DHS piloting agile cyber acquisition, CDM for cloud, CISO says

CISO Jeffery Eisensmith said the agency was developing a new acquisition management directive tailored around agile development, as well as cloud CDM.

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Agencies moving headlong past lift-and-shift cloud, Microsoft execs say

by Billy Mitchell • 13 hours ago

It's all about doing more with mission-critical data, executives told FedScoop.

Visualize this: The Library of Congress Labs has launched a Congressional Data Challenge

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 15 hours ago

It's a chance to build a tool that'll help Americans make sense of the wealth of legislative data available on congress.gov.

Graves says final IT modernization report will debut soon

by Carten Cordell • 1 day ago

The acting federal chief information officer also said the White House is preparing to implement the MGT Act as soon as it becomes law.

Quantum computing is coming for your encryption, it’s a matter of when

by Carten Cordell • 2 days ago

"It’s not something where we just see this is the United States and Russia and China. It’s all over the world and we are seeing billions of dollars being invested."

TSA still needs to fully implement agile strategies, GAO says

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 days ago

The agency needs to update performance metrics for the new Agile strategy, for example.

At Pentagon, National Cybersecurity Awareness Month is for families too

by Billy Mitchell • 2 days ago

DOD cyber officials want to pass along good cyber hygiene to their families departmentwide too.

Evolving Government: DevOps is about communication first and technology second

by Sophia Sithole • 2 days ago

In this contributed post, CloudApp's Sophia Sithole discusses the power of communication in DevOps.

Not just money and talent: Five ways the government can get better at cybersecurity

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 days ago

Some key takeaways from a D.C. CyberWeek panel at Georgetown University on Tuesday.

Tech Brief: Boosting workforce productivity — and network security — virtually

by FedScoop Staff • 2 days ago

New virtualization tools can improve workforce productivity while providing better security controls in data centers and on devices.

ONC wants help exploring FHIR-based servers and their vulnerabilities

by Carten Cordell • 3 days ago

ONC officials have launched a challenge to industry stakeholders to build FHIR-based servers and then see if they can be hacked.

Ebook: Defending critical infrastructure

by FedScoop Staff • 3 days ago

Tackling the real cyber threat to your business.

GAO dismisses Equifax protest for controversial IRS contract

by Billy Mitchell • 3 days ago

The IRS is clear to begin working with Experian under the $795,000 contract for a year of taxpayer identification and verification services.

DHS orders agencies to adopt DMARC email security

by FedScoop Staff • 3 days ago

The Department of Homeland Security issued an order Monday for federal agencies to adopt a form of email security that guards against spam and phishing.

What are we looking at here? Help SOCOM automatically label satellite maps

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 4 days ago

Build an algorithm that can find and label buildings for this new Challenge.gov challenge.

Tech Brief: Advancing mobile technologies without sacrificing security

by FedScoop Staff • 6 days ago

Properly configured, mobile can be safer than on-prem devices.

IRS suspends Equifax contract following malware page

by Carten Cordell • 6 days ago

The agency suspended a $7.25 million contract with Equifax following news that one of its webpages exposed users to potential malware attacks.

This D.C.-based startup is helping government agencies prepare for the future

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 7 days ago

More and more agencies are interested in up-skilling their employees with data science, and Data Society is here to help.

SBA improving its IT risk, but challenges remain, IG says

by Carten Cordell • 7 days ago

A new report outlining SBA's performance and management challenges found that the agency has made strides in its technology oversight, but issues remain.

White House looking for ‘cyber moonshot’

by FedScoop Staff • 7 days ago

Trump administration tech advisers are looking for a cybersecurity "moonshot," CyberScoop's Shaun Waterman reported Thursday.

Podcast: ‘Shut the front door’ with effective endpoint and data security technologies

by FedScoop Staff • 7 days ago

Brett Hansen, VP of data security at Dell, recommends new approaches to securing endpoints, data and users from ever-evolving cybersecurity threats.

Congress clashes with Census’ claim that 2020 systems are ‘reasonably on-schedule’

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 week ago

A House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing on Thursday got a little heated.

Will the ‘Mad Max’ age of AI give agencies hope for taming their data?

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

The federal government is awash in more data than it can process, and while AI could be the answer, when it will be adopted is the question.

FITARA Enhancement Act passes House

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

Rep. Darrell Issa said that with the bill, "we’re coming back and making real changes" to FITARA.

Report: Kay Kapoor leaving AT&T Global Public Sector

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

Kapoor has been at AT&T since 2013, earning the telecommunications company several government contracts, including EIS.

Justice official pushes Silicon Valley for ‘responsible’ encryption

by FedScoop Staff • 1 week ago

Rod Rosenstein is calling for Silicon Valley to provide an avenue for law enforcement to access encrypted digital evidence that is stored and transferred by private technology companies.

As Oracle blasts ‘false narratives’ in federal IT, digital government experts aren’t impressed

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 week ago

Oracle claims the government doesn't need too much in-house tech talent, but many beg to differ.

Trump taps Kelly deputy and cybersecurity expert Kirstjen Nielsen for DHS secretary

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

Nielsen served at DHS chief of staff to former Secretary John Kelly until he was moved to the White House in July to be President Trump's chief of staff.

