• TSP considering fixed 2% COLA for annuity recipients

    In today’s Federal Newscast, the Thrift Savings Plan wants to change the rate it currently uses to calculate some annual cost of living adjustments.

  • Evidence-based policy bill passage sets stage for upcoming federal data strategy

    The new law requires agencies to appoint a chief evaluation officer, whose job will involve asking key questions about the effectiveness of agency programs, and finding ways to measure their effectiveness.

  • Filling open data’s empty ‘Field of Dreams’

    Jake Bittner, the CEO of Qlarion, explains how agencies can add more value to the open data movement.

  • Data bill setting new default standard for open government

    Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) is introducing the “OPEN Government Data Act,” which he said will make the new default standard for government data an “open” one.

  • Presidential Innovation Fellows now a permanent government fixture

    The Presidential Innovation Fellows Program is now a permanent fixture in the federal government. President Barack Obama issued an executive order Monday grouping the PIF program under the General Services Administration with an advisory board to oversee…

  • Marion Royal, Director of, GSA

    A signature open-government initiative of the Obama administration is turning five years old this week. The website is home to more than 100,000 individual agency data sets. It’s also the destination of app developers hoping to turn federal data into useful information. Marion Royal is the director of, which is run by the General Services Administration. He joined Tom Temin and Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to discuss how the website has progressed over the years.

  • White House mandates open data, releases new tools

    President Barack Obama issued a new policy and signed an Executive Order requiring data to be open, machine-readable and safeguarded.

  • Transparency groups call for increased E-Gov funding

    OMB Watch and 30 other open-gov groups are asking Congress to restore funding to the E-Government Fund.

  • Budget cuts shutter two open gov sites, others impacted

    OMB detailed its plans for using the $8 million E-Government Fund in a letter to Sen. Tom Carper. The administration will shut down two projects and reduce the functionalities of the others.

  • Budget cuts may end transparency programs

    On the chopping block are the government’s transparency programs and websites like and