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What did Federal CIOs Learn about Cybersecurity in 2014?

December 18, 2014 Federal agencies were in the crosshairs of hackers like never before in 2014: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Postal Service, the White House and the State Department all copped to breaches over the past year. Agency chief information officers and other data security...

FITARA Analysis: Will CIOs Use Their New Powers for Good?

December 12, 2014 This story has been updated. The task of reforming IT spending in the federal government now lies almost squarely on the shoulders of agency chief information officers. On Friday, Congress approved a bill to shake up the way the federal government buys IT. The crown jewel of the legislation: giving...

6 Tech Takeaways in the New Spending Bill

December 10, 2014 House and Senate negotiators Tuesday evening unveiled a $1.1 trillion spending bill that would fund the government and keep the lights on at federal agencies through the end of fiscal 2015. The massive bill, which is headed for a vote in the House as early as Thursday, is chock-full of...

Will Government Regulation Kill the Internet of Things?

December 8, 2014 The government needs to update laws and regulations to accommodate the explosive growth of Internet-connected smart devices or risk falling behind the global technology curve. That's the view of a few tech-minded lawmakers who have turned their focus to the expanding web of objects and sensors that make up the...

Agencies Under the Gun to Meet Data Transparency Deadlines

December 3, 2014 The Obama administration has six months to prove its implementation of a sweeping new data transparency law is on track. The Office of Management and Budget and the Treasury Department have until May 2015 to finish hammering out common standards for agencies to identify and track federal financial data as...

Federal IT Overhaul Included in Defense Bill, Headed for Vote

December 3, 2014 This story will be updated. The biggest legislative overhaul in nearly 20 years to the way the federal government buys information technology has cleared a key hurdle and is headed for votes in both houses of Congress. The bipartisan Federal Information Technology Reform Act -- which aims to upgrade the...

Here’s Why Cybersecurity Remains a Challenge for the Justice Department

December 2, 2014 The Justice Department’s handling of cybersecurity remains one of its biggest management challenges, according to a recent memo to Attorney General Eric Holder from the agency’s top watchdog. In recent years, the department has requested millions more in funding and staffed up new divisions to specifically handle cyber investigations and...

Mobile Phone Metadata Could be a Lifesaver after a Disaster, but Privacy Concerns Linger

November 25, 2014 In the wake of revelations about mass government surveillance last year, the term “metadata” may as well have been a dirty word. The National Security Agency’s collection of millions phone records -- detailing who called whom, for how long and from what physical locations -- sparked concern about government overreach....

VA’s Aggressive Plan for Shedding Its 'Back-to-the-Future' Era Scheduling System

November 21, 2014 The Department of Veterans Affairs is now taking bids for commercial software to replace a clunky 1980s-era system for scheduling veterans' medical appointments. For its new Medical Appointment Scheduling System, VA is seeking commercially available off-the-shelf software that can be linked up with its existing health IT system, the Veterans...

Government Tech Recruiting Still Overshadowed by HealthCare.gov Blunder

November 20, 2014 Todd Park left his role as White House chief technology officer nearly three months ago to help the government recruit top tech talent from Silicon Valley. But his return to Washington this week for a grilling by the House Science and Technology Committee on his role in last year’s disastrous...