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How Standards Helped Oak Ridge Tame Its Data Center

GCN | May 4, 2015

The data center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory had an efficiency problem. According to Scott Milliken, Oak Ridge's computer facility manager, it started with how equipment was being purchased -- via grants. Scientists using the data center were...

State CIOs See Rapid Shift To The Cloud

Government Technology | May 2, 2015

Reservations that state IT leaders once had about putting government systems in the cloud are fading fast. State CIOs interviewed at the NASCIO Mid-Year Conference the week of April 27 are aggressively adopting cloud-based services, with some...

OMB Unveils FITARA Guidelines For Public Comment

Next Gov | Apr 30, 2015

Months after Congress approved the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act -- designed to prevent government technology flubs like HealthCare.gov's glitchy rollout -- the Office of Management and Budget has released implementation guidelines. The draft...

OMB's Draft FITARA Policy Attempts To Fix, Move Past IT Reform Efforts

Federal News Radio | Apr 30, 2015

The much-anticipated guidance to reform how agencies buy and manage information technology is littered with words such as "shall," "must" and "all" to underscore the importance and expectations of not just federal chief information officers,...

U.S. CIO Tony Scott: OMB's Draft FITARA Guidance Aims To Advance IT Reform

Federal News Radio | Apr 30, 2015

The much-anticipated guidance to reform how agencies buy and manage information technology is littered with words such as "shall," "must" and "all" to underscore the importance and expectations of not just federal chief information officers,...

GITEC 2015 Honors Project Managers

Fed Tech | Apr 27, 2015

The Government Information Technology Executive Council honored a number of outstanding government technology projects with its 2015 Project Management Excellence Awards, given out at 2015 GITEC Summit in Baltimore. The Social Security...

OMB Releases More IT Dashboard Metrics

Fierce GovernmentIT | Apr 23, 2015

For the first time since the Office of Management and Budget released the IT Dashboard in 2009, it is providing IT performance metrics used in internal discussions with agencies, according to a report. The dashboard is a website that lets anyone...

Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative Offers Agencies Hidden Benefits

Fed Tech | Apr 22, 2015

The Broadcasting Board of Governors was once the poster child for federal data center sprawl. When Andr Mendes joined the BBG as CIO in 2009, its headquarters had several full-fledged data centers and was littered with small closets full of...

NS2020 Get-together, PortfolioStat Data Goes Public, DHS' Silicon Valley Outpost And More

FCW | Apr 21, 2015

GSA sets public meeting on NS2020 Registration for the first of three public meetings promised by the General Services Administration to talk about its Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract under its NS2020 telecommunications platform...

FITARA Does Not Give Federal CIOs Total IT Budget Authority

Federal News Radio | Apr 21, 2015

Commentary by Tom Temin Host, Federal Drive Federal News Radio Sorry, but CIOs will not get the budget authority everyone has been reporting they will under the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. Now that I have not buried...

I Hate To Break It To You, But FITARA Does Not Give Federal CIOs Total IT Budget Authority

Federal News Radio | Apr 21, 2015

Commentary by Tom Temin Host, Federal Drive Federal News Radio Sorry, but CIOs will not get the budget authority everyone has been reporting they will under the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act. Now that I have not buried...

Fed Agencies Reduce Planned PortfolioStat Savings As GAO Questions Past IT Reform Savings

Fierce GovernmentIT | Apr 20, 2015

Not only have federal agencies drastically shrunk how much money they planned to save through information technology reforms, but congressional investigators called past reported savings into question in an April 16 report. Through PortfolioStat...

F5 Safeguards Applications With New Cloud-based WAF Service

Government Security News Magazine | Apr 20, 2015

Seattle, WA, April 14 - F5 Networks(NASDAQ:FFIV) has announced a new cloud-delivered managed service to defend against web application attacks and ensure compliance across dynamic cloud and data center environments. TheSilverlineWeb Application...

My Two Cents: Recommendations For The New Federal CIO

Federal News Radio | Apr 20, 2015

Commentary by Keith Trippie CEO of The Trippie Group The administration named a new chief information officer, continuing to build its portfolio of top IT talent from the commercial space. Great news. Now for the rest of the story - very little...

GAO Finds PortfolioStat IT Cost Savings Fall Short By 68 Percent

Defense Daily | Apr 17, 2015

The Office of Management and Budget's (OMB) PortfolioStat program, meant to lower federal IT costs, fell short on expected savings by 68 percent, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO).Federal agencies initially...

Agencies Overestimated IT Savings By $3.8B

Federal Times | Apr 17, 2015

CONNECT 1 TWEETLINKEDINCOMMENTEMAILMORE Agencies' projected savings on IT projects over the last two years were drastically overstated, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office, which found that expected savings through...

PortfolioStat Savings Slip, SCADA Attacks Soar, Army Mulls Civilian Cyber And More

FCW | Apr 16, 2015

PortfolioStat estimates off target In 2014, federal agencies decreased their planned PortfolioStat savings by over half from what they reported in 2013, with the Defense Department missing by billions, according to a new Government...

Agencies Botch IT Savings Estimates By $3.8 Billion

Next Gov | Apr 16, 2015

Agencies have netted less than half of the original estimated savings from an Obama administration effort to better track federal information technology projects, according to a new watchdog report. In 2013, agencies estimated saving at least $5.8...

OMB, GAO Confident In FITARA's Impact As Guidance Is Finalized

Federal News Radio | Apr 15, 2015

Agencies are leaving billions of dollars on the table because of they are consistently duplicating efforts. The Government Accountability Office's latest report identifies dozens of areas where there is overlap. Auditors say reducing that...

GAO: Billions More To Be Saved By IT Reform

Next Gov | Apr 14, 2015

Federal agencies could save billions of dollars by reducing wasteful IT spending, the Government Accountability Office suggested in its annual report on careless spending and copycat programs. GAO on Tuesdayreleased its fifth annual assessmentof...

IT Overlaps High On GAO's Duplication List

FCW | Apr 14, 2015

IT is once again a prominent player in the Government Accountability Office's annual review of duplicative and inefficient federal programs. But in a hopeful note, GAO said the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, which requires the...