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GAO Shows Concern On Pentagon IT System Management

The Government Accountability Office released a report concluding that the Defense Department uses a high-risk method to manage its business information technology systems, David Perera reports for FierceGovernment IT. According to the June 1 audit, the Pentagon’s challenges include its practice of confirming and approving business system modernization projects worth …

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NIST Issues Federal Cloud, Security Guidance

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has published its cloud computing guide to address security and risk management concerns, GovInfo Security reports. NIST said its Special Special Publication 800-146: Cloud Computing Synopsis and Recommendations describe cloud in plain language, while providing guidance as to how information technology decision makers should …

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Exelis’ David Fastabend On Pentagon-DHS Cyber Program, Recent Industry Event

The departments of Defense and Homeland Security expanded their voluntary cybersecurity information-sharing program with the defense industrial base earlier this month. All industrial base companies are eligible to participate in the DIB Cyber Security/Information Assurance Program. Some 1,000 firms are expected to participate in the program, which Pentagon Deputy Chief …

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Report: Andy Ozment Rejoins White House As A Senior Cyber Director

Former White House employee Andy Ozment has been appointed to rejoin the cyber office as one of two senior directors, Federal News Radio reports. Ozment, currently the Department of Homeland Security’s director for compliance and technology in the chief information security officer’s office, will report to White House cyber head Howard Schmidt, Jason Miller …

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VanRoekel Re-Affirms Federal IT Plan To Senate Subpanel

Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel testified before a Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs subcommittee Thursday on the government’s information technology plan. AOL Government reports the hearing discussed modern challenges federal agencies face while working to implement new technologies with flat or declining budgets. VanRoekel emphasized replacing legacy IT …

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Roger Baker: Initial VA-Pentagon EHR System To Use Legacy Systems

The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments’ health records system will be implemented at two joint facilities by 2014 but exclude certain applications, Molly Bernhart Walker of Fierce Government IT reports. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki announced earlier this week that the entire iEHR system would be …

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White House Launches Digital Strategy, Freezes .Gov Domains

The White House launched its digital strategy Wednesday to reform websites, mobility and shared digital services practices. President Obama issued a strategy memo Wednesday as well in order to define implementation guidelines for agencies and departments. Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel told attendees of a TechCrunch event Wednesday the …

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Report: VA-Pentagon Health Record System To Be Ready By 2017

Officials are aiming to have the integrated Defense-Veterans Affairs electronic health record system fully deployed by 2017, Bob Brewin reports for Nextgov. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki told reporters Monday that they are working to have iEHR deployed in San Antonio and Norfolk, Va. facilities in …

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NORAD, Northern Command To Run New Joint Cyber Center

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has authorized the creation of a cyber center run by the North American Aerospace Defense Command and Northern Command. The Joint Cyber Center should reach full operational status in 10 months, according to a NORAD release. Air Force Col. Bob Wright, head of the JCC, and …

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EPA Awards Small Business Tech R&D Funds; April Richards Comments

The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $2 million to 25 companies for research and development initiatives, the agency announced Tuesday. Awardees submitted research proposals for monitoring and treating water, building green, reducing greenhouse gases and air pollution monitoring, among other areas. EPA said this is the first phase of the Small …

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