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1:48 am, December 20, 2014

ATF CIO says technology refresh will push mobile

In a technology overhaul that will replace hardware as old as five years, Rick Holgate, CIO at the Bureau for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said the agency will move towards mobiles devices, including tablets.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 11:42am EST
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HHS pioneers responsive website design, shares out template

It seems like everyone has a smartphone or tablet device these days, and that new-found ubiquity has forced federal agencies to rethink their mobile sites specifically how they're laid out. Leading the charge in increasing mobile friendliness is the Health and Human Services Department (HHSD), which recently moved its own site to a repsonsive design template. And now it's sharing its code with any federal agency that wants it.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 10:47am EST
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Rick Holgate, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Around federal information technology circles, Rick Holgate's name is roughly synonymous with mobile computing. As CIO of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Holgate is an early and enthusiastic adopter of mobile technologies. But what's new eventually gets a little dated. Now ATF is about to undergo a pretty big technology refresh. Rick Holgate joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with an update.

Tuesday - 11/11/2014, 07:38am EST
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Dick Stapleton, Health and Human Services Department

Everyone's on smartphones and tablets these days and lots of websites are becoming more mobile-friendly. This year, the Health and Human Services Department moved HHS.gov to a responsive design template. That lets users more easily read, pan and scroll on a website regardless of the viewing device. Now HHS is sharing its design code so other agencies can make their own websites more responsive. Dick Stapleton, deputy director of the HHS Digital Communications Division, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the new move.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 11:06am EST
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Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: Reservations over DoD's joint security infrastructure; Navy command leaving D.C; DISA embrac

In this edition of "Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook," reservations over DoD's joint security infrastructure; Navy command leaving D.C; DISA embraces NIAP for mobile.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 03:54am EST

Navy, Marine Corps to migrate to joint DoD cybersecurity architecture, but not until 2017

In this edition of "Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook," the Navy and Marine Corps have agreed to migrate their security infrastructure into JRSS, and all the services have agreed on the basic technical and policy questions.

Monday - 11/10/2014, 03:30am EST

Goode out, Toler promoted as DHS cyber roles churn

Brendan Goode, the director of the Network Security Deployment division in the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C), is leaving for the private sector. Danny Toler, deputy director of Federal Network Resilience division, will replace him.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 12:14pm EST

GSA seeks help to improve back-end management of NS2020 program

The General Services Administration released an RFI seeking industry input on how best to improve the "management and operations functions that include ordering, billing, inventory and service level agreements management" and "pricing concepts."

Friday - 11/07/2014, 11:33am EST

Deon Viergutz, President, Fort Meade Alliance

It's no surprise that guarding against cyber threats is a priority for agencies. Data breaches at Homeland Security and a computer threat at the White House are just a few of many recent cyber attacks to hit the federal government. Agency officials say security policies are important but so is employee training. The Fort Meade Alliance surveyed government IT professionals and found more than 60 percent agreed cyber training should be a top priority. Deon Viergutz, president of the Fort Meade Alliance, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the survey.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 07:50am EST
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Pentagon pushes data transparency to get better deals

DoD contracting officers now are required to upload the outcomes of their large sole-source procurements into a centralized database. This is part of a Pentagon effort to make sure the government has as much information as possible when it strikes deals with vendors for the same products it's bought before.

Friday - 11/07/2014, 03:32am EST
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

The Defense Department says it's having success with a new data transparency effort that's designed to drive better business deals on sole-source contracts. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu reports the initiative is designed to track all of its business arrangements with a certain vendor, so individual contracting officers can learn from past deals.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 05:00pm EST
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Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Contractors are looking for new approaches for reaching out to your agency. Some out-of-the-box business opportunities may make a big difference to your bottom line. Larry Allen is president of Allen Federal Business Partners and author of the Week Ahead newsletter. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared some thoughts about three of those business opportunities.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:57pm EST
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Alan Duncan, Assistant Inspector General, TIGTA

The Internal Revenue Service will miss its deadline to start using personal ID cards to get in and out of federal buildings. It was supposed to have the system ready by 2015 as part of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12. Alan Duncan is assistant inspector general for security and information technology audits for the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he expained why the IRS will miss the deadline.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:52pm EST
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Online Chat: Ask the CIO with FEMA's Adrian Gardner

Adrian Gardner, chief information officer at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, joined Federal News Radio for a free online chat to discuss his IT priorities around the agency's resilience and security review, mobility, and IT governance, among other topics.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 03:00pm EST

Marina Martin, Chief Technology Officer, Veterans Affairs Department

Recently the White House established what it calls the Digital Service Group. It's job: To help federal agencies with troubled, public facing technology projects. Well, the Veterans Affairs Department has established its own Digital Service group. Marina Martin, chief technology officer at VA, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain how the new group will work.

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 09:40am EST
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FEMA kicks off IT modernization effort with security, resiliency review

Adrian Gardner, FEMA's chief information officer, said he spent the last nine months looking at the agency's IT networks and systems to figure out their weaknesses and strengths. He said he plans on a three-stage approach to bring FEMA's technology into the 21st century.

Wednesday - 11/05/2014, 09:10am EST
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Those dreaded four letter words

Jim Benson, senior vice president at Human Touch LLC, will bring us up to date on Software as a Service, Platform as a Service and Infrastructure as a Service.
November 4, 2014

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 07:25pm EST
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Security in the Age of Targeted Attacks

Tuesday - 11/04/2014, 02:59pm EST

Doug Maughan, Director of Cybersecurity Division, DHS

First, the Department of Homeland Security had the Car Wash. Now, it has the SWAMP - the latest effort to improve the quality and reliability of apps running on government networks. In part 2 of his interview with Doug Maughan, director of the Cybersecurity Division in DHS' Science and Technology Directorate, Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller asked Maughan how SWAMP is improving software assurance.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 02:56pm EST
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Mark Borkowski, Customs and Border Protection

Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske wants his troops to be more innovative. Turning that wish into reality falls squarely on the shoulders of the agency's IT and acquisition executives. Mark Borkowski, assistant commissioner and chief acquisition executive in CBP's Office of Technology Innovation and Acquisition, is the brain power on the acquisition side of this innovation challenge. He spoke about his strategy with Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller at the National Contract Management Association's 33rd annual Government Contract Management Symposium.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 02:00pm EST
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