Gov Actually Episode 19: Inside government disaster response

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

Hosts Dan Tangherlini and Danny Werfel address disaster response in the lenses of the recent hurricanes that devastated Texas and Puerto Rico

State Department bullish to embrace blockchain

by Carten Cordell • 1 week ago

The State Department is bullish about its potential to revolutionize its many mission areas.

The Postal Service is working toward autonomous mail delivery

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 week ago

A new inspector general report urges the agency to "stay informed and continue to explore the technology."

Barry West appointed DHS deputy CIO

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

West will be appointed to a limited term senior executive service position as senior adviser and deputy CIO.

Army picks AT&T for $37M communications contract

by Billy Mitchell • 1 week ago

The services will "make it easier for Army personnel to connect, collaborate and share information in support of daily operations globally," an AT&T release says.

HHS is investing in growing its in-house data science talent

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 1 week ago

This month the agency will launch the pilot edition of CoLab, an eight-week data science training course.

Postal Service’s IT not fully protected from insider threats, watchdog says

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The report found that the agency has not fully implemented a program designed to protect its national security data from insider attacks.

Balancing federal data protection and productivity

by FedScoop Staff • 2 weeks ago

Increasing volume of mobile devices and malicious cybersecurity attacks are forcing federal CIOs and CISOs to rethink investments in cybersecurity.

Government Publishing Office names Tracee Boxley to CIO role

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

Boxley has been serving as the agency's acting CIO since November 2016.

Trump nominates new Army secretary for technology and logistics

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The new nominee to oversee the Army’s technology procurement operations help set up a rapid acquisition program.

CMS signs on to OASIS

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services signed a memorandum of understanding this week to utilize one of the General Services Administration’s larger contract vehicles.

Can the federal government’s ‘amazing’ problems make it a leader on blockchain?

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The federal government stands primed to take advantage of blockchain, but can it be a leader in its adoption?

FDIC breached more than 50 times between 2015 and 2016

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

The agency took more than 9 months in most cases to notify victims they may be affected.

The fourth National Action Plan for Open Government is coming. But what will transparency look like under Trump?

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

The plan is slated to be released later this month.

Major challenges remain for health IT interoperability

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

ONC hosted two panel discussions to talk about the challenges and successes of the adoption and sharing of electronic health records.

DHS struggling to keep up with cyber mission

by FedScoop Staff • 2 weeks ago

A hearing Tuesday continued a drumbeat of congressional criticism during the last several months that the Trump administration has neglected the importance of cybersecurity

The interagency Cloud Center of Excellence sees itself as a knowledge-sharing network

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

This is about more than just the CASTLE Guide.

FITARA enhancements, Hack the DHS bill approved in Senate committee

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The committee cleared the way for multiple technology and cyber-based bills to move to the Senate floor.

IRS says it awarded $7M stopgap contract to Equifax after protest limited its options

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

Agency officials explained Wednesday that their hand was forced by a procurement protest.

Matt Lira outlines government’s ‘relay race’ to bring modernization, shared services

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

Lira said that modernizing the federal government will have to transcend administrations if it is to succeed.

Moving to shared services retains appeal, but it’s still ‘hard,’ officials say

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

"Everybody's talking about shared services, and everybody has identified this as what I think is a key tool to being able to achieve this outcome of a more efficient government. But it's hard," said Beth Angerman.

Compusearch acquires FedBid, expanding its federal acquisition management offerings

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

The move allows Compusearch to extend into the purchasing realm of federal procurement.

Evolving Government: Using the cloud to make government development more nimble

by Dave Sweeny • 2 weeks ago

SeedUp's Dave Sweeny explains how new developer tools can boost agency output.

Customs and Border Protection’s IT hurts its ability to secure the border, IG says

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 2 weeks ago

"CBP’s IT systems and infrastructure did not fully support its border security objective of preventing the entry of inadmissible aliens to the country," the report states.

New DHS dashboard will provide ‘game-changing’ view of federal network

by Carten Cordell • 2 weeks ago

The agency will build on its continuous diagnostics and mitigation program with a new dashboard that can provide a full view of federal network activity.

OPM quickly hires new CIO, David Garcia

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

Garcia steps into the role less just than a month since Dave DeVries retired from federal service, moving to Michigan as the state's CIO.

Inspectors general unveil new website for reports from across government

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

CIGIE's new website, Oversight.gov, collects and aggregates IG reports examining waste, fraud and abuse from across the government.

Treasury agency’s biggest focus in 2018 will be cybersecurity

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

The Treasury Department’s Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's top priority for 2018 will be cybersecurity.

When MGT passes, will there be enough official CIOs to implement it?

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The IT modernization bill is on the cusp of passage, but if it does, will a dearth of agency CIOs hurt its implementation?

Education Department wants support managing its IT investments

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The agency wants support managing its IT spend and investments.

House FITARA Enhancement Act receives a clean CBO score

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

“This is an important step forward in making the FITARA Enhancement Act reality and in our efforts to realize the full potential of FITARA," Rep. Gerry Connolly, the bill's lead sponsor, told FedScoop.

Many federal agencies still weak on information security, GAO report finds

by Tajha Chappellet-Lanier • 3 weeks ago

The vast majority of the 24 Chief Financial Officer Act agencies struggle in five key control areas.

FedRAMP launches its Tailored baseline

by Carten Cordell • 3 weeks ago

The new cloud adoption baseline spotlights low-impact Software-as-a-Service systems to make the ATO process faster and more flexible.