California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom is our next GitChat guest.

I recently reviewed a federal agency beta website, easily added a few comments with the help of a very accessible feedback tab and, feeling satisfied I’d participated in some form of civic collaboration and engagement with my government, moved on.

The goal of the annual event is to “bring together citizens, software developers, and entrepreneurs together to collaboratively create, build, and invent new solutions using publicly-released data, code and technology to improve our communities and the governments that serve them.”

Federal Communications Commission Chief Information Officer David Bray has outlined a new technology modernization strategy that includes teleworking, cloud-based collaborations, access to open data, an “open source by default” policy and more transparency into agency operations.

The program lasts four months and includes training and mentorship, network and publicity, in-kind services and support and $25,000.

The Award for Public Engagement in Government is a new component to the center’s standing Innovations in American Government Awards program.

NASA Deputy CIO and CTO for Information Technology Deborah Diaz introduced a new open innovation team via a rebooted open.nasa.gov.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released an open source tool, AppVet, that makes it easier for agencies to test mobile applications security and reliability.

The U.S. Department of Education has published a request for information asking for public feedback on how the agency can innovate with open data, particularly application programming interfaces.

“Open Data Now” author Joel Gurin discusses the impact of open data on the innovation economy and how governments are addressing this new demand.

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