Weekly News Kickoff: D.C.’s Top 50 Women in Tech 2015 and April Fools’ Hits DoD - (Archived)

Did anyone prank you this April Fools’ Day? Inventive pranks have become as much fun as Super Bowl ads, and everyone is a fair target. Read to find out what some imaginative minds say the Defense Department was up to last week. On a more serious note, FedScoop has named “D.C.’s Top 50 Women in Technology.” We join FedScoop in honoring these industry leaders. Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights.

D.C.’s Top 50 Women in Tech 2015
FedScoop has released “D.C.’s Top 50 Women in Technology.” The vibrant energy, determination and imagination of these 50 women are making a monumental difference in the federal government IT community, and their impact is being felt across America. FedScoop believes these women are the leaders who will inspire a new generation of women to embrace careers in technology. Congratulations to all the winners. Click here to see the entire list of D.C.’s Top 50 Women in Technology 2015.

Even DoD Can Have a Little Fun on April Fools’ Day
This year, a few April Fools’ Day pranks involved the serious business of the Defense Department, Defense Systems reports. In the first case, a website called Russia & India Report broke the story that Defense Secretary Ash Carter had given the OK to kill the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Then the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced its next round of “high risk/high reward” research projects named ALADDIN, SEE SHADOW, JAWWS and LEPRECHAUN. Read the full articles and laugh a little.

CIO Council Releases Searchable Library of Public Laws, Executive Orders and OMB Documents
The CIO Council has released a searchable database of public laws, executive orders, memos and other documents from the White House budget office in what it’s calling an IT Policy Library, FierceGovernmentIT reports. Users can access the library from CIO.gov. The CIO Council developed this resource in collaboration with the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of E-Government and the General Services Administration.

Government Looking for New Navigation Technologies
The military wants to develop alternatives to Global Positioning Systems (GPS) for positioning, navigation and timing (PNT). GPS is not always reliable, or even available, in many places where the military has to operate, according to a report in C4ISR & Networks. Among the alternative technologies the military is considering are atomic clocks, platform distribution PNT and inertial navigation systems. The Federal Times reports civilian agencies are also exploring new technologies.

Net Neutrality Rules Will Survive, FCC Chairman Says
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler is confident that the recent reclassification of broadband Internet services under Title II of the Telecommunications Act will hold up in court, despite suits from broadband providers over the FCC’s net neutrality regulations, Information Week reports. Wheeler made his statement at the end of a speech Friday, March 27, at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.



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