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M-19-21 Memorandum and What It Is

Posted on December 09, 2020

The M-19-21 memorandum mandates that all records are created, converted and transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in electronic format by end of 2022. The need, however, does not make the reality any easier to embrace.  Agencies must both find a way to convert legacy records from paper to digital, and put in place processes that ensure all records going forward are created digitally.  Working with constrained budgets, needing to educate personnel, having to develop new processes and choosing the appropriate technology, all contribute to the complexity of achieving this goal by the established deadline.   Read More


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Updated government data centers lead to better utilization

Posted on April 24, 2015 0 comments
Category: Cloud Computing

Local and state governments have a few disadvantages regarding technology compared to the federal government: money and resources. The number of data centers the U.S. federal government operates has rapidly increased and become a burden. As a result, the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative was started and has been seeking to lower these figures and make government data centers more efficient. CIO.gov found many of the 7,000 federal data centers were using only 27 percent computing power, despite the extra costs associated with operating a data center.  Read More

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What is data sharing?

Posted on April 22, 2015 0 comments
Category: News

The U.S. House is expected to pass a bipartisan bill that will help combat cyberattacks, according to The New York Times. The Protecting Cyber Networks Act has already garnered the support of the president. The bill aims to push private companies to share information about hacking threats with other companies and the government.  Read More

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Recent cyberattacks reveal need for disaster recovery

Posted on April 21, 2015 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

The world’s leading operating system and a popular software program were recently found to have serious security flaws, enabling foreign hackers to breach U.S. State Department and White House computers and spy on foreign diplomats. Unclassified, but sensitive data was stolen from White House computers in particular.  Read More

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Data center transparency can help rehabilitate public trust

Posted on April 16, 2015 0 comments
Category: Data Center

In recent years, the public’s growing concern over surveillance and what it means for their privacy is an issue being faced by many agencies across federal, state and local governments. From 2015 to 2020, the global data center security market is projected to increase by acompound annual growth rate of 11.4 percent, according to a recent release from RnR Market Research. The need for secure data storage environments has always been implicit, but awareness of exactly how secure private information is has skyrocketed into the public eye and mind with recent developments relating to the FBI and National Security Agency, among others.  Read More

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Agencies see benefits from virtualizing within the cloud

Posted on April 15, 2015 0 comments
Category: Cloud Computing

Cloud computing with virtualization could mean serious advantages for government agencies. Server virtualization offers immense benefits to organizations seeking to consolidate data and cut down on physical equipment and maintenance costs. It also offers flexibility in data storage and analysis. Similarly, the cloud is useful in the storage of data and automation of services for end users. Despite the similarities between the two, they are separate processes that, when combined, can offer enhanced benefits to users.  Read More

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Interoperability framework to help agencies navigate big data

Posted on April 15, 2015 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

In recent years, the use of big data in government has increased despite growing concerns about cybersecurity. According to Josh Helms, a fellow with the IBM Center for The Business of Government, a growing number of agencies have had success in adopting big data to perform tasks and better serve the populace. For example, the Food and Drug Administration is using big data to analyze and study patterns in foodborne illness; this database helps the FDA respond more quickly when issuing recalls for contaminated foods. With the uptick in government use of big data, now more than ever it is important to ensure interoperability across data sources, organizations and domains.  Read More

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Internet of Things cuts costs for federal, state and local governments

Posted on April 13, 2015 0 comments

The Internet of Things is a system that uses sensors and software to connect people, data and physical objects to the Internet. Consumers and businesses alike utilize tools considered part of the Internet of Things, such as Google’s Nest home temperature maintenance system or baby monitors that can be accessed from a smartphone. Benefits can include increased productivity, time management, and physical and mental security.  Read More

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Technology investment benefits federal, state and local governments

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

Technology like unified communications systems and cloud computing can save government agencies money. Now there is evidence that these technologies cut costs in an even bigger way than previously thought. A recent study, conducted by researchers from Temple University, the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois at Chicago, found that for every dollar a state government spends on technology, it saves $3.50 in the long run in total expenditures.  Read More

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Information sharing crucial for government cybersecurity plan

Posted on April 13, 2015 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

An important aspect of cybersecurity is the sharing of information between businesses and government entities. Collaboration on cybersecurity measures and being up-to-date on current data breaches facilitates a crucial shared understanding about the status of cybersecurity in the U.S. The idea is that if this information is shared, more can be done about potential hacks, and the continued conversation about security can include strategies to prevent future breaches.  Read More

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Cybersecurity important for Obama administration in 2015

Posted on April 10, 2015 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

Already in the first months of 2015, the White House has taken several steps in the ongoing cybersecurity struggle. In his State of the Union address on Jan. 20, President Obama made it clear that cybersecurity is an integral issue for the government and that federal legislation is necessary.  Read More