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Cloud-first policy, cloud security top of mind for feds

Federal News Radio covered two big stories this week on cloud computing. Check them out! Cloud computing e-discovery risks a concern Federal lawyers and record managers are watching closely how the General Services Administration, the Agriculture Department and others move their email and collaboration services to private sector cloud computing providers. Federal News Radio’s Jason [...]

Tuesday - 04/12/2011, 05:19pm EDT

Kundra: Agencies on path for transition to cloud

Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra says agencies are on track to move to the cloud and framed his ideas for where he wants government to go in the future.

Monday - 04/11/2011, 06:25pm EDT
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USDA telework apps allow farmers to be out standing in their field

One federal agency is working on apps so stakeholders can telework along side employees.

Monday - 04/04/2011, 04:00am EDT

USDA working to fight stink bug infestation

Last year: stinky. This year: even stinkier in terms of stink bug infestations. They USDA's Tracy Leskey tells us about the latest research, and hope for beating the bugs.

Thursday - 03/31/2011, 09:31am EDT
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Excellence.gov Awards: USDA' s online self service replaces paper apps

The USDA in Idaho receives more than 17,000 paper applications for white water river permits. Processing those applications is costly and time consuming. So the agency set up an online self service system where applicants have 24/7 access.

Wednesday - 03/23/2011, 06:29pm EDT
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Agencies fall short in reporting spending data

A House committee held a discussion on openness in government and addressed the errors made in reporting data related to spending.

Monday - 03/14/2011, 07:02am EDT
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Interactive statistical map bonds agencies together

John Cromartie of the USDA joined Tom Temin and Amy Morris on The Federal Drive

Monday - 02/28/2011, 02:03pm EST
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OMB turns up oversight heat with cyberstat

The administration's IT agenda for fiscal 2012 will include new tools to combat cyber threats as well as major overhauls to how agencies manage their systems. Agency CIOs say agility will be important moving forward.

Monday - 02/28/2011, 06:58am EST
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Federal agencies strategize to fight bed bugs

Federal agencies are collaborating to fight bed bug infestations with common-sense practices.

Tuesday - 02/01/2011, 06:46pm EST
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Cloud, cloud, everywhere there’s cloud

Wow. So much news about cloud, so little time. Good thing we have this blog, right? Federal News Radio was busy covering news about cloud computing this week. We"ve gathered all of those stories here for easy access. Army weeks away from enterprise e-mail rollout The Army will begin migrating employees to its new cloud-based [...]

Sunday - 01/30/2011, 04:45pm EST

Behind the USDA cloud

Are you moving to the cloud? Tune in for an interview with the USDA's Jim Stevens as he discusses his agency's cloud options.
January 25, 2011

Tuesday - 01/25/2011, 05:08pm EST
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Google wins stay of Interior award to Microsoft for cloud

The Court of Federal Claims rules that Interior violated law and federal regulations in awarding a sole source contract to Microsoft for e-mail and collaboration services in the cloud. This the latest episode in an ongoing battle between the two software giants to provide cloud services to agencies.

Thursday - 01/06/2011, 07:09am EST

Microsoft to host cloud services for USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture now has a blooming relationship with Microsoft. Earlier this month, Microsoft and the USDA reached an agreement to have Microsoft host email for as many as 120,000 employees. The company will also manage the USDA’s software and networks, as part of the agreement. USDA employees currently use 21 different email [...]

Tuesday - 12/28/2010, 06:02pm EST

Reaction to OMB 25-point IT reform plan

Former USDA CIO Anne Reed responds to OMB's plan to reform IT management.

Tuesday - 12/14/2010, 04:33pm EST
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Great week for Microsoft’s cloud services

Two good pieces of news for Microsoft on the cloud computing front. Microsoft has received its FISMA certification. Microsoft CTO Susie Adams said in a company blog post, "Adding FISMA to our existing list of accreditations provides even greater transparency into our security processes and further reinforces our commitment to providing secure cloud computing options [...]

Sunday - 12/12/2010, 05:36pm EST

Federal workgroup to meet on bed bug problem

The Federal Bed Bug Workgroup meets in February for its second summit.

Thursday - 12/09/2010, 02:25pm EST

OMB course corrects 16 IT projects

The administration said its review of 16 of the 26 high-risk technology programs led to one termination, eight programs are scaled back and seven projects have accelerated delivery timetables. OMB said agencies saved or avoided spending $1.3 billion over the life of these 16 projects.

Thursday - 12/09/2010, 07:41am EST
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USDA ready to move e-mail to Microsoft cloud

The Agriculture Department would be the second major agency to announce it's taking critical functions to the commercial cloud.

Wednesday - 12/08/2010, 06:49pm EST

Agriculture Dept. planting new collaboration tool

The USDA is moving some of its collaboration tools -- including email and document sharing -- to a new cloud infrastructure.

Tuesday - 12/07/2010, 06:00am EST

How Benefits.gov uses the cloud to its advantage

Many federal agencies are contemplating the use of the cloud. But Benefits.gov has already made the jump according to program manager Curtis Turner. Part of the reason " to reduce costs on equipment maintenance. The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides the Labor Department with the hosting environment for the site. "Part of their mission is [...]

Monday - 11/29/2010, 08:38pm EST
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