The White House announced that it’s launching the Data Driven Justice initiative, which intends to use data to decrease prison recidivism and improve response and care for at-risk and mentally ill citizens.

Commercial data services can help the efficiency of program integrity activities for certain government agencies. The Government Accountability Office stated in a June 30 report that agencies can focus their efforts on other tasks if they allow commercial data service providers to offer Web and phone-based services to authenticate taxpayers’ identities. The Internal Revenue Service […]

The Internet of Things will soon transform the way transportation and infrastructure operate in the United States, according to witnesses at the Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety, and Security hearing.






Data professionals across the country will be combining their skills this weekend to improve Federal, state, and local government. The so-called National Day of Civic Hacking begins June 4. Each year, the event presents attendees with government-focused challenges and asks them to create the best digital solution to the problem. “National Day of Civic Hacking is a nationwide […]

Consumer expectations and needs demand that health data be shared and made easily accessible, according to Karen DeSalvo, the national coordinator for Health Information Technology at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Karen DeSalvo “Consumers are expecting that we share their data and HIPAA [Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act] allows it,” DeSalvo said at the […]

Big data has the potential to both increase and decrease discrimination based on the ethics of its use, according to speakers at the Ford Foundation Fairness by Design event. “Not using the data has highly discriminatory practices,” said U.S. chief data scientist DJ Patil in his keynote address at the event. Julie Brill, a partner […]

Analysis of big data is having a noticeable impact on reducing the opioid addiction epidemic in the U.S., according to panelists at the Health Datapalooza on Monday. “Having good surveillance has allowed us to stay ahead of what’s coming into our communities,” said Dana Quesinberry, Health Policy and Program Evaluator at the Kentucky Injury Prevention […]

The MetroLab Network has grown to 35 city/county-university partnerships working together to research, develop, and deploy technologies and policy approaches in order to address urban areas’ challenges. MetroLab Network was launched in September 2015 by 21 city/county-university pairings, as part of President Obama’s Smart Cities Initiative-an initiative using more than 25 new technology collaborationsto help […]

The White House announced that 53 police departments have committed to an initiative designed to make local policing more transparent.






As Federal agencies move forward with big data and infrastructure initiatives, “we really have to assume that all of our networks are compromised,” said Ann Dunkin, CIO at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).






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