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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



4 men indicted for breaching U.S. Army networks

Posted on October 01, 2014 0 comments
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It was revealed today that the Justice Department has charged four men with hacking into the computer systems of a variety of tech organizations, as well as the U.S. Army, and stealing more than $100 million worth of records. The men were indicted by a federal grand jury in Delaware on April 23, but the record was sealed until September 30.  Read More

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Crowdsourced contests vulnerable to malicious behavior, new study finds

Posted on September 25, 2014 0 comments
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A new academic study released recently has found that the crowdsourced competitions that have become so popular with government agencies of late may actually be doing more harm than good.  Read More

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Local governments benefit from insights offered by big data

Posted on September 25, 2014 0 comments
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As organizations amass a growing amount of information, the use of big data has been shown to offer numerous advantages in practically every industry. One area that is only just beginning to harness the benefits of big data is the public sector. In an interview with BizCommunity, Logikal Consulting CEO Gerald Naidoo noted that policymakers and agency officials can utilize big data to improve the work governments are doingin areas like transportation, emergency response, utilities and social programs.  Read More

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Federal government recruits tech experts for better IT capabilities

Posted on September 25, 2014 0 comments
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Government agencies have been notorious in their inability to be transparent with their disclosure of information to the public. For this reason, many organizations are trying to correct this by providing timely website updates and ensure that constituents understand the logic behind choices being made. However, as seen by the massive failure of HealthCare.gov, even federal groups need help in their IT efforts. This demand has driven agencies to pursue IT infrastructure services to improve their website capabilities.  Read More

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Government looks to successful examples for data center consolidation

Posted on September 25, 2014 0 comments
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Data center consolidation has been at the forefront of government IT initiatives recently as the 2015 deadline for footprint reduction continues to draw near. In an effort to be more environmentally friendly and utilize resources more effectively, the federal executives created a goal to close down a number of facilities, but this has been slow going as groups attempt to adjust. While some agencies struggle with their consolidation, others have taken it in stride, becoming an example for their peers to effectively reduce their power and asset usage.  Read More

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New concerns iCloud exploit could be used to target government agencies

Posted on September 17, 2014 0 comments
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There are new concerns that the iCloud hack that caused numerous celebrities’ sensitive photos to be leaked on the Web could allow hackers to target the service in an attempt to gain access to privileged government information.  Read More

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New Federal CTO Announced

Posted on September 03, 2014 0 comments
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It was announced this week that the White House has chosen Megan Smith, a Google executive, to be the next federal chief technology officer. Officials plan to make the nomination when Smith’s security vetting is complete.  Read More

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How government can use big data to its advantage

Posted on August 28, 2014 0 comments
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While some may consider big data to still be in its buzzword phase, other groups have seen the light when it comes to leveraging large sums of information and analyzing it for its patterns and insights. A number of groups across different industries have begun using big data as part of their processes, but some of these projects have proven to be more beneficial than others.  Read More

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Government seeks to better regulate big data processes

Posted on August 28, 2014 0 comments
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Big data is a relatively new trend that organizations are still attempting to navigate and understand how to leverage effectively. Decision-makers are also trying to better regulate this information and ensure that it keeps with privacy standards while complying with overarching industry expectations. Nowhere is this ‘this governance more apparent than in federal agencies. As these groups attempt to attach more rules to data management, federal organizations must pursue these best practices for a secure environment and to prevent costly data breaches.  Read More

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Government technology solutions must go the extra mile for security

Posted on August 28, 2014 0 comments
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In government agencies, data protection is becoming a major priority, as a leak of this information could compromise both national security and the group’s reputation. However, this means that anything less than government technology solutions will likely provide insufficient safeguards, making it necessary to have the right tools on hand. As more vulnerabilities emerge, decision-makers must ensure that their systems are prepared to handle the challenge of identifying and mitigating any issues.  Read More