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FedRAMP developing a FISMA high baseline in 2015

The Federal Risk Authorization and Management Program will send a draft baseline standard for FISMA high systems around the government for comment in the next month. Matt Goodrich, the acting director of the FedRAMP program, said the high-impact baseline would apply only to non-classified technology systems as characterized under the Federal Information Security Management Act.

Tags: cybersecurity , FedRAMP , Matt Goodrich , GSA , DoD , DHS , Trusted Internet Connections initiative , Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program , Joint Authorization Board , cloud computing , Jason Miller

Friday - 11/28/2014, 07:33am EST

Jim Thomas, Vice President and Director of Studies, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assesments

The resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is bringing the administration's military and foreign policies into a new light. The next secretary will have to deal with the lingering issues of pay and benefits reform, sequestration, and the new technology offset strategy. Jim Thomas, vice president and director of studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, analyzed what Hagel's resignation means for the agency's present and future on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

Tags: Jim Thomas , Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assesments , DoD , Chuck Hagel , pay and benefits , sequestration , offset , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 11:08am EST
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White House crowdsources open-government playbook

In writing a new tipsheet for agencies about engaging the public, the White House is practicing what it's preaching.

Tags: open government , GSA , Justin Herman , Corinna Zarek , crowdsourcing , Daniel Schuman , Sean Vitka , CREW , Sunlight Foundation , transparency , Emily Kopp ,

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 01:07pm EST

DoD's helicopter modernization program a testbed for open architecture

The Defense Department has professed a belief in open systems architectures for years, but has had trouble translating its stated policy preferences into acquisition outcomes. A program to modernize the military's helicopters aims to change that

Tags: DoD , open architecture , Future Vertical Lift , Joint Multi-Role Program , Army , Navy , CSIS , Honeywell , Boeing , William Hargreaves , Dan Bailey , Thomas Dubois , Joseph Riter

Wednesday - 11/26/2014, 03:26am EST
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OMB to seed digital services teams across government

The U.S. Digital Service team is working with VA and other agencies to hire and train employees to apply the agile development approach to projects. Mikey Dickerson, USDS director, said the goal is two-fold: to create lasting agile development capacity in agencies and to ensure agencies think about citizens' needs first and foremost.

Tags: workforce , OMB , Lisa Schlosser , Mikey Dickerson , digital services , agile development , training , hiring , Veterans Affairs Department , CIO Council , GSA , 18F , Jason Miller , exclusive

Tuesday - 11/25/2014, 06:06pm EST
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Ron Ross, FISMA Implementation Project Leader, NIST

Non-federal organizations and contractors may have sensitive federal information on their computers, but there are no consistent rules on how to keep that information secure. The treatment of Controlled Unclassified Information is the focus of a new set of recommendations. Ron Ross is a National Institute of Standards and Technology fellow. He is the lead author of the new guide, and joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain more.

Tags: Ron Ross , NIST , contracting , cybersecurity , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , controlled unclassified information

Monday - 11/24/2014, 10:38am EST
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A funny thing happened on the way to digital government

The difficulty with digital government is that it's easy to get distracted and lose sight of the goal, says Thom Rubel. But it doesn't have to be this way. Rubel offers three key strategies that can eliminate the sideshows which prevent true digital government.

Tags: digital government , Thom Rubel , Pegasystems , best practices , agile development

Monday - 11/24/2014, 02:47am EST

Bob Martinage, Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is calling for a fresh round of technology innovation to ensure America's military superiority. The push is part of what Hagel described as a "game-changing" strategy to sharpen the nation's military edge, even with tight budgets. Bob Martinage is former Navy under-secretary and technology aide to Defense Secretary Robert Gates. He's now a Senior Fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to talk about the initiative.

Tags: DoD , Chuck Hagel , Bob Martinage , Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments , Robert Gates , Tom Temin , Federal Drive

Friday - 11/21/2014, 11:33am EST
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Agencies delivering IT capabilities 20 days faster by using agile, OMB says

The Office of Management and Budget says PortfolioStat data is proving the positive impact agile development is having on IT projects. The U.S. Digital Service is providing both help and training to expand the understanding and use of agile development.

Tags: OMB , Lisa Schlosser , Mikey Dickerson , Haley Van Dyck , agile development , U.S. Digital Service , PortfolioStat , Smarter IT Delivery Agenda , acquisition , Marina Martin , VA , Jason Miller , exclusive

Friday - 11/21/2014, 04:23am EST
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NGA's belief in open source, crowdsourcing heating up

The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency turned to GitHub, an open source platform, for help in developing mission apps. NGA earlier this week placed its first open source developed app on iTunes.

Tags: open source , GitHub , National Geospatial Technical Operations Center , Dave White , Chris Rasmussen , crowdsourcing , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller

Thursday - 11/20/2014, 09:34am EST
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