The Pivotal Role of Technology in Federal Healthcare

Beth Meyers, Chief Nurse Executive, and Joel Rydbeck, Director of Healthcare Technology and Strategy at Infor, sat down to discuss tactics for federal agencies to consider with GovLoop. They said the answer lies in applying an integrated suite of tools that makes the most of the existing data, processes and systems of individual healthcare organizations.

Your Roadmap to IT Modernization

Information technology (IT) modernization is one of the hottest topics across government today. IT modernization has revolutionized efficiency, convenience and effectiveness for all users. That’s why agencies within federal, state and local government are eager to take advantage of all that modernization efforts can offer. Frankly, IT modernization for government is a must. Modernization is… Read more »

The Storage Dilemma: Flash, Hybrid or Disk?

For federal agencies, today’s data explosion comes with a huge and complicated mandate: Gather data, store it efficiently and, above all, protect it. But how? Between budgets in flux, lagging legacy IT systems and the widely discussed and ongoing IT brain drain, the odds often seem stacked against federal IT teams. But data waits for… Read more »

The Human Resources Playbook for Government

The heartbeat of any organization can be summed up in one word: people. It isn’t the technology or automated processes that many agencies have come to rely on over the years. The truth is, when organizations hire good people, the technology takes care of itself. People provide overall direction and vision for an organization, ensure… Read more »

Digital Content Security: Breaking Down What You Need to Know

This pocket guide from GovLoop will look at content security practices in the public sector, why it matters, government rules and regulations related to digital data and its security and current challenges in this area. We’ll also provide tips and tricks that you can apply to help make content at your agency more secure today… Read more »

Hyperconvergence in Government

As technology evolves, so does the IT infrastructure. One of the hottest trends in data center architecture is hyperconverged infrastructure, a means of reducing data center footprint and costs while boosting operational efficiency. By taking this course, you’ll be enrolled in five lessons that will help you understand how hyperconvergence consolidates IT infrastructure – essentially… Read more »

FITARA: What You Need to Know

There are few things we do in our professional and personal lives today that aren’t supported by technology. We have devices and apps that track our appointments, our health and our happiness. At work, routine tasks are becoming automated, and government is working to adopt more modern technology to support its employees and the citizens… Read more »

Facing FITARA Challenges

The federal government is spending over $80 billion per year on its information technology (IT), but estimates say as much as $20 billion of this is wasted through poorly managed acquisition and implementation. Enter FITARA. The goal of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), enacted on December 19, 2014, is to mitigate this problem… Read more »

Apps 101

This is the GovLoop Academy course, Apps 101, where you will learn why applications matter and how your agency can best utilize them. By taking this course, you will be enrolled in six lessons about different types of applications, why they are important to citizens and government employees, how they work, challenges to application delivery,… Read more »

Build and Support Better Applications with Application Intelligence

Federal agencies are increasingly reliant on software applications to meet their varied missions. But as their IT environments become more complex with the advent of cloud services, virtualization and mobile devices, the challenge of managing and optimizing application performance is likewise more complex. This challenge is aggravated by the fact that agencies typically employ monitoring… Read more »

Improving the Quality of Experience for Critical Apps

We’ve all been there: You’re in the middle of a virtual meeting, and all of a sudden the audio gets choppy or — even worse — you’re dropped from the meeting entirely. It usually takes a minute for you to regain your bearings, reconnect to the meeting and try to dive back into the discussion…. Read more »

Improving Agency Networking with SDN

Think of all the applications agencies use to communicate with the workforce, respond to citizen requests, and carry out daily operations. It’s critical that those applications are readily available and maintained without disrupting the mission. Government IT organizations must ensure their enterprise networks can support those applications and cater to evolving agency requirements. The challenge… Read more »

Better Income Estimation for the Public Sector

In this resource, we focus on income data and how it affects the public sector’s ability to administer means-tested programs; explain why income data is difficult to assess but critical to do properly; showcase solutions to verify demographic data and prevent fraud; and discuss other unique tools to help battle program errors and fraud.

