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Will GSA Tweak Cloud FedRAMP Requirements?

The Obama administration is taking criticism of its cloud-computing security requirements to heart and may considering making changes, according to a report on Nextgov. The Federal Risk and Authorization and Management Program, known as FedRAMP, is designed to create security standards for the federal government’s use of the cloud; the …

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OMB Sets IT Deadlines for Agencies

The Office of Management and Budget is setting deadlines for agency chief information officers to implement monitoring software, according to budget documents obtained by Federal News Radio. Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra sent agency CIOs guidance as part of the 2012 budget request in December. The continuous monitoring mandate …

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Proposed House Bill Expands Federal Pay Freeze, Cuts Workers

A bill proposed in the House of Representatives last week would add another year to the two-year federal pay freeze, reduce the federal workforce by 10 percent and cut Defense Department procurement by 15 percent. Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) introduced the “Cut Unsustainable and Top-heavy Spending,”  last week, saying the …

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Comings, Goings at OMB, GSA

President Barack Obama nominated a number of officials to fill key economic posts ahead of the forthcoming release of the 2012 budget, according to a Government Executive report. Among those nominated, is a new No. 2 for the Office of Management and Budget — Heather Higginbottom, who was nominated to …

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Agencies to Address IPv6 in New IT Contracts

Transitioning to next-generation Internet will now be more firmly entrenched in the federal IT acquisition process, according to a new rule published in the Federal Register last month. The new rule, proposed by the Defense Department, the General Services Administration and NASA, adds certain provisions to the Federal Acquisition Regulation, …

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IG Report: GSA Needs to Enforce Cybersecurity Policies

The General Services Administration’s inspector general says the agency needs to shore up its cybersecurity. However, the issue is not one of new regulations and policies, but of enforcing the ones already on the books, according to a year-end IG report. The Dec. 8 review, mandated under the Federal Information …

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DoD, GSA to Keep Tabs on Contractor IDs

The Defense Department, the General Services Administration and NASA are playing tough in an effort to ensure that special access cards used by government contractors are returned after a contract’s terms are over. Until all the microchip-embedded cards are returned, the new rules, published in the Federal Register last week, …

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