The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office avows its commitment to open data; advice for feds is coming thick and fast from the private sector, but at least it’s good advice; and the government still needs more cyber security experts. All these stories and more in this week’s Federal News Roundup from Federal Technology Insider.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Ups Commitment to Open Data
In a new report released last week, Thomas Beach, Senior Advisor at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office renewed the agencies commitment to making open data widely available. Noting challenges that the agency faced in making data more searchable without altering the parameters of a patent, Beach said the agency will address those challenges so that it can become a sort of “API factory” in the future.
Advice for Tony Scott from Keith Trippie
Combing a couple of well-worn, but good adages, Keith Trippie, formerly of the Department of Homeland Security is offering up some advice for new federal CIO, Tony Scott in how to make IT reform successful for government agencies. He boils success down to these elements: simplify, focus on human capital and nurture talent, incorporate cyber into everything, and measure the right things. Oh and work on cross-team collaboration not just within the White House, but with agencies too.
Message to Feds: Hire More Cyber Security Experts, Please
A recent report has charged that an insufficient cyber security workforce within the federal government is leaving agencies, and the entire country, vulnerable to cyber attacks. The report from the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton cites low pay and the inability to maintain job satisfaction as two of the primary reasons government agencies are missing out on cyber talent.
Federal Government Creating Safe Zones for IT Innovation
Where once government agencies relied on commercial solutions to push the limits on innovation, those same agencies are now leading the way with initiatives to focus on modernization with the backing of federal CIO, Tony Scott, and federal CTO, Megan Smith. The President’s 2016 budget even calls for funding to re-create successful IT innovation spaces, like 18F and HHS’s Idea Lab in other agencies.
Getting the Internet of Things Right
Whether or not we’re ready to accept the fact that our appliance talk to the Internet, the Internet of Things is here “but our work is just beginning” according to a recent piece by futurist, Dave Evans, in TechCrunch. This piece caught the eye of several federal technologists recently as many agencies begin to grapple with the legal, and other ramifications, or our interconnected world.