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Carter: Cyberworkforce Development Is A Model For DOD

Fed Tech | Mar 25, 2015

The cybersecurity profession is no doubt a maturing field that federal agencies, including the Defense Department, are still trying to clearly define and develop. But senior DOD officials see the cyberworkforce as a model for how their department...

84 Contracts Awarded On Rereleased SEWP V

Federal Times | Mar 25, 2015

CONNECT 2 TWEET 1 LINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE After pulling back the awards announced in October to deal with a slew of protests, NASA's Solutions for Enterprise Wide Procurement (SEWP) V contract is back, with 84 companies making it onto the GWAC...

Checking On Pre Check, FBI Cyber And A Real-life Force Field

FCW | Mar 25, 2015

DHS IG reviews ups, downs of Pre Check Homeland Security Department Inspector General John Roth told lawmakers March 25 that the Transportation Security Administration's Pre Check security clearance program is "a positive step toward risk-based...

Meet Tony Scott, The Obama Administration's Closer On Federal IT

Fierce GovernmentIT | Mar 25, 2015

Every good baseball team needs a closer they can rely on – a relief pitcher that can wrap it up and bring home the W. The Obama administration clearly hopes its new Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott can do just that. Scott made his...

Balance Tape And Flash In Layered Storage Mix

GCN | Mar 25, 2015

For agency data center managers looking to improve the economy of their data centers, the best options for cost savings lie in how their storage mix is managed. Thanks to new virtualization techniques and emerging flash storage technologies, data...

Landsat 8 Data Free On Amazon Cloud

GCN | Mar 25, 2015

Landsat 8 data free on Amazon cloud Researchers and interested citizens working with Landsat images can now find 85,000 geospatial scenes freely available on the Amazon cloud, the company announced. The Landsat search-observation program has...

GSA CIO On Leaving Government, Fixing Federal IT

i360Gov | Mar 25, 2015

Federal Times: General Services Administration CIO Sonny Hashmi is leaving government at the beginning of April to take over as managing director of government for cloud platform provider Box. As he exits the public sector, Hashmi reflected on his...

Federal CIO's 3 Tips For Moving To The Cloud

Federal Times | Mar 24, 2015

CONNECT 4 TWEET 1 LINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE During his first public speaking engagement as Federal CIO, Tony Scott was asked to give agencies advice on migrating apps and workloads to a cloud environment. The industry veteran offered three tips for...

New Federal CIO Looks To Execution, Not Invention

FCW | Mar 24, 2015

Tony Scott was appointed to the position of U.S. chief information officer in February. Federal CIO Tony Scott plans to use the last two years of the Obama administration to make sure the multiple IT initiatives announced in the past couple of...

Getting Agile -- With Acquisition And Development Alike

FCW | Mar 24, 2015

Taking cloud services and agile development more deeply into the heart of government requires a combination of technological finesse and evangelical spirit, say those who have spent the past few years trying to accomplish that mission. "IT...

The Upsides Of Putting Clinical Decision Support In The Cloud

Government Health IT | Mar 24, 2015

Long-term care, continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) and other senior care organizations are mostly ineligible to qualify for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS') Meaningful Use of electronic health records (EHRs)...

How They Did It: Cloud Success Stories

i360Gov | Mar 24, 2015

Federal Times: The year 2013 was a busy one for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which moved its website and email to various cloud infrastructures to achieve greater operational efficiency and costs savings. Read article

7 Steps To Technology Convergence Success

Federal Times | Mar 23, 2015

CONNECT 7 TWEET 8 LINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE George DelPrete is a principal and IT service line leader at Grant Thornton LLP. The convergence of four technologies - social media, mobile computing, analytics and cloud-based computing (SMAC) - is...

DoD Straddles The Public Cloud Fence

Federal Times | Mar 23, 2015

CONNECT 5 TWEET 2 LINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE The Defense Department has in recent months enacted new policies aimed at accelerated adoption of commercial cloud, even as officials seek to strike a balance between security, savings and efficiency....

IBM, Carnegie Mellon Partner On Smart Building Analytics

GCN | Mar 23, 2015

Carnegie Mellon University recently partnered with IBM to pioneer use of a new cloud-based analytics system for reducing energy and facility operating costs. CMU’s Pittsburgh campus will use IBM Building Management Center technology, delivered...

FirstNet Needs Cyber Safeguards

GCN | Mar 23, 2015

Public-safety answering points (PSAPs) and other 911 service providers need to hire cybersecurity professionals and have continuity plans in place for cyber disasters, said Bill Schrier, senior policy analyst and First Responder Network Authority...

Much-needed Bipartisan Privacy Reform: Support LEADS

Federal Times | Mar 23, 2015

CONNECTTWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE Karen S. Evans is national director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge, a nationwide talent search and skills development program focused specifically on the cyber workforce. She served as administrator for...

California OKs Azure Government Cloud For Criminal Justice Data

GCN | Mar 23, 2015

California OKs Azure Government cloud for criminal justice data The California Department of Justice recently announced that Microsoft's Azure Government cloud solution is compliant with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Criminal Justice...

DoD Eyes Cloud Access Points As Next Major Step

Federal Times | Mar 23, 2015

CONNECT 6 TWEET 2 LINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE At the Defense Department, the exploration of commercial cloud is gaining momentum with a new security requirements guide, a handful of pilot programs and a test run of cloud access points that will be a...

Pentagon To Launch BYOD Pilot

Fed Tech | Mar 23, 2015

The Pentagon is warming up to the idea of allowing its mobile-device-using personnel to perform work duties with their personal smartphones. "We're going to put a pilot out this summer on bring your own device," Defense Department CIO Terry...

Sonny Hashmi: The Exit Interview

FCW | Mar 23, 2015

GSA Chief Information Officer Sonny Hashmi has departed for the private sector after four years with the agency. General Services Administration CIO Sonny Hashmi, who is leaving to become managing director for government at the cloud...