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Army Unveils Cloud Strategy

April 7, 2015 The U.S. Army is taking its information technology to the cloud. At least, that’s the plan. This month, the Army released a formal cloud computing strategy that aligns with the Pentagon’s evolving policies and will position it to capitalize on disruptive commercial cloud computing technologies prevalent in the private sector....

Snowden: NSA Not (Specifically) Looking for Your Nude Photos

April 6, 2015 HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver’s amazingly uncomfortable, yet highly interesting interview with National Security Agency secrets-leaker Edward Snowden frames government surveillance in a context any American can understand: nude photos. It’s been almost two years since Snowden, a former NSA contractor, spilled some of the intelligence community’s biggest...

New FedRAMP, DHS Initiative Aims to Make it Easier for Feds to Access the Cloud

April 3, 2015 The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, the body that creates standardized cloud computing security requirements, continues to evolve to take on new challenges. The latest effort came in the release of a draft overlay from the FedRAMP program office and Department of Homeland Security-led Trusted Internet Connections initiative, which...

Census' Tech Use Could Slash Cost of 2020 Count by Nearly Half

April 2, 2015 The 2010 United States Census cost more than $13 billion, or approximately $96 per household. If the Census Bureau uses the 2010 model for the next decennial headcount in 2020, government watchdogs fear the total price tag could approach $30 billion. In February, members of Congress made it clear to...

Commerce: Tell Us What You Want From Our Data

April 1, 2015 The Commerce Department is the largest producer of open data in the federal government. Your weather forecasts are brought you to by the good folks at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Census Bureau’s data can paint an almost block-by-block picture of the American populace. But under the...

Clinton’s Email Excuse Doesn’t Add Up

March 31, 2015 Hillary Clinton’s ridiculous excuse in the wake of controversy over her using a personal email address on a homebrew server -- that she didn’t want to carry two devices -- looks even more ridiculous now. The Associated Press published today emails, obtained from the State Department through a Freedom of...

BYOD to the Pentagon? Pilot to Begin This Summer

March 30, 2015 You’ve no doubt heard the acronym BYOD. It stands for "bring your own device," and BYOD strategies typically consist of an organization’s policies toward employees using personal laptops, tablets and other mobile devices for work-related purpose. Government has been far more stringent with its BYOD policies than industry counterparts. Indeed,...

Tech Alone Can’t Solve Government’s Customer Experience Clunkers

March 26, 2015 The federal customer experience generally lags behind that of leading private sector companies, but technology is helping select agencies close the gap. It’s important to realize, however, that technology is an enabler, not a cure-all. The biggest challenge to the government improving its customer experience still lies with people, not...

Huddle’s ‘Collaborative’ Cloud Offering Latest to Get FedRAMP Seal of Approval

March 26, 2015 Huddle’s secure cloud collaboration service is the latest offering to meet security standards set by the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program -- the government’s uniform baseline standards for cloud computing offerings. The London-based company announced Thursday its compliance, following “an “extremely important” yearlong process to certify that its cloud-based...

Does the Customer Know Best When it Comes to Federal Services?

March 24, 2015 Former Google engineer Mikey Dickerson came to work for the U.S. government last year leading the rapid fix of the Obama administration’s high-profile botched rollout of HealthCare.gov. The site’s doomed launch -- complete with technology flaws and procurement mishaps -- earned its share of bad press. But lost in the...