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NASA to change EVM requirements

The proposed rule change would make life a little easier for some contractors.

Tags: contracting , EVM , firm-fixed-price , Meg Beasley

Thursday - 02/10/2011, 08:11pm EST

NASA searching for locations of lost 'space trees'

NASA is trying to find space voyagers that are lost here on earth.

Tags: NASA Goddard , Dave Williams , Kristi King , space trees , White House

Thursday - 02/10/2011, 02:19pm EST

NASA searching for locations of lost 'space trees'

NASA is trying to find space voyagers that are lost here on earth.

Tags: space trees , Apollo 14 , White House , U.S. Forest Service , Dave Williams , NASA Goddard , Kristi King

Thursday - 02/10/2011, 02:05pm EST

NASA to update IT security rules

NASA is working on making cybersecurity a top priority.

Tags: Cybersecurity Update , technology , System Security Certification Program , IT , Dorobek Insider

Monday - 01/24/2011, 03:43pm EST

Agency Tip 4: Make new hires feel welcome

Part of "The Need for the Next Generation" special report, NASA's Toni Dawsey explains how the space agency revamped its onboarding program for new hires.

Tags: Toni Dawsey , Tiffany Schuffer , onboarding , Jolie Lee , The Need for the Next Generation , pay and benefits , hiring

Monday - 01/24/2011, 02:01am EST

NASA awards $2.5B IT contract to Hewlett-Packard

NASA's Mike Sweigart gives details of the contract that replaces Lockheed Martin.

Tags: Mike Sweigart , Hewlett-Packard , Lockheed Martin , technology , Federal Drive , contracting , ACES

Thursday - 12/30/2010, 09:51am EST
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DoD, GSA tighten standards on contractor IDs

New regulations published Thursday aim to make sure agencies reclaim vendor employees' HSPD-12 cards when they're no longer needed to perform contract work.

Tags: technology , DoD , GSA , CAC , smart cards , HSPD-12 , secure identity cards , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 12/30/2010, 09:24am EST

NASA explores new uses for video teleconferencing

NASA is one of the federal pioneers of video teleconferencing systems (remember the first broadcasts from space?)ůso it's no surprise that this agency's program managers continue to rely on video conference technology to meet its daily demands for high-quality audio and visual communication among diverse public and private sector communities. "At NASA, teams at varied locations need a way to engage in timely, technical conversations and collaborate remotely to meet mission-critical goals," said NASA's Deputy Chief Information Officer Deborah Diaz. NASA -- both Headquarters and its major centers around the country -- uses video teleconferencing for everything from meetings, seminars, major international conferences and face-to-face meetings to quick conversations on pressing issues. The payoff is obvious: more cost-efficient and -effective operations, with savings on facilities as well as meeting planning and logistics. At an Open Government Summit hosted by NASA in the fall of 2010, nearly 60 percent of the participants used electronic tools to "virtually attend" the summit. Organizers faced twin challenges of being efficient but also inclusive, while juggling video streaming, cooperative note-taking, online teleconferencing and adapting conversational practices in the room, to bridge the gap between physical and virtual participants. What are they using? NASA Headquarters maintains video teleconferencing systems (ViTS) in multiple configurations, with equipment from vendors including Tandberg, Polycom and LifeSize. The typical ViTS stack includes the ViTS components themselves, additional recording units, PCs and in some cases SmartBoard capability. NASA is in the process of migrating all of its ViTS to have High Definition, digital sign control, and MP3 audio recording capabilities Latest capability improvements include Flash and Windows Media Video streaming via the Web. Users who have a small portable streaming system can view transmissions via computer from anywhere in the world. Some configurations offer MP3 recording capability that lets NASA burn CDs to distribute audio recordings; in others, NASA can use full audiovisual recording capability to capture entire events on Digital Video Disc (DVD) or Blu-Ray. NASA has begun implementing a Voice-Over-IP (VOIP) phone system, too. That will speed the delivery of IP-based desktop video conferencing as the agency phases out ISDN-based systems and will increase ViTS availability to NASA employees while reducing overall costs associated with equipment maintenance, operations, and logistics typical of larger ViTS facilities. "Technology enables and supports one to thousands of conversations," said NASA's Chief Technology Officer for IT, Chris Kemp. "We're finding that if we don't stand in the way of that conversation, incredible things can happen."

Tags: technology , Video Teleconferencing Center , telework , cisco , TANDBERG , Deborah Diaz , Chris Kemp , Judy Bradt

Monday - 12/27/2010, 10:47am EST

P.W. robotics team competes in NASA challenge

Collaborating via virtual communication, Prince William County robotics students across the area explored, experimented and engineered a winning design which took them to the finals at the 2010 ZERO Robotics competition this week.

Tags: robotics , MIT , SuperNOVA

Friday - 12/17/2010, 02:16pm EST

Lessons from NASA's Nebula cloud platform

Chris Kemp, CTO for IT at NASA, joins host John Gilroy to discuss the agency's Nebula Cloud Platform.
December 14, 2010

Tags: cloud computing , open government , Chris Kemp , NASA Ames Research Center , Nebula , technology , IT , data center consolidation , John Gilroy , Federal Tech Talk

Tuesday - 12/14/2010, 04:28pm EST
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