parliament http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/nsa-created-european-bazaar-spy-eu-citizens-snowden-tells-european-parliament-237943?source=rss_e-government <p>The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) has turned the European Union into a tapping "bazaar" in order to spy on as many EU citizens as possible, NSA leaker Edward Snowden said.</p> <p>The NSA has been working with national security agencies in EU member states to get access to as much data of EU citizens as possible, Snowden said in a testimony sent to Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) <a href="http://www.europarl.europa.eu/document/activities/cont/201403/20140307ATT80674/20140307ATT80674EN.pdf" target="_blank">published Friday</a>.</p> Security E-government Internet Privacy Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:43:32 +0000 admin 237943 at http://www.infoworld.com U.S. spy agencies adopt new IT approach http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/us-spy-agencies-adopt-new-it-approach-237938?source=rss_e-government <p>The CIA's decision to use Amazon's cloud is part of a broader IT shake-up to make the spy business more efficient.</p> <p>The move is being overseen by Al Tarasiuk, who serves as the CIO of the Intelligence Community, part of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI). That office, created in 2005, leads integration efforts among the government's 17 intelligence agencies.</p> Cloud Computing Security Amazon Web Services E-government Internet Privacy Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13:18:15 +0000 admin 237938 at http://www.infoworld.com Study: IRS exposing Social Security numbers online http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/study-irs-exposing-social-security-numbers-online-237089?source=rss_e-government <p>This tax season you may have more to worry about than how much you owe. A new <a href="http://www.identityfinder.com/us/Business/Lookup990" target="_blank">study from Identity Finder</a> finds the IRS is not properly protecting social security numbers in some tax returns.</p> Security E-government Cyber Crime Data Security Tue, 25 Feb 2014 15:14:28 +0000 admin 237089 at http://www.infoworld.com Maryland opts for gradual Google Apps rollout http://www.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/maryland-opts-gradual-google-apps-rollout-234722?source=rss_e-government <p>Adhering to the saying "be quick but don't hurry," the state of Maryland is in the midst of a three-and-a-half-year migration to Google Apps, saying the measured, deliberate rollout is a better approach than a big-bang implementation.</p> <p>The state chose Google Apps in 2011, after deciding it wanted a cloud email and collaboration suite to replace a variety of on-premises and heterogenous email systems across more than 50 agencies.</p> Cloud Computing Google Google Apps E-government SaaS Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:26:34 +0000 admin 234722 at http://www.infoworld.com Accenture replaces CGI Federal for troubled Obamacare website http://www.infoworld.com/t/e-government/accenture-replaces-cgi-federal-troubled-obamacare-website-234362?source=rss_e-government <p>Accenture has replaced CGI Federal as the lead contractor for the troubled Obamacare enrolment website, reports <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/11/us-usa-healthcare-accenture-idUSBREA0A0J820140111">Reuters</a>. <br /> The enrolment site failed to work properly for millions of Americans when it was launched last October by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).</p> E-government IT Management Thu, 16 Jan 2014 14:14:02 +0000 ccraig 234362 at http://www.infoworld.com Judge rules NSA's phone data collection program is legal, tosses ACLU suit http://www.infoworld.com/t/internet-privacy/judge-rules-nsas-phone-data-collection-program-legal-tosses-aclu-suit-233227?source=rss_e-government <p>A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. National Security Agency's bulk phone record metadata collection efforts are legal, turning aside a lawsuit the American Civil Liberties Union brought against the agency.</p> <p>Although the collection program "vacuums up information about virtually every call to, from, or within the United States," it also allows the NSA to "detect relationship so attenuated and ephemeral they would otherwise escape notice," Judge William Pauley III wrote in his 54-page decision filed today in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.</p> Edward Snowden E-government Cyber Crime Internet Privacy Sat, 28 Dec 2013 01:03:07 +0000 admin 233227 at http://www.infoworld.com Edward Snowden: A child born today will have no conception of privacy http://www.infoworld.com/t/e-government/edward-snowden-child-born-today-will-have-no-conception-of-privacy-233190?source=rss_e-government <p>"A child born today will grow up with no conception of privacy at all," Edward Snowden warned Wednesday in a message broadcast to U.K. television viewers.</p> <p>"They'll never know what it means to have a private moment to themselves, an unrecorded, unanalyzed thought," said Snowden, famous for leaking documents from the U.S. National Security Agency that reveal just how much of what we say, write and do is already recorded and analyzed.</p> E-government Encryption Internet Privacy Thu, 26 Dec 2013 17:39:22 +0000 admin 233190 at http://www.infoworld.com Top tech stories of 2013: Big Brother, wearables, and the struggles of aging tech giants http://www.infoworld.com/t/technology-business/top-tech-stories-of-2013-big-brother-wearables-and-the-struggles-of-aging-tech-giants-232359?source=rss_e-government <p>Politics collided with the world of technology this year as stories about U.S. government spying stirred angst both among the country's citizens and foreign governments, and the flawed HeathCare.gov site got American health-care reform off to a rocky start. Meanwhile, the post-PC era put aging tech giants under pressure to reinvent themselves. Here in no particular order are IDG News Service's picks for the top 10 tech stories of the year.</p> E-government BlackBerry Consumer Electronics Web Services Technology Business Mon, 23 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 admin 232359 at http://www.infoworld.com Obama to meet tech leaders on HealthCare.gov site, surveillance http://www.infoworld.com/t/e-government/obama-meet-tech-leaders-healthcaregov-site-surveillance-232758?source=rss_e-government <p>U.S. President Barack Obama, hoping to repair some of the damage wrought by the troubled HealthCare.gov site, will meet with executives from technology companies including Yahoo and Twitter today.