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9:45 pm, April 24, 2014

Technology

NASA's Johnson Space Center takes customer-first approach to IT

Annette Moore, the chief information officer at the Johnson Space Center, said she's reshaping her office to be more flexible and agile in meeting the IT needs of the mission areas.
February 20, 2014

Thursday - 02/20/2014, 01:34pm EST
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Government drops plan to collect license tag data

Homeland Security cancels plan for private firm to give access to license plate information

Thursday - 02/20/2014, 12:20pm EST

DoD, industry must learn to share radio spectrum as it grows more scarce

The Pentagon will release a new strategy Thursday to address the growing spectrum needs. It will emphasize agile sharing of radio spectrum between government and industry.

Thursday - 02/20/2014, 04:20am EST
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Borras begins to see the light at the end of DHS' employee morale tunnel

Rafael Borras, undersecretary for management at the Homeland Security Department for the last four years, who recently left DHS to return to the private sector, said the Homeland Security Department needs a tactical, sustained effort to improve employee satisfaction. He said that kind of effort has helped change the way DHS oversees and implements IT programs.

Thursday - 02/20/2014, 03:55am EST
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The 2014 Big Picture on Cyber Security

Because of the changing threat environment and the need for continuous network monitoring, cybersecurity has become a data analysis activity. A big data problem. CIOs, security officers and program managers concerned with the integrity of systems must find a way to integrate data coming in from perimeter appliances, network logs, and a variety of security information and event management (SIEM) tools. Operators must correlate this data stream with rules governing what it is they are guarding against. That could be malware, data exfiltration, or insider activity.

This panel will explore ways federal agencies are dealing with the big data and analysis challenges of today's cybersecurity environment.

Wednesday - 02/19/2014, 11:19am EST
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How to improve cybersecurity through acquisition

Emile Monette, senior advisor for Cybersecurity for GSA's Office of Mission Assurance, and Carter Schoenberg, director of Cyber Security Services at CALIBRE systems, join host John Gilroy to talk about how to use the acquisition process to improve cybersecurity at your agency.
February 18, 2014

Tuesday - 02/18/2014, 09:08pm EST
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DoD enters $40.5M joint contract for Adobe products

The Pentagon leverages the buying power of 2.6 million DoD personnel in the Air Force, Army and Defense Information Systems Agency in signing joint enterprise license agreement with CDW-G.

Tuesday - 02/18/2014, 04:18pm EST

Maryland signs cybersecurity agreement with NIST

Maryland officials have signed an agreement with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to more clearly define the development of the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence in the state.

Tuesday - 02/18/2014, 01:20pm EST

Immigration and Customs Enforcement stirs privacy concerns with RFP

DHS ICE issued a solicitation looking for a vendor to provide technology to let law enforcement officers hook into the National License Plate Recognition Database.

Monday - 02/17/2014, 03:50am EST

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: CIOs on the move; DoD seeks acquisition reform help

In this week's edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook: USAID and the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) search for new CIOs; DoD asks for vendor input on what statutes negatively impact procurement regulations; and efforts to make federal grants more transparent and accountable receive strong support from good government groups.

Sunday - 02/16/2014, 04:59pm EST

Banks and retailers bury the hatchet on Cyber

U.S. banks and retail groups say they are joining forces to work on cyber security, getting past recent finger pointing for data breaches. The Financial Services Roundtable, Retail Industry Leaders Association and several other trade associations said the new partnership would focus on sharing more information on cyber threats.

Friday - 02/14/2014, 04:27pm EST

Mixed Messages for NSA

Utah lawmakers are sending mixed messages to the National Security Agency, which runs a massive data-storage warehouse outside of Salt Lake City. One proposal is calling for legislators not to collect utility taxes from the center. Meanwhile, another lawmaker wants to cut off water to the center, which uses more than 1 million gallons daily to cool its computer processers.

Friday - 02/14/2014, 04:25pm EST

Army enlists public to solve battlefield equipment gaps

The Army's Rapid Equipping Force is unpacking the results of a new demonstration designed to crowdsource soldiers' top-priority battlefield needs.

Friday - 02/14/2014, 04:33am EST
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By owning, operating network, Marines set the table for the JIE

Brig. Gen. Kevin Nally, the Marines Corps CIO, said the service is updating its network hardware and collapsing five unclassified networks into one.
February 13, 2014

Thursday - 02/13/2014, 01:55pm EST
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What they're saying about the cybersecurity framework

Government officials, associations and companies are offering insight and comments on the recently released White House cyber framework.

Thursday - 02/13/2014, 08:51am EST

White House cyber framework focuses on flexibility, risk for critical infrastructure providers

NIST led the year-long effort to develop the Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. Agencies now must review regulations to ensure alignment with the framework. DHS also launches a new voluntary program that will offer access to a variety of federal resources to help companies improve cybersecurity.

Wednesday - 02/12/2014, 04:15pm EST

Satellite Communications: Acquiring SATCOM in Tight Times

DoD, industry and Congress all acknowledged the need for new acquisition approaches for DoD's procurement of critical commercial satellite communications capabilities. Congress even included language to encourage DoD to use new acquisition models in the fiscal 2014 National Defense Authorization Act. DoD needs to reduce cost for these capabilities and to reduce the risk of not having sufficient SATCOM where and when DoD needs it. Panelists will talk about possible new approaches for DoD to buy commercial satellite services to meet mission needs around the world.

Wednesday - 02/12/2014, 12:05pm EST
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NGA transforms into dynamic geospatial service provider

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is focusing on four programs to add more value to how it delivers GIS content and services to the DoD and intelligence communities. Director Letitia Long said the community is in phase three of the evolution of using and sharing geospatial information.

Wednesday - 02/12/2014, 04:51am EST
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Going lean and smart in federal information technology

This week on Federal Tech Talk, host John Gilroy interviews Dan Chenok, vice chair of ACT-IAC, and Rick Smith, co-chair of ACT-IAC's Smart Lean Government Initiative.
February 11, 2014

Tuesday - 02/11/2014, 02:58pm EST
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Going Global For Virginia Business

In the midst of the current decline in federal defense spending, the Commonwealth of Virginia is taking steps to ensure that companies in the state's multi-billion dollar defense industry are able to find new business opportunities. It's a program that goes beyond the usual "goodwill tour". This week on "AFCEA Answers," we'll examine the "Going Global" initiative with Paul Grossman, vice president of international trade with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership; and Brian Dearing, vice president of business development and government relations with HDT Global. The initiative is designed to help prepare Virginia businesses to find new markets beyond American shores, and develop business strategies to help them win their share of this business.

Monday - 02/10/2014, 08:57am EST
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