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7:16 pm, May 4, 2015

Technology News

Digital services shouldn't feel like thumbscrews

People don't want digital services per se so much as they want easy access to whatever services they seek, says Federal Drive host Tom Temin.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 05:04am EDT

OMB looks for new ways to modernize shared service centers' aging IT

The decision a decade ago to migrate agencies' payment functions into a few government mega-centers that specialize in HR and financial management has saved money and kept checks moving on time. But the IT systems backing those shared service centers are getting old, and no one's quite sure how to fund their replacements.

Monday - 05/04/2015, 03:44am EDT

Social media & cybersecurity

Chris Cullison and C.W. Walker from ZeroFOX, join host Derrick Dortch to discuss how hackers and terrorists are using social media to further their agendas.
May 1, 2015

Friday - 05/01/2015, 06:41pm EDT
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Tom Grzymski, Associate Commissioner, Telecommunications & Systems Operations, Social Security Administration

Social Security has been operating its new data center for about a year now. The badly needed facility was funded back in 2009 by the economic stimulus bill. It took several years to find a site and build the new data center. Perhaps the hardest part was migrating data and other assets to the new data center. After all, it's not as if Social Security can shut things down for a week or so. Overseeing this effort was associate commissioner Tom Grzymski. He and his team won a project management award at the recent GITEC conference. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to review SSA's efforts.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 09:17am EDT
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Former HealthCare.gov IT program manager Chao retires from CMS

Henry Chao is leaving the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services after more than 21 years at the agency. Chao led the IT portion of the Affordable Care Act portal development and implementation.

Friday - 05/01/2015, 03:54am EDT

Experts sound off on draft FITARA guidance

Federal News Radio is collecting reactions to the FITARA draft policy guidance from those who provided their decades of experience in federal IT, acquisition and management.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 05:13pm EDT

DCMA innovates IT through new virtual lab

Jacob Haynes, the chief information officer at the Defense Contract Management Agency, said the new innovation lab helps the agency use a disciplined approach to testing technology before making a major investment.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 02:39pm EDT
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U.S. CIO Tony Scott: OMB's draft FITARA guidance aims to advance IT reform

OMB sets deadlines for agencies to establish a common baseline of roles and responsibilities for chief information officers to oversee, manage and develop technology programs and projects. The administration is asking for comments from the public by May 30.

Thursday - 04/30/2015, 12:00pm EDT

Open source in the federal government

Andrew Hoppin, president of NuCivic, joins host John Gilroy to discuss how federal IT employees can use open source to achieve their agency's goals.
April 28, 2015

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 08:35pm EDT
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Intelligence community CIO retiring

Al Tarasiuk, the chief information officer of the intelligence community, is retiring today after more than 28 years in government.

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 05:14pm EDT

Rob Coen, Director, IT Acquisition and Assessment Center, NIH

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a new governmentwide acquisition contract (GWAC). The $20 billion contract, Chief Information Officers-Commodities and Solutions (CIO-CS) was divided among 65 total companies. It'll help provide the entire federal government with IT solutions. Rob Coen is the director of the agency's IT Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC). He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to further examine the GWAC.

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 09:07am EDT
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OMB set to release draft FITARA guidance this week

The Office of Management and Budget issued a notice in the Federal Register saying it plans to issue draft guidance to implement the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITAR) for public comment in the coming few days.

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 05:13am EDT

Karen Evans, Director, U.S. Cyber Challenge

Two new bills on cybersecurity and information sharing are through the House of Representatives. One of them deals with liability protections that's been a sore spot for private sector companies. Karen Evans is national director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge, and former Administrator of E-government at the Office of Management and Budget. She submitted comments on one of the bills, and described them on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Monday - 04/27/2015, 04:09pm EDT
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Todd Akers, Vice President of Public Sector, Acquia

A lot of people today have their heads in the cloud the digital cloud that is. And if open-cloud providers like Acquia have their way, more in the government will follow suit. Acquia itself had some progress on that front recently, securing deals with the Justice Department and other government entities to use its Drupal open-cloud software. Todd Akers is the vice president of public sector at Acquia. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained how Drupal came to be.

Monday - 04/27/2015, 03:36am EDT
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New Pentagon strategy warns of cyberwar capabilities

For first time, Pentagon publicly lays out cyberwarfare capabilities in case of conflict

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 08:08pm EDT

TSP board defends delays in cyber fixes

Participants in the Thrift Savings Plan might not like to hear their accounts don't have all the recommended cybersecurity protections they need. But the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board is taking its insider threat security development so seriously, it's putting its own cybersecurity testers through the ringer.

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 01:55pm EDT
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Hope springs eternal for cyber laws after House approval

Lawmakers overwhelmingly passed the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act and the Protecting Cyber Networks Act this week. These are the first cybersecurity information sharing bills with broad support in more than five years.

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 12:38pm EDT

EEOC CIO Hancher to retire, but not before meeting a few more goals

Kim Hancher is calling it a career after 34 years in government, including the last seven as the CIO of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She said she wants to make sure the agency is on the right path with cloud and cyber before leaving later this spring.

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 08:32am EDT
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Pentagon's new cyber strategy looks to Silicon Valley

The cyber policy revisions, which Ashton Carter will announce during a speech at Stanford University, will be the first significant update since 2011, when the department issued its first-ever cyber strategy. Carter's visit to Silicon Valley is the first such trip in 20 years for a Defense secretary. Officials say the pilgrimage is meant to build tighter partnerships between DoD and the tech sector it depends on for cybersecurity and technology innovation.

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 04:03am EDT
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Rep. Cummings warns more feds at risk in USIS cyber breach

A review by federal cyber experts from DHS, ODNI and OPM raise the prospect that the initial estimate of 27,000 federal employees thought to have been impacted by the August 2014 cyber breach of security clearance contractor USIS is low. In light of that breach and others, OMB led a governmentwide review of contracts to ensure contractors are in compliance with laws and policies to protect government data on non-federal systems.

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 03:46am EDT
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