Global Hyper-Convergence: The Only Way Forward

Although every information technology infrastructure is designed differently to meet different mission needs, each system shares common components. Networking, storage, and compute are the building blocks of any information system. But how these building blocks are managed to support mission-crit­ical agency functions is changing rapidly. As your agency moves into the 21st century and operations… Read more »

Why You Should Care About FedRAMP

The Federal Risk Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is a governmentwide program that provides a standardized approach for assessing the security of cloud products and services, authorizing them for government use and continuously monitoring the long-term security of those cloud solutions. Here’s why FedRAMP needs to be on your radar:

Gaining Visibility and Control

Continuing to deliver services with reduced resources, doing more with less, is a fact of life for government IT leaders. The federal government’s information technology spending budget was cut by $2.4 billion in 2015 while state and local governments also suffered decreases in IT and support service budgets. Contrast that to IT spending in the… Read more »

Finding Your Right Cloud Solution

As an information technology (IT) professional, you spend significant time purchasing, managing, upgrading and administering IT services. Often, these responsibilities are time-consuming and pull you away from fulfilling the most important mission-critical objectives at your agency. That’s why many IT departments have looked to the cloud to transform their operations. An Oracle white paper reports… Read more »

Platform & Infrastructure as a Service: Creating New Efficiencies

It’s undeniable that cloud computing has changed the way that government does business. With the cloud, agencies are now able to gain new efficiencies, quickly deploy IT services, and transform their operations. Everything from HR, financial reporting, and government transparency have benefited from cloud deployments. Along with considerations on the proper deployment model like hybrid,… Read more »

Software as a Service: The Key to Modernizing Government

On all levels of government, public sector agencies are looking to the cloud to re-imagine their business processes and power new innovations. Through effective cloud deployment and management, organizations can reduce costs, deploy services with agility, and identify new ways to accomplish the complex missions of the public sector. With the cloud, organizations have gained… Read more »

Top Challenges & Solutions from State & Local Governments

In 1928, while running for office for the first time, former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neil (D-Mass.) uttered the now iconic line, “All politics is local.” Almost 90 years later the phrase still rings true — not just for politicians, but for civilian government employees as well. State and local government workers are on… Read more »

High-Resolution Imagery: Helping City Managers Better Serve Their Communities

A city manager’s job is continuous and complex. Whether it’s zoning, new construction, taxation or disaster planning, citizens depend on their city manager to understand their community, past and present, in great detail to prepare for future needs. In an environment of decreasing budgets and limited resources, geospatial technologies are an invaluable resource for better… Read more »

Accelerating Government Transformation with Network Modernization

The movement of applications to the cloud and increasing cyber threats mean that government IT departments need to re-evaluate their network infrastructure. These trends are driving the need to scale bandwidth, increase network flexibility and increase network security. However, these initiatives require funding and unfortunately, government IT budgets are not able to keep up. President… Read more »

What the Internet of Things Means for the Public Sector

Let’s get one thing right straight out of the gate — no matter that it sounds like a futuristic buzzword, the Internet of Things (IoT) is not a new concept. “Home automation has existed for about 40 years,” said Dr. Joseph Ronzio, Health System Specialist and Special Assistant to the Chief Health Technology Officer at… Read more »

The Open Data Playbook for Government

Most of us don’t think twice before powering up navigation apps, weather apps and other nifty resources on our mobile devices. Apps such as Zillow and Trulia put housing market data at our fingertips, and the travel search engine KAYAK has made shopping for flights, hotels and rental cars that much easier. Besides the ease… Read more »

Accelerating Your DevOps Journey in the Public Sector

In the public sector, programs can run slowly and inefficiently. The government’s information technology systems are growing more outmoded while the public’s expectations about technology, speed and delivery are rising. As the private sector pushes IT boundaries and experiments with improved services, the public sector faces challenges of regulations and constrained financial resources. Additionally, unlike… Read more »

Achieving Full Spectrum Dominance

The battlefield is changing for American forces. It is larger, now spanning cyberspace and even outerspace, and it is more crowded with new, aggressive actors including non-state terror groups and solo hackers. In order to maintain control of this increasingly expansive and diverse threat environment, the Department of Defense must transform its organization, its people, and its strategies. And… Read more »

