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USDA telework apps allow farmers to be out standing in their field

One federal agency is working on apps so stakeholders can telework along side employees.

Tags: technology , Telework Center , telework , Polycom , Suzanne Kubota , Ask the CIO , Gary Washington , NRCS

Monday - 04/04/2011, 04:00am EDT

Excellence.gov Awards: USDA' s online self service replaces paper apps

The USDA in Idaho receives more than 17,000 paper applications for white water river permits. Processing those applications is costly and time consuming. So the agency set up an online self service system where applicants have 24/7 access.

Tags: John King , John Hawk , 2011 Excellence.gov Awards , Forest Service , technology , Dorobek Insider

Wednesday - 03/23/2011, 06:29pm EDT
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Agencies fall short in reporting spending data

A House committee held a discussion on openness in government and addressed the errors made in reporting data related to spending.

Tags: Subcommittee on Technology Information Policy, Int , Elijah Cummings , The Sunlight Foundation , Ellen Miller , Christopher Smith , OMB , Danny Werfel , management , technology , Jared Serbu

Monday - 03/14/2011, 07:02am EDT
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OMB turns up oversight heat with cyberstat

The administration's IT agenda for fiscal 2012 will include new tools to combat cyber threats as well as major overhauls to how agencies manage their systems. Agency CIOs say agility will be important moving forward.

Tags: technology , management , contracting , cybersecurity , Vivek Kundra , Richard Spires , Roger Baker , GSA , VA , DHS , Education , OMB , cyberstats , collaboration , agile development , IT budget , program oversight , AFCEA , Meg Beasley

Monday - 02/28/2011, 06:58am EST
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Federal agencies strategize to fight bed bugs

Federal agencies are collaborating to fight bed bug infestations with common-sense practices.

Tags: Bed Bugs , DoD , Bed Bug Summit , CDC , EPA , HUD , Susan Jennings , management , HHS , John Buckner

Tuesday - 02/01/2011, 06:46pm EST
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Cloud, cloud, everywhere there’s cloud

Wow. So much news about cloud, so little time. Good thing we have this blog, right? Federal News Radio was busy covering news about cloud computing this week. We’ve gathered all of those stories here for easy access. Army weeks away from enterprise e-mail rollout The Army will begin migrating employees to its new cloud-based [...]

Tags: Army , cloud computing , cloud-first policy , email as a service , Google , Interior , Microsoft ,

Sunday - 01/30/2011, 04:45pm EST

Behind the USDA cloud

Are you moving to the cloud? Tune in for an interview with the USDA's Jim Stevens as he discusses his agency's cloud options.
January 25, 2011

Tags: Jim Stevens , cloud computing , John Gilroy , Federal Tech Talk , CIO , technology

Tuesday - 01/25/2011, 05:08pm EST
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Google wins stay of Interior award to Microsoft for cloud

The Court of Federal Claims rules that Interior violated law and federal regulations in awarding a sole source contract to Microsoft for e-mail and collaboration services in the cloud. This the latest episode in an ongoing battle between the two software giants to provide cloud services to agencies.

Tags: contracting , industry , technology , Bernie Mazer , Susan Braden , Rhea Suh , Interior , GSA , Court of Federal Claims , GAO , Google , Microsoft , cloud computing , e-mail-as-a-service , bid protest , Jason Miller

Thursday - 01/06/2011, 07:09am EST

Microsoft to host cloud services for USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture now has a blooming relationship with Microsoft. Earlier this month, Microsoft and the USDA reached an agreement to have Microsoft host email for as many as 120,000 employees. The company will also manage the USDA’s software and networks, as part of the agreement. USDA employees currently use 21 different email [...]

Tags: cloud computing , Federal Information Security Management Act , Microsoft , technology ,

Tuesday - 12/28/2010, 06:02pm EST

Reaction to OMB 25-point IT reform plan

Former USDA CIO Anne Reed responds to OMB's plan to reform IT management.

Tags: Anne Reed , CIO , technology , IT reform , OMB , Dorobek Insider , management , contracting

Tuesday - 12/14/2010, 04:33pm EST
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