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3:44 pm, December 22, 2014

CIOs on the move at DIA, ICE, and RAT Board

The Office of Management and Budget's Office of E-Government and IT is getting a much-appreciated shot in the arm of people and brain power after the recent exodus of several long-time executives and policy folks. Grant Schneider, the Defense Intelligence Agency's chief information officer, will be joining the office on a two-year detail to work on cybersecurity issues. CIOs at other agencies are on the move as well, Jason Miller reports in his Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 04:05am EDT

OMB gives DHS new powers to scan some civilian agency networks for cyber threats

In fiscal 2015 FISMA guidance, OMB is trying to close a big hole exposed during the government's reaction to the Heartbleed vulnerability. The White House is giving DHS the authority to regularly conduct proactive scans of certain civilian agency networks. DHS made it clear to Congress earlier this year the delay in getting permission from agencies to scan their networks cost them days in response time during Heartbleed.

Friday - 10/03/2014, 01:53pm EDT

DHS' Ozment seeks the best metrics for new cyber scorecard

The goal of the scorecard or dashboard would be to give government leaders a better sense of just how secure agency networks are from hackers. As the 11th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month begins, DHS is doing much less education about why securing computers and networks is important.

Friday - 10/03/2014, 03:40am EDT
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NASA names SEWP V contractors

NASA has awarded spots on the latest version of its governmentwide technology contract to 43 firms. It plans to add more names to that list within a few days. Agencies will be able to buy through SEWP V beginning next month.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 07:07am EDT

Review finds Military Health System has no systemic problems

A Pentagon review of the military's health facilities concluded the quality of DoD's medical system is generally in line with what's offered by private sector providers. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said "average" is not good enough.

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 03:44am EDT

Lt. Col. Sean Kern, National Defense University

The Army is the latest federal organization to lay out a career path for its cybersecurity leaders. Career Field 17 will offer soldiers that career path. Advocates of professionalizing the cyber workforce believe that would feed talent pipelines with the people agencies need to succeed. Lt. Col. Sean Kern is cyberspace operations officer, and a graduate student at the Joint Advanced Warfighting School at Joint Forces Staff College at the National Defense University. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said the main cyber problem right now is a people problem.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 04:14pm EDT
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Recipe for a successful DATA Act is part collaboration, part oversight

OMB and Treasury are creating a roadmap on how to move forward with DATA Act implementation over the next 12 to 36 months. Meanwhile, congressional and executive branch auditors are part of the oversight process from the beginning.

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 04:03am EDT

Improving the user experience on your agency's website

Tim McLaughlin, CEO of Sitework, will discuss how his company is helping agencies make their websites more user friendly.
September 30, 2014

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 08:34pm EDT
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Wanted: The ideal federal IT manager

Four chief information officers list the qualities they'd like their IT managers to have, drawing upon both their experiences and imaginations.

Tuesday - 09/30/2014, 03:37pm EDT
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White House unveils new open government initiatives

The White House has unveiled new or expanded commitments to open government. Included are plans to adopt an open source software policy, with a deadline of Dec. 31, 2015, as well as plans to improve delivery of government digital services.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 05:00pm EDT

Government Perspectives on Mobility and the Cloud

Mobile technology and anytime, anywhere access to information is changing how we work in live. In government it's impacting overall operations, from how citizens are engaged to how employees remain productive. In our first panel discussion, Government Perspectives on Mobility and the Cloud, we'll discuss what's driving decisions around adopting mobile technologies and how cloud-enabled solutions can serve as the key for unlocking potential in our leaders, personnel and citizens while also ensuring the data created and shared remains in the right hands.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 03:46pm EDT

Better Buying Power 3.0 doesn't mention LPTA contracts, but DoD says it remains ‘aware' of industry concerns

Careful observers of last week's rollout of Better Buying Power 3.0 - the "technological superiority" edition of the Pentagon's ongoing acquisition improvement program - will have noticed that there was no mention this time around of Lowest Price Technically Acceptable (LPTA) contracts. This story is part of Jared Serbu's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:37am EDT

Halvorsen wants more discrete deliverables on path to JIE

This week's Q&A between reporters and Halvorsen -- the first in what he promised will be quarterly chats with the press -- also included a fair amount of discussion about his overall management approach in the CIO position. This story is part of Jared Serbu's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:29am EDT

Pentagon sees big savings in cutting duplicate databases

IT officials in DoD and within the military services have made no secret of the fact that they have many of examples of overlapping systems with duplicate data, and identifying an authoritative data source is often quite difficult. This post is part of Jared Serbu's Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 09/29/2014, 04:25am EDT

Data Center Consolidation In Government-"Progress & Best Practices" 2014

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Friday - 09/26/2014, 02:53pm EDT

Army's new cyber center aims to build top-notch cyber forces, not ‘exquisite stovepipes'

The leader of the Army's new Cyber Center of Excellence says his job is not merely to build the cyber workforce, but to integrate that up-and-coming capability with the Army's existing signals and intelligence disciplines.

Friday - 09/26/2014, 02:41pm EDT
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Afzal Bari, Senior Technology Analyst, Bloomberg Government

The Pentagon is dropping a plan to make the Defense Information Systems Agency the cloud computing broker for the Defense Department. Instead, defense components will buy their own services. That said, DISA will still be making a lot of deals with communications and technology firms in fiscal year 2015. Afzal Bari is a senior technology analyst for Bloomberg Government. He shared a list of the big deals to watch for on the Federal Drive with guest host Emily Kopp.

Friday - 09/26/2014, 12:11pm EDT
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Treasury's fixes to USASpending.gov begin with mapping, navigation

Christina Ho, the executive director for data transparency in the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, said Treasury developed short-and long-term plans to improve the spending portal. She said DATA Act requirements fit well in the department's strategy.

Friday - 09/26/2014, 04:57am EDT
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Jared Serbu, DoD Reporter, Federal News Radio

Cyber operations is about the only area of the DoD budget that hasn't been subject to cuts. But the new leader of the Army's Cyber Center of Excellence says that doesn't mean the Army can grow its newest military discipline in isolation. Federal News Radio DoD reporter Jared Serbu has the details.

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:20pm EDT
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