How GIS Empowers You to Build a Smart Community

Smart communities are able to leverage technology to improve the quality of life for citizens. GIS plays a critical role in this, as it empowers leaders to visualize, question, analyze, and interpret organizational data to better understand relationships and trends in their community. In a 2013 NACo study, participants noted their top nine public service… Read more »

Building Healthy Communities: Making a Difference With GIS

It’s not news that the health of today’s population is at a precarious junction. We are experiencing an epidemic of unprecedented proportions in terms of poor nutrition and physical inactivity across the globe. In fact, the youth of today may, on average, live less healthy and possibly even shorter lives than their parents. Improving the… Read more »

The DoD of Tomorrow

In 2015, we still talk about wars that started in the early 2000s, manage tense state relations first established during the Cold War, and leverage weapon systems built to combat the Axis powers. But don’t be fooled. The mission and tactics of the Department of Defense are changing — and fast. In his first letter… Read more »

Knowledge Transfer: Becoming an Informed Cloud Buyer

Conversations about cloud computing are a lot different today than they were four years ago. Back then, definitions for this new business model varied, and some people questioned if cloud solutions could ever be as secure as the government’s internal hosting environments. Additionally, agencies were coming to grips with the implications of infor- mation technology-as-a-service… Read more »

Cloud 101: Learning What You Need to Know About Cloud Computing

Today, nearly every agency, department, and government sector uses cloud computing. Some use it to build more robust IT infrastructures and replace legacy systems, while others use scalable software services to increase the agility of their platforms. Of course, others also use cloud to cut costs and even increase IT security. Cloud is quickly becoming the IT backbone of government… Read more »

Forecasting the Cloud: Eight Ways the Technology is Changing Government

Today, everybody from government information technology officials to the president are talking about cloud computing, a technology that is revolutionizing the way federal, state and local governments operate. Whether they use public clouds, private clouds or a hybrid of the two, govies agree on one thing: Cloud is the way of the future. But that’s… Read more »

Simplicity, Scalability, Efficiency: The Hyper-Converged Infrastructure

The past decade has brought a new era to government — and more importantly, to government information technology. Organizations, in the face of fewer resources and more budget cuts, have looked to transform their IT departments into efficient, flexible enterprises that can respond faster to the needs of policymakers, organizations and constituents while reducing IT… Read more »

Storing the Data to Power Your Agency

Every day, government agencies grapple with new data challenges. Constrained resources and increased workloads require organizations to become more efficient in how they acquire, store, use, and analyze data. Transparency initiatives mandate agencies to provide access to data sets in open, machine-readable data formats. The public expects a new level of service in which data… Read more »

Zero Trust: The Network Security Infrastructure of Tomorrow

In our interconnected and highly-globalized world, agencies must deploy emerging technology to improve service delivery and connect employees to data anywhere, anytime. But as trends like cloud, virtualization, telework and mobile continue to gain traction in government, cybersecurity cannot be an afterthought: it’s mission critical. And now, more than ever before, mitigating the impacts of… Read more »

Open Source: The Future of Government Technology

The terms “open” and “government” traditionally have been mutually exclusive. But that’s started to change. Today public officials at the federal, state and local levels recognize that to truly be a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, they can’t operate in a closed, siloed environment. As officials search for ways… Read more »

The Virtual Training Playbook For Government

In the 1700s and 1800s, one-room schoolhouses were the norm. Students of varying ages and learning levels would sit together to be instructed by their teacher. A freshman in high school could share a desk with a fourth-grader. Being mostly rural, many schools had no water or sanitation. They used melting snow for water in… Read more »

Change Culture, Not Just Technology

You might assume the biggest barrier to effective government digital services is the acquisition and deployment of complex technology. In reality, technology is the easy part. The true barrier to digital innovation is culture. Risk aversion, misperceptions about process, hierarchical management structures, and divergent priorities prevent many projects from being executed in the agile, collaborative… Read more »

