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GSA, NOAA roar into March with major IT, services RFPs

The General Services Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plan to release major IT and services solicitations in the coming month. The draft RFPs are part of the broader effort to change the government's approach to acquisition.

Tags: Acquisition , Contracting , Industry , GSA , NIH , NOAA , Mitchell Ross , Chris Fornecker , Chris Cairns , 18F , Alliant 2 , VETS 2 , 8(a) STARS II , Agile development , Jason Miller

Friday - 02/20/2015, 03:52am EST
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Work: DoD needs funding boost, but fixing readiness will take years

The military services say they've made some progress against the readiness levels they lost when sequestration first struck in 2013. The Pentagon's second- ranking official said Tuesday that momentum needs to be maintained, but DoD's challenges are as much about time as about money.

Tags: DoD , budget , Congress , Readiness , Acquisition , Robert Work , management , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 02/11/2015, 04:17am EST

FBI deploys 30,000 Android smartphones to field offices

The FBI rapidly rolled out new devices-the vast majority running hardened Android operating systems-to the bureau's 56 field offices over the last four months. But officials are experimenting with commercial mobile devices for secret and top-secret data too.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , mobile computing , FBI , David Rubin , Android , Samsung , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 01/14/2015, 05:13am EST
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A new era in DoD cyber defense begins

The Defense Information Systems Agency launches reorganization, including the new Joint Task Force-DoD Information Networks. The new cyber organization will reach initial operating capability on Jan. 15, taking over 14-to-19 tasks from U.S. Cyber Command.

Tags: management , technology , cybersecurity , DISA , DoD , Ronnie Hawkins , Mark Orndorff , Alfred Rivera , Robert Skinner , Dave Mihelcic , reorganization , Joint Task Force-DoD Information Networks , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 01/13/2015, 04:18am EST
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Janice Haith, Deputy CIO, Department of the Navy

Until now, the Intelligence Community Information Technology Environment is mainly focused on serving the Intelligence Community. But DoD is taking baby steps toward deploying the intelligence community's shared services plan to its components. Janice Haith, deputy CIO for the Department of the Navy, told an audience at an AFCEA luncheon, the Navy is already where it wants to be in adopting ICITE.

Tags: Intelligence Community Information Technology Environment , Janice Haith , Navy , In Depth ,

Friday - 12/12/2014, 04:41pm EST
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Navy begins to embrace ICITE capabilities, Haith says

The Defense Department has been slowly rolling out the Intelligence Community Information Technology Environment departmentwide. The Navy's Deputy CIO Janice Haith told an industry audience Friday that the Navy is already embracing ICITE's capabilities.

Tags: Janice Haith , Navy , DoD , technology , ICITE , NGEN , cybersecurity , shared services , Michael OConnell , Intelligence community

Friday - 12/12/2014, 05:14pm EST
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Agencies have a long way to go to reach data-centricity

USDA, DHS and Transportation are taking steps to implement OMB's May 2013 open data policy. Each agency faces policy and process challenges, but they say progress is starting.

Tags: management , Open data , OMB , DoT , Dan Morgan , Bobby Jones , USDA , Donna Roy , DHS , Information sharing , Jason Miller

Friday - 12/12/2014, 04:04am EST
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Better Buying Power: The Next Generation

At a time of increased budget scrutiny and ever changing threats, it's important that the Pentagon make key changes to the way that it procures almost everything. In this episode of "AFCEA Answers," Frank Kendall, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, previews the upcoming release of "Better Buying Power 3.0", the latest Pentagon directive on acquisition modernization. He also outlines a parallel effort by lawmakers on Capitol Hill to better understand and improve defense acquisition. And the secretary offers insights into how acquisition might change to reflect rapid change in areas like IT and cybersecurity.

Tags: AFCEA Answers , Max Cacas , Frank Kendall

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 01:29pm EDT

Spanning the Globe, Geospatially

Every day, one federal agency simultaneously serves the global intelligence needs of the American military, the U.S. Intelligence Community, and, increasingly, domestic first responders. In this episode of AFCEA Answers, Ellen McCarthy, chief operating officer of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), discusses how "managing through portfolios" makes sense during a new era of intelligence challenges and fiscal restraint. We'll also discuss how links with industry and academia are driving mission-focused innovations, like NGA's "Map of the World". And McCarthy talks about educating and recruiting the next generation of NGA innovators.

Tags: AFCEA Answers , Max Cacas , Ellen McCarthy , NGA

Wednesday - 09/10/2014, 04:27pm EDT

The State of Intelligence, Parts One and Two

Members of the U.S. Intelligence Community have found themselves to be the source of a good deal of scrutiny in recent years, not all of it welcome. In this exclusive two-part interview, the Honorable James Clapper, Jr., Director of National Intelligence, discusses recent efforts to stem news leaks in the Intelligence Community; a new "roadmap" outlining the IC's technology requirements in the future; and the effort to improve the speed and reliability of federal employee and contractor security clearances. Also we'll preview the upcoming Intelligence and National Security Summit, scheduled for Sept. 18-19 in Washington, and co-sponsored by INSA and AFCEA International.

Tags: AFCEA Answers , Max Cacas , James Clapper , intelligence

Thursday - 07/10/2014, 02:27pm EDT
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