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Sara Friedman

Sara Friedman is a reporter/producer for GCN, covering cloud, cybersecurity and a wide range of other public-sector IT topics.

Before joining GCN, Friedman was a reporter for Gambling Compliance, where she covered state issues related to casinos, lotteries and fantasy sports. She has also written for Communications Daily and Washington Internet Daily on state telecom and cloud computing. Friedman is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she studied journalism, politics and international communications.

Friedman can be contacted at or follow her on Twitter @SaraEFriedman.

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HHS expects ATO for blockchain acquisition solution this month

The Department of Health and Human Services is making a big push to have the first blockchain-based program in the federal government with authority to operate certification.


Cloud migration made easy

As OMB readies its Cloud Smart strategy, a key government executive shares four keys to successful cloud migrations.


Election system threats not as severe as 2016, says DHS official

Election system security issues are still critical, but 2018 election infrastructure threats aren't as "robust" as in 2016, a top official told Congress.


OMB drafts new 'Cloud Smart' strategy

The Office of Management and Budget expects to release new guidance to help agencies move to the cloud.

Digital Government

Senate Dems look to shore up voting security

The Protecting Americans Votes and Elections Act sponsored by six Senate Democrats looks to digital ballot uncertainty by requiring paper ballots for all federal elections.


How a terrorist's iPhone became the 'poster child' for the FBI's encryption challenge

According to an oversight report, a senior FBI official became concerned that techies in the bureau were slow-walking a plan to crack the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter in the hope of obtaining a favorable court verdict.

Digital Government

Congress requires mobile-friendly websites

The Connected Government Act requires all new or redesigned federal websites to scale to mobile screens.


GSA looks to staff up IT modernization teams

Solicitation covers start-up staffing needs for five separate Centers of Excellence to "manage centralized, function-specific talent, solutions and acquisition vehicles."

Digital Government

Federal website performance continues to lag

Federal websites continue to slip on performance metrics related to page-load speed, mobile friendliness, security and accessibility, an ITIF report finds.


Classified cloud now an option for federal agencies

Amazon Web Services' new AWS Secret Region promises security that meets secret classification requirements.


GSA wants feedback on cloud contract language

A recent RFI seeks examples of effective and problematic contract language as well as suggestions on how to incorporate cloud services into different contract vehicles for direct solicitations, resellers and system integrators.


FedRAMP launches streamlined approvals for low-impact services

FedRAMP Tailored aims to get applications to agencies in as little as four weeks and reduce the burden on cloud providers.


Better standards, more sharing seen as keys to cloud adoption

A broad-based group of federal officials are working together to develop new tools for cloud acquisition and innovation.

Digital Government

Election officials: 'We are going to need more assistance'

At the Election Assistance Committee's latest meeting, officials warn of "enlightening and frightening" planning exercises and a need for additional funding.


FedRAMP tweaks programs to speed authorizations

A new web form for FedRAMP Forward will ease submission of business cases for priority authorization, and proposed requirements for the FedRAMP Tailored baseline are out for public comment.

Digital Government

New spending site debuts

The latest version of opens access to federal spending information mandated by the Data Act.