Convergence: The First Step to the Internet of Everything

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts, Aristotle said, long before the Digital Age was a possibility. And yet his observation applies today perhaps more than ever. The proliferation not only of technological devices, but also their capabilities and interconnection holds new levels of promise for improving the lives of people all… Read more »

How Open Source Cloud Technology Can Eliminate Silos & Centralize Workloads

Imagine a government in which IT systems connect citizens to services, data moves easily among agencies and public-sector employees, and information is truly open and accessible. A government with systems like these would better serve its citizens, be more efficient, and free agencies to focus more on agency mission. Information technology administrators are getting close… Read more »

Telehealth: Save Lives, Cut Costs & Deliver Better Care

Doctors are using iPads to record information instead of scribbling notes on a paper pad. Nurses are browsing through electronic medical records instead of file drawers. Hospitals are adopting the cloud to store patient data so that it’s accessible to care providers anytime, anywhere. The entire field of health care has been completely transformed by… Read more »

The Data Infrastructure Your Agency Has Been Waiting For

Big data has transformed the way government operates. With the complexity of data that government collects, stores and manages, they no longer can wait to adopt big data solutions, but they must deploy the right data infrastructure. Due to increasing citizen demands, agencies are required to think about data in new and innovative ways. That’s… Read more »

10 Benefits of Going Paperless

Thinking about going paperless? Our infographic below highlights 10 benefits of going paperless. It’s no secret that paper-based processes power government services. But going paperless is now more important than ever before. Not only will it make you more efficient and effective, but constituents are demanding it. Explore our infographic below to learn about the… Read more »

Your Guide to Using Everything-as-a-Service

Most government agencies have already invested in cloud solutions to strengthen their IT infrastructure and better serve their mission. But are they getting the most out of these new platforms, software, and servers? Unfortunately, the answer is probably not. While cloud is saving costs in some places, these solutions are also adding complexity to government… Read more »

Government Workforce in Focus: Closing the Data and Analytics Skills Gap

Standing between the federal government and improved delivery of services is the data skills gap. Federal managers worry that prospective employees entering the job market lack the analytical skills, statistical competencies and technical proficiency needed to understand the federal government’s large and complex datasets. The data skills gap comes at a time when federal government… Read more »

The Joint Information Environment: The IT Framework for the Future

In December of 2012 the Department of Defense (DoD) developed the Joint Information Environment (JIE) framework. JIE is an ambitious multi-year effort designed to realign, restructure and modernize the Department’s information technology networks. The JIE framework will change the way DoD networks are constructed, operated and defended. Since JIE is not a program of record,… Read more »

The Foundation for Data Innovation: The Enterprise Data Hub

Centrally managing data has long been a goal for IT managers. Now, with emerging technology and improvements to the way data can be stored and hosted, centrally managing data is finally a reality for organizations. As such, more and more agencies have been adopting an architecture – known as the enterprise data hub (EDH) –… Read more »

The Last Mile of Big Data: Delivering Meaningful Answers From Your Data

Public sector agencies at all levels are beginning to understand the enormous effect of data. With the click of a mouse, it is now possible to view the central role that data plays in government work, from the Census’s data visualization tools to, which houses over one hundred thousand unique government datasets for public… Read more »

Capitalizing on the Open Data Revolution

For years, data advocates have championed open data initiatives to create more efficient government and economic opportunities. They argued that through open data, government could support emerging markets rather than create additional expensive public programs. And as our most recent GovLoop guide shows, that vision is coming to life. Take the case of Trulia, an online… Read more »

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure: Enabling a Cost-Effective and Flexible Workforce

As IT administrators and chief information officers, you face a particular challenge: facilitate the ability for your agency to work remotely, while reducing costs, protecting your data and assuring compliance. Your employees need flexibility in the way they work, as well as the ability to connect to resources anywhere, anytime. Thanks to advances in technology,… Read more »

Before, During and After an Attack: An Integrated Strategy for Cybersecurity

The world of cybersecurity is immense. The jargon surrounding the subject is nearly as varied. Here are a few examples: There’s malware, damage, espionage, regulation, education, viruses, advanced persistent threats, partners, reputation insider threats – and that’s just a small sample. Adding to this complexity is a common disconnect between technology experts within the organization,… Read more »

