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Technology

Major reforms needed to effectively manage federal IT

A unified IT architecture will create innumerable benefits to government and the private sector companies that serve its technology needs. But, disparate policymaking responsibilities across organizations such as OMB, GSA, NIST, DHS, and DoD make it difficult to realize that end game, say former federal executives Karen Evans and Julie Anderson.

Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 03:44pm EST

Commerce reaps savings through collaborative strategic-sourcing effort

The chief information and chief technology offices at the Commerce Department have generated more than $200 million in savings by taking a collaborative approach to purchasing IT and cybersecurity products.

Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 01:39pm EST
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Agency CIOs thinking smarter as IT spending declines

For Casey Coleman, CIO of the General Services Administration, IT consolidations have netted big savings and allowed the agency to move in a more strategic direction. Meanwhile, Joe Klimavicz, the CIO of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says wider adoption of shared services can help agencies cut back on operations-and-maintenance IT spending to free up more cash for mission-specific tech initiatives.

Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 10:44am EST
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Cloud computing, managed services, and IT security

Tom Ruff, vice president Public Sector for Akamai Technologies, joins host John Gilroy to discuss how his company can help you speed up the transfer of inormation at your agency.
November 19, 2013

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 07:36pm EST
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OMB sets 2017 as deadline to move to dynamic cybersecurity

The Office of Management and Budget released a new memo Tuesday detailing the steps and deadlines agencies must meet to implement information-system continuous monitoring. The mandate comes on the heels of the General Services Administration and the Homeland Security Department releasing the first task order for continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) tools and sensors, of which Federal News Radio has exclusive details.

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 04:30pm EST

Emerging technologies alter the way agencies, industry do business

The federal market is in flux. New companies are popping up, and established contractors, big and small, are altering the way they do business to take advantage of emerging technologies and the way that technology is delivered. As part of Federal News Radio's special report, A New Era in Technology, we examine the sea change that will force federal agencies and contractors to think differently as they learn how to master these new technologies together.

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 01:00pm EST

AFCEA Answers - State of the Cyber Workforce

For over a decade, experts have been forecasting a shortage in trained cybersecurity professionals. And the demand for those experts continues, even as government and industry notes an uptick in the number and the nature of cyber threats. On this edition of "AFCEA Answers", we get a report card on efforts to educate and train the cybersecurity workforce with Dr. Ron Ross from NIST; Pat Delaney from University of Maryland University College; and Chris May from Carnegie Mellon University's CERT program.

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 10:16am EST
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Agencies struggle to stay ahead of the curve in new era of technology

A big change is coming to the federal technology community. For the first time ever, federal agencies are expected to spend less on information technology in 2014 than the year before. Federal News Radio's special report, A New Era in Technology, examines the sea change that will force everyone in both federal agencies and industry to think differently. Federal News Radio's exclusive survey of 900 feds and 50 contractors found that even though technology at agencies is changing, agencies still fall behind the curve.

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 04:28am EST

DoD tasks innovation experts with stretching out technology dollars

Under sequestration, technology research has suffered disproportionately in the Defense Department. Leaders say those limited dollars need to be focused on making systems more affordable and taking advantage of commercial sector advancements.

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 04:14am EST
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Lowest price becoming primary factor in IT, services acquisitions

New data from Govini, a market research firm, finds the number of lowest price, technically acceptable awards doubled from 2009 to 2013. Vendors also are seeing more and more agencies issue solicitations where price is the only or a major evaluation criterion. DoD, civilian agency official acquisition officials say LPTA is one tool in a large toolbox.

Tuesday - 11/19/2013, 03:50am EST
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He did it to make room for change

A self-described "hacktivist" will spend 10 years in prison for illegally accessing computer systems of law enforcement agencies and government contractors. Before hearing his sentence, an unrepentant Jeremy Hammond told a federal judge that his goal was to expose injustices by the private intelligence industry when he joined forces with Anonymous. "Yes I broke the law, but I believe sometimes laws must be broken in order to make room for change," he said. The Chicago computer whiz and college dropout insisted his hacking days are over but added, "I still believe in hacktivism as a form of civil disobedience."

Monday - 11/18/2013, 09:00am EST

The "splinter net" could be coming

Google is warning U.S. lawmakers that U.S. spying operations risk fracturing the open Internet into a "splinter net" that could hurt American business. In the first public testimony before Congress by a major technology company since former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden disclosed top secret surveillance programs, Google said it should be allowed to provide the public more information about government demands for user data.

Monday - 11/18/2013, 08:57am EST

Navy, Marine Corps still unsure about migrating to enterprise email

After a Pentagon directive "with no escape clause" for all DoD components to migrate to a single email system, Navy and Marine Corps respond by studying the business case for doing so. Officials want to figure out the cost to move to the DISA-run service.

Monday - 11/18/2013, 03:57am EST
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3 takeways from HealthCare.gov IT hearing; First task order for continuous monitoring is out

In this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares news and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed.

Friday - 11/15/2013, 05:20pm EST

Agencies eager to understand benefits of cloud credential exchange

The Postal Service will kick off its pilot to provide identity management services in the cloud in early 2014. The IRS and DHS also are pursuing complimentary initiatives to authorize and authenticate users.

Friday - 11/15/2013, 04:01am EST

VA, DoD climb the stairs to interoperability together

Dr. Theresa Cullen, chief medical informatics officer at the Veterans Health Administration, leads the program that allows the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to share data to improve the quality of health care they provide.

Thursday - 11/14/2013, 05:08pm EST
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FCC's Bray empowering business owners through technology, choices

David Bray has been the FCC's chief information officer for about two months and already has six priorities to improve how the commission meets its mission.
November 14, 2013

Thursday - 11/14/2013, 04:06am EST
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Federal IT officials shirk responsibility for HealthCare.gov problems

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee pressed federal Chief Information Officer Steve VanRoekel, federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, Department of Health and Human Services CIO Frank Baitman and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services deputy CIO Henry Chao to acknowledge the oversight failings, and for someone to declare they were in charge of the program.

Thursday - 11/14/2013, 03:42am EST
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Lawmakers raise cybersecurity concerns about HealthCare.gov

The troubled HealthCare.gov website has been the subject of at least one attempted but unsuccessful cyber attack, according to one of the of the Homeland Security Department's top cyber officials. Lawmakers at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing said the consolidation of personal information and the glitch-prone website are cause for concern.

Wednesday - 11/13/2013, 04:11pm EST
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