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4:30 pm, December 28, 2014

For feds, secure information sharing puzzle slowly coming together

Information Sharing Environment is helping to shape the policy and technology pieces to help implement the two-year-old White House's strategy on information sharing and safeguarding. The back-end attribute exchange is an expanding component to solve this challenge.

Friday - 12/26/2014, 07:46am EST

Goddard CATS project poised for January launch

Scientists are waiting for the Jan. 6 SpaceX 5 mission to carry a new scientific instrument to measure the composition of the atmosphere to the International Space Station. The Clouds and Aerosol Transport System, or CATS, is the first piece of earth-science technology developed at Goddard Space Flight Center to be deployed to the ISS.

Friday - 12/26/2014, 07:30am EST

Contractor security flaw puts data of 7,000 veterans at risk

The Veterans Affairs Department says veterans using a specific contractor for home telehealth services found a vulnerability that potentially could've exposed personal information of veterans. VA said the vulnerability has been closed and it has offered those affected credit monitoring services.

Wednesday - 12/24/2014, 12:18pm EST

Information Sharing Environment having intended effect after 10 years

Kshemendra Paul, the program manager of the Information Sharing Environment, said his organization's tools and techniques are creating collaboration and trust among federal, state and local law enforcement officers. The Boston Marathon bombing is the most recent example of just how much the way intelligence is shared among authorities.

Wednesday - 12/24/2014, 08:03am EST
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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.
December 23, 2014

Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 08:34pm EST
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Tim Blades, U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center

A Defense Department team was recently honored by a British chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear industry group. DOD was the first organization outside the United Kingdom to get top honors from the group known as CBRN UK. The team received its award for developing and operating the ship-mounted system that destroyed tons of Syrian chemical weapons last year. The Field Deployable Hydrolysis System was housed on the converted container ship MV Cape Ray. Tim Blades is the deputy director of program integration at the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, which had a major hand in developing the technology. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss the technology and the challenges the team faced.

Tuesday - 12/23/2014, 08:55am EST
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Connect.gov is latest attempt to get buy-in to online ID management

The General Services Administration launched the Connect.gov portal in November and awarded two vendors contracts to provide secure electronic credentials. VA and USDA are among the first agencies to put applications on the cloud credential exchange. USPS is developing the technology infrastructure to allow this shared service to happen.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 06:52pm EST

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Agencies have a new tool to make online services easier and safer for citizens. The General Services Administration officially launches Connect.gov with two private sector vendors providing identity management services. Jennifer Kerber, director of Connect.gov in the GSA's Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller what the launch of the the new service means to agencies.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 04:45pm EST
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One year later, House lawmakers dissatisfied with VA's handling of eBenefits cyber breach

Reps. Jackie Walorski and Mike Coffman wrote separate letters to VA Secretary Bob McDonald asking for details about how the agency is addressing ongoing cyber challenges. Walorski asked VA to answer four questions about how it's protecting the identity of veterans using the eBenefits site.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 12:26pm EST

The IT Vision of the Future and the Path to Get There

IT budget pressures and the need for agility and efficiencies are forcing government agencies to adopt a modern IT vision of the future. While many agencies have a clear vision of where they want to go, the path to get there is often clouded. In this interview, hear about the transformational path that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (CoPA) is taking to host and operate what is expected to be one of the largest secure, cloud-based, on-demand IT implementations by a U.S. state government.

Monday - 12/22/2014, 09:00am EST

Kirit Amin lands as CIO of International Trade Commission

Two VA IT finance executives are retiring after more than 70 years of combined experience in government.

Friday - 12/19/2014, 04:33pm EST

OPM warns 48,439 federal employees of data exposure

The Office of Personnel Management is going to notify 48,439 federal employees whose personal information may have been exposed due to a compromised computer network at KeyPoint Government Solutions.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 04:10pm EST

VA bringing latest cyber tools to bear to improve network defenses

Steph Warren, the Veterans Affairs Department chief information officer, said the agency is the first to implement advanced cyber capabilities from DHS known as Einstein 3A, and is expanding its continuous monitoring capabilities.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 02:55pm EST
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DoD unties services' hands when buying commercial cloud

A new memo from acting CIO Terry Halvorsen removes the requirement for DISA to be the main path to buy cloud computing services.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 10:51am EST

DISA takes cyber temperature of computer networks with CMRS

Dave Bennett, DISA's chief information officer, said the agency is beginning to implement a new approach to cybersecurity. He said the continuous monitoring risk scoring system (CMRS) looks at a variety of factors to give the agency a score based on a set of predetermined analytics.

Thursday - 12/18/2014, 03:54am EST
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Confusion over FedRAMP? OFPP to clarify contracting language

Agencies are struggling in how they describe the requirement for cloud services to meet the Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program cyber standards. The FedRAMP program management office details programmatic goals for 2015, including new metrics to determine governmentwide uptake of the standards.

Wednesday - 12/17/2014, 03:55am EST
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Website design for Govies

University of Maryland Journalism Professor Ron Yaros will discuss how to design your agency's website to serve the needs of citizens.
December 16, 2014

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 08:22pm EST
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DIA gets a permanent CIO; DoD losing a cyber expert

Janice Glover-Jones will remove the "acting" from her title to be DIA's permanent CIO, while Rocky Young is retiring and going to work for a research firm.

Tuesday - 12/16/2014, 02:52pm EST

Innovation and Tech Superiority through Acquisition Reform

Challenging the status-quo of federal networks, and what can be done on the technology and procurement fronts to get new, lower cost, more efficient, and non-proprietary technology into agencies.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 12:32pm EST

Six years of waiting, cyber bills abound

The passage of five cybersecurity bills by Congress in the past week signals a long-coming and much needed change to how agencies defend their computer networks and hire the people to do that critical work.

Monday - 12/15/2014, 10:51am EST
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