recommended reading

author archives

Results 761-770 of 907

Can FITARA Prevent Future Cyberattacks?

August 4, 2015 The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act -- which aims to give agency chief information officers more authority over their IT budgets -- could help CIOs eliminate outdated technology vulnerable to cyberattack, according to a group of federal IT leaders. "A lot of CIOs are getting called into the [deputy...

Federal CIO: Agile Won't Solve Everything

August 4, 2015 Agile development -- a buzzy phrase referring to large tech projects divided into smaller chunks -- won't solve the federal government's technology programs, said one of the White House's top tech officials, U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott. "I think we’re immature as an industry in really understanding the context...

Watchdog: Privacy Laws Aren't Keeping Up with Facial Recognition Technology

August 3, 2015 A future is fast approaching in which billboards call out pedestrians by name, displaying ads they're likely to be interested in -- and in the process endangering an individual's ability to remain anonymous in public, a federal watchdog says. In a new report, the Government Accountability Office warns consumers, tech...

VA Embraces Virtual Care, Testing Bluetooth Hearing Aids

July 31, 2015 The Department of Veterans Affairs is running several new medical technology pilots, including systems that could let patients receive healthcare without leaving their homes or neighborhoods, VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson told an audience in Washington on Friday. With the rapid development of virtual care, or telemedicine, “what we’ve seen...

DOD Official to Industry: We Need Fitness Tracking Software, Not New Devices

July 31, 2015 For some military patients, wearable fitness trackers could be the key to a quicker recovery, according to Col. Deydre Teyhen, an official with from the Defense Health Headquarter's Office of the Surgeon General. Wearable trackers -- potentially similar to FitBits or Gear Fits -- could help patients with musculoskeletal conditions...

Trade Group Collecting Tips on Federal Cybersecurity for White House

July 30, 2015 Trade group ACT-IAC wants to hear all ideas for improving government cybersecurity. Starting Wednesday and until Aug. 28, the organization is collecting recommendations from academia and the public and private sectors for ways to strengthen the federal security posture. In September, ACT-IAC plans to submit those recommendations directly to the...

White House Gets Superserious about Supercomputing

July 30, 2015 President Barack Obama on Wednesday signed an executive order requiring the federal government to invest in, research and deploy supercomputing technology in the public sector. Titled “Creating a National Strategic Computing Initiative,” the order mandates that federal agencies collaborate to create "a coordinated federal strategy" for high-performance computing, aiming for...

House Talks 'Internet of Things,' Data Privacy

July 29, 2015 The Internet of Things could be more dangerous than consumers think when they install Nest thermostats or other convenient digital devices, some members of Congress argued during a recent hearing. "The time of the 'Dick Tracy' watch is here," said Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, referring to the American comic strip...

HHS On the Lookout for a Deputy CIO

July 28, 2015 The Department of Health and Human Service is looking for a new deputy chief information officer, according to a new posting on USAJobs.gov. The deputy CIO, reporting directly to HHS CIO Frank Baitman, will work on projects related to cybersecurity, data efficiency, software licensing and cloud strategy, among other topics,...

Watchdog: Water, Power on Pentagon Installations Need Better Protection Planning

July 28, 2015 The Pentagon's current planning system doesn't adequately protect its water and electrical infrastructure from attack, a new report says. The Government Accountability Office's examination of the Defense Department's utility disruptions -- when its water, power and other resources were affected for eight hours more -- suggest the organization must rethink...