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Air Force suspends Iron Bow, others from new contracts

The companies must plead their case before the Air Force's debarring official. In the meantime, they cannot obtain new contracts or subcontracts.

Tags: industry , Contracting , Suspension and debarment , Air Force , Iron Bow , Advanced C4 Solutions , Superior Communications Solutions , Rene LaVigne

Monday - 10/31/2011, 07:49pm EDT

Rep. Lankford says training will ease acquisition workforce transition

The chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform said agencies need to do more to train new employees to make the best decisions. Lankford said the turnover in the workforce and the lack of consistent training for the new employees is a major concern for the subcommittee.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition workforce , training , James Lankford , OFPP , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Federal Acquisition Institute ,

Tuesday - 11/01/2011, 07:29pm EDT

NIST's new roadmap expands cloud conversation

The agency issued draft of version 1 of the technology roadmap seeking to create cloud computing standards. The document details 10 cloud requirements that agencies need help on to adopt the emerging technology.

Tags: Technology , NIST , cloud computing , CIO Council ,

Tuesday - 11/01/2011, 03:03pm EDT

Interior tries again to move email to the cloud

The department released a request for information for 11 email and collaboration services in the cloud. The RFI comes after Onix and Google dropped its protest of Interior's award to Softchoice and Microsoft for cloud email in October 2010.

Tags: Contracting , industry , Interior , cloud computing , Google , Microsoft , Onix , Softchoice , Email-as-a-service , FISMA , Cybersecurity ,

Tuesday - 11/01/2011, 12:47pm EDT

FedRAMP cloud policy in final review

GSA's Dave McClure said a flood of documents will come as soon as OMB signs off on the cloud security guidance. McClure said among the documents will be the application for third party companies to become FedRAMP accreditors of cloud products and services.

Tags: Technology , Dave McClure , GSA , DoD , DHS , FedRAMP , cloud computing , Cybersecurity , Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board , industry , OMB ,

Friday - 10/28/2011, 05:45pm EDT

White House grading agency cyber progress

Deputy secretaries now get quarterly scorecards on how their agency is meeting four IT security priorities, including continuous monitoring of agency networks and secure identity cards. Howard Schmidt, the White House cyber coordinator, said the goal is to increase accountability and make sure agencies are putting enough focus on these areas. Schmidt said he is also developing priorities for 2012, which includes getting cybersecurity legislation passed.

Tags: Technology , management , Cybersecurity , Howard Schmidt , Jacob Olcott , OMB , DHS , cyber coordinator , TIC , secure identity cards , HSPD-12 , continuous monitoring , Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board , CyberStat , Good Harbor Consulting

Friday - 10/28/2011, 05:50am EDT

NIST's Furlani to retire in early 2012

Charles Romine has been selected to replace Furlani as the head of the NIST IT lab.

Tags: management , people , Cita Furlani , Charles Romine , Howard Schmidt , NIST , Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board , Cybersecurity , Technology ,

Thursday - 10/27/2011, 01:53pm EDT

Federal CIO VanRoekel details his 'first' priorities

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel wants the government to move toward a share-first policy where agencies share IT before buying new. He also introduced his "Future First" initiative to standardize technology development and adoption across the government. This was VanRoekel's first major policy speech since taking over as CIO in August.

Tags: Technology , policy , Steven VanRoekel , OMB , cloud computing , Cybersecurity , mobile computing , Future First , entrepreneur-in-residence , Tech Fellows , Citizen services , PARC , TechAmerica , FedRAMP

Wednesday - 10/26/2011, 03:05pm EDT

GSA awards 21 vendors a spot on $5B Connections II contract

The IDIQ contract will let agencies order a variety of telecommunications support services.

Tags: industry , Contracting , Technology , GSA , Connections II , Telecommunications ,

Wednesday - 10/26/2011, 07:44pm EDT

NARA tackling records management in the cloud

The archives is working with the CIO Council to figure out how to move records stored in the cloud more easily and ensure their authenticity. Mike Wash, NARA's CIO, said this is a problem looming for every agency as more and more of them move to the cloud computing. NARA is considering how to move its internal email to a managed service provider.
October 12, 2011(Encore presentation November 24, 2011)

Tags: Technology , Mike Wash , NARA , cloud computing , Records management , ERA , meta data , Ask the CIO ,

Wednesday - 10/12/2011, 04:53pm EDT
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