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Soldiers working at the Pentagon will trade their combat camouflage for business-like uniforms.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it will cut its IT costs for email and collaboration services in half, by moving all its employees to the cloud. The science agency has just issued a three year contract to handle email, calendar, collaboration and mobile device synchronization. NOAA says it's the largest federal agency to move to a cloud solution so far. They expect to migrate 25,000 mailboxes to the new service by the end of this year.
One part of the Air Force overcame the challenges surrounding a relocation from Washington to Fort Meade, Maryland, by pursing an aggressive telework system. The Air Force central adjudication facility, which processes security clearances, equipped and trained all 155 of its employees to telework. The agency credits the remote collaboration tools it created for letting it hold on to 92 percent of its workforce, in spite of the move to Maryland. They say they also increased productivity by 55 percent in just one year.
The Agriculture Department's Rural Utilities Service is issuing 250-million dollars in low-interest loans to help smaller, rural electric providers add technology to their local power grids. USDA says the loans to implement smart grid technology will help bring innovative features like customized, real time electric usage monitoring to homes and businesses throughout America through smart electric meters. And technological improvements to the grid itself will decrease the number of blackouts.
Twenty-three Washington Redskins players finished their third set of players-run practices Thursday morning with the hopes that the 14-week-old NFL lockout will be over before they have to think about working out again without their coaches.
The Defense Department says it's committed to changing both the way it uses energy and the kinds of energy the military uses.
The Obama administration released its policy framework for modernizing the nation's electric grid Monday. As has been the case in national strategies on other topics the White House has released recently, the administration wants the federal government to emphasize its role as a facilitator and standards author rather than a regulator.
The Navy is preparing to launch a new program of inspections to gauge its commands' cybersecurity measures.
The Navy readies RFIs for email and data storage to figure out how to best reduce spending on non-mission critical systems. Navy CIO Terry Halvorsen is exploring whether DON's non-classified email can be hosted by a third party, and whether a public-private partnership can be developed around data centers. Navy has no plans to use the DISA email system.
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Terry Halvorsen, the Department of the Navy's chief information officer, said the Navy and Marine Corps should expect ruthless cost cutting in information technology. Halvorsen said if the services don't cut costs themselves, it will be done for them.
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