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Rob Coen, Director, IT Acquisition and Assessment Center, NIH

The National Institutes of Health has awarded a new governmentwide acquisition contract (GWAC). The $20 billion contract, Chief Information Officers-Commodities and Solutions (CIO-CS) was divided among 65 total companies. It'll help provide the entire federal government with IT solutions. Rob Coen is the director of the agency's IT Acquisition and Assessment Center (NITAAC). He joined Emily Kopp on the Federal Drive to further examine the GWAC.

Tags: Rob Coen , NIH , CIO , GWAC , Acquisition , Federal Drive , Tom Temin

Tuesday - 04/28/2015, 09:07am EDT
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Karen Evans, Director, U.S. Cyber Challenge

Two new bills on cybersecurity and information sharing are through the House of Representatives. One of them deals with liability protections that's been a sore spot for private sector companies. Karen Evans is national director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge, and former Administrator of E-government at the Office of Management and Budget. She submitted comments on one of the bills, and described them on In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: Karen Evans , U.S. Cyber Challenge , Cybersecurity , House , In Depth

Monday - 04/27/2015, 04:09pm EDT
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Todd Akers, Vice President of Public Sector, Acquia

A lot of people today have their heads in the cloud the digital cloud that is. And if open-cloud providers like Acquia have their way, more in the government will follow suit. Acquia itself had some progress on that front recently, securing deals with the Justice Department and other government entities to use its Drupal open-cloud software. Todd Akers is the vice president of public sector at Acquia. On the Federal Drive with Tom Temin, he explained how Drupal came to be.

Tags: Todd Akers , Acquia , Justice Department , Drupal , Federal Drive

Monday - 04/27/2015, 03:36am EDT
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Hope springs eternal for cyber laws after House approval

Lawmakers overwhelmingly passed the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act and the Protecting Cyber Networks Act this week. These are the first cybersecurity information sharing bills with broad support in more than five years.

Tags: Cybersecurity , House , Information sharing , Congress , Mike McCaul , Bob Dix , Juniper Networks , Trend Micro , Tom Kellermann , DHS , ODNI , NCCIC , CTIIC , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 12:38pm EDT

Pentagon's new cyber strategy looks to Silicon Valley

The cyber policy revisions, which Ashton Carter will announce during a speech at Stanford University, will be the first significant update since 2011, when the department issued its first-ever cyber strategy. Carter's visit to Silicon Valley is the first such trip in 20 years for a Defense secretary. Officials say the pilgrimage is meant to build tighter partnerships between DoD and the tech sector it depends on for cybersecurity and technology innovation.

Tags: DoD , Cybersecurity , U.S. Cyber Command , U.S. Digital Service , In-Q-Tel , Ashton Carter , Industry , innovation , Defense Innovation Unit-Experimental , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 04:03am EDT
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EEOC CIO Hancher to retire, but not before meeting a few more goals

Kim Hancher is calling it a career after 34 years in government, including the last seven as the CIO of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She said she wants to make sure the agency is on the right path with cloud and cyber before leaving later this spring.

Tags: exclusive , EEOC , Kim Hancher , Cloud computing , Cybersecurity , ITIL , Agile development process , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 08:32am EDT
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Rep. Cummings warns more feds at risk in USIS cyber breach

A review by federal cyber experts from DHS, ODNI and OPM raise the prospect that the initial estimate of 27,000 federal employees thought to have been impacted by the August 2014 cyber breach of security clearance contractor USIS is low. In light of that breach and others, OMB led a governmentwide review of contracts to ensure contractors are in compliance with laws and policies to protect government data on non-federal systems.

Tags: Oversight , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , elijah cummings , Carol Maloney , Donna Seymour , Tony Scott , OPM , OMB , Cybersecurity , USIS , Data Breach , GAO , Greg Wilshusen , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/23/2015, 03:46am EDT
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Census begins stretch run vowing not to make same mistakes

GAO warns the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee that the bureau needs to simplify its IT plans for the 2020 count. Census to finalize operational plan by September detailing technology and processes for the decennial population calculation.

Tags: Oversight , Congress , Census Bureau , Commerce Department , John Thompson , GAO , Carol Cha , Robert Goldenkoff , James Lankford , Decennial Census , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , Mobile computing , Cybersecurity , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 04:32am EDT
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Senators question Treasury's transparency of its IT projects

Two key Senate lawmakers are questioning the Treasury Department's inconsistencies in reporting the health of its major technology projects.

Tags: Oversight , Treasury , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee , IT Dashboard , Sonny Bhagowalia , Ron Johnson , Tom Carper , Terry Milholland , GAO , IRS , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 04/22/2015, 09:30am EDT
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