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OMB tells CFOs to run SAVE Award ideas by broader audience

The administration will kick off the 2012 program to find money-saving ideas in a few weeks. Agencies will get to vote on a final list of ideas in the next few months.

Tags: management , SAVE award , OMB , Danny Werfel , Campaign to Cut Waste ,

Monday - 07/02/2012, 05:12pm EDT

DHS' Coose leaving for the private sector

The director of the Federal Network Security Branch becomes the fifth senior-level official to leave in more than a year. Danny Toler will assume his responsibilities at least in the interim.

Tags: people , DHS , Matt Coose , Danny Toler , cybersecurity , management , technology , Cybersecurity Update

Monday - 07/02/2012, 05:38am EDT

DHS hones dynamic approach to securing agency computer networks

Homeland Security releases policy and guidance on how departments and vendors will implement continuous monitoring and get away from static reports on the cyber health of their systems. DHS is hoping Congress approves a $200 million funding request to buy five different commercial cyber tools, a dashboard and a security data warehouse in 2013.

Tags: technology , acquisition , contracting , industry , DHS , cybersecurity , John Streufert , continuous monitoring , FISMA , cloud computing , FedRAMP , Alan Paller , SANS Institute ,

Thursday - 06/28/2012, 05:20am EDT
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FedBizOpps.gov contractor under FBI investigation

The government is investigating allegations against Symplicity Corp. for allegedly accessing without permission the internal networks of two competitors in the education sector. Symplicity, which runs three governmentwide websites, denies any wrongdoing and calls the government's search warrant a one-sided justification for the investigation. Experts say the company could face suspension from new federal procurements.

Tags: contracting , industry , Symplicity Corp. , FBI , GSA , FedBizopps.gov , Bill Shook , John Irving , Holland and Knight , Mazient , Pave Systems , Michael French , Ghasson Nino , Adam Hark , Ariel Friedler , cybersecurity ,

Friday - 06/29/2012, 05:41am EDT
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Congress running out of time to pass priority bills

Lawmakers have about 23 real work days left before the end of the fiscal year to pass USPS reform, comprehensive cyber, DoD authorization and all the 2013 spending bills. Experts hold out little hope even after the passage of the FDA bill and the expected approval of the highway legislation.

Tags: Congress , cybersecurity , USPS , postal reform bill , DoD , DoD authorization bill , appropriations bill , Tevi Troy , Hudson Institute , Trey Hodgkins , TechAmerica , James Lewis , CSIS ,

Wednesday - 06/27/2012, 05:08am EDT
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GSA, DISA face protests of billion dollar awards

CWTSatoTravel objected to the $1.4 billion E- Travel award going to Concur Technologies. SAIC protested DISA's $4.6 billion award for the Global Information Grid management services to Lockheed Martin. Both protestors are the incumbent contractors.

Tags: acquisition , contracting , industry , GSA , DISA , Concur Technologies , E-Travel , CWTSatoTravel , Lockheed Martin , SAIC , GAO , bid protest ,

Monday - 06/25/2012, 03:24pm EDT
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Lockheed exec gives vendor, government communications high marks

Linda Gooden, the executive vice president of the aerospace and technology giant's information systems and global solutions business area, said agencies are spending more time than ever helping contractors understand their needs. Gooden and Lockheed CEO Robert Stevens' statements are in stark contrast to comments made by a major competitor about the challenges companies face in talking to agencies.

Tags: contracting , industry , Lockheed Martin , Linda Gooden , Robert Stevens , Task order contract , Mythbusters , industry-government communication ,

Monday - 06/25/2012, 05:13am EDT
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DHS hires DoD expert to coordinate interagency cyber efforts

Rosemary Wenchel is the new deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity coordination at DHS. She replaces Adm. Mike Brown, who retired in January.

Tags: people , DHS , Rosemary Wenchel , Mark Weatherford , cybersecurity , DoD , Interagency coordination , technology

Friday - 06/22/2012, 02:58pm EDT

USAID plans to rebound from dramatic drop in cybersecurity scores

The U.S. Agency for International Development saw their FISMA scores drop to an F grade. Jerry Horton, USAID's chief information officer, said they will fix their shortcomings this year.
June 21, 2012

Tags: technology , Jerry Horton , USAID , cybersecurity , FISMA , cloud computing , Network upgrade , Ask the CIO ,

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 09:20pm EDT
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Agencies struggle to grasp mobile cybersecurity

NIST, DHS experts say protecting smartphones and tablets shouldn't be any different than securing typical desktop or laptop computers. DHS will release mobile security reference architecture to help agencies understand common concepts. NIST is updating security control guide with 250 new requirements, including mobile controls.

Tags: technology , mobile computing , Sean Donelan , DHS , Ron Ross , NIST , cybersecurity , Digital Government Strategy , AFCEA , HSPD-12 ,

Thursday - 06/21/2012, 10:37am EDT
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