Technology

NASA Launches IP Version 6 On Its Website

NASA is joining in the worldwide launch of the Internet Protocol version 6, which will replace IPv4 as the communication protocol used to direct most traffic on the Internet. The space agency said it is the first federal agency to support the launch and has enabled dual use of both …

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Casey Coleman Updates GSA IT Reform Status

The General Services Administration is partnering across the government to implement a new information technology strategy, Chief Information Officer Casey Coleman said in a blog post. Coleman wrote that the GSA has seen successes in its reform efforts, including the adoption of TechStat process to review IT investments. Through TechStat, …

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DOE Releases Utility Cyber Preparedness Guidance

The Energy Department has published its cybersecurity guidance for utilities to evaluate their preparedness levels, Fierce Government IT reports. The Electricity Subsector Cybersecurity Capability Maturity Model, published May 31, covered 10 cyber domains, including risk management, identity and access management, situational awareness and program management. White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard …

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GSA Awards Contract To Run Cloud-Based Travel Booking Service

The General Services Administration has awarded Concur Technologies Inc. a potential 15-year contract to operate an updated online travel service for the federal government, the agency announced Monday. E-Gov Travel Service is a cloud computing-based service that more than 90 agencies use for online travel booking and tracking expenses. Version one …

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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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