</p> Apple Twitter Yahoo E-government IT Management Internet Privacy Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:57:17 +0000 admin 232758 at http://www.infoworld.com HealthCare.gov: The (infrastructure) fix is in http://www.infoworld.com/d/data-center/healthcaregov-the-infrastructure-fix-in-232295?source=rss_e-government <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/49OPreality_hp.jpg" alt="HealthCare.gov: The (infrastructure) fix is in&lt;" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Two months ago, on Oct. 1, the U.S. government rolled out HealthCare.gov, where citizens could explore new health care options and apply for new health care insurance.</p> Data Center Application Architecture E-government Web Development Data Center Mon, 09 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Paul Venezia 232295 at http://www.infoworld.com The inside scoop on how HealthCare.gov is getting fixed http://www.infoworld.com/t/e-government/the-inside-scoop-how-healthcaregov-getting-fixed-231794?source=rss_e-government <div id="blog-edit" style="padding: 8px; background: none no-repeat scroll center top #ffffff; position: relative; float: right; width: 243px; height: 182px;"><img src="http://www.infoworld.com/sites/infoworld.com/files/media/image/49OPreality_hp.jpg" alt="The inside scoop on how HealthCare.gov is getting fixed" width="243" height="182" align="right" /></div><p>Yesterday, Healthcare.gov relaunched with a new user interface and a bunch of back-end improvements.</p> E-government E-health Application Development Mon, 02 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Eric Knorr 231794 at http://www.infoworld.com Amazon's expertise may save CIA cloud from HealthCare.gov's fate http://www.infoworld.com/d/cloud-computing/amazons-expertise-may-save-cia-cloud-healthcaregovs-fate-230096?source=rss_e-government <p>IBM finally conceded to Amazon Web Services on the construction of the CIA cloud, reports <a href="http://fcw.com/articles/2013/10/29/ibm-cia-aws-cloud.aspx" target="_blank">Federal Computer Week</a>. This became a fun fight to watch when word leaked in March that the CIA had awarded the $600 million contract to Amazon.com, accepting a bid that was $54 million higher than IBM's.</p> Cloud Computing Amazon Web Services E-government Fri, 08 Nov 2013 11:00:00 +0000 David Linthicum 230096 at http://www.infoworld.com Report: CIA pays AT&T for international call data http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/report-cia-pays-att-international-call-data-230441?source=rss_e-government <p>AT&amp;T supplies information on international calls that travel over its network, including ones that start or end in the U.S., under a voluntary contract with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/07/us/cia-is-said-to-pay-att-for-call-data.html?_r=0" target="_blank">The New York Times reported</a> Thursday.</p> Mobile Technology Security E-government Internet Privacy Thu, 07 Nov 2013 19:48:22 +0000 admin 230441 at http://www.infoworld.com HealthCare.gov's enrollment system crashes http://www.infoworld.com/t/e-government/healthcaregovs-enrollment-system-crashes-230210?source=rss_e-government <p>The enrollment and insurance application system at the troubled HealthCare.gov website was down for about 90 minutes Monday, officials said.</p><p>The outage began at about 12:40 p.m. EST. While application and enrollment tools weren't available for website users, other parts of the website worked, said Julie Bataille, director of the Office of Communications at the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS].</p> E-government E-health Tue, 05 Nov 2013 12:40:01 +0000 ccraig 230210 at http://www.infoworld.com Google, Oracle, Red Hat join HealthCare.gov effort http://www.infoworld.com/t/e-government/google-oracle-red-hat-join-healthcaregov-effort-229992?source=rss_e-government <p>Employees of Google, Oracle and Red Hat have joined the U.S. government's effort to fix the ailing HeathCare.gov, officials said Thursday.</p> <p>"Dozens" of workers have come aboard the project in recent days, said a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. HealthCare.gov, where U.S. residents without health insurance are supposed to be able to shop for coverage, has been plagued with slow load times, time outs and other problems since its Oct. 1 launch.</p> Google Oracle Red Hat E-government E-health Fri, 01 Nov 2013 11:54:16 +0000 admin 229992 at http://www.infoworld.com Despite government cuts, tech spending overall shows signs of life http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/despite-government-cuts-tech-spending-overall-shows-signs-of-life-229993?source=rss_e-government <p>Though the shutdown and spending cuts by the U.S. government are taking a toll on IT sales this year, market surveys and financial results from the likes of Apple and Facebook this week show some positive signs for tech.</p> The Industry Standard E-government Technology Business Fri, 01 Nov 2013 11:41:50 +0000 admin 229993 at http://www.infoworld.com Tech spending hurt this year by Congress http://www.infoworld.com/d/the-industry-standard/tech-spending-hurt-year-congress-229666?source=rss_e-government <p>Tech spending in the U.S. will increase by a smaller amount this year than earlier predicted, Forrester Research said today. And it is blaming Congress for the forecast decline.</p> <p>Instead of rising 5.7 percent this year, tech spending will increase by just 3.9 percent, Forrester said.</p> The Industry Standard E-government Tue, 29 Oct 2013 11:39:04 +0000 admin 229666 at http://www.infoworld.com Protesters call for an end to NSA mass surveillance http://www.infoworld.com/t/internet/protesters-call-end-nsa-mass-surveillance-229607?source=rss_e-government <p>A crowd of about 5,000 people, chanting "stop spying, stop lying" and "hey, ho, mass surveillance has got to go," marched through Washington, D.C., Saturday to protest the U.S. National Security Agency's mass surveillance programs unveiled in press reports this year.</p> <p>Protesters, from a seemingly wide range of political beliefs, called on the U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama to end mass data collection and surveillance by the NSA.</p> Security E-government Internet Internet Privacy Mon, 28 Oct 2013 11:23:50 +0000 admin 229607 at http://www.infoworld.com