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9:55 am, May 25, 2015

Technology News

Slow progress forces Navy to change strategies for cloud, data centers

The Department of Navy later this summer will move the Data Center and Application Optimization program office under its PEO-EIS group and out of its SPAWAR organization. Acting CIO John Zangardi said the DCAO will create a cloud brokerage hosting program with commercial and federally-approved clouds.

Friday - 05/15/2015, 04:39am EDT
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Cybersecurity, mission areas must integrate to stave off flood of attacks

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is bringing these concepts together in a new document to help improve cyber defense and resilience. Ron Ross, a fellow at NIST, said moving cybersecurity closer to the mission decision-makers will help solve a fundamental flaw in how agencies protect systems and data.

Thursday - 05/14/2015, 04:42am EDT
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FBI delivers on $1.1B biometrics program

The FBI launched the Next Generation Identification System in increments over the last four years to replace a 15-year-old fingerprint system with advanced biometrics. The bureau received an award for its successful program that met cost, schedule and performance goals.

Wednesday - 05/13/2015, 04:22am EDT
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Supply chain risk management & cybersecurity

Emile Monette, senior advisor for Resilience and Cybersecurity at the General Services Administration, joins host John Gilroy to discuss how to make the acquisition process safer and more effective.
May 12, 2015

Tuesday - 05/12/2015, 08:41pm EDT
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Work officially sets up Pentagon reservation IT shared services

The Joint IT Single Service Provider-Pentagon is a much better name than the Pentagon Defense Information Service Agency Field Activity. But in the end, no matter what this new shared service office is called, Defense Deputy Secretary Bob Work signed off on the consolidation of redundant IT services options across the Pentagon Reservation and in the National Capital Region.

Monday - 05/11/2015, 05:16am EDT

Cyber desktop standard gets wakeup call from CIO Council

The Chief Information Officer's Council held a sťance, pulled out its Ouji board and asked for the approval from Rip Van Winkle to raise the United States Government Configuration Baseline (USGCB), otherwise known as the Federal Desktop Core Configuration, from its long slumber.

Monday - 05/11/2015, 04:39am EDT

VA reevaluating use of public clouds, new strategy on tap

The Veterans Affairs Department will finalize a strategy to determine how to use public or commercial cloud computing services. VA backed away from public or commercial clouds about three or four years ago because of concerns over records retention capabilities.

Friday - 05/08/2015, 04:03am EDT
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Damon Davis, Director, Health Data Initiative, HHS

HealthData.gov has reached old age in technology terms. Five years after its launch to make health data more accessible, the technology running the portal is well behind the times. Damon Davis, director for the Health Data Initiative in the Department of Health and Human Services, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller about the changes coming to HealthData.gov later this year.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 05:47pm EDT
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Navy rolls out new five-year cyber strategy

New plan charts the Navy's strategic objectives in cyber over the next five years, with 18-month measures of progress along the way.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 04:38pm EDT
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HHS to modernize health data with portal update

The Department of Health and Human Services is turning to its IdeaLab to make its health data on HealthData.gov portal "more liquid," to improve its usability and capability. Damon Davis, the director for the Health Data Initiative, said the new functionality aims to improve internal and external customer experiences.

Thursday - 05/07/2015, 07:32am EDT
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The benefits of virtualization

Greg Garcia, executive director of the U.S. Army Information Technology Agency will discuss the theory of virtualization and how your agency can benefit from it.
May 5, 2015

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 09:03pm EDT
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OPM grants all agencies excepted hiring authorities for digital services

OPM Director Katherine Archuleta approved the use of excepted service appointments for up to two years at General Schedule 11 to 15 levels for agencies with approved projects in need of digital services expertise.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 02:51pm EDT
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DoD grants new security approvals to 23 cloud providers

On Monday, the Pentagon made good on its promise to make more use of the government's FedRAMP process, certifying 23 cloud products as secure enough to host DoD low-level data.

Tuesday - 05/05/2015, 05:21am EDT

Digital services shouldn't feel like thumbscrews

People don't want digital services per se so much as they want easy access to whatever services they seek, says Federal Drive host Tom Temin.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 05:04am EDT

OMB looks for new ways to modernize shared service centers' aging IT

The decision a decade ago to migrate agencies' payment functions into a few government mega-centers that specialize in HR and financial management has saved money and kept checks moving on time. But the IT systems backing those shared service centers are getting old, and no one's quite sure how to fund their replacements.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 03:44am EDT

Social media & cybersecurity

Chris Cullison and C.W. Walker from ZeroFOX, join host Derrick Dortch to discuss how hackers and terrorists are using social media to further their agendas.
May 1, 2015

Friday - 05/01/2015, 06:41pm EDT
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Tom Grzymski, Associate Commissioner, Telecommunications & Systems Operations, Social Security Administration

Social Security has been operating its new data center for about a year now. The badly needed facility was funded back in 2009 by the economic stimulus bill. It took several years to find a site and build the new data center. Perhaps the hardest part was migrating data and other assets to the new data center. After all, it's not as if Social Security can shut things down for a week or so. Overseeing this effort was associate commissioner Tom Grzymski. He and his team won a project management award at the recent GITEC conference. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review SSA's efforts.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 09:17am EDT
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Former HealthCare.gov IT program manager Chao retires from CMS

Henry Chao is leaving the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services after more than 21 years at the agency. Chao led the IT portion of the Affordable Care Act portal development and implementation.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 03:54am EDT

Experts sound off on draft FITARA guidance

Federal News Radio is collecting reactions to the FITARA draft policy guidance from those who provided their decades of experience in federal IT, acquisition and management.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:13pm EDT

DCMA innovates IT through new virtual lab

Jacob Haynes, the chief information officer at the Defense Contract Management Agency, said the new innovation lab helps the agency use a disciplined approach to testing technology before making a major investment.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 02:39pm EDT
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