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CES Showroom Offers Glimpse into Federal Tech Future

Are you wondering why all the Beltway techies have been so giddy this week? Look no further than the Consumer Electronics Show, which kicked off in Las Vegas yesterday. According to Washington Post technology blog PostTech, the big stories emanating from the Las Vegas showroom this week are tablets and …

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DoD Given Power to Secretly Ban Contractors Deemed Risks

According to new authorities granted to top Defense Department leaders, the Pentagon can ban government contractors if DoD deems them a security risk. DoD is not required to inform companies they are blocked, and firms cannot appeal the decision, according to a Bloomberg News report. The contractor-security provision is part …

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Not Every Defense Dollar ‘Sacred’: Gates Announces $78B in Cuts, End to Marine Vehicle

Defense Secretary Robert Gates briefed lawmakers Thursday about proposed cuts to military spending before publicly announcing cuts to weapons programs, according to various media reports. At a Pentagon briefing, Gates announced the cancellation of the Marine amphibious vehicle Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle. Gates said the need for the EFV can be …

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HUD CIO Shares Best Practices on Refining IT Investments

The chief information officer of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said HUD made “significant improvements” in managing its IT investments last year. And along with touting his department’s success in a blog post on CIO.gov, HUD CIO Jerry Williams is sharing how HUD did it. “We have …

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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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DISA Sets Eye on Becoming DoD’s Leading Cloud Provider

The Defense Information Systems Agency said this week it wants to become the Defense Department’s leading provider of cloud computing platforms and services. In an interview with Nextgov, DISA Chief Technology Officer Dave Mihelcic said his agency is “uniquely positioned” to be DoD’s cloud provider of first resort both for …

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