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The US Military Gets A Guidebook to the Cloud

August 25, 2015 The Defense Department’s information technology arm has unveiled a guide for IT shops in the defense and military space planning a move to the cloud. Released by the Defense Information Systems Agency, the guide is aimed at DOD “mission owners” wanting to migrate an existing information system from a physical...

DISA Issues Pentagon-Friendly Cloud Computing Guide

August 25, 2015 The Defense Department’s information technology arm has unveiled a guide for IT shops in the defense and military space planning a move to the cloud. Released by the Defense Information Systems Agency, the guide is aimed at DOD “mission owners” wanting to migrate an existing information system from a physical...

Pentagon Debunks DOD-VA Interoperability Myth

August 24, 2015 For years, the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs struggled to integrate their electronic health records systems, spending upward of a billion dollars on an effort that was ultimately scrapped, raising red flags in Congress and among government watchdogs. At one point in 2014, VA attempted to convince the...

$11 Billion Next-Gen Weather Satellite Launch Delayed

August 20, 2015 The launch of the first of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s next-generation geostationary weather satellites has been delayed for the second time in as many years. The first GOES-R satellite (Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite) had pushed its original launch date from October 2015 to March 2016, and “schedule risks”...

QTS Sets Eyes on Federal Market with Carpathia Acquisition

August 17, 2015 QTS, a national data center solutions company, has its eyes set on the growing federal market for cloud services. The Kansas-based company, which already services many federal customers through 12 nationwide data centers, spent $326 million acquiring Carpathia, a well-known cloud services provider. Carpathia already has a slew of federal...

No Protests After $9 Billion Pentagon Contract

August 14, 2015 When Leidos and its partners, Cerner and Accenture Federal, secured a monster Pentagon health records contract worth up to $9 billion in late July, eyes turned to losing bidders IBM and Computer Sciences Corp., expecting a bid protest. That hasn’t happened. Protestors have 10 days after a contract award or...

Where Customer Experience is Winning (and Losing) in Government

August 10, 2015 This story has been updated. In the past year, the Obama administration has increasingly pushed for better customer experience between federal agencies and their stakeholders, without a single, unified plan to accomplish this massive goal; rather, agencies must decide for themselves. And make no mistake, improving federal customer experience is...

VA’s Deputy CIO Takes New Job

August 6, 2015 Stephen Warren, the Department of Veterans Affairs deputy chief information officer, will leave the agency effective Aug. 28 to become the Office of the Comptroller of Currency’s CIO. FCW reported the story first. “I want to take a moment to announce the upcoming departure of Stephen Warren from VA,” LaVerne...

The Road to Improving Customer Experience for Veterans

August 5, 2015 There are some challenging jobs in government, and then there’s the job Tom Allin recently stepped into at the Department of Veterans Affairs. A former chief executive officer of a large Asian-based foods corporation, Allin’s position was created to dramatically improve the agency’s relationship with its customers – the millions...

Intelligence Community Research Agency Gets New Director

August 4, 2015 Jason Matheny came to the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity as a program manager in 2009 as a bit of a forecaster, designing tools that might help the military better predict worldwide events. Now, Matheny is taking over as IARPA’s director, putting him at the helm of the intelligence community’s...