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Tech Giants Team Up to Unleash NOAA’s Data

April 21, 2015 Just over a year ago, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sought industry feedback to help it better share the more than 20 terabytes of weather data it produces every day. Today, Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker revealed the culmination of NOAA’s efforts: a big data project between NOAA and a...

18F’s Hillary Hartley on Redesigning Government Services: Put the People First

April 20, 2015 This article was originally published in a shortened version on March 13. The article has been expanded. As the deputy executive director at 18F, the federal government’s digital services delivery team, Hillary Hartley’s job is to put end users at the forefront of any technology project. The bit of irony...

HealthCare.gov Still Gets Poor Marks for Customer Experience

April 20, 2015 HealthCare.gov’s botched rollout may have been mitigated by a mercenary band of techies, but it’s still behind the curve in customer experience, according to Forrester’s Customer Experience Index. Released today, the report’s findings are based on perceptions from more than 46,000 consumers surveyed last November and December on 299 U.S....

These 3 Steps Could Prevent 85 Percent of All Data Breaches

April 17, 2015 Last year, data breaches of both private sector companies and the federal government dominated headlines. In short, a lot of organizations got owned. And if early 2015 is any indication, there’s much more to come. Yet, a great many of these calamities are preventable through basic cybersecurity hygiene, according to...

Federal CIO Tony Scott Expects Some 'Resistance' on Federal IT Reform Law

April 16, 2015 What a nine weeks it’s been for new federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott. Fresh off CIO gigs at a who’s-who of private sector companies, including Walt Disney Company, Microsoft and most recently VMware, Scott became the government’s top techie in February and it hasn’t taken long for him to...

Casey Coleman Heads to Unisys

April 15, 2015 Former General Services Administration Chief Information Officer Casey Coleman is headed to Unisys. Coleman, who led GSA’s IT efforts from 2007 to 2014 before taking a position with AT&T Government Solutions, is joining Unisys Federal as its group vice president for civilian agencies. Coleman was a decorated civil servant --...

OMB Blueprint for IT Reform Coming Soon

April 14, 2015 The Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act holds great promise to improve the way government manages its IT projects and budgets, but agencies may have to wait until later this year for promised guidance from the Office of Management and Budget. OMB had been expected to issue guidelines sometime this spring....

How the NSA Is Using the Cloud To Thwart the Next Snowden

April 13, 2015 Almost two years ago, the National Security Agency forever lost its “No Such Agency” nickname at the hands of one of its contractors—a once-trusted insider by the name of Edward Snowden. Snowden’s stream of leaked NSA secrets about classified surveillance programs shined the public spotlight on the clandestine government organization....

NSA’s Grand Plan to Snowden-Proof Its Data Using the Cloud

April 12, 2015 Almost two years ago, the National Security Agency forever lost its “No Such Agency” nickname at the hands of one of its contractors -- a once-trusted insider by the name of Edward Snowden. Snowden’s stream of leaked NSA secrets about classified surveillance programs shined the public spotlight on the clandestine...

The Army Expands Its Use of Cloud Computing

April 9, 2015 With several hundred thousand active-duty and civilian personnel and military bases all over the planet, the U.S. Army’s logistics challenges rival those of any organization on Earth. The Army has secured the hybrid cloud computing services of IBM to bolster services provided by its Logistics Support Activity, responsible for some...