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As move to mobile grows, federal workforce adapts to new normal

The mobile revolution isn't new to many agencies. Laptops and BlackBerrys have been standard issue for many government executives for the last decade. What is different, however, is the widespread use of smartphones and tablet computers. Both agencies and citizens hold new and more immediate expectations because of these devices, and the government must adapt to this technololgy. In our special report, Gov 3.0: It's Mobile, Federal News Radio explores how some agencies are meeting the demand internally and externally for mobile devices and apps. The challenge, like any new technology, is ensuring these devices actually help meet mission goals and don't become just another shiny toy.

Friday - 12/07/2012, 12:12pm EST

DoD opens bidding for secure mobile device project

DISA wants a secure mobile device manager and app store to support at least 162,000 Apple and Android mobile devices. Contract would begin next spring.

Tuesday - 10/23/2012, 12:07pm EDT

DISA offers 'off-ramps' for military services' IT expenses

The Defense Information Systems Agency sees itself as a safety valve for increasing pressure on military services' IT budgets. At a meeting of CIOs last week, DISA told the military services they could offload commodity IT services to their data centers.

Wednesday - 10/17/2012, 05:51am EDT
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Influence of federal cyber workforce roadmap growing

Agencies and universities are refining job descriptions, revamping training and education programs and helping industry, academia and government to begin to reach consensus on the makeup of a modern-day cybersecurity workforce. The Office of Personnel Management also has made changes to personnel systems so that job descriptions map to the framework. The plan already has had in impact on cyber education at colleges and universities across the country.

Monday - 10/08/2012, 05:21am EDT
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DISA puts mobility project into its next phase

The agency made awards to AT&T and Verizon for more than 1,000 Apple and Samsung handheld and tablet computers. DISA also wants for industry to develop a mobile device Common Access Card-enabled virtual thin client.

Friday - 10/05/2012, 06:26pm EDT

GAO denies SAIC protest of Defense IT contract

A massive contract awarded to Lockheed Martin in June to manage the Defense Information Systems Agency's Global Information Grid remains in place after the Government Accountability Office denied a bid protest from fellow contractor SAIC. Despite SAIC's allegations, GAO found DISA had reasonably evaluated Lockheed's proposal as well as claims of an organization conflict of interest.

Tuesday - 10/02/2012, 04:18pm EDT

Evaluating Better Buying and building DoD's cyber workforce

Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, discusses which elements of the Better Buying Power Initiative have been successful. Plus, Henry Sienkiewicz, vice chief information assurance executive at the Defense Information Systems Agency and Roger Greenwell, DISA's director for field security operations join us to talk about the agency's plan to build on its track record of information assurance training and develop modular, DoD-wide training for specific cyber roles across the military services.

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 08:49pm EDT
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DoD building cyber workforce of the future

Military's cyber leaders say job satisfaction has so far trumped salary concerns when it comes to building and retaining a workforce of elite cyber warriors. Building the capacity of that training pipeline is the next challenge.

Wednesday - 09/19/2012, 03:47am EDT
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DISA releases 'master strategy' for technical services

The Defense Information Systems Agency has released its technical strategy for providing warfighter services. The plan is called the Global Information Grid Convergence Master Plan, and it rolls together emerging technologies and operational requirements to create a plan for all technical services.

Thursday - 09/06/2012, 06:58pm EDT

DISA to help military shift toward asia, increase cybersecurity

DISA laid out its vision in a new five-year strategy. It said it will work with the U.S. Cyber Command to build up the Pentagon's cyber defenses.

Wednesday - 09/05/2012, 08:57am EDT

DoD email migration setting stage for future enterprise systems

This week the Army exceeded 500,000 users on its enterprise email network. The migration of potentially 3.7 million users to the network should be completed by March 2013. The Defense Department's move to a single, cloud-based system run by the Defense Information Systems Agency sets the stage for other enterprise-wide systems, said John Hale, DISA's chief of enterprise applications, in an interview with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu and Jason Miller.

Tuesday - 08/21/2012, 02:11pm EDT
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DoD IG finds audits at DISA fall short of government standards

A review of audit practices at the military's IT agency finds significant deficiencies in meeting governmentwide "yellow book" auditing standards. DISA agreed with the inspector general's findings and laid out four steps toward improvement.

Monday - 08/13/2012, 05:39am EDT

New strategy establishes DoD-wide enterprise cloud environment

The Defense Department has laid out an ambitious cloud computing strategy that includes building up and transitioning to an DoD-wide enterprise cloud environment as well leveraging a broad range of commercial services. DoD Chief Information Officer Teri Takai released the four-step strategy Wednesday. The strategy includes steps for winnowing down the number of data centers to a few "core" elements as well as phasing out dedicated infrastructures in favor of shareable, virtualized ones.

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 09:58pm EDT

DoD leaders advocate plug-and-play IT buying

Defense leaders say the Pentagon should skip buying IT for some major systems until contractors finish production. Many big projects take years to complete, meaning the technology inside becomes outdated by project completion.

Wednesday - 07/11/2012, 06:36pm EDT
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GSA, DISA face protests of billion dollar awards

CWTSatoTravel objected to the $1.4 billion E- Travel award going to Concur Technologies. SAIC protested DISA's $4.6 billion award for the Global Information Grid management services to Lockheed Martin. Both protestors are the incumbent contractors.

Monday - 06/25/2012, 03:24pm EDT
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Lockheed lands big Defense IT contract

Lockheed Martin, the federal government's largest contractor landed up to $1.9 billion worth of work Friday in a deal to operate Defense Department networks across the globe.

Monday - 06/18/2012, 04:11pm EDT

Secure Cloud Computing-"Progress & Best Practices"

May 22nd at 12pm

Program will discuss Key Initiatives Around "Cloud Computing" in Government, Key Benefits Associated with Cloud Computing, Barriers or Contraints to still overcome, How to Address Security Concerns in a Cloud Computing Strategy, Private vs Public Clouds, A Future Vision for the next 1-2 Years in Cloud Computing

Tuesday - 05/08/2012, 12:11pm EDT
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DISA envisions unified global communications network

DISA has released a request for information that says the single network would replace three existing ones. By 2020, it says the wired and wireless network would provide bandwidth on demand where none is available now.

Monday - 05/07/2012, 09:27am EDT

Agencies feel strain of balancing mobility, security

The Army and DISA will release a broad agency announcement this summer seeking third party software to secure smartphones and tablet computers. The Marine Corps is looking at host of different possibilities to secure mobile devices, including a process to verify the software code in apps.

Thursday - 04/12/2012, 05:18am EDT
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New DISA procurement official named

Douglas Packard has been appointed to the Senior Executive Service for the Defense Department and will serve as the no. 2 official for procurement at the Defense Information Systems Agency.

Tuesday - 04/10/2012, 08:09pm EDT
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