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Military services and agencies, alike, are under pressure from senior defense officials to find savings from IT Rob Carey, DoD's deputy CIO said at the annual Executive Leadership Conference. In the coming weeks, Defense CIO Teri Takai will issue a memo detailing a new strategy for bringing existing consolidation and standardization efforts together. The budget pressures have helped push the department out in front of emerging cyber and mobile technologies.
OPM developing competency models for performance improvement officers and chief operating officers as part of its requirements under the GPRA Modernization Act. DHS moves to agile development to fix the HSIN program. NIST to update HSPD-12 card requirements to meet mobile needs.
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From passing cyber legislation to training the future workforce to handle cyber threats, the federal government still has several important items on its cyber agenda.
Last year, the FDA proposed a policy to test apps that included "very high-risk interventions" that did not cause any unintended consequences. The agency is now expected to release final policy by the end of this year on which apps it will oversee.
Agencies have taken the first steps in building a more digital-friendly government. As part of the far-reaching digital services strategy released in May, most large federal agencies have identified services and resources that could benefit from a digital overhaul.
Agencies considering allowing employees to use their own smartphones and other mobile devices on the job - known as bring-your-own-device (BYOD) - have a new toolkit at their disposal to ease the transition. The toolkit contains key considerations for agency IT managers, success stories from agencies that have already implemented such programs as well as sample existing policies at those agencies to serve as samples.
Since March 2010, the device has helped to catch 450 drug traffickers, weapons smugglers and potential terror suspects. The developers of the technology are finalists for the 2012 Service to America Medal.
The FBI wants an automated testing system that can handle all Android applications. Researchers are trying to standardize a technique called fuzzing that forces outside data into the apps to find weaknesses.
The agency will hold a workshop July 25 to review the second draft of FIPS 201-2.
While government IT resources are shrinking, a dire need for improvements with customer interaction will be key to agencies survival.
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