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10:32 am, May 28, 2015

Technology News

Office space consolidation inspires HHS IT upgrades

Frank Baitman, the Department of Health and Human Services chief information officer, said moving to an open office floor plan drives the agency to be more mobile and take more advantage of cloud services.

Thursday - 05/28/2015, 04:24am EDT

Mark Forman, Vice President for IT Services and Cloud, TASC

Federal Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith says she wants the General Services Administration's 18F program and U.S. Digital Service to stick around once the Obama administration leaves. And a new hiring authority from the Office of Personnel Management means tech experts will soon join other agencies, like the Homeland Security and Justice Departments. Mark Forman, vice president for IT services and cloud initiatives at TASC, tells In Depth with Francis Rose why this could be a hard sell for the next administration.

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:31pm EDT
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Government overlooks diamonds in its own back yard

Commentary: Before turning to Silicon Valley for all the answers, government agencies should look to local talent in the D.C. area, says Federal Drive host Tom Temin.

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 04:27am EDT

VA plans for 'doomsday' cyber scenario

With its networks and systems facing upwards of 1 billion attacks a month, the Veterans Affairs Department is bringing together cyber and mission owners to discuss its courses of action if the situation becomes worse. The agency also is looking to its digital services team to make across-the-board improvements to its online applications.

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 03:51am EDT
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IRS shuts down Web app after criminal network steals taxpayers' data

A suspected overseas criminal organization tried to get access to the returns of 200,000 taxpayers earlier this year, successfully gaining access to records of 104,000 U.S. taxpayers

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 03:34am EDT
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APNewsBreak: IRS says thieves stole tax info from 100,000

APNewsBreak: IRS says thieves used online agency service to get access to 100,000 tax returns

Wednesday - 05/27/2015, 03:19am EDT

DMI: Reinventing business through mobility

Sam Ganga, president of Global Mobility Services at DMI, will discuss mobile device management, cloud integration, and app design.
May 26, 2015

Tuesday - 05/26/2015, 08:25pm EDT
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Aviation agency unveils messaging system to reduce delays

Aviation agency showcases electronic messaging system for pilots, controllers to reduce delays

Monday - 05/25/2015, 06:52pm EDT

GAO: Agencies need to keep better tabs on the mobile devices they issue

Inspectors zeroed in on the 15 federal agencies with the highest reported annual telecommunications spending. What they found shows inadequate procedures for monitoring and controlling spending on cell phones.

Friday - 05/22/2015, 04:11pm EDT
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GAO: Most agencies meeting requirements to improve records management

The Office of Management and Budget and the National Archives issued a set of requirements in 2012 for agencies to improve their electronic records management. A new Government Accountability Office report says most agencies are meeting those requirements, but some still have more work to do.

Friday - 05/22/2015, 11:39am EDT
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One size does not fit all: A multi-faceted approach toward the cyber domain

Commentary: Andrea Little Limbago, a principal social scientist at Endgame, argues for a new type of cyber framework to help public and private sector organizations prepare for and better respond to attacks.

Friday - 05/22/2015, 05:42am EDT

TSA IT budget cuts spur innovations in cloud, risk management

Stephen Rice, the TSA chief information officer, said the agency is figuring out how to modernize its IT infrastructure despite seeing a $65 million budget cut over the last three years.

Friday - 05/22/2015, 04:31am EDT
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VA turns up its 'intensity' to solve long-standing cyber challenges

Stephen Warren, the Veterans Affairs Department's chief information officer, said he's brought in extra vendors to deal with a backlog of cyber challenges. VA's inspector general found more than 9,000 outstanding system security risks in its annual Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) report.

Friday - 05/22/2015, 03:42am EDT
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OFPP, USDS throw down a $360k challenge for digital services training

The "Digital Service Contracting Professional Training and Development Program" challenge asks industry to help federal contracting officers improve how they buy in-demand services.

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 02:28pm EDT

DHS to launch STIX, TAXII service for cyber

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team will begin using two emerging technical specifications to automate how cyber threat information is shared with the public and private sectors.

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 04:01am EDT
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Amanda Nguyen, Director of Strategy, CHIEF

The Homeland Security Department is one step closer toward getting its own social media group. The Social Media Working Group Act amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002. It already has approval from the House and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The group would meet twice a year to plan how DHS can use social media in disaster response. Amanda Nguyen, director of strategy at CHIEF and former director of Web communications at the Agriculture Department's Office of Communications, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what DHS group should consider.

Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 04:39pm EDT
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Mabus: Navy needs flexibility to keep technological edge

Cyber is the future of warfare, the Secretary of the Navy said in a new talk. And looking ahead he forecasts unmanned vehicles and submarines could be particularly helpful to his agency, especially as it uncovers underground mines.

Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 02:00pm EDT

Three takeaways from Management of Change 2015

Commentary: One of the major government conferences of the year also could plant the seeds for what government events can be and should be.

Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 11:04am EDT

Big data and Healthcare IT

Niall Brennan, chief data officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services joins host John Gilroy to discuss big data, healthcare analytics, data storage and data curation.
May 19, 2015

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 07:49pm EDT
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Conversation between agencies and industry evolves beyond sequestration

Sequestration and the government shutdown dominated the focus of agency and business leaders in 2013 when Rick Holgate became president of the American Council of Technology. About to step down, he sees a changed landscape.

Tuesday - 05/19/2015, 05:36pm EDT
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