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Federal agencies are targeting the IT talent gap

Posted on November 30, 2015

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

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
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
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

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
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

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
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

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


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Government cybersecurity: What’s improved and what needs work?

Posted on May 24, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

Defense has always been a major issue for the U.S. government. Keeping the American people safe from threats both at home and abroad is vital, and this importance shows in the national budget. Out of the $1.1 trillion allocated in fiscal year 2015 discretionary spending, $598.5 billion went toward the military. That's 54 percent of the budget, clearly showing how important defense is to the U.S. government.  Read More

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Federal agencies make major IT improvements, but still have a long way to go

Posted on May 19, 2016 0 comments

Since 2013, the U.S. government has been making major moves to improve overall IT functions. With the rapid expansion of technological advancement hitting every section of the public sector, it became clear that there were major inefficiencies within modern agencies. In fact, Congress created the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act to ensure that each department was doing everything it could to better their current IT situation.  Read More

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The future of the cloud in government

Posted on May 16, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cloud Computing

Government work is all about efficiency. With so many people relying on the work of local public sector employees, ensuring tasks are completed quickly and effectively is a major concern. One of the best ways to boost productivity is through the cloud. The private sector is already working heavily in a cloud-based environment, and many agencies are already beginning to see what this technology can do for them. But what exactly is the cloud doing for the government, and what will its future look like within public service?  Read More

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Challenges facing implementation of police body cameras

Posted on May 09, 2016 0 comments

For the longest time, the only way to get an accurate description of how an event occurred was to have a witness describe it in its entirety. The problem with this is that people often forget what happened or lie for personal gain, which is why society had to declare that certain people were more trustworthy than others, with police officers being at the top of this hierarchy. However, recent developments are turning this notion on its head.  Read More

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Government officials admit to trouble in finding cybersecurity talent

Posted on May 03, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

Despite spending more on defense than any other country in the world, the U.S. is not safe from attack. Specifically, U.S. federal agencies are nowhere near prepared enough to hold back the onslaught of cyberattacks levied against the country every single day. In fact, government officials are beginning to realize the gravity of their current situation.  Read More

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How cyberwar can make and break the US government

Posted on April 28, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

The landscape of war has dramatically changed over the years. Putting boots on the ground is no longer the only option countries have in terms of subduing enemies, and this fact could make all the difference in the near future. Cyberwar is increasingly becoming a convenient and powerful tool, as it has the potential for disrupting communications, gaining intel and generally ruining a group's day. It should be no surprise that the U.S. as well as other nations are gearing up to use this method as a long-term strategy in accomplishing their goals.  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