Making Smarter IT Investments: Customizing the Cloud

Today, cloud computing offers government the opportunity to re-imagine how services are delivered. But a word to the wise: not all cloud platforms are created equal. Cloud solutions depend on both solving the right organizational problems and selecting the right kind of cloud offering. By doing so, you can enable your agency to fundamentally change… Read more »

How GIS Helped Secure Super Bowl XLVIII

This industry perspective tells the remarkable story of collaboration and technology that kept tourist and residents safe during the Super Bowl, including the technology solutions provided by Esri and PenBay that were deployed during Super Bowl XLVIII. We also feature interviews with: Deputy Commissioner Joel Golub, Chief Information Officer, FDNY Captain Steven Pollackov, FDNY GIS… Read more »

The Continuous Diagnostic and Mitigation (CDM) Field Guide

In today’s world, it’s imperative that government protects our critical infrastructure to preserve our physical and economic security. To do so, cyber professionals must obtain real-time visibility of networks, improve ability to mitigate known flaws and decrease security risks by reducing their vulnerabilities. That’s why the CDM program is so important. The program enables agencies to decrease… Read more »

Innovations that Matter: The Future of Public Sector IT Consumption

It’s hard to believe that, just a few years ago, most government employees could only access email from their primary desktop computers. Even those with the ability to access their enterprise e-mail accounts from other devices could only view new messages; archives were stored locally on their desktops. Now it is possible to check email… Read more »

GIS: A Platform for Enhancing Policy and Civic Engagement

Elected officials face the constant challenge of describing complex and intricate policies to constituents. In turn, constituents want to know answers to important questions, such as: how is a policy going to affect our community? How is legislation helping to bring economic development to our district? Has funding been used wisely? For the myriad of… Read more »

Innovations That Matter: Your Gateway to Mobile Security

This report is part of GovLoop’s “Innovations That Matter Series,” in which we explore how organizations are maximizing the latest technologies and solutions to transform their organizations. We’ve spoken with thought leaders in government and industry to pinpoint the best practices for securely adopting mobile technology. Our research particularly explores the value and benefits of… Read more »

Innovations That Matter: Your Road Map to a Secure Future

In today’s digital world, no organization is immune from cybersecurity threats. Whether it’s Target, LivingSocial, the Federal Reserve or any other public-facing institution, every organization is at risk of having its data and infrastructure compromised. For security professionals today, being secure isn’t just about thwarting attacks – it’s also being prepared to react once you… Read more »

How Cloud Computing is Powering the Agency of the Future

Today engineering feats the Romans could only dream of result in new types of highways – digital ones. You can now transport information, computing power, tools and services quickly and efficiently, radi­cally changing the way your agency does business. Powering this digital highway is the cloud, and it is reimagining the way your organization operates.

Smoother, Faster, Cleaner, Safer: How Big Data’s Driving the 21st Century

Desiring to look deeper into the impact of big data on transportation services, we reached out to Dante Ricci, the director of strategy and innovation at SAP Public Services. In GovLoop’s latest industry perspective, we share Ricci’s valuable insights and explore case studies that demonstrate the extent to which big data is changing transportation in… Read more » Their Story

GovLoop interviewed Jerry Johnston, Geographic Information Officer, CIO’s Office, Department of Interior about the story and the value of sharing geospatial information with a larger audience. is a “one-stop shop” for integrated, federal data via maps.

Open Data in Government: Past, Present and Future

GovLoop interviewed Bryan Sivak, CTO, Department of Health and Human Services about his work with and open data. Over the last few years, government agencies have worked to “open up their data.” This means that their datasets can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone.

