The White House has unveiled its latest open-government plan, NOAA has updated its Whale Alert App, and the CDC is developing a new disease-tracking tool. In addition, the Navy Research Lab is studying the impact of solar flares on satellite systems. Be sure to read about this and much more in this week’s Federal News Round Up.
New Open Government Initiatives
The White House’s latest open-government plan includes four new or expanded initiatives aimed at promoting education to increase awareness and engagement, delivering government services more effectively through IT, increasing spending transparency and using big data to support openness and accountability.
NOAA Updates Whale Alert App
Originally developed in 2012 to help protect endangered right whales on the East Coast, NOAA’s Whale Alert app has been updated to provide mariners in the Pacific with the most current information available about whale movements and conservation initiatives.
Air Force to Control Airborne Sensors
The Air Force is starting a new program that could potentially allow users other than the pilot to control airborne sensors — allowing shared access for multiple warfighters.
What We Know About Coming DATA Act Standards
NextGov provides some compelling insights into the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, or DATA Act, which was signed into law last spring.
DoD Health Agency Embraces Data Standardization
The Defense Department’s planned $11 billion acquisition of a commercial, electronic health record system has gotten a lot of press, but it’s only part of the story of the massive IT and business transformation of the military health system.
CDC Developing All-in-One Tool for Disease Tracking
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is looking to develop an all-in-one data tracking and analytics tool to help it meet the rising level of health care trend and emergency data it follows.
Navy Tracks How Solar Events Can Disrupt Satellite Navigation
Naval Research Lab scientists have been analyzing ionospheric disturbances and their effect on ground-based global navigation systems.