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IT sharing at the center of the Intel community's second transformation

Al Tarasiuk, the chief information officer for ODNI and for the intelligence community, said the IC-IT Enterprise strategy is centralizing technology services across the 17 agencies.
October 11, 2012(Encore presentation November 22, 2012)

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 09:28pm EDT
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Agencies finally figuring out how HSPD-12 cards can improve security

More than eight years after the White House issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 requiring the issuance of secure identity cards, governmentwide and agency-specific initiatives provide hope the smart cards can be more than "glorified ID cards." NIST and GSA are developing an identity exchange in the cloud. DHS and IRS are putting their cards to use at a local level for both building and computer access.

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 06:01am EDT
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Intelligence community cloud coming online in early 2013

Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise will reach initial operating capability next March on the way to full implementation in 2018. The NGA and DIA are building a common desktop for all of the intelligence community agencies.

Wednesday - 10/10/2012, 05:33am EDT
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Planning key to cloud success, agency CIOs say

A number of agencies have made high-profile migrations to cloud platforms and the Obama administration has issued sweeping guidance mandating agencies identify and transition services and applications to host in the cloud. For a look at how agencies are faring in their shifts to the cloud and the issues they continue to face, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp hosted a panel discussion, "Clearing the Fog Around Cloud Computing," sponsored by Level 3 Communications.

Friday - 09/28/2012, 11:00am EDT
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TSA analyzes mobile needs before deployment

Dr. Emma Garrison-Alexander, TSA's chief information officer, said the goal is to make sure employees have the right device to match up with their mission requirements.
September 20, 2012

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 09:29pm EDT
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PTO changes the way it invests in IT systems

John Owens, the Patent and Trademark Office's CIO, said the agency used to spend 85 percent of its IT budget on operations and maintenance (O&M) support and 15 percent on development, modernization and enhancements (DME) of systems. Now, the agency spends 50 percent on each. That change has allowed it to upgrade IT systems without additional money.

Wednesday - 09/12/2012, 09:39am EDT
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25-point IT plan summary

In September 2010, the White House released its 25-point plan for IT reform, aimed at eliminating flailing programs, shifting to a "cloud first" policy and consolidating data centers.

Tuesday - 09/11/2012, 02:53pm EDT

GSA accredits 12 organizations to test cloud security

The General Services Administration has announced it has authorized 12 companies as third party assessment organizations for FedRAMP and will will assure cloud services providers meet security requirements.

Monday - 09/10/2012, 10:09am EDT

Survey: Americans unfamiliar with cloud computing, fear cyber risks

One third of Americans say they avoid cloud computing because of cybersecurity risks, according a survey conducted by Citrix. But more than half of the respondent say they don't even know what cloud computing is. The survey found a majority of respondents said they think the cloud is actually the "fluffy white thing" that floats around the sky.

Thursday - 08/30/2012, 07:11pm EDT

GSA now offering cloud email services to agencies

The General Services Administration announced it's now offering cloud-based email services for federal agencies. GSA issued 20 blanket purchase agreements to 17 companies, which the agency said would help streamline the purchasing of cloud services across the government.

Thursday - 08/30/2012, 05:08pm EDT

USAcess and SmartBuy programs

Larry Hale, director of GSA's Center for Strategic Solutions and Security Services, will talk about some of the agency's most important programs and initiatives.
August 28, 2012

Tuesday - 08/28/2012, 11:16pm EDT
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Derecho strikes GSA right in the cloud

The thunderstorm in June knocked out GSA's connection, threatening some of the agency's core operations. GSA's chief information officer Casey Coleman said agencies should consider enlisting secondary Internet access providers to ensure connectivity during emergencies.

Wednesday - 08/22/2012, 05:22am EDT
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DoD email migration setting stage for future enterprise systems

This week the Army exceeded 500,000 users on its enterprise email network. The migration of potentially 3.7 million users to the network should be completed by March 2013. The Defense Department's move to a single, cloud-based system run by the Defense Information Systems Agency sets the stage for other enterprise-wide systems, said John Hale, DISA's chief of enterprise applications, in an interview with Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu and Jason Miller.

Tuesday - 08/21/2012, 02:11pm EDT
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Half a million using DoD enterprise email system

The Army chief information officer said the military service was well on its way to completely migrating to the cloud-based email by March.

Tuesday - 08/21/2012, 09:03am EDT

IT budget facing 10 percent cut, would shrink to 8-year low

OMB issued fiscal 2014 technology project guidance detailing the steps agencies should take to reduce spending across six areas. Agencies also must tell OMB how it would reinvest the savings into new or innovative projects.

Friday - 08/17/2012, 05:33pm EDT
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Moving to the cloud

Brocade's Vice President of Federal Anthony Robbins discusses moving from a traditional capital expenditure (CapEx) method to one based on operational expenses (OpEx) when it comes to cloud computing.
Aug. 14, 2012

Tuesday - 08/14/2012, 02:43pm EDT
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Flynn starts 'dream job' as new DIA director

New director of the Defense Intelligence Agency challenges his workers to better serve their customers both military and private sector by being more responsive, timely and relevant.

Tuesday - 08/14/2012, 11:41am EDT

IT managers moving to cloud despite skepticism

Most IT managers are moving data to the cloud, but 40 percent of them believe doing that will weaken security of that data.

Friday - 08/10/2012, 09:50am EDT

Taskforce extends deadline for ideas on cloud ID management

The goal is for federal websites to accept third- party ID management credentials. The Federal Cloud Credential Exchange (FCCX) Tiger Team wants to know more about existing commercial products and services that can help.

Wednesday - 08/08/2012, 05:38am EDT
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Q&A with ITS's Kevin Page

Kevin Youel Page, deputy commissioner for the Office of Integrated Technology Services, will talk about the agency's goals and initiatives.
August 7, 2012

Wednesday - 08/08/2012, 12:12am EDT
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