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What the T in FITARA Really Means

May 23, 2016 The Federal Information Technology Acquisition and Reform Act tends to be associated with chief information officers across government. That makes sense, because the legislation is supposed to give CIOs the power of the purse when it comes to tech investments. Yet, a conversation Monday among the top tech, budget and...

Congress Flexes Muscle on FITARA

May 19, 2016 Congress cracked the legislative whip Wednesday on a cadre of top tech officials from various agencies regarding their updated scores implementing the Federal Information Technology and Acquisition Reform Act. Wednesday’s hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform’s IT operations subcommittee, featured chief information officers from NASA and the departments...

FITARA Scorecard: Fewer Agencies Get Failing Scores on IT Reform

May 18, 2016 For the most part, federal agencies improved upon the poor grades they earned in the first Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act implementation scorecard released in November. A second version of the scorecards will be released today by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee's IT subcommittee during a hearing...

Officials Worry US ‘Falling Behind’ in Race to Prepare for Electromagnetic Pulse Attacks

May 17, 2016 Electromagnetic pulses and violent space weather outbursts might seem like national security threats straight out of science fiction. But the House Homeland Security Committee wants to ensure federal agencies are doing their best to prepare for them. During an Oversight and Management Efficiency subcommittee hearing Tuesday, legislators reviewed the possible...

US Navy Wants to Train Its Own 'Ethical' Hackers

May 17, 2016 The U.S. Navy, owner of one of the largest and most sophisticated computer networks on Earth, will turn some of its sailors into ethical hackers to better defend it. In a solicitation posted last week, the Navy outlined its requirements for training and graduation from the Certified Ethical Hacker program,...

Navy Wants to Train Employees to be ‘Ethical Hackers’

May 16, 2016 The U.S. Navy, owner of one of the largest and most sophisticated computer networks on Earth, will turn some of its sailors into ethical hackers to better defend it. In a solicitation posted last week, the Navy outlined its requirements for training and graduation from the Certified Ethical Hacker program,...

Navy’s NGEN Recompete Could Go Out to Bid in January

May 13, 2016 The U.S. Navy could recompete its $3.5 billion Next Generation Enterprise Networks contract as early as January 2017, according to one of its top tech officials. Speaking at an AFCEA breakfast Wednesday in Crystal City, Virginia, Navy Deputy Chief Information Officer Janice Haith said the recompete of the NGEN could...

Have a Drink and Talk Open Source with Nextgov

May 12, 2016 In March, the government dropped a new policy to open up a percentage of its custom-written source code. The White House open source software policy quickly grabbed headlines when officials from various agencies voiced conflicting opinions. While parties appear to be on the same page now, open source software has...

Culture Change in Federal IT Starts at the Top

May 11, 2016 Amid the government’s biggest push to modernize its IT systems since the advent of computers – or at least since Y2K – it’s important for agencies to realize the importance culture plays in creating successful technology transformations. Speaking Tuesday in Washington at the CA Technologies Government Summit, which was produced...

Survey: More Than Half of Feds Want to Unleash As Much Data As Possible

May 10, 2016 Federal employees are open to sharing a whole lot more data with the public. According to a new study by Socrata, 56 percent of federal employees report their agency’s goal is to “make as much of their data open as possible,” while 83 percent of respondents aim to make the...