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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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Big data and the Syrian refugee crisis

Posted on December 01, 2015 0 comments

In an attempt to escape conflict within their borders, millions of Syrians have fled to surrounding countries, Europe and the United States. Since 2011, the U.S. has welcomed approximately 1,500 Syrian refugees, but President Obama has said that he intends to welcome as many as 10,000 within the next year, according to CNN. However, this plan is in direct opposition to more than half of all governors in the U.S., who have made clear that Syrian refugees are unwelcome based on the notion that some of these migrants may pose a terrorism threat.  Read More

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Federal agencies are targeting the IT talent gap

Posted on November 30, 2015 0 comments

Of all the cyberattacks over the course of the past few years, the Office of Personnel Management breach has arguably weighed the heaviest on federal officials. Earlier this year, an estimated 21 million former and current government employees had personal information pilfered as a result of the OPM incident. The breach also resulted in biometric data of more than 5 million government employees being exposed to cybercriminals.  Read More

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Massachusetts turns to tech for improvement of public services

Posted on November 24, 2015 0 comments

State and local governments are doing their part in improving life for residents through the adoption of new technology. Nebraska is expected to save millions of dollars over the next decade thanks to data center consolidation. Baltimore is trying to improve quality of life for its residents with big data strategies. San Francisco is improving the morning commute by using real-time video surveillance.  Read More

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GAO uncovers huge setback to federal data center consolidation

Posted on November 23, 2015 0 comments
Category: Data Center

U.S. government agencies are being hard-pressed to improve IT infrastructure services. Earlier this month, the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act scorecard revealed that the majority of the 24 graded agencies are significantly underperforming, with more than half of the agencies receiving a letter grade of D or lower.  Read More

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Federal workers continue to ignore mobile best practices

Posted on November 19, 2015 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

Federal IT infrastructure is due for an overhaul, and by most measures, it would appear that U.S. IT leaders are doing what they can to make this happen. A bevy of policies such as the cloud-first initiative and the Federal Information Technology Acquisitions Reform Act have been implemented over the last five years in an effort to enhance federal IT services. Furthermore, the Government Accountability Office has continued to prod federal agencies to implement more efficient IT infrastructure. A recent example comes in the form the November 2015 FITARA scorecard. By and large, the scores were below average among agencies, but the fact that GAO continues to monitor the progress of these agencies is a sign that government technology services are becoming a priority.  Read More

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Federal CIOs have their work cut out for them

Posted on November 17, 2015 0 comments

The federal government is currently identifying ways to maximize the efficiency of federal IT infrastructure. So far, data center consolidation, cloud migration and big data strategies have all been addressed as ways in which federal agencies can save money on IT budgets while improving operational efficiency.  Read More

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Can big data give the US economy a jolt?

Posted on November 13, 2015 0 comments
Category: Cloud Computing

Many big claims have been made about the power of big data to fix problems. Seattle is leveraging big data to fight crime, Connecticut is using it to bolster public transit, and Baltimore is seeking toimprove quality of life for residents with recently announced big data strategies.  Read More

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Connecticut improves public transit with real-time data

Posted on November 10, 2015 0 comments

State and municipal governments across the U.S. are looking for new ways to make the most of technology, both as a way to cut costs and to improve daily life for residents. For example, in Baltimore, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is employing big data strategies in an effort to improve quality of life for the city's estimated 622,793 residents. Meanwhile, Seattle is using big data to create real-time crime maps, and San Francisco is employingsurveillance cameras to improve the morning commute for hundreds of thousands of people.  Read More

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NASA benefits from data center consolidation

Posted on November 03, 2015 0 comments
Category: Data Center

Data center consolidation is exactly what it sounds like: The consolidation of data from multiple server locations into only a few, or even one, data center location. The benefits typically include considerably lowered costs of operation, as data centers demand expenses in terms of property ownership and management, and in energy costs to keep the center up and running. For this reason, local, state and federal government agencies have been increasingly focusing on data center consolidation. In Nebraska, for example, the state government recently outlined a plan to save millions of dollars through data center consolidation by migrating information stored in multiple servers throughout the state into two data centers.  Read More

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Federal IT leaders push for innovation

Posted on November 02, 2015 0 comments

Federal IT infrastructure has been targeted for serious renovations for a while now. The Cloud First Initiative, which kicked off in 2011, represented one of the first earnest attempts to virtualize federal IT services and encourage data center consolidation. However, execution has been slow out of the gates. Many agencies continue to adamantly distrust the cloud, and are holding fast to legacy technologies, despite continual prodding from the highest-ranking federal IT leaders.  Read More