Medable promises an easy way to make health apps comply with health data laws

Mark Sullivan, VB News,  Monday, July 14, 2014

Many health-related apps and devices will be hitting the market in the next year or two. And the data that these apps and devices collect could help your doctor provide a more holistic picture of your health. But, as I wrote a few weeks ago, when that health data crosses the line from consumer health cloud into the healthcare delivery system, HIPAA privacy rules will come into play.

GSA wants to make tracking cloud trends easier

Greg Otto, FedScoop,  Wednesday, July 09, 2014

The General Services Administration has released a request for information that could allow the agency to track cloud-buying trends across the federal government. The RFI is requesting feedback from vendors about how and what agencies are buying in respect to cloud services, with that information possibly leading to cloud services being given their own special item number (SIN) under GSA’s Schedule 70.

Google I/O: Extending Google's enterprise reach

Clare McDonald, ComputerWeekly,  Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Google has extended its enterprise apps portfolio with functionality that could make it a viable alternative to traditional enterprise software – especially for governments and in regulated industries, where data protection is key.

Microsoft Enhances Azure, Office 365

Michael Endler, InformationWeek,  Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Other news included the expansion of the preview of Microsoft's Azure government cloud, as well as a new Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online offering for government cloud customers. Like Microsoft's other government cloud services, Dynamics CRM Online for government data will be housed separately from public Azure services in its own multi-tenant cloud.

GSA's Office of Integrated Technology Services prioritizes efficiency

Federal News Radio,  Monday, July 07, 2014

What are the strategic priorities for the GSA's Office of Integrated Technology Services? How does ITS maximize the value of government IT while also lowering its cost? What is ITS doing to improve its operations and become more efficient and agile? Join host Michael Keegan as he explore these questions and more with Mary Davie, assistant commissioner, Office of Integrated Technology Services (ITS) in GSA's Federal Acquisition Service (FAS).

DEA Anticipates Awarding Contract for Sensitive Justice Cloud

Aliya Sternstein, Nextgov,  Monday, July 07, 2014

The agency tasked with fighting narcotics trafficking expects to need online access to a commercial data center to store a growing amount of sensitive mapping data -- and to save money, according to a contract plan.

OMB, OSTP to release new tools to reach big open data goals

Stephanie Wasko, Federal News Radio,  Thursday, July 03, 2014

The Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology Policy are looking for 100 percent participation from agencies when it comes to supplying data sets for the administration's Enterprise Data Inventory. Agencies have until the end of November to provide the data, according to the administration's latest cross-agency priority goals update listed on

A new face, renewed vision at GSA policy office

Colby Hochmuth, FCW,  Thursday, July 03, 2014

Christine Harada has a clear vision of where she wants to lead the General Services Administration's Office of Governmentwide Policy. In her first government gig, the onetime aerospace engineer has two distinct focuses for what she wants to achieve: making data-driven decisions and increasing transparency at the agency.

EU slams US over Microsoft privacy case

Financial Times,  Monday, June 30, 2014

Commission vice president, Viviane Reding, says the U.S. enforcement order may break international law, which supports Microsoft’s argument that the U.S. cannot enforce a warrant outside of its borders.

Open government is not without privacy challenges, finds paper

Molly Bernhart Walker, FierceGovernmentIT,  Monday, June 30, 2014

In an effort to be more transparent and participatory, governments are making more data publicly available in machine-readable formats and under open licenses, but such noble aims are not immune to privacy issues, says a paper published June 18 in Future Internet, a Switzerland-based scholarly journal.