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  1. No longer DoD's cloud broker, DISA is now responsible for issuing provisional authorization to cloud providers that meet DoD's criteria. File

    DoD releases new federated cloud procurement policy

    With DISA out as cloud broker, policy outlines roles and procedures intended to speed up cloud acquisition.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  2. Acting Associate Administrator of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies Kathy Conrad (center), FedRAMP Director Matthew Goodrich (center-right) and Information Systems Security Manager Claudio Belloli (right) talk with reporters ahead of releasing 'FedRAMP Forward.' Aaron Boyd/Staff

    'FedRAMP Forward' plans next two years of cloud authorization

    Timeline lays out improvements to be phased in over next 24 months.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  3. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., acknowledged agencies have made progress toward better cybersecurity but need to do more. Staff

    2014 FISMA reduces paperwork, codifies management structure

    Agencies won't have to complete huge three-year reports but will have to submit information on security incidents.

    • Dec. 16, 2014
  4. Two active U.S. military members 'Ask Watson' separation related questions as they prepare to transition to civilian life. USAA

    IBM's Watson to help VA manage health records

    The system that won at TV's Jeopardy! now will turn to serious work serving veterans.

    • Dec. 16, 2014
  5. From left to right: Lauren Schmidt (Eastern Foundry), Andrew O'Brien (JLL), Sen. Mark Warner, Geoff Orazem (co-founder and CEO of Eastern Foundry), Mitchell Schear (President of Vornado/Charles E. Smith) and Jennifer Hoggan (Eastern Foundry). Eastern Foundry

    Small business innovation incubator opens in Crystal City

    Eastern Foundry technology center will help small to medium businesses break in to government contracting.

    • Dec. 16, 2014
  6. Philip Reitinger, a former executive with the departments of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense, thinks a central cyber campus is a valuable step. Courtesy Photo

    New campus to centralize cybersecurity workforce

    GSA secures funding for cyber campus for civilian employees.

    • Dec. 15, 2014
  7. The General Services Administration wants to know what metrics to use in assessing vendors' ability to deliver on information security and integrity. Staff

    GSA developing vendor IT security assessments

    RFI asks industry for advice on how government should rate companies for information security.

    • Dec. 15, 2014
  8. Some component agencies have been trying to anticipate how FITARA will impact their governance structure, according to ATF CIO Rick Holgate. Mike Morones/ / Staff

    Major IT reform to have 'immediate effect' on feds

    FITARA will be easier for some agencies to adopt than others.

    • Dec. 12, 2014
  9. The idea for a Senate Cyber Caucus came up during a panel discussion that included Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., who was in favor of creating a bipartisan group. Office of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

    7 Senators to consider for a 'Cyber Caucus'

    An idea for a bipartisan Cyber Caucus in the Senate got us thinking: Who should be tapped?

    • Dec. 10, 2014
  10. Lockheed Martin put an interactive map for NGA's Map of the World on Amazon's commercial cloud. Lockheed Martin

    Amazon commercial cloud tapped for geospatial data

    The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency becomes the first intelligence agency to host an operational capability on Amazon.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
  11. A US Air Force major instructs a student during a training mission in an MQ-1 simulator at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. 2nd Lt. Logan Clark / US Air Force

    Simulation is the real thing for Air Force training

    From a consumer-level virtual world to high-end specialized simulators, the Air Force is finding great value in an artificial reality.

    • Dec. 9, 2014
  12. DARPA researcher Dr. Angelos Keromytis is program manager for the Transparent Computing initiative, focused on a new way to detect and mitigate advanced persistent threats. DARPA image

    DARPA sees future of cybersecurity in Transparent Computing

    Research agency is soliciting proposals for a holistic, adaptive approach to securing networks.

    • Dec. 8, 2014
  13. Federal employees gave their agencies a C-plus average on digital strategy efforts, according to a recent survey. Acquia/Government Business Council

    Feds give agencies C-plus on Digital Strategy

    Survey finds gains in IT driven by policy mandates, not mission.

    • Dec. 8, 2014
  14. A vulnerability in a Mobile Device Management system used by government agencies could allow an attacker to run arbitrary code. U.S. Army photo

    Bug in IBM mobile device manager opens critical security gap

    Vulnerability could give attacker access to all devices on managed network.

    • Dec. 5, 2014
  15. The reorganization at the Department of Defense would be a good step forward according to Beth McGrath, director for Deloitte Consulting and former Defense Deputy Chief Management Officer. Laura Bertocci/Gannett Government Media Corp

    DoD management would be reorganized in NDAA

    New Under Secretary position would be in charge of business operations and IT management.

    • Dec. 5, 2014
  16. Acting DoD Principal Deputy CIO David De Vries said the department is on track with its cloud acquisition and is not missing out on any of the benefits cloud services offer. DoD image

    IG: DoD failed to execute cloud policy

    Report criticizes DoD for not getting the most out of its cloud acquisitions.

    • Dec. 5, 2014
  17. GSA is asking industry if it can deliver on advanced technologies like 3D printing. Spencer Platt / Getty Images

    Alliant II managers ask industry for leading-edge tech experience

    Survey queries companies on their expertise in 18 specific technologies, including big data, the Internet of things, artificial intelligence and predictive analytics.

    • Dec. 4, 2014
  18. Energy costs are usually the biggest expense of a data center. Microsoft

    Finding the real cost savings in data center consolidation

    The cost of power should be the biggest thing to cut.

