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Feds Frustrated by Slow Application Performance, Survey Says

December 16, 2016 Federal officials are aggravated on a daily basis by how their IT applications perform, and they’re not getting a lot of relief from their technology departments, according to a new survey conducted by network vendor Riverbed Technology. The survey found that a sizeable majority of respondents (67 percent) report feeling...

OPM, IRS Demonstrate Different Ways Forward on IT Modernization

December 16, 2016 The fate of legislation to address the modernization of legacy IT systems across the government is up in the air, but IT leaders at the Office of Personnel Management and the IRS have indicated recently that there are many ways to make progress. The Modernizing Government Technology Act (MGT Act)...

Feds Says Security, Agencies’ Mission Cannot Be Forgotten During 2017 IT Transition

December 16, 2016 With a little more than six weeks before Inauguration Day, federal IT leaders are looking past the transition to what the technology landscape will look like in 2017 under the Trump administration. While the transition remains a key focus, federal IT leaders said that cybersecurity and using technology to help...

How Will Automated Software Change the Nature of Work Inside Agencies?

December 16, 2016 How would work inside federal agencies change if staffers did not have to spend hours every week opening email attachments, copying and pasting data and performing rote IT tasks? A new kind of autonomous software known as process robotics could make that world a reality. Agencies are not ready to...

Obama’s Cyber Commission Urges Trump Administration to Bolster Defenses

December 16, 2016 A presidential commission has recommended that the incoming Trump administration launch a program to train 100,000 cybersecurity practitioners and initiate a national cybersecurity apprenticeship program to train 50,000 more by 2020. Those were two of the dozens of recommendations offered by President Obama’s Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, which issued...

DOD to Start Testing Secure Alternatives to Common Access Cards After Christmas

December 16, 2016 The Defense Department plans to test a new approach to providing personnel with access to IT systems shortly after the Christmas holiday, as the Pentagon moves forward with DOD CIO Terry Halvorsen’s proposal to replace the Common Access Card within the next two years. The CAC card is a “smart”...

GSA Sees Great Potential in Transition to Next-Generation Network Tech

December 16, 2016 The presidential transition is underway, but behind the scenes another conversion is taking place: the government’s procurement and use of telecommunications services. Agencies are planning for the shift to the General Service Administration’s Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract, a $50 billion, 15-year telecommunications infrastructure vehicle. Mary Davie, assistant commissioner for...

How Will Federal IT Priorities Shift with a New Administration?

November 29, 2016 As President-elect Donald Trump gets his transition team up and running with less than 70 days to go before Inauguration Day, many in the federal IT community are wondering how his administration will differ from or preserve the Obama administration’s approach to federal technology. Trump has promised to make government...

Feds Need to Turn Big Data into ‘Smart Data,’ DHS Official Says

November 28, 2016 The federal government is awash in data, but can it make sense of all of that information and make it more useful and secure? That’s the goal of Donna Roy, a top data official at the Department of Homeland Security, who wants to turn Big Data into “smart data.” Roy,...

NIST Unveils Guidelines to Enhance Security of IoT Devices

November 28, 2016 It’s an established fact that devices connected to the Internet of Things may pose a threat. Look no further than last month’s distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that hit domain name system provider Dyn, which crippled access to major internet sites and services. Now, the National Institute of Standards...