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6:32 am, April 20, 2014

Technology

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Too many $31 staplers in DoD, NGA turns to open source

"Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook" is biweekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Friday - 04/18/2014, 05:25pm EDT

Pentagon looks to build a bridge between military, intelligence IT consolidation efforts

The Defense Department and the intelligence community are both in the process of collapsing their IT stovepipes into common sets of IT services. While the governing bodies that oversee these two parallel efforts do communicate with one another, they have different operating models and objectives. Now, leaders are looking to see how they can connect the Venn diagrams and save money, time and effort in the process.

Friday - 04/18/2014, 04:18am EDT
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National Cancer Institute hopes to find a cure in the cloud

George Komatsoulis, the National Cancer Institute's deputy director of the center for biomedical informatics and IT, and acting chief information officer, said through the Cloud Atlas Genome project, NCI is trying to reduce costs to access data by medical research institutions and to make sharing of the this data and collaboration easier.
April 17, 2014

Thursday - 04/17/2014, 07:51am EDT
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Richard Spires, CEO of Resilient Network Systems

The intelligence community is ready to start deploying shared IT systems. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports all 17 IC agencies will use the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise or ICITE. It's just one of the big IT programs government agencies are working on. Richard Spires, CEO of Resilient Network Systems and former CIO of the Homeland Security Department, is writing about five elements for managing a successful IT program.

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 06:18pm EDT
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Alan Paller, Director of Research, SANS Institute

Federal cybersecurity officials are in knots over the Heartbleed threat. The vulnerability potentially affects a common data encryption system used on internet servers. Homeland Security says federal web servers are OK. Qualys has a free online SSL Server Test that can analyze a web server. Alan Paller, director of research at the cybersecurity education firm SANS Institute, explained the threat to Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 10:56am EDT
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Intel agencies ready to start deploying shared IT systems

After two years of planning, the intelligence community is ready to start deploying the set of common IT services that make up the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise (ICITE).

Wednesday - 04/16/2014, 03:54am EDT
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What's hot and what's not

Aileen Black and Gigi Schumm from Accelerated Growth Strategies will discuss new technologies that could help federal agencies save money and operate more efficiently.
April 15, 2014

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 08:08pm EDT
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Martha Dorris and Ira Hobbs

The latest small business contracting numbers numbers show agencies are struggling to hit their goals for doing business with small businesses. Those companies and entrepreneurs want to bring innovation and agility to the federal government, but they struggle to navigate the process. Martha Dorris, deputy associate administrator at GSA's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies and ACT-IAC Small Business Conference Government chair, and Ira Hobbs, principal at Hobbs & Hobbs and former chief information officer at the Treasury Department and ACT-IAC SBC industry chair, tell In Depth with Francis Rose small business could hold the keys to success for your next IT project.

Tuesday - 04/15/2014, 04:56pm EDT
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GSA's Office of Integrated Technology Services prioritizes efficiency

What are the strategic priorities for the GSA's Office of Integrated Technology Services? How does ITS maximize the value of government IT while also lowering its cost? What is ITS doing to improve its operations and become more efficient and agile? Join host Michael Keegan as he explore these questions and more with Mary Davie, assistant commissioner, Office of Integrated Technology Services (ITS) in GSA's Federal Acquisition Service (FAS).

Monday - 04/14/2014, 02:00pm EDT

Michael Weiner, Director of Healthcare Strategic Services, IBM

Electronic health records have been a priority of the Obama administration since the get-go. Defense and VA are still trying to work out a unified electronic health records system. Health and Human Services has been working with the private sector on the EHR puzzle. IBM has some technology ideas that might help speed things along. The company is also sponsoring a Federal Healthcare Forum in D.C. on April 24. Dr. Michael Weiner, retired Navy Captain and now director of healthcare strategic services at IBM, shared the ideas with Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.

Monday - 04/14/2014, 09:47am EDT
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Joe Thompson, National Academy of Public Administration

A House panel recently held back-to-back hearings: one with NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the agency's budget request, and the other with the authors of a report on security at NASA centers. NASA is under pressure to show Congress it's tightening security following a high-profile case of a Chinese spy and other cybersecurity breaches that have flown under the radar. NASA requested a review of its security procedures after spotting some red flags. Joe Thompson, project director of the National Academy of Public Administration, organized the review. He told Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp about the study. Read Federal News Radio's related article.

Monday - 04/14/2014, 09:40am EDT
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NASA fixing security holes in oversight of foreign nationals

Changes come in the wake of a NASA-commissioned report on the issue of foreign nationals' access to sensitive information. The study, which has not been released to the public, found the agency had failed to establish a central management structure for those workers' access to data and didn't impose consequences when its policies were violated.

Monday - 04/14/2014, 03:56am EDT
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What topics are trending for the federal workforce?

Julie Perkins hosts a roundtable discussion of the hottest topics in the federal government.
April 11, 2014

Friday - 04/11/2014, 08:08pm EDT
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By air and sea, military shows off hardware at Sea-Air-Space Expo

The Navy and Marine Corps provided hands-on demonstrations of some of the innovative machines they use to help them do their jobs.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 03:59pm EDT

The Navy Charts A Course for Information Dominance

For the U.S. Navy, Information Dominance has become just as important a pillar in its warfighting strategy as fast planes and sturdy warships. This week on AFCEA Answers, our guest, Vice Admiral Ted Branch, USN, the Navy's N2/N6 and Director of Naval Intelligence, explains how industry can benefit from understanding the Navy's priorities when it comes to Information Dominance. He will also explain how he manages to juggle four different jobs that are all related to the mission of Information Dominance.

Friday - 04/11/2014, 09:12am EDT
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DHA builds a healthier DoD workforce through shared services

From health records to rubber gloves, the Defense Health Agency is streamlining health care at the Pentagon. In this week's Agency of the Month radio show, host Lauren Larson speaks with Navy Capt. James Poindexter, acting division chief of Medical Logistics Shared Services, and Dave Bowen, director of health care IT and chief information officer at the Defense Health Agency.

Thursday - 04/10/2014, 03:31am EDT

Catalysts for Government's Big Data Revolution

What are the infrastructure underpinnings of big data and big databases. Users of big data have been concentrating on the tools to mine the information in big data. In this conversation, we will discuss what it takes to house, maintain and serve up big data. Such data stores are characterized by a mix of relational/structured data and non-structured files such as video, images, PDFs, and office documents. A number of new solutions are emerging - different types of storage, different approaches of optimizing the data center to handle big data.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 01:49pm EDT
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Deltek suffers cyber attack putting 80,000 employees of vendors at risk

The market research firm says 25,000 customers potentially had their credit card information exposed during the breach. Deltek says there is no evidence that usernames and passwords were misused.

Wednesday - 04/09/2014, 05:42am EDT

Cloud solutions for the federal government

Astadia CEO Rebecca Rogers Tijerino and John Keefauver, vice president of Application Solutions, will discuss cloud system integration and how lessons learned in the commercial world can be applied to federal IT systems.
April 8, 2014

Tuesday - 04/08/2014, 10:05pm EDT
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Greg Wilshusen, Director of Information Security Issues, GAO

Agencies are still facing several challenges when it comes to cybersecurity. They continue to deploy new technologies and business practices to fend off the cyber threats, but the Government Accountability Office says the number of data breaches has more than doubled over the last several years. Greg Wilshusen, director of Information Security Issues at the GAO, joined Federal Drive hosts Tom Temin and Emily Kopp to discuss the problem and GAO's ideas for fixing it.

Monday - 04/07/2014, 11:26am EDT
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