Important Weapon in the Cyber War: SecureView MILS Workstation

Cyber threats are rising rapidly and government needs an alternative, secure solution to the present operating environment where multiple machines are required for multiple types of information. This Industry Perspective explains the robust, unparalleled advantages of SecureView, a low-cost, MILS (Multiple Independent Levels of Security) workstation with accredited cross-domain security developed in close collaboration between… Read more »

7 Elements of Human Centric IT

Government IT leaders and knowledge workers are faced with the task to make smarter decisions at faster speeds and with fewer resources. As the government IT landscape continues to change, agencies must focus on human-centric IT solutions to improve their business functions. This means crafting IT systems that connect people to process to transform service… Read more »

Building Better Conferences and Training

With government conferences being cut and training getting trimmed, GovLoop is proud to present a new guide titled, “Building Better Conferences and Training: The Value of Virtual Events in Government,” which we created in tandem with the new Government Virtual Engagements Community of Practice.

Building Safer Communities in the Digital Age

Analytics has transformed the way public safety organizations fight crime and keep our communities safe. Today, GovLoop and IBM have released a new report, Smarter Cities: Public Safety in the Digital Age, which explores how new analytical approaches has re-imagined the way the public sector protects communities. As governments are faced with shrinking budgets and… Read more »

Finding New Efficiencies through Big Data Analysis

Government is in the midst of a transformation. As government is collecting, managing, and storing increasing volumes of data, agencies are challenged to find actionable insights from the tsunami of data they are collecting. With the explosion of data from social media, online transactions, and internal systems, government has more opportunities than ever before to… Read more »

Transforming Your Agency With Big Data

Through qualitative and quantitative analysis, this report will highlight the common challenges, best practices and pertinent issues surrounding big data. Transforming Your Agency Through Big Data includes a survey from 215 public sector professionals, and interviews with government and industry thought leaders.

Cyber Security in Focus

As agencies begin to deploy cloud computing, mobile and big initiatives, it’s important to realize that emerging technology is essential to meet growing public sector demand. Yet, emerging technology may also expose agencies to increased risks. This infographic puts cyber security in focus, showing current trends in cyber security at the federal level, adoption of… Read more »

The Social Media Experiment: Elements of Excellence

A few weeks ago, we asked, “Have any government social media activities led to really obvious results?” As you browse the guide below, we hope you’ll quickly learn that the answer is “yes.” This guide highlights bright spots of social media experimentation in government – activities that have led to clear outcomes and mission-related impact… Read more »

How Telework Makes Better Bosses and Top-Notch Teams

I’ve learned a lot over the last seven years as a full-time teleworking employee – both as a manager and as a member of geographically-dispersed project teams. One of the biggest lessons is that telework forces both managers and team members to hone their communication skills and think more intentionally about the way they get… Read more »

GIS Interviews: and the National Strategy for Information Sharing

Recently GovLoop caught up with Harvey Simon, Geospatial Intelligence Officer, EPA and Kshemendra Paul, Program Manager, Information Sharing Environment at Esri’s Federal GIS Conference. Be sure to check out the videos below to learn more about, the National Strategy for Information Sharing and Safeguarding and how they both are using GIS technology.

Crafting a Comprehensive Digital Government Strategy

Throughout the ages, technology has played an essential role for government to craft a better society for citizens. In the Roman Empire, the aqueducts revolutionized services provided to Roman citizens. Leveraging gravity alone, the Romans were able to transform communities, providing water to distant cities and towns, and create an engineering marvel that would lead… Read more »

Unlocking the Power of Government Analytics

GovLoop’s latest report,Unlocking the Power of Government Analytics, provides an overview of government analytics, identifies leading case studies, and integrates the results of a recent GovLoop survey from 280 members of the GovLoop community. Further, this report provides ten steps to leverage analytics within a government agency.

NSTIC Programs- Fixing Passwords and Reducing Identity Theft

The Identity Ecosystem steering group, which seeks to provide a marketplace with multiple identity providers that issue trusted credentials, has 1100 individuals and 450 companies and federal agencies participating. They chose five organizations to pilot identity solutions. Below are the agencies and what they are doing to reduce cyber crime and identity theft.

