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MeriTalk: Gov’t Adopting Cloud But Concerned Over Data Stewardship; NetApp’s Kirk Kern Comments

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MeriTalk has released the findings of a study underwritten by NetApp and Arrow indicating that federal agencies are looking to expand their use of cloud but many remain wary about its potential impact to operations. The study found that 89 percent of information technology professionals in government continue to be concerned about data stewardship …

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OPM to Introduce New Workforce Digital Tools; Katherine Archuleta Comments

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The Office of Personnel Management plans to boost development and training services for federal employees by developing new workforce digital tools, FedScoop reported Monday. Billy Mitchell writes OPM Director Katherine Archuleta announced the GovU sharing and collaboration portal comprising colleges that focus on training and development in specific areas. “I want to make sure …

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James Clapper: Intell Community ‘Doing Business with Less Resources’

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Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said he is seeing increased activity by the intelligence community despite budget cuts that limit its resources, SIGNAL Magazine reported Sept. 1. Robert Ackerman writes DNI looks to new sensing technologies, phenomenologies, detection systems, automated data analysis tools, Internet of Things-supported intelligence networks, biometrics and cross-platform …

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Rep. Steny Hoyer: House Appropriators Working on Short-Term Govt Spending Fix

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House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) has said the chamber’s appropriators are considering a stopgap budget measure that would keep the government funded at current levels, Federal Times reported Tuesday. Andy Medici writes Hoyer told reporters that House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) and Ranking Member Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) …

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Rodney Harris: Army to Unveil Cyber Branch in October

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The U.S. Army plans to established a new cyber branch in October after the service initiated a cyber protection brigade on Friday. The Army Network Enterprise Technology Command activated the cyber protection brigade and cyber protection teams will serve at the core of the new branch, an Army release says. Command Sgt. Maj. …

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Paul Mandell: Government CIOs ‘Challenged’ in IT Resource Access

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Consero Group has released the results of a survey that indicates half of respondent chief information officers at federal, state and local government agencies find their information technology infrastructures to be insufficient. The 2014 Government IT Data Survey shows that 62 percent of government CIOs also reported lack of resources to execute their …

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Chuck Hagel: DoD Process Reform Push to Continue Amid Int’l Conflicts

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has indicated that the military will move forward with planned reforms to some of its operations and processes amid recent international incidents, Defense News reported Monday. Marcus Weisgerber writes that the proposed reforms will focus on defense acquisition, military healthcare, weapon investments, the nuclear enterprise and the military size, …

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President Obama Asks Congress to Fund Counterterrorism Program

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President Barack Obama has called on Congress to approve appropriations for his counter-terrorism program in a move to address the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Reuters reported Monday. Roberta Rampton writes the program intends to train allied forces and provide weapon systems to other nations. White House spokesman Josh Earnest told …

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Victor Valdez Joins SEC Enforcement Division as COO; Andrew Ceresney Comments

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Victor Valdez, formerly deputy director of strategic planning and corporate programs for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.‘s corporate university, has joined the Securities and Exchange Commission‘s enforcement division as chief operating officer and managing executive. He will begin his new role on Sept. 22 and be responsible for the division’s project management, information technology, human capital …

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Report: House to Consider Federal Funding Bill This Week

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The House of Representatives plans to take up a spending bill this week to fund government agencies and programs past the end of fiscal 2014, Defense News reported Monday. John Bennett writes Congress will have to approve a continuing resolution to prevent a shutdown and send the final bill for …

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