recommended reading

author archives

Results 21-30 of 81

Which Federal CIOs Are Sticking Around in the Trump Administration?

February 9, 2017 New administrations always lead to changes in personnel, and that has certainly been the case in terms of the federal IT leadership across the executive branch. Big names who have been tech stalwarts over the past few years are no longer in their positions. Some politically appointed positions have been...

Is President Trump Still Using an Unsecured Smartphone Or an Encrypted Device?

January 31, 2017 At the urging of security agencies, President Trump has reportedly given up his old Android smartphone in favor of a more secure mobile device, according to multiple reports. However, subsequent reports indicated that Trump is still using the old phone to access Twitter. The New York Times and Associated Press...

Getting More Women into Federal IT Requires Recruitment and Mentoring

January 31, 2017 The federal government needs to engage in more aggressive recruitment of women, and female government IT leaders need to do more active mentoring to boost the number of women in the federal IT workforce, according to a panel of top female government IT leaders. Women in federal IT also need...

What Is the Obama Administration’s Technology Legacy?

January 26, 2017 President Obama has officially left office. What will his administration’s legacy be? Well, it’s complicated. On one hand, the administration put IT and adoption of modern technology front and center, and put in place policies that spurred cloud adoption, data center modernization, and more efficiency in IT procurement. On the...

Air Force Launches Its Own Digital Service to Troubleshoot Software Issues

January 26, 2017 The Air Force is following other service branches and government agencies and is standing up its own digital services team. The move is geared to make IT operations more agile and help the Air Force overcome technological hurdles. Earlier this month, outgoing Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James announced the...

FedRAMP Vows More Cloud Choices, Speedier Approvals, More Outreach in 2017

January 26, 2017 The General Service Administration’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, better known as FedRAMP, has big plans for 2017. FedRAMP is tasked with providing a standardized, governmentwide approach to assess the security, authorize and continuously monitor the cloud service providers (CSP) that can work with agencies. The agency, which underwent...

Army’s Cloud Pilot Lays the Foundation for Data Center Consolidation

January 20, 2017 The Army, like the rest of the federal government, has clear marching orders: close down and consolidate data centers. The service branch is hoping to use a cloud pilot at its Redstone Arsenal garrison in Alabama as a test case for consolidating data centers and upgrading its IT infrastructure. The...

GSA Pushes for a New Wave of Collaboration Tools for Agencies

January 19, 2017 The General Services Administration is exploring new kinds of email and collaboration tools for government agencies — and new ways of acquiring them, especially as more applications move to the cloud. Specifically, the GSA said it is seeking feedback on “a new acquisition vehicle and corresponding business model for acquiring...

How Will Federal IT Modernization Take Shape in 2017?

January 19, 2017 Federal IT modernization efforts aren’t going away. Even though Congress and the Obama administration’s efforts to codify plans to update legacy IT systems died on the vine in 2016, they will probably be resuscitated this year. Outgoing federal leaders are highlighting the importance of IT modernization to the incoming Trump...

The 4 Biggest Trends in Federal IT in 2016

December 16, 2016 The federal government is still humming, but at a much slower pace, now that Congress has left town for the holidays — and passed a continuing resolution at the 11th hour to keep the government funded until April 28. In the waning days of the Obama administration, it’s worth taking...