Feds set up internal consulting group for web projects, but what about contracts?

Feds set up internal consulting group for web projects, but what about contracts?

In announcing the new U.S. Digital Service (USDS), Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel told the Washington Post: "Think of this as [a team of] management consultants that helps you understand your gaps." The Playbook is a next step for the digital president and a response to the HealthCare.gov disaster.[icopyright one button toolbar] There were gaping holes - not just gaps - related to both project management and testing in the HealthCare.gov launch. Yet as Computer World's Patrick Thibodeau wrote at the time, "A majority of large IT projects fail to meet deadlines, are over budget and don't make their users happy." According to data from The Standish Group, "Of 3,555 projects from 2003 to 2012 that had labor costs of at least $10 million, only 6.4% were successful." Last year, McKinsey & Company reported, "On average, large IT projects run 45 percent over budget and 7 percent over time, while…continue reading →

Open Access Proponents Derail Elsevier-Backed Publishing Restriction

open access uk Academics and researchers who support open access to research were able to take a (short) victory lap on Monday. Legislation that would have prevented federal agencies from publishing publicly-funded research results without the approval of the originating journal died after Dutch publishing giant Elsevier pulled its support. According to the Congressional Research Service, the Research Works Act (HR 3699, emphasis added) would have prohibited
a federal agency from adopting, maintaining, continuing, or otherwise engaging in any policy, program, or other activity that: (1) causes, permits, or authorizes network dissemination of any ["research funded in whole or in part by a federal agency"] without the prior consent of the publisher; or (2) requires that any actual or prospective author, or the author's employer, assent to such network dissemination.
The proposed legislation contradicted the National Institutes of Health Public Access Policy (2008) which requires that NIH-funded researchers submit their manuscripts to the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed Central "no later than 12 months after the official date of publication.” …continue reading →

A Call For Political Transparency

If you run a political site -- such as a PAC or a campaign for a person or issue -- then you should not be able to hide who you are in the WhoIs database. In other words, any political action site -- a PAC or a site advocating for or against a person or an issue -- should contain information about the organization or person who is running the website in a Whois lookup. [To clarify, I'm not talking about opinion sites but sites that are driving campaigns.] If you agree with me, please sign this petition. And share it! A "private domain registration" that shows only the domain registrar, such as GoDaddy, is insufficient for political action transparency. Knowing the provenance of a website is essential information for determining a site's credibility and veracity. This transparency is essential in an ever-crowded digital space, where setting up an online…continue reading →