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#Whoa: CIA Launches Twitter, Facebook Accounts

June 6, 2014 The CIA joined Twitter and Facebook Friday, and if its first tweet is any indication, the agency has put some serious thought into how to explain itself in 140 characters or less. “We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet,” the agency tweeted. The move is...

Vendors Scramble as FedRAMP Cloud Services Deadline Arrives

June 4, 2014 As the June 5 deadline for cloud service providers to assess their solutions against the government’s baseline security standards arrives, vendors are scrambling to secure their offerings to agencies. The deadline arrives approximately two years after the inception of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, known as FedRAMP. Thus...

HP Launches High Security Private Cloud for Public Sector

June 2, 2014 HP Enterprise Services announced a new secure private cloud solution designed specifically to ease and accelerate government agencies’ migrations to the cloud. HP’s latest roll-out, Helion Managed Private Cloud for Public Sector, offers agencies a managed, dedicated private cloud that allows federal, state and local governments to implement shared service...

If you’re a Fed Who Knows IT, We Want Your Input

June 2, 2014 We here at Government Executive Media Group are looking for a few good federal IT executives to join our Federal Tech Insiders Panel. Once per quarter, we’ll reach out to those who sign up with a survey on the biggest issues in the federal technology community, such as cloud computing,...

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Letitia Long Is Retiring

June 2, 2014 Letitia Long, Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, has announced she is retiring after a 35-year career in government service, the past four of which she spent leading the agency responsible for the creation and collection of geospatial intelligence, or GEOINT. The announcement came Monday from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel,...

More Snowden Leaks: NSA Intercepting Millions of Facial Images

June 2, 2014 Nearly one year after the classified leaks from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden began to generate worldwide headlines, their persistent drip continues to shine a light into the NSA’s affinity for information of any sort. The latest bombshell comes via The New York Times, which reported over the...

Big Data’s Coming Role in Cybersecurity

June 2, 2014 Every day, people, machines and the world’s growing multitude of sensors create more than 2.5 exabytes of data – that’s a 2.5 followed by 18 zeros – a bonanza of bits and bytes that is in many ways a double-edged sword. On one hand, private sector companies and the government...

Tell Us How You Feel About Open Data

May 27, 2014 Open data doesn’t grab headlines the way data breaches, cyber-security threats or other technologies do, but its importance in government is undoubtedly going to grow significantly in the coming months now that Congress has passed the DATA Act. The DATA Act – short for Digital Accountability and Transparency Act –...

Satellite Rescue Network Gets Space Technology Hall of Fame Recognition

May 23, 2014 Since 1982, 37,000 people, including 7,000 Americans, survived potentially disastrous incidents because of the COSPAS-SARSAT rescue network. That record earned the satellite system an induction into the Space Technology Hall of Fame today. The honor recognizes technologies originally developed for space applications that ultimately improve live on Earth, and few...

How the Right People Analyzing the Best Data Are Transforming Government

May 23, 2014 Analytics is often touted as a new weapon in the technology arsenal of bleeding-edge organizations willing to spend lots of money to combat problems. In reality, that’s not the case at all. Certainly, there are complex big data analytics tools that will analyze massive data sets to look for the...