    • Dec. 4, 2014
  19. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researcher Judith Stasko shows Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Mexican Minister of Agriculture Enrique Martinez y Martinez during a tour U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa. on Thursday, October 16, 2014. USDA photo by Darin Leach

    Agriculture research centers connecting to high-speed network

    New Science Network will improve collaboration and big data computing.

    • Dec. 4, 2014
  20. Members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., were pleased with the version of FITARA included in the 2015 NDAA. U.S. House of Representatives

    Lawmakers strike deal on sweeping IT reform bill

    FITARA included in DoD authorization

    • Dec. 3, 2014
  21. The Defense Department's cloud strategy is in a state of flux. Army

    Cloud providers wonder what DoD's strategy shift holds for them

    As the Defense Department adopts an enterprise-based approach, there are few solid indicators of the effects on the market.

    • Dec. 2, 2014
  22. DoD's new cloud computing strategy will be released later than originally planned. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images

    New DoD cloud policy delayed

    Policy will speed cloud procurement while clarifying the roles of DISA and Office of the CIO.

    • Dec. 2, 2014
  23. Govini foresees lower DoD cloud spending

    The Navy accounted for 80 percent of DoD's cloud dollars in 2014.

    • Dec. 2, 2014
  24. A group of federal innovators, citizen science project managers and scientists discuss the resources needed to implement the Lantern Live project, a crowdsourcing activity recently announced by the Department of Energy. Office of Science and Technology Policy

    Feds developing plan for crowdsourcing, citizen science

    Open Innovation Toolkit will guide agencies on leveraging citizen involvement.

    • Dec. 2, 2014
  25. Sylvia Burwell, the secretary at HHS, said the first week of activity on and its related services were off to a 'solid start' but that there is still a lot of work the agency needs to do. Alex Wong / Getty Images off to a better start this time

    The strong beginning is a sharp contrast to last year, when the debut of featured an unstable website, long wait times and almost no applicants.

    • Dec. 1, 2014
  26. DISA shifts cloud focus to security, integration

    The Defense Information Systems Agency may no longer be the Defense Department's official cloud broker, but changes to that status are shifting the agency's role to other critical, related responsibilities, top officials say.

    • Dec. 1, 2014
  27. Wayne Bobby is the vice president of Federal Government Solutions for Infor. Courtesy

    How IT reform saves government resources

    Cloud computing is a key component.

    • Dec. 1, 2014
  28. VA CIO Stephen Warren. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Warren:Technology upgrade will help VA's scheduling problems

    The department's CIO details ongoing work to improve services, strengthen cybersecurity.

    • Dec. 1, 2014
  29. A former scientist with Sandia National Labs was sentenced for bringing a government laptop on a trip to China and lying about it to security officials. Sandia National Labs image

    Sandia scientist gets prison term for taking DOE laptop to China

    Jianyu Huang was indicted in 2012 for using U.S. government equipment to do research for Chinese institutions and lying to officials.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  30. CIA logo

    National Archives backs away from CIA email destruction proposal

    NARA wants to consult further before agency destroys some emails in IT transition.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  31. The Defense Department's new cloud strategy, charting a course now that DISA is no longer the cloud broker, has been delayed. Army

    New DoD cloud policy delayed to early December

    Policy will speed cloud procurement while clarifying the roles of DISA and Office of the CIO.

    • Nov. 25, 2014
  32. The Department of Veteran Affairs issued a RFI for a commercial off-the-shelf scheduling system to integrate with the existing VistA system. fotoedu / Getty Images/iStockphoto

    VA issues RFI for commercial scheduling system

    Department looking to replace system that left veterans waiting for needed care.

    • Nov. 24, 2014
  33. Mark Norton (left), DoD senior systems engineer, said derived credentials won't replace CAC but will simplify sending secure emails on mobile devices. Thomas Brown/Gannett Government Media Corp

    Derived credentials to roll out across DoD by July 2015

    The credentials allow mobile devices to send secure emails without need for a common access card to authenticate the user.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  34. GSA is looking for feedback on draft terms and conditions for an independent cloud SIN on IT Schedule 70. JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images

    Draft terms released for cloud SIN

    GSA wants comments on how best to create a distinct spot on IT Schedule 70 for cloud offerings.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  35. Goodrich

    Microsoft 365 first cloud email to gain FedRAMP approval

    With ATO, partner InfoReliance will start migrating Health and Human Services' email to the cloud.

    • Nov. 21, 2014
  36. GSA GWAC program Deputy Director Marcelo Olascoaga says a special item number for cloud on Schedule 70 will provide structure and organization. Aaron Boyd/Staff

    Cloud to get original SIN on IT Schedule 70

    Industry's transition from the current distribution of cloud services through several item numbers to a single, dedicated number, will be complicated, GSA official warns.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  37. Marty Heinrich, director of information management at Array Information Technology.

    5 ways to minimize risk in the cloud

    The migration of information to the cloud is largely regarded as a next major step in enabling organizations to work faster, cheaper and more efficiently.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  38. The State Department is the most recent federal agency to admit to a breach of its cyber networks. Wikimedia Commons

    State Department hit in cyberattack that also compromised White House

    State Department's email system shut down this weekend to shore up affected network.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  39. Veteran Affairs CIO Stephen Warren noted that all veteran data compromised in October was the result of human error, not cyberattacks. Colin Kelly/Staff

    Cybersecurity about people, not technology, VA numbers show

    Leaks of personally identifiable information are more likely to come through lost devices or mishandled paperwork than hacking attempts.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
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