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DHS Creates Mobile App Development Playbook for Agencies

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The Department of Homeland Security has released a guide for federal agencies to develop, test and implement mobile applications. DHS said its Mobile Application Playbook aims to help agencies streamline the process for managing protected apps across their life cycle while adhering to agency policies. “MAP addresses the challenges of mobile application development and deployment within the government, provides solutions …

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Reports: House Bill Would Open Access to Online Gov’t Data Inventories

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A House bill sponsored by Reps. Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.) and Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) seeks to establish an “open by default” standard for government data, FCW reported Thursday. FCW reports the Open, Public, Electronic and Necessary Government Data Act would mandate agencies to publish enterprise-wide data inventories online in a machine-readable open format. Sens. Ben …

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Ashley Mahan: FedRAMP Adopts ‘Open-Door Policy’ to Help Address Agency Cloud IT Needs


Ashley Mahan, agency evangelist for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, told Federal Times in an interview published Wednesday she will reach out to agencies that need assistance to use FedRAMP-compliant cloud products and services. “We have a very open-door policy,” Mahan said to Federal Times reporter Aaron Boyd. She added the FedRAMP team considers …

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Sen. Tom Carper Asks OMB for Info on Federal Cyber Defense Tech Acquisition Process

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Sen. Tom Carper has asked Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan to provide information about OMB’s efforts to help agencies accelerate their procurement and implementation of cyber defense tools. Carper told Donovan in a letter published Thursday that he wants the OMB to submit its response to the Senate Homeland Security and …

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GAO: Agencies Continue to Face Financial Reporting, Management Challenges

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A Government Accountability Office report says unaddressed weaknesses in federal internal controls over financial reporting have prevented the agency from giving an opinion on the government’s annual financial statement. GAO said Wednesday it observed that the government is still unable to adequately reconcile many intragovernmental transactions and balances among agencies and that financial management challenges continue to plague …

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Anne Rung: Agencies Must Establish Labs for Acquisition Innovation

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U.S. Chief Acquisition Officer Anne Rung has called on federal agencies to establish laboratories that will help them adopt best practices for buying information technology products and services. She wrote in a blog article published Wednesday an agency Acquisition Innovation Lab must place emphasis on how to manage IT investments and seek input from vendors on digital acquisition tool …

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Mark Kneidinger: Congress Should Establish Legal Authority for Federal CISO Post


Mark Kneidinger, director of the Department of Homeland Security‘s federal network resilience division, has said he believes a federal chief information security officer will not be able to demonstrate leadership potential without legal authority, Fedscoop reported Thursday. Billy Mitchell writes Kneidinger told audience during an Independent Telecommunications Pioneer Association-hosted panel discussion Thursday …

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Jacob Parcell: New GSA Registry Contains 7K+ Verified Govt Digital Accounts

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Federal digital managers have verified more than 7,300 government accounts on third-party Web, social media and mobile platforms through the General Services Administration‘s U.S. Digital Registry, GSA official Jacob Purcell wrote in a blog article published Monday. Purcell, manager of mobile programs at GSA, said the repository is designed to help agencies authenticate sources of government information that people …

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