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2:16 am, April 20, 2014

Technology

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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FINRA reviewing security

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is looking at the measures that Wall Street's brokerages take to protect their businesses and customers from cyber security threats. FINRA, which conducts periodic "sweeps," or targeted checks on Wall Street brokerages, says it is conducting the review, in part, because of the growing threat to information technology systems from "a variety of sources.

Monday - 02/10/2014, 08:46am EST

Bank Customers Targeted in scam

App River email and security experts says Bank of America customers have been targeted by a new virus campaign they're calling a Bredo virus. It comes in the form of phishing email that claiming to be from BofA and asking the recipient of download a security file. The main goal of this virus is to steal information such as banking info or recording keystrokes. The software may also have abilities to further infect a system by downloading more malware on to the machine.

Monday - 02/10/2014, 08:44am EST

PortfolioStat is a meaningful start toward improving federal IT

PortfolioStat is widely deployed across federal agencies and thus well worth exploring how we may be able to maximize the benefits derived from it.

Monday - 02/10/2014, 04:22am EST

ICE to restart a key element of $800 million, multiyear IT program

Agency officials said Thursday that they will switch from a custom-built to a commercial-off-the-shelf approach to modernize TECS, a mainframe system that has been operating for more than a quarter of a century. ICE spent more than $60 million before deciding to change directions after realizing the custom-built approach wouldn't work.

Monday - 02/10/2014, 04:04am EST
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VA gets new tool to speed up claims processing, reduce backlog

DoD opens its electronic medical records to VA claims processors for the first time. The goal is to shave days or weeks from the time it takes VA to decide disability claims for recently separated service members. But the launch of the system has had a few bugs.

Friday - 02/07/2014, 04:23am EST
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EPA receives high praise for innovation with water data

EPA's "How's My Waterway?" app earned the most votes out of eight finalists in ACT-IAC's Igniting Innovation awards. The site takes public data, simplifies it and adds new technology to make it easier to find and use by the public.

Friday - 02/07/2014, 03:51am EST
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