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IT reform bill overcomes toughest hurdle on path to become law

The House and Senate Armed Services committee members agreed to keep a pared down version of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act in the final National Defense Authorization Act.

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 04:19pm EST

The Business of Cloud

WTOP and Federal News Radio Director of Custom Media Jason Fornicola's interview series from the FY 15 Budget and Procurement Summit, part of the Potomac Officers Club Distinguished Speaker Series.

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 10:33am EST

Cheap IT, dwindling maintenance leave Navy vulnerable to cyber threats

Defense Department doctrine makes clear that cyberspace is a military domain, just like air, land, space and sea. But the Navy's top cyber officer said the procurement system hasn't yet caught onto that notion.

Wednesday - 12/03/2014, 04:33am EST
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Kevin Jackson -- from one cloud to another

GovCloud Network CEO Kevin Jackson joins host John Gilroy to discuss his perspective on challenges that agencies face when they attempt to move to the cloud.
December 2, 2014

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 08:55pm EST
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Better public-private relationship key to preventing next cyber attack

The threat of a major cyberattack could expose the sensitive information of millions of Americans - whether breach happens at a retailer like Target or at a government agency like the Postal Service. Two former DHS officials offer their advice on making industry and government better prepared for the next breach.

Tuesday - 12/02/2014, 12:05pm EST
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Transform to Modern Mission Critical: Modernizing Your SAP Landscape

Many federal agencies recognize the need to modernize their mission-critical data centers to gain greater agility for more interdependent real-time applications while addressing the proliferation of anytime-anywhere mobile data access. To do so, organizations must find a way to move their current SAP applications from dedicated, legacy environments. However, for many, this means sacrificing mission-critical security and reliability to achieve the benefits of flexibility and cost efficiency. Learn how agencies can achieve the best of both worlds as Unisys and SAP experts discuss key strategies and solutions for transitioning SAP environments.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:42pm EST

Joshua Kneifel, Research Economist, NIST

When architects and engineers design buildings, they have to meet local building codes. But, simply meeting those codes won't ensure you have the most efficient design for the long haul. Joshua Kneifel is a research economist in the engineering laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he told Federal News Radio's Lauren Larson about a new tool NIST engineers developed that lets builders measure the economic and environmental impacts of everything from the floor to the roof.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 09:55am EST
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Cherry-picking OSTP experts for new jobs

Harvard, the Commerce Department and the Office of Management and Budget are stealing away three senior executives from the White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:34am EST

Wishful FISMA thinking

What could be the last set of the mostly dreaded annual Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) reports are arriving from agency inspector generals.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:23am EST

DoD trying to remove the haze around its use of commercial clouds

The Department of Defense recently released the results of a 45-day study, detailing three new approaches to help military services and agencies ensure the security of the commercial clouds they use.

Monday - 12/01/2014, 04:04am EST

FedRAMP developing a FISMA high baseline in 2015

The Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program will send a draft baseline standard for FISMA high systems around the government for comment in the next month. Matt Goodrich, the acting director of the FedRAMP program, said the high-impact baseline would apply only to non-classified technology systems as characterized under the Federal Information Security Management Act.

Friday - 11/28/2014, 07:33am EST
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White House crowdsources open-government playbook

In writing a new tipsheet for agencies about engaging the public, the White House is practicing what it's preaching.

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 01:07pm EST

The new face of the Army

Former Army CIO Susan Lawrence discusses the challenges her agency faces in modernizing its network systems and the future of women in the service.

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 12:03pm EST

DoD's helicopter modernization program a testbed for open architecture

The Defense Department has professed a belief in open systems architectures for years, but has had trouble translating its stated policy preferences into acquisition outcomes. A program to modernize the military's helicopters aims to change that

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 03:26am EST
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Data mining, analysis, visualization

Scott Jones and Stephanie Adams with IQ Solutions, join host John Gilroy to discuss how agencies can use data to make their websites more responsive to customers.
November 25, 2014

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 08:36pm EST
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OMB to seed digital services teams across government

The U.S. Digital Service team is working with VA and other agencies to hire and train employees to apply the agile development approach to projects. Mikey Dickerson, USDS director, said the goal is two-fold: to create lasting agile development capacity in agencies and to ensure agencies think about citizens' needs first and foremost.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 06:06pm EST
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FedRAMP's promising future

The future of FedRAMP looks bright as it enters the next phase of development. Agencies can expect a new two-year roadmap to help them stay FedRAMP compliant.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 03:39pm EST

NIST draft document solicits cloud users' input

The National Institute of Standards and Technology needs your help with its guide to user experiences on cloud systems. NIST has a draft document out to explain what users expect from a cloud-based network, which should be a foundation piece for your agency's cloud computing plans. The framework NIST is suggesting has 5 main attributes to a cloud's user experience and 21 examples of what those involve. They're meant to serve as a guide to explain what most people expect when they try to use a cloud system. It's going to be part of the next volume of the agency's Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap, the third installment of that particular series. NIST expects that roadmap to come out in the next six months.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 12:05pm EST

The VA fails another cybersecurity audit

The Veterans Affairs Department failed its 16th cybersecurity audit in a row, so it still can't properly protect the private health data of veterans. The VA Inspector General sees about 6,000 cyber weaknesses in the agency's IT networks, and says it falls short of complying with the Federal Information Security Management Act.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:56am EST

Jim Thomas, Vice President and Director of Studies, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assesments

The resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is bringing the administration's military and foreign policies into a new light. The next secretary will have to deal with the lingering issues of pay and benefits reform, sequestration, and the new technology offset strategy. Jim Thomas, vice president and director of studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, analyzed what Hagel's resignation means for the agency's present and future on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:08am EST
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