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‘You Can Make Anything with a 3-D Printer’ and 3 Other Myths

March 9, 2015 When it comes tech buzzwords, 3-D printing is nothing new. Rapid prototyping tools -- of which 3-D printers are a subset -- make products and components from the ground up based on digital models and computer files. This so-called additive manufacturing has existed, in some form, for more than 30...

Does the Focus on Snowden Undermine Surveillance Reform Discussions?

March 5, 2015 Judging from the past few days’ misleading headlines involving former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and subsequent blowharding by talking heads galore, you’d think the most famous whistleblower in history had changed his mind about returning to the U.S. like a repentant son ready to “come home.” Well, that...

EXCLUSIVE: Energy Department Gets New CIO

March 4, 2015 The Energy Department has selected its next chief information officer. Agency officials confirmed to Nextgov that Michael Johnson, currently the assistant director for intelligence programs at the Office of Science and Technology Policy, will replace Energy’s interim CIO, Don Adcock. Adcock stepped into the CIO role in an acting capacity...

Why Big Data Gets a Bad Rap in Government

March 3, 2015 Big data is the reason your financial institution calls you after an odd credit card purchase. It’s also the reason Facebook always seems to know what ads to pop up while you’re working hard checking out who commented on your supercute throwback Thursday picture. Emerging technologies like big data are...

When Congress and Cloud Collided

March 2, 2015 At a House Armed Services Committee hearing last week on the Defense Department’s IT investments, Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., mused whether “cloud” didn’t really stand for “Chinese Love Our Updated Data.” Give Cooper and his staffers some credit: If you scroll to about the 1-hour, 35-minute mark in the video...

Industry’s Take on FITARA? ‘A Good Step Forward’

February 27, 2015 The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, approved by Congress in December, gives agency chief information officers unprecedented budgetary authority over IT investments. It’s a big deal because CIOs across government have had varying levels of authority to nix underperforming tech projects or to direct spending toward innovative technologies. While...

CIA’s New Big Data Hub Will be Hosted in the Cloud

February 26, 2015 The CIA is preparing to take the next step in its quest to shake up the status quo of siloed agencies within the intelligence community. CIA Chief Information Officer Doug Wolfe confirmed Wednesday the intelligence agency will start using Cloudera’s Enterprise Data Hub platform by April, a move he expects...

CSC Acquires Cloud Infrastructure Provider Autonomic Resources

February 25, 2015 Computer Sciences Corporation has finalized the purchase of North Carolina-based cloud computing infrastructure provider Autonomic Resources. The Feb. 19 deal, for an undisclosed sum, signals CSC’s intent to target the growing public sector cloud market by acquiring a company with a service – Autonomic Resources Cloud Platform – that’s already...

How Cloud Became Integral to Agency Strategy

February 25, 2015 From a financial perspective, the Obama administration’s proposed fiscal 2015 budget estimates that about 8.5 percent of the $86 billion federal IT budget – or $7.3 billion – will be spent on provisioned services like cloud computing. Those numbers are massive, considering the administration penned a broad cloud strategy four...

The Pentagon Is One Step Closer To Awarding a New $11 Billion Health Records Deal

February 24, 2015 The Defense Department has narrowed down the contenders competing for its massive Healthcare Management System Modernization contract,potentially worth up to $11 billion over a decade. According to a Feb. 19 presolicitation notice, DOD’s procurement team has established a “competitive range” for the DHMSM contract, leaving only bids from three teams...