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Preparing for the presidential transition with technology

Posted on September 24, 2015

The political climate is heating up. With the presidential race moving into full swing, federal agencies need to start thinking about how an executive branch transition is going to impact the services they offer to citizens – and how they're going to deal with those potential changes. No matter which party and candidate eventually wins the White House, government organizations need to make sure they're ready for the transition and potential differences in management techniques between the incumbent president and the one who will hold the office in the future.  Read More

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TSA data center consolidation will save money and resources

Posted on September 22, 2015
Category: Data Center

It takes a lot of computing power to run the federal government – meaning a lot of expended energy and high costs, both for departments and for the environment itself. As government organizations strive to become more energy efficient and make effective investments in their computing environments, agencies are beginning to view data center consolidation as a ready option to achieve those goals.  Read More

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3 examples of effective government technology solutions

Posted on September 22, 2015

Government organizations utilize technology for many different kinds of tasks. As current tech becomes more advanced and more uses for these tools are discovered, it's crucial that federal, state and local agencies learn how to more effectively utilize tech to improve government processes and streamline the services they provide for the public. Tools like government cloud computing are useful and help things get done more efficiently at the public level.  Read More

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Awareness is key when it comes to government cybersecurity

Posted on September 21, 2015
Category: Cybersecurity

In today's technology-dependent world, it's important to be aware of cybersecurity measures and incidents so that systems have less chance of being compromised. Following the massive data breach experienced by the Office of Personnel Management and the Russian attack on the Pentagon's email system, it's more crucial than ever to ensure that government organizations are taking measures to protect themselves against these types of events. It's also integral that they remain educated about their roles and responsibilities when it comes to keeping the public's data safe.  Read More

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In-depth look at cloud benefits: Collaboration

Posted on September 17, 2015
Category: Cloud Computing

Government cloud computing is on the rise, and many organizations are beginning to realize the benefits that this technology can bring to the table when it comes to delivering services to citizens and maintaining transparency. Around the world, government agencies are migrating some services to cloud platforms and streamlining processes. A recent report found that 90 percent of local authorities in the U.K. are using or piloting cloud services, and as a result, they have been able to improve the delivery of services to citizens, according to Computerworld UK.  Read More

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The importance of having an engaging government website

Posted on September 16, 2015

When it comes to improving the delivery of services for citizens and maintaining transparency within government processes, organizations should consider every tool they have in their proverbial belts – including technology. Government technology solutions exist in order to help agencies meet the demands of an ever-changing public atmosphere, so federal, state and local authorities should make sure they're utilizing tech to its fullest capacity wherever possible. One of those areas in which government organizations can use technology to their advantage is with their websites.  Read More

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3 ways local governments benefit from cloud adoption

Posted on September 10, 2015
Category: Cloud Computing

Federal agencies are getting a boost from adopting the cloud. According to InformationWeek contributor Elena Malykhina,policies like Cloud First, which was created by former federal government CIO Vivek Kundra and dictates that agencies seek out cloud strategies before turning to other solutions, has led federal organizations a step in the right direction when it comes to cloud adoption. Agencies like the Federal Aviation Administration and the General Services Administration were both early supporters of cloud services, paving the way for adoption in other areas of government.  Read More

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What can government learn from university cybersecurity strategies?

Posted on September 08, 2015
Category: Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity continues to be a concern for businesses in the public and private sectors. Universities across the nation are reporting more cyberattacks have breached their technological defenses, sometimes resulting in stolen data and fraudulent access to student emails, along with disruptions in Internet service or capabilities.  Read More

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Government data center energy efficiency

Posted on September 08, 2015
Category: Data Center

Running a data center can be an expensive endeavor. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, in 2013, data centers in the U.S. consumed 91 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, and by 2020, that number is estimated to leap to 140 billion kilowatt-hours. With cooling systems, energy conversions and actual computing equipment, the government certainly isn't exempt from considerations dealing with power usage effectiveness, either.  Read More

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3 use cases for big data in government

Posted on September 03, 2015

As federal, state and local government agencies gather and analyze mountains of information coming into their systems each day, they should recognize the importance of having sound strategies to deal with big data. According to Federal Times, government spending on big data projects is expected to reach $2.25 billion by 2018. This highlights the importance of the insights that this kind of analytics could bring to the table.  Read More

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Government technology solutions and emergency response teams

Posted on September 02, 2015
Category: Cloud Computing

Government technology solutions allow organizations to do their jobs to better serve the public. Emergency management efforts especially benefit from technology because it provides an avenue for teams to communicate and collaborate in order to improve response times and promote community health.  Read More

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Why federal IT modernization is a big deal

