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3:41 pm, December 22, 2014

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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Barbara Helland, Department of Energy

New supercomputing technology under development at the Energy Department carries a price tag of $425 million. An explosion in data and in computing power requirements are among the challenges. Secretary Ernest Moniz says the two projects, Coral and FastForward 2, will foster what he calls "transformational advancements in basic science, national defense, environmental and energy research." Barbara Helland is facilities division director for Advanced Scientific Computing Research program at Energy. She just returned from a Supercomputing Conference in New Orleans and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive.

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:01am EST
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Big data, cloud computing, and other IT topics

Simon Szykman, chief technology for a wide ranging discussion of the IT challenges facing federal agencies.
November 24, 2014

Monday - 11/24/2014, 08:52pm EST
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Ron Ross, FISMA Implementation Project Leader, NIST

Non-federal organizations and contractors may have sensitive federal information on their computers, but there are no consistent rules on how to keep that information secure. The treatment of Controlled Unclassified Information is the focus of a new set of recommendations. Ron Ross is a National Institute of Standards and Technology fellow. He is the lead author of the new guide, and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:38am EST
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Pentagon looks to upgrade its aging videoconferencing infrastructure

The Pentagon has been relying on teleconferencing for decades. The downside is that much of the equipment and technology DoD relies on for video teleconferences (VTCs) has been around for decades.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 04:57am EST

VA to spend up to $690 million on new patient scheduling system

The Department of Veterans Affairs released a request for proposals on Wednesday to build a new patient scheduling system - an endeavor that could cost up to $690 million over seven years.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 04:02am EST

A funny thing happened on the way to digital government

The difficulty with digital government is that it's easy to get distracted and lose sight of the goal, says Thom Rubel. But it doesn't have to be this way. Rubel offers three key strategies that can eliminate the sideshows which prevent true digital government.

Monday - 11/24/2014, 02:47am EST

Bob Martinage, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is calling for a fresh round of technology innovation to ensure America's military superiority. The push is part of what Hagel described as a "game-changing" strategy to sharpen the nation's military edge, even with tight budgets. Bob Martinage is former Navy under-secretary and technology aide to Defense Secretary Robert Gates. He's now a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about the initiative.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 11:33am EST
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Agencies delivering IT capabilities 20 days faster by using agile, OMB says

The Office of Management and Budget says PortfolioStat data is proving the positive impact agile development is having on IT projects. The U.S. Digital Service is providing both help and training to expand the understanding and use of agile development.

Friday - 11/21/2014, 04:23am EST
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