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DISA seeking efficient cloud computing hardware

Cloud computing hardware should be more efficient, at least when it comes to plugging it into a network. . That's according to the Defense Information Systems Agency. DISA just wrapped up a request for information on easier ways to plug the hardware into different places.

Thursday - 11/06/2014, 04:44pm EST

NASA Ames exploring a shift to the cloud

NASA Ames Chief Information Officer Jerry Davis says he's working with agency headquarters to set up a cloud service office that will help the agency start a transition to a commercial government-only cloud system.

Monday - 11/03/2014, 03:51pm EST

NASA Ames looks to cross-training, shared services to deal with workforce challenges

Jerry Davis, the NASA Ames CIO, said being in the heart of Silicon Valley poses different obstacles when it comes to recruiting and retaining IT employees. He said cloud and cyber are among his top priorities.

Thursday - 10/23/2014, 10:53am EDT
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The roadmap to more cloud computing

Federal agencies are accelerating towards a future of more cloud computing and a roadmap is available to help them stay on a path of security. The final version of the US Government Cloud Technology Roadmap is out. The National Institute of Standards and Technology has two volumes for agencies to reference. The first one helps agencies decides which cloud options they might want to use and how to safely adopt the technology. The second volume offers conceptual models for federal cloud business options and technical situations.

Wednesday - 10/22/2014, 03:58pm EDT

Hacks, CDM continue to push cyber to forefront of CIOs' priorities

A new Federal News Radio survey of federal chief information officers and deputy CIOs found cyber above all else is the top priority. Charlie Armstrong, the CIO for Customs and Border Protection, said his focus is to protect the data first and foremost and his systems a very close second.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:39pm EDT
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Federal agencies not following cloud security rules

Federal agencies are falling short on following the rules and regulations of cloud security. The Council of Inspectors General looked at 77 different cloud computing contracts at 19 different agencies and found most are not following FedRAMP guidelines and federal best practices.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 03:03pm EDT

GPO's jump into the cloud for email is just the beginning

The Government Printing Office became the first legislative branch agency to put its email in the cloud. CIO Chuck Riddle said once that effort is completed, GPO will move other functions into the cloud.

Monday - 10/20/2014, 12:59pm EDT
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OMB counters IG cloud report, detailing oversight steps

The Office of Management and Budget is pushing back against the recent critical report on federal cloud computing efforts by 19 civilian agency inspectors general.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 03:53pm EDT

The increase of cloud budgets across federal agencies

Cloud budgets at some federal agencies are twice as large as they were in 2012.

Monday - 10/06/2014, 09:27am EDT

Bid protest settlement for GAO

The Government Accountability Office settles its first bid protest from a vendor who didn't meet FedRAMP cybersecurity requirements.

Friday - 09/26/2014, 09:16am EDT

FDA reorg splits CIO, informatics roles in preparation for network innovations

Walter Harris, the chief operating officer and acting chief information officer at the Food and Drug Administration, said the agency should name a permanent CIO in the next three months to help take the agency into the cloud.

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 07:10am EDT
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GAO decides one of first protests based on FedRAMP compliance

SRA loses its bid protest of the HHS award for cloud email services to InfoReliance. GAO says HHS' evaluation factors were reasonable and properly considered.

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:27am EDT

DoD upends its strategy for buying commercial cloud services

A forthcoming Pentagon plan will let military departments chart their cloud procurement strategies, as long as they provide detailed data to the Pentagon and each other.

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 04:54am EDT
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DHS getting a lift with the TIC initiative

The Homeland Security Department is earning some extra credit with its Trusted Internet Connections Initiative, thanks to a little help from the General Services Administration. The goal of the TIC initiative is to consolidate or simply eliminate network connections from outside the agency, which in turn will boost Internet security at DHS. GSA's FedRAMP program office is working hand-in-hand with DHS to do just that.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:36pm EDT

Intel agencies push shared IT services from concept to reality

After two years of planning and pilot programs, the intelligence community says its plan to integrate the IT systems of its 17 agencies is moving forward toward large-scale adoption.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:38am EDT
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Transforming data into smart business analytics

David Rubal, Public Sector Pre-Sales Consulting Manager with Tableau Software, will discuss how his company is helping agencies analyze and process big data.
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Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 08:27pm EDT
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USPS discovering compliance issues with cloud contracts

The Postal Service has some compliance issues with its cloud computing contracts.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 03:31pm EDT

Cloud, budget reductions helping CIOs pull IT out of the shadows

NASA CIO Larry Sweet has mandated enterprise services first for all commodity IT. Other agencies, such as GSA and Interior, are trying to find the right balance between giving field offices latitude and rigid IT requirements.

Thursday - 09/11/2014, 04:12am EDT

Dave McClure lands at cloud, cyber company as chief strategist

Former GSA official Dave McClure left government in June and now is an executive at the Veris Group.

Tuesday - 09/02/2014, 11:30am EDT
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What is happening to the EPA's data stored in the cloud?

The Environmental Protection Agency can't keep track of the data it stores in the cloud. EPA's Inspector General says it a subcontractor for a water permit system was using a cloud system to run its share of the operation, but neither the agency nor the prime contractor was aware of it. Albert Schmidt is an IT auditor of Information Resources Management and audits for the EPA's Inspector General. He says this type of cybersecurity problem isn't entirely the agency's fault.

Thursday - 08/28/2014, 11:29am EDT
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