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1. Why space exploration is a job for humans
As financial constraints threaten the possibility of future ventures into outer space, many in the astronomical community are advocating for the increased use of unmanned robotic space, arguing that they will serve as more efficient explorers of planetary surfaces than astronauts.
2. FAA says iPad pilot program is paying off
The Federal Aviation Administration is testing tablet computers in a pilot program that has equipped a variety of personnel, from mechanics to lawyers and pilots, with iPads to study how the devices can improve efficiency and save money.
3. Unresolved policy questions postpone BYOD
Unresolved policy questions are preventing government agencies from adopting a bring-your-own-device mobile device strategy, said DJ Kachman, director of security assurance and mobile divisions in the Veteran Affairs Department’s office of information technology.
4. Cloud computing gets more complicated, govvies say
The move to the cloud is not longer in question but that doesn’t make the technology a one-size fits all solution. In some ways, the decision to move to the cloud has gotten more complicated as federal CIOs learn about the nuances of cloud computing.
5. Forget mobile-device strategy: Here’s a better way.
Federal agencies should not be planning for mobile device management, but rather mobile data management, advised speakers at a seminar at the FOSE government technology conference on April 3.
6. 6 Feds Who Could be Next GSA Administrator
With the resignation of General Services Administration Administrator Martha Johnson on Monday, the Obama administration will be looking for a new person to lead – and rebuild – the agency. As GSA administrator, that person will be responsible for restoring the public’s and other government departments’ faith in the agency, along with its continuing its mission of providing the federal government with the tools it needs to operate more efficiently.
7. White House launches governmentwide investment in big data
Officials from science agencies across the government on Thursday announced $200 million in new research and development investments related to the mining, processing, storage and use of big data.
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