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Cyber Expert: Govt. Lacks Power to Handle Grid Disruptions

The federal government will not have authority to mitigate electric grid disruptions until at least 2013, a cybersecurity expert said according to NextGov James Lewis, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said a former U.S. senior official told him the country will experience a major disruption and …

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VHA Looks to Have ER Triage Tablet by August

The Veterans Health Administration said it hopes to have emergency room triage software up and running by August, Fierce Mobile Healthcare reports. Orlando, Fla.-based DSHI Systems has provided the VHA with a call-center based triage service for 12 years. The VHA selected DHSI to develop triage software ER nurses can …

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Federal CTO Chopra Leaving White House

Federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra is stepping down from his post, the White House announced Friday. A White House official told Federal News Radio that Chopra’s last day will be Feb. 8, but the official did not indicate Chopra’s future plans. FedScoop first reported Chopra’s departure and reports that some …

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NIST Gives Agencies Cloud Computing Guidance

The National Institute of Standards and Technologies is calling on agencies to take the lead in addressing security and privacy challenges relating to public cloud computing. NIST’s Guidelines on Security and Privacy in Public Cloud Computing do not suggest any specific service or deployment method for cloud computing, but lists …

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White House Joins Google Plus

Google Plus users can now add the White House to their circles as of Friday. In a Friday blog post, the White House announced that it has joined Google’s social networking service in addition to its active Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts. The White House said joining Google Plus is …

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VA Moving Electronic Health Records to DISA Data Centers

The Department of Veterans Affairs will move its electronic health records to data centers operated by the Defense Information Systems Agency, VA Chief Information Officer Roger Baker said according to NextGov. The move is scheduled for March and is expected to be completed in a little more than a year, …

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Private Sector Board Calls for More Power to Defense CIO

The Defense Business Board believes Defense Department Chief Information Officer Teri Takai should have more authority over military and Pentagon agency CIOs, according to Federal Times. The board, consisting of private sector executives, recommended Takai have more authority to enforce policies for data center consolidation and cloud computing, according to the …

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USDA Launches Renewable Energy Webpage

The Agriculture Department has added a new website focusing on renewable energy production, research and sustainably. USDA said the new site summarizes how the department manages and develops renewable energy sources and includes several industry-specific tools. An interactive map shows where the USDA provides investment support for renewable energy initiatives. …

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FedRAMP’s Controls, Tasks; QinetiQ’s John Lambeth Comments

The  General Services Administration has taken another step in implementing FedRAMP by issuing new baseline security controls for federal agencies and cloud providers. The GSA included measures similar to those in a publication issued in August 2009 by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, according to FedScoop. Similar measures include …

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