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Phil Goldstein

Phil Goldstein is a web editor for FedTech and StateTech. Besides keeping up with the latest in technology trends, he is also an avid lover of the New York Yankees, poetry, photography, traveling and escaping humidity.
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GSA, USDA Make Progress on IT Modernization via Centers of Excellence

The Agriculture Department plans to improve its contact centers and enhance its customer experience efforts this year.

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Feds Must Bake Security in to Counter Threats, Cisco Says

Agencies face cybersecurity threats from encrypted malicious traffic, cloud services that can be abused and phishing scams, according to a Cisco report.

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Why Agencies Should Take After Lyft and Uber

As federal departments shift to Software as a Service cloud models, they need to make sure services are delivered with citizens in mind, according to acting federal CIO Margie Graves.

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GITEC 2017: VA Makes Progress on Transforming IT, but Still Has Work to Do

The Veterans Affairs Department has streamlined its technology but has major projects ahead of it, including a new scheduling system and a looming decision on electronic health records.

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GITEC 2017: Do Feds Need a Cyber ‘Top Gun’ Program to Give Defenders Training?

Federal cybersecurity leaders say that they need to do more to hire well-trained cyber defenders — and keep them at agencies.

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Air Force Wants to Use Digital Service to Get Ahead of IT Problems, Boost Efficiency

The long-term goal is to use the service not to rescue troubled technology projects but to ensure they launch well from the start, an Air Force commander says.

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As Agencies Shutter Data Centers, They Are Embracing the Cloud with Gusto

While some onsite data centers will never disappear, cloud computing offers greater efficiency, officials say.

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Feds Are Embracing Software-Defined Data Centers for Flexibility, Cost Savings

Clear majorities of federal IT decision-makers and business decision-makers say they are adopting SDDCs and want a flexible IT architecture, according to a Dell EMC survey.

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Feds Are Using IoT, But Deeply Concerned About Its Security

Three-quarters of federal workers think the government should set baseline standards governing IoT security, according to a survey sponsored by Brocade.

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Former FBI Director: For Cyber, Tough Questions Must Come from the Top

Robert S. Mueller III says that an organization’s leaders cannot afford to delegate IT security decisions and need to be fully engaged on the issue.

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Army’s New Cloud Contract Is Expected to Spur Data Center Consolidation

A partnership between the Army and IBM is designed to improve security and help transition applications to the cloud.

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How to Make Cloud Migrations Smoother and More Successful

Federal officials say their cloud migrations have not been successful, according to a Deloitte survey, but there are steps they can take to improve them.

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What Is the Future of the U.S. Digital Service?

The fate of the digital fix-it shop within the government is up in the air, but its proponents want it to stick around for a long time to come.

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President Trump’s 2018 Budget Calls for $1.5 Billion Increase in DHS Cyber Funding

Trump’s homeland security adviser also says that there will not be an “overnight modernization” of federal IT.

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Will IT Modernization Push Greater Adoption of Shared Services at Federal Agencies?

Although legislation to formalize and fund federal technology upgrades has stalled, the drive to adopt shared services has not.

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DISA Hunts for New Tech to Protect Against Insider Threats

The Defense Information Systems Agency is seeking input from industry on how best to root out insider vulnerabilities on the DOD network.

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DHS, FEMA and USDA Officials Urge IT Focus on Outcomes, Risk-Taking

To truly modernize federal IT and make the most of digital transformations, agencies and their IT leaders cannot be afraid of failure, officials said.

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3 Ways Identity and Access Management Makes Agencies More Efficient and Secure

IAM solutions offer workflow and other benefits to both administrators and end users.

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FCC, DHS Officials Stress Importance of Cloud, AI as Tech Evolves

As federal IT environments receive 21st-century updates, leaders highlight the importance of the cloud as an underpinning technology.

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Microsoft Gets the Pentagon’s Highest Cloud Security Rating for Unclassified Data

What does it mean, and what does it take, to achieve a Level 5 provisional authority to operate certification?