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NOAA Taps New Head for Satellite Programs

September 30, 2014 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has tapped one of NASA’s top spaceflight officials to lead the division responsible for overseeing billions of dollars’ worth of environmental satellites. NOAA tapped Stephen Volz to be the new head of the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Services, filling a position left ...

Fuzzy Math on Data Centers Could Sink Further Savings, GAO Warns

September 25, 2014 The federal government hasn’t struggled to close or consolidate the growing number of energy-guzzling data centers, but a new Government Accountability Office report suggests agencies and overseers need to improve how they tally up cost savings or the feds could miss out on billions in further savings. The new audit ...

Intelligence Community ‘All In’ on New Technology Plan

September 22, 2014 Three years after top officials within the intelligence community first gathered to formulate a new approach to handling technology within its 17 component agencies, the resulting plan’s foundation has been laid and agencies are off and running. Called the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise, or IC-ITE (pronounced “eyesight”), the plan ...

Every Part of the US Government Has Probably Already Been Hacked

September 10, 2014 Cybersecurity has been touted by the Obama administration as one of its top technology priorities over the past several years, but heightened visibility alone has done little to deter adversaries that include state-sponsored hackers, hackers for hire, cyber syndicates and terrorists. Consider the testimony today from some of the nation’s ...

Is There Any Part of Government That Hasn’t Been Hacked Yet?

September 10, 2014 Cybersecurity has been touted by the Obama administration as one of its top technology priorities over the past several years, but heightened visibility alone has done little to deter adversaries that include state-sponsored hackers, hackers for hire, cyber syndicates and terrorists. Consider the testimony today from some of the nation’s ...

GSA’s McClure to Lead Cloud Strategy at Private Firm

September 2, 2014 Long-time innovator and public servant Dave McClure, who announced his retirement from the General Services Administration in April, has joined Vienna, Virginia-based Veris Group LLC as its chief strategist. The chief strategist is a new position at Veris, according to a press statement, and will put McClure in the role ...

Pentagon Accepts Bids on Long-Awaited Health Records Contract

August 26, 2014 The Defense Department on Monday opened its Healthcare Management Systems Modernization contract to bids, beginning what could be an $11 billion effort over the next decade to modernize the way the Pentagon provides health care to service members. DOD’s goal is to use this single award contract to eventually replace ...

Amazon Expands Its Cloud Services to the U.S. Military

August 21, 2014 Amazon Web Services has become the first commercial cloud provider authorized to handle the Defense Department’s most sensitive unclassified data. Today’s announcement that AWS has achieved a provisional authority to operate under DOD’s cloud security model at impact levels 3-5 is a major win for the company, as it allows ...

Big Win for Amazon: First Provider Authorized to Handle Sensitive DOD Workloads in Cloud

August 21, 2014 Amazon Web Services has become the first commercial cloud provider authorized to handle the Defense Department’s most sensitive unclassified data. Today’s announcement that AWS has achieved a provisional authority to operate under DOD’s cloud security model at impact levels 3-5 is a major win for the company, as it allows ...

What Is the Biggest Obstacle to Tech Adoption in Government?

August 13, 2014 The government’s ability to capitalize on emerging technologies comes down to three elements: people, processes and the technology itself, described by Commerce Department Deputy Chief Information Officer Kirit Amin as a “three-legged stool.” Yet, only one of those legs – technology – is a relatively straightforward endeavor to tackle. “Tech ...