Technologists: Time to dig into the State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs Tech Meltdown

Stories are starting to make it into the tech media about what appears to be a massive melt-down of one of the nation’s most important IT systems. This system is not be as widely known as, but it should be, because it is every bit as important. The system is the IT behind the critical […]

Third Annual Big Data Forum Pre Event Survey

We have been meeting for three years in the Government Big Data Forum. The next will be 4 April 2013. Please help us evaluate the right issues to address and help us queue up a research agenda for the next year. And let us know if you have a lesson learned or topic you can […]

Big Data Fights Crime: The FBI's Next Generation Identification

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has been in the Big Data business since 1999 when it launched the  Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS), the world’s largest biometric database on individuals. IAFIS contains over 55 million sets of fingerprints and is used by law enforcement agencies nationwide for criminal investigations and civil background checks. To keep […]

Government Big Data Award Special Mention: US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs

The Government Big Data Solutions Award was established to highlight innovative solutions and facilitate the exchange of best practices, lessons learned and creative ideas for addressing Big Data challenges. The top five nominees and overall winner was announced at Hadoop World in New York City on November 8 2011. The Government Big Data Solutions Award Program is coordinated […]

Department of State's Consular Systems and Technology: A Track Record of Innovation

The Office of Consular Systems and Technology (CST) leads the State Department’s IT efforts.  This is an amazing organization that has been delivering high quality, high throughput systems and solutions for years. This group really is our first line of defense against threat actors so we should all be thankful the team here performs at […]