Posted on April 21, 2016 0 comments

Businesses across all industries have been traditionally reluctant to migrate to new technologies and processes while leaving behind their tried-and-true practices. Sectors that are heavily regulated are even harder to sell on modernizing their hardware and software infrastructures due to the amount of considerations and challenges that can be introduced. It's no surprise, then, that the federal government has been slow to upgrade and is still gradually making changes to its IT portfolio.  Read More

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White House creates new cybersecurity commission

Posted on April 15, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

In order to help both private and public sector entities better protect themselves from hackers, malware and other threats, the Obama Administration recently created a new commission to help draft protection guidelines for organizations to follow. Officially dubbed the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, the non-partisan group features 12 veteran leaders from large enterprises, leading Silicon Valley firms and government agencies. This group is tasked with presenting Congress in December 2016 with tangible steps both public and private organizations can take to bolster cybersecurity and ensure more robust data protection.  Read More

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The time for government transition to the cloud is now

Posted on April 14, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has effectively taken over businesses in virtually every sector over the past few years. For government, the road to virtual platforms has been paved with roadblocks in the forms of security, budget and overall hesitance to change from tried-and-true solutions. Despite these challenges, many federal and local government organizations have adopted the cloud for their operations, and it's making a significant difference. Other agencies that aren't using the cloud are likely to start their journey to these platforms in the near future, and will begin reaping all the benefits the cloud can offer.  Read More

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Should government hop on board the chatbot bandwagon?

Posted on April 14, 2016 0 comments

Chatbots may be the next big thing in tech, and the technology could prove enormously beneficial in the public arena. Chatbots, although just known as bots for short, are a form of artificial intelligence, noted Hannah Francis, a Technology Reporter with the Sydney Morning Herald. A bot works by executing a command and formulating a particular response depending on what is typed in as the input.  Read More

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New tool helps organizations better visualize federal data

Posted on April 12, 2016 0 comments

In order to help both private companies and public agencies better make sense of publicly-available data, a team of academics and consultants have teamed up to create a tool that visualizes and more effectively displays this information. The tool is called Data USA, and it provides a search engine-like interface to help interested parties learn more about locations, occupations, industries and more. The site also includes pre-made breakdowns to make it easy to determine everything from the highest earning jobs in real estate to the racial breakdown of poverty levels in Flint, Michigan. Data USA is still fairly new, so additional data and pre-made filters will likely continue to be added to it in the coming months and years.  Read More

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New government tool aims to help developers of health-related mobile apps

Posted on April 11, 2016 0 comments

To help ensure mobile app developers don't run afoul of the law, a consortium of federal agencies recently created a tool that provides helpful guidance on health-related laws and compliance. The Mobile Health Apps Interactive Tool was created as a joint effort between the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Food and Drug Administration and the Office for Civil Rights. It is a simple, interactive checklist for those developing health-related apps to make sure their program is following various laws like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.  Read More

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Government cybersecurity incidents on the rise

Posted on April 07, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

The state of government security is drastically shifting to have a larger focus on cyberspace than ever before. Federal organizations deflect threats from malware, ransomware and viruses on a daily basis, but the risks are becoming more dire as time passes. Malicious parties are advancing their tactics as quickly as security firms are upgrading their solutions to fend off threats. This volatile environment is leading to numerous breaches and more determination to protect sensitive information under federal domain.  Read More

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White House embraces open source coding

Posted on April 07, 2016 0 comments

As part of a broader effort to boost innovation and reduce costs across the board, the White House recently announced a new initiative that will make the code for all federal government software open sourced and available to everyone. In a late March blog post announcing the initiative, federal CIO Tony Scott said that going forward, all software that is designed or used only by federal agencies must have its source code be freely available. This will enable innovation, he said, by allowing a wider variety of parties to tinker and improve on government software. It also aligns federal government IT efforts more closely with private sector best practices. Plus, it hopefully eliminates the need to have to purchase multiple software licenses for different agencies, helping to streamline costs across the board.  Read More

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Agencies must partner with tech experts if they want to see progress

Posted on March 31, 2016 0 comments

There are certain situations where going it alone isn't the best option. Asking for help from an expert can often solve a problem more effectively, and this is nowhere more apparent than within government IT. Agencies should know that partnering with knowledgeable outside companies isn't a sign of giving up on the problem. Rather, it shows that officials care enough to get the best person possible to help solve the issue in the most effective and efficient way possible. In that vein, let's look at some of the agencies who've teamed up with private companies recently.  Read More

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Social engineering: A major threat to government data security

Posted on March 30, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

Humans will always be the weakest link when it comes to security. An agency can utilize top-tier encryption, employ the world's best cybersecurity experts and spend millions of dollars on its defenses, and all it takes for a hacker to gain access to private data is for someone in HR to fall for a social engineering attack.  Read More