Government IT

Homeland Security Is Looking for These Words in Social Media

If you update your Facebook status with the news that you got food poisoning from the pork you ate on your trip to El Paso, you may catch the attention of the Department of Homeland Security. Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the DHS released its 2011 Analyst’s Desktop Binder, which includes a list of hundreds of words monitored by the department’s National Operations Center to identify “media reports that reflect adversely… continue…

Bills Make Northern Va. ‘More Attractive’ to Tech Companies

With six strokes of a pen, Gov. Bob McDonnell signed legislation Tuesday its sponsors say will make Virginia more competitive in creating and retaining high-tech jobs. Before a crowded room inside the newly opened Falls Church headquarters for Acentia, McDonnell (R) signed the Data Center Sales Tax Exemption (House Bill 216 and Senate Bill 112) and the Extending Virginia Telework Tax Credit bill (HB 551 and SB 238). Del. Mark Keam (D-35th District) served as chief patron of the bills.… continue…

Military Tech

We don’t tend to cover military tech very often, but coming back from Memorial Day weekend, I thought I’d teach you all a new acronym. UGS, or Unattended Ground Sensors, is a technology that has evolved over time to become quite useful in monitoring battlefields, unguarded perimeters, and even borders safely, minus the collateral damage of land mines. In the Vietnam era, sensors were used with mixed results. Many lasted only a few hours or gave off false alarms, or… continue…

Feds Seek a Few ‘Badass Innovators’

You don’t often hear the term “badass innovator” associated with government work, but that’s what federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park says he’s looking for: … the baddest of the badasses out there to come to the government for focused six-to-12 month tours of duty to partner with our best innovators on game-changing projects . . . The idea is to work in a lean startup mode [and to] score a lot of significant points within six months. Park was… continue…

Health IT Finds VC; Internet Ad Revenues Soar [Update]

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Health IT Firms Find More Venture Capital: Venture capital investment may have declined overall during the first quarter of 2012, but health IT companies hit pay dirt. The number of deals remained flat at 18, yet the companies raised $102 million, an increase of 75 percent over the same period last year. A Forbes report points to four top deals, all of which should inevitably lead to hiring: Kinnser Software, PerfectServe, Truveris, and TigerText. Dice Internet Ad Revenues Are Soaring:… continue…

Big Brother in Your Back Seat

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The Senate’s recently passed transportation bill will require every new car to carry a data-recording “black box” similar the ones used in aircraft. The bill’s expected to pass the House of Representatives and go on to the White House for President Obama’s signature. After 2015, individuals who don’t go along could be subject to civil penalties, infowars says. Safety device or spy box? Tell us what you think in the comments below. The black box’s primary function is to record… continue…

DARPA’s Looking For ‘Robotics Challenge’ Teams

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DARPA, the Defense Department’s R&D agency, is looking for teams to compete in its Robotics Challenge. The challenge is designed to identify projects that will push robotics technology — specifically for disaster relief — beyond today’s state of the art. The challenge, which opens in October, offers a $2 million prize to the team whose entry best tackles a series of staged disaster-response scenarios. Their robots will have to handle physical tasks similar to those seen in real-world situations. The… continue…

More Big Data Jobs from the Government

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I know it’s a very unusual day when I get over two dozen unsolicited inquiries for new employment opportunities before noon. That’s how my day started on Thursday and it had to do with employment opportunities in big data analytics, a hot job at the moment. Does a job working with big data appeal to you? Why or why not? Share your thoughts below.  Part of what I do during my day job is use my skills and experience as a… continue…

GSN Digital Seeks Designers and Developers in D.C.

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GSN Digital, the Game Show Network’s video game division, has opened a new office in Washington, D.C., to mine what it says is untapped game developer talent in the region. Would you move to Washington D.C. for a promising career in video game development? Post your answers below.  The company’s seeking about a dozen data analysts, Web designers, game designers and Java and front end developers. “We think there’s an untapped market for people in this area who want to… continue…

Initiative Will Add Big Data Jobs Across Federal Departments

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President Obama’s initiative to expand big data-related jobs as part of $200 million initiative has kicked off a wave of interest in professionals who have experience sorting through piles of information to find trends and nuggets of intelligence for both business and governments. According to Dr. John P. Holdren, assistant to the president and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy: In the same way that past Federal investments in information-technology R&D led to dramatic advances… continue…