Creating a Modern Workplace Environment

In today’s digital landscape, leaders are looking to technology solutions to enable an increasingly mobile workforce and to create an environment that allows employees to work anywhere, anytime and on any device. Recently, I spoke with Michael Rau, Vice President and CTO, Borderless Network Architecture at Cisco. Michael Rau’s expert insights identifies that the unified… Read more »

Microsoft 8 – The Power of Windows To Go

For IT professionals, there is an opportunity for government IT to be instrumental in creating a modern, agile, and efficient government agency. However, IT professionals have great responsibility to support agency-wide success and meet federally mandated initiatives. With the launch of Windows 8, government agencies are even better positioned to be more agile, mobile and… Read more »

Government Technology Year in Review 2012

Today, technology is a critical component to transform and modernize government to truly create a 21st century government. For our year-end report, the GovLoop team set out to explore what technology trends shaped 2012 to help agencies meet organizational goals. The report also includes best practices, case studies, and identifies which trends will shape government… Read more »

Exploring Bring Your Own Device in the Public Sector

GovLoop has just released our latest research study, Exploring Bring Your Own Device in the Public Sector. The report highlights the challenges for implementing a Bring Your Own Device initiative; best practices, and provides insights from industry and government experts related to BYOD. Specifically, the report includes: Survey from 103 members of the GovLoop community… Read more »

Collaboration in the Cloud

Over the last few years, many government organizations have made the switch to the cloud, including GSA, the Department of Interior, the states of Maryland and Utah and cities of Orlando and Pittsburgh. One of the most recent organizations to transition to the cloud is the U.S Holocaust Museum, and they did it all in… Read more »

GIS in Action

In the era of doing more with less, GIS technology has emerged as a way to reduce costs, improve decision-making, and increase communication between teammates, and the public. To showcase some of the great ways agencies are using GIS, Esri and GovLoop put together a series of videos that you can view below. In these… Read more »

Identifying the Promise of GIS for Government

Today, GovLoop is announcing the release of our latest report, Identifying the Promise of GIS for Government. The GovLoop report focuses on best practices, case studies and identifies innovative uses of GIS technology in government. Also, be sure to visit the guide landing page for upcoming posts, and quick access to many GIS resources that… Read more »

3 Keys to Big Data: Quick Wins, Clear Scope, Communicate

For centuries, government organizations have been collecting data from a variety of sources, and using the collected data to inform their decision-making. With the boom in non-traditional forms of data such as social media, video, digital photographs and email, government agencies are now challenged how to best collect, manage, and drive decisions from data. Today,… Read more »

Navigating the Digital Government Roadmap

GovLoop is proud to announce our latest guide, The GovLoop Guide: Navigating the Digital Government Roadmap.   Technological advancements have enabled government to improve how services are delivered to citizens. This guide focuses on the technology that has enabled government to increase productivity, improve performance and innovate proactively. Throughout this report, we highlight the top… Read more »

PVA Kids Day Video Recap

Last month, I shared my experiences at the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) “Kids Day” event. The event was a wonderful and inspiring event to attend. Kids Day is an annual special event that is part of the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. Each year a day is set aside to introduce children with disabilities to… Read more »

State of Government Government Communications

Government communications professionals have always felt the pressures of publishing public news and information as quickly as possible. With the boom in social media, communications has become an even more critical function of government. Public relations officers are now faced with an expectation of being open 24/7/365 to deliver real-time information to citizens. As more… Read more »

15 Commandments for Government Agencies on Twitter

There is a promised land for government organizations – one where citizens pay attention to public agencies’ information and pass it along to others, spreading the word for all to hear. Although there are many paths to the promised land, your journey will likely pass through Twitter. But the roads can be treacherous. You can… Read more »

12 Commandments for Government Employees on Twitter

For public sector employees venturing out onto Twitter, finding out who’s who can be confusing and frustrating. While there are untold numbers of individuals and organizations sharing valuable information and contributing to a healthy flow of information, there are also oodles of people just trying to make a buck – usually at your expense. This… Read more »

How Many Open Government Projects Are There?

We’ve got a great Open Gov story (and tool) for you! Last year, former Deputy CTO for Open Government Beth Noveck reached out to GovLoop Founder Steve Ressler about leveraging the energy of community members to complete a gargantuan task: read through all of the Open Government Plans and compile a list of the hundreds… Read more »