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How to Save a Trillion Dollars? Top Techies Offer Tips

Top tech CEOs gave the Obama administration some advice on how to save money — $1 trillion in 10 years—by using IT more efficiently, according to a report in InformationWeek. The leaders of six tech firms, including IBM and Dell, presented their report “One Trillion Reasons” on Wednesday to the …

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DHS’ Sunny Forecast for the Cloud

Department of Homeland Security Chief Information Officer Richard Spires announced plans to contract with a public cloud provider for its public sites, FierceGovernmentIT reported. In a speech before Input, a market analysis firm in Reston, Va., Spires also mentioned other steps DHS was taking to further employ cloud computing. For …

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Information Sharing Official Tells Agencies to Pick up Pace

In the post-9/11 world, government agencies in charge of national security information have learned how to share data. But now the government’s top official in charge of efforts to increase sharing efficiency wants agencies to speed up the process. Kshemendra Paul, program manager for the Information Sharing Environment, a presidentially …

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Federal Health Benefits Database a Security Risk?

Last week, along with the announcement of a 7.2 percent increase in healthcare premiums for federal workers, the Office of Personnel Management also introduced a health-claims database to keep tabs on and assess federal employee health-benefit services. At the time, Government Executive reported federal workers were “disheartened” by the premium …

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Lights Out: US Smart Grid Vulnerable to Hackers around the World

As the Department of Energy seeks to implement the Smart Grid, a modern electricity network delivering power using two-way digital communications technology, has also created points of vulnerabilities in the U.S. power grid. Kenneth Van Meter, general manager of Energy and Cyber Services for Lockheed Martin, whose company has partnered …

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Sunny Side Up: White House to Install Solar Panels

Despite mediocre poll numbers and the sense of doom clouding hopes for Democratic success in November, things may have gotten a little sunnier at the White House. The Obama administration this week announced plans to install solar panels on the White House roof to demonstrate President Barack Obama’s commitment to …

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Big IT Deals Can be Complicated for Contractors

The past month saw the awarding of large-scale federal IT contracts that could save the government money, Nextgov.com reports. But, the multibillion contracts that might cut costs for the government can often be a thorn in the side of contractors. The Department of Homeland Security, the Social Security Administration and …

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Feds Procrastinate on Cyber Deadline

Federal agencies may miss a key deadline in the implementing of new cybersecurity reporting guidelines, according a recently published survey. Only a small minority of federal managers have used the new CyberScope reporting tool, according to a survey of 34 chief information officers across a number of federal agencies conducted …

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Business Booming for Cyber Contractors

Government contractors are building in the hope that, soon, business will be booming. The Washington Post reports local contractors are building new offices, opening new division and hiring more people to staff positions in cybersecurity – an area they anticipate develop and pay dividends. The new head of U.S. Cyber …

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Cyber Warfare is Coming, Lynn Says

Cyber warfare will likely be a battlefield weapon in future conflicts, William J. Lynn III, deputy defense secretary, said at the Council on Foreign Relations last week. “Any major future conflict will almost certainly include elements of cyber warfare,” he said. “And the threat posed by cyber warfare extends far …

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