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10:07 pm, May 27, 2015

Technology News

IT acquisition challenges in the federal government.

Van Hitch, senior advisor with Deloitte's Federal Consulting Practice, joins host Roger Waldron to talk about some of the IT acquisition challenges facing federal managers.
April 7, 2015

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 07:06pm EDT
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Ann Amrhein, Deputy Associate Commissioner, SSA

A group of Social Security Administration employees developed a Web application that lets analysts sift through terabytes of data. They can use a nearly infinite number of search criteria. That's enabled the agency to detect and prevent a lot of fraud and abuse. The application has gotten some attention. It was one of 30 finalists for ACT-IAC's 2015 "Igniting Innovation" awards. Ann Amrhein, the deputy associate commissioner in the Office of Earnings, Enumerations and Administrative Systems, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more about the award-winning program.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 09:49am EDT
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Shawn McCarthy, Research Director, IDC Government Insights

Chief financial officers are becoming important influencers of IT investment choices. That's true even though the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act gives chief information officers budget authority. So it's more important than ever for CFOs and CIOs to form strong collaborative relationships. Shawn McCarthy, the research director at IDC Government Insights, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to share 10 steps to help boost that partnership.

Tuesday - 04/07/2015, 09:44am EDT
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Sens. McCaskill, Booker appeal for access to innovative IT

Two senators wrote a letter to the Rules and Administration Committee highlighting several changes to policy needed to promote access and use of modern technology such as cloud computing.

Monday - 04/06/2015, 04:00pm EDT

David Powner, Director of IT Management Issues, GAO

A big part of a federal chief information officer's job is filing reports required by Congress or the White House. But a survey of CIOs shows they find two-thirds of the reports are at least a partial waste of time. The survey was conducted by the Government Accountability Office. It found that the Office of Management and Budget has tried to streamline the reporting process. But, GAO says OMB missed opportunities to address some of the challenges CIOs encounter. David Powner is director of information technology management issues at GAO. He joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the report and its findings.

Monday - 04/06/2015, 09:57am EDT
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Alan Tilles, Chairman of Telecommunications, Shulman Rogers

It will be several more years, at least, until first responders can access a nation-wide broadband network being built exclusively for them. It's called the First Responder Network Authority, or FirstNet. Even with a $7 billion budget, the project has encountered a number of obstacles. Alan Tilles is the chairman of telecommunications at the law firm Shulman Rogers. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with more on FirstNet's struggles.

Monday - 04/06/2015, 09:54am EDT
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The federal hiring market in 2015

Talent acquisition manager Mike Bruni will discuss job trends in the federal government, the kinds of workers that agencies need, and how to land a job in what is a competitive and challenging federal market.
April 3, 2015

Friday - 04/03/2015, 06:41pm EDT
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Don Brutzman, Associate Professor, Naval Postgraduate School

The Navy is trying an innovative way to find innovative solutions. It's inviting smart people that know computers to sign up for an online game. It's an open-sourced wargame where contestants can change both how the Navy and the game work. Don Brutzman is associate professor of the Naval Postgraduate School. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared the details on how to play the Massive Multiplayer Online Wargame game.

Friday - 04/03/2015, 04:33pm EDT
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Second protest further delays DHS cyber program

HP Enterprise Services submitted a protest to the Government Accountability Office on March 9 of the $29 million award to Knowledge Consulting Group under task order 2.

Friday - 04/03/2015, 03:07pm EDT

DoT, USDA to stop kicking the IT consolidation can down the road

Acting Agriculture CIO Joyce Hunter is taking aim at consolidating 15 assorted networks the agency uses. At Transportation, CIO Richard McKinney is creating shared services for commodity IT to get the bureau CIOs out of the IT services business.

Friday - 04/03/2015, 09:05am EDT
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DoD breaks mobile security roadblock

The Defense Department is in the final stages of a test to show how derived credentials from the Common Access Card can secure smartphones and tablet computers. Richard Hale, the deputy CIO for cybersecurity, boldly predicts that by the end of the calendar year the military will be issuing derived credentials on mobile devices.

Friday - 04/03/2015, 04:35am EDT
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Air Force charges new cyber task force with looking for threats in core missions

Task Force Cyber Secure will attempt to apply the same degree of rigor and oversight DoD uses for its computing networks to everything else that's vulnerable to cyber threats, including weapons systems and industrial control systems. The Air Force is following in the footsteps of the Navy to ensure cybersecurity is everyone's responsibility.

Friday - 04/03/2015, 03:44am EDT
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DHS trying to smooth the integration of cloud, network security programs

The Homeland Security Department and the FedRAMP program management office released a draft crosswalk between the cloud cybersecurity program and the Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) initiative. The goal is to make it easier for federal workers to access their network and apps securely through mobile devices.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 10:00am EDT

White House adds another layer to executive cyber powers

President Barack Obama signed an Executive Order giving agencies the ability to recommend economic sanctions against cyber attackers and their supporters. As the President signed this latest order, Congress seems closer than ever to passing a cyber information sharing bill.

Thursday - 04/02/2015, 03:59am EDT
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IRS declares enough is enough for hiring freezes

The Internal Revenue Service has frozen or severely restricted all new hiring for the past several years in response to budget cuts. But IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told senior agency officials to lift the freeze next year.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 04:35am EDT
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SSA shows off agility in responding to citizen needs

The Social Security Administration followed a familiar roadmap to let citizens find and print their 1099 forms. SSA is using an agile software approach that was successful in turning legacy apps into modern Web programs.

Wednesday - 04/01/2015, 04:07am EDT
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Agents probing drug site accused of taking online currency

US agents accused of stealing $1 million in digital currency during online black market probe

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 08:40pm EDT

Data visualization & data analytics

GSA's Edward Meyman, Kris Rowley and Ryan Swann join host John Gilroy to discuss how to understand and analyze big data.
March 31, 2015

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 06:38pm EDT
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5 steps for the government to regain trust

The way to better, more trustworthy government is through fixing broken systems and processes, and funding them adequately, says Federal News Radio's Tom Temin in a new commentary.

Tuesday - 03/31/2015, 07:15am EDT

Ron Marks, Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, GW University

Head of the National Security Agency and commander of U.S. Cyber Command, Adm. Mike Rogers, said having stronger offensive cyber capabilities would help prevent future cyber attacks. That's one of his latest messages to the Senate Armed Services Committee. Ron Marks is senior fellow for the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security at George Washington University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said an having a cyber strategy that focuses more on offense, might wind up causing even more cybersecurity problems for federal agencies.

Monday - 03/30/2015, 04:10pm EDT
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