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Telework may be team sport

A FedScoops panel says telework may be a team sport.

Tags: Bill Piatta , GSA , Christina Morrison , HP , Pamela Budda , FedScoops , telework , management , team , Dorobek Insider , panel

Monday - 11/15/2010, 05:44pm EST
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Video teleconferencing technology widely embraced at DISA

Video teleconferencing is more than an alternative to travel at the Defense Information Systems Agency. In fact, the demand for the agency's VTC facilities is exceeding expectations. It's no wonder then that the agency announced last week that it was re-awarding AT&T a contract to continue maintaining DISA's Video Services - Global (DVS-G) VTC system. "Telepresence is quite effective, in lieu of face-to-face meetings, in reducing the requirement for frequent travel," said Julia Brown, project manager for Defense Information Systems Network Video Services at DISA, said in an email to Federal News Radio. "Our challenge is keeping up with current level of demand." The agency has two telepresence options for employees to use. The Defense Connect Online (DCO) system allows employees to connect using equipment located at their desks. DCO is available to all authorized Defense Department employees DISA's other option is their VTC system that connects employees through rooms containing video teleconferencing equipment that function much like television studios, Brown said. The rooms are linked electronically allowing the participants in one room to see and hear the participants in the other rooms. Participants schedule a meeting through VTC coordinators and DISA maintains VTC facilities at military bases around the world. "It saves travel time and expenditures while allowing all participants to engage fully in meetings across the world," Brown said. "Our senior leaders use it for high-level meetings with other senior leaders in the DoD, but DISA also uses it for when we need all our agency employees around the world to meet for important issues, such as an all-hands meeting with our director." AT&T, which currently owns a majority of and maintains all of equipment and software under the DVS-G contract, has been DISA's vendor since 1997. The company currently is on its second contract with the agency. The current contract is worth up to $244.8 million. In early November, DISA announced that they would award AT&T a new sole-source contract, continuing the company's stewardship of VTC services for up to another five years. The new contract has a two-year base, with three one-year options. The new contract will be awarded effective Nov 30. "VTC has proven useful across the world, allowing our senior leaders to see the body language of meeting participants, assisting in a better understanding of objections, reservations, or approval," Brown said. Next week, the Video Teleconferencing Center takes an in-depth look at DISA's DCO system.

Tags: technology , Video Teleconferencing Center , telework , Cisco , TANDBERG , DISA , AT&T ,

Monday - 11/15/2010, 01:02pm EST

D.C. VA Medical Center hosts 'Ladies' Night'

The Washington D.C. VA Medical Center is hosting an evening of music, pampering and health information just for female veterans. We get details from the VA's Diane Phillips

Tags: DoD Report , VA , Ladies' Night , Ladies Night , Washington D.C. VA Medical Center , VA Medical Centers , health , health information , veterans health , Diane Phillips , Federal Drive

Monday - 11/15/2010, 09:59am EST
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Work is Something You Do, Not Somewhere You Go: The Case for Telework

November 16th, 2010 at 12:00PM

Work is something you do, not someplace you go. Federal Agencies are looking at Telework as a way to lower the cost of government, attract and retain top talent, enable emergency readiness plans, lower their carbon footprint, and take advantage of technology improvements to work more efficiently.

The current administration recognizes the opportunity to leverage telework to solve some of the government's greatest challenges, and has long championed the economic and social benefits of telework expansion.

FedsTelework, a FedScoop production, is pleased to bring you a panel discussion with Government IT leaders including Bill Piatt from GSA and Pamela Budda from DOD to discuss telework solutions in the federal government.

Tags: technology , FedScoop , Susie Adams , Christina Morrison , Nigel Ballard , Chris Dorobek , Intel , HP , Microsoft , Bill Piatt , GSA , Pamela Budda ,

Friday - 11/12/2010, 06:20pm EST
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Army initiates software development changes

The service issued a memo detailing a common operating environment architecture as part of a broader software transition strategy. The strategy builds on the experiences of the Apps for the Army program. The service is developing plans for Apps for the Army 2 next summer focusing on industry-created software.

Tags: technology , industry , Carol Wortman , Jeff Sorenson , Malcolm O'Neill , Army , Apps for the Army , software development , architecture , jason miller

Friday - 11/12/2010, 05:59pm EST
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Air Force grooming cyber wingmen

The service is giving careful thought to the human side of the cybersecurity equation. The top commander of the Air Force's Space Command said it's no longer a matter of information assurance, and it's all about mission assurance.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Air Force , Michael Basla , cybersecurity workforce , Air Force Academy , Max Cacas

Friday - 11/12/2010, 06:46am EST
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Leadership principles learned in the military: Communicating the ‘why' is important

Veteran Joe Sanchez writes about leadership lessons in Talent Culture.

Tags: Joe Sanchez , Talent Culture , military , management , Must Reads , Dorobek Insider

Thursday - 11/11/2010, 05:09pm EST

Sources: Pentagon group finds minimal risk to lifting gay ban during war

The Washington Post reports that a draft of a Pentagon study finds most military personnel think repealing "don't ask don't tell" will have a minimal impact.

Tags: Washinnton Post , Don't Ask Don't Tell , gay rights , Must Reads , Dorobek Insider

Thursday - 11/11/2010, 04:49pm EST

MOAA says DoD cuts cannot undermine incentives

Colonel Steve Strobridge of MOAA said the budget decisions by DoD cannot undermine key military incentives.

Tags: Air Force , Steve Strobridge , budget , Dorobek Insider

Thursday - 11/11/2010, 03:43pm EST
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DoD research agency leads IPv6 transition

Agency CIOs are under pressure to move to the new network protocol over the next two years. Technology officials can look to the Defense Research and Engineering Network for some important lessons learned. DREN has successfully made the transition to IPv6.

Tags: technology , IPv6 , IPv4 , DREN , John Baird , OMB , CIO Council , Digital Government Institute , Max Cacas

Thursday - 11/11/2010, 07:21am EST
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