Technology

Report: FedRAMP Testing Starting in June

Between six and 20 cloud computing contractors are expected to undergo the first round of FedRAMP testing starting in June, Federal Times reports. Companies that provide services under the General Services Administration’s infrastructure-as-a-service contract will first go through the test. Vendors who provide email-as-a-service contract will undergo the evaluation second. …

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EPA CIO: Agency Making Apps for Mobiles First, PCs Later

The Environment Protection Agency will develop applications for mobile devices first before making them for desktops and laptops, the agency’s chief information officer said Tuesday, according to Federal Computer Week. Malcolm Jackson said the new policy will focus the agency’s information technology projects into creating web-enabled mobile applications and websites …

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Army Seeing Energy Efficiency as Security Issue

The Army is looking for high-tech solutions to improve its energy efficiency for soldier gear and camps, DoDBuzz reports. According to Army Secretary John McHugh, water conservation in camps could help lessen convoy runs and minimize soldier casualties. According to DoDBuzz, 70 percent of convoy loads are fuel and water …

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DHS Cyber Lead Plans to Hire ‘All-Star’ Staff

Mark Weatherford, former chief security officer at North American Electric Reliability Corp., joined the Department of Homeland Security as deputy cybersecurity undersecretary in October. Since then, Weatherford appointed John Streufert director of the department’s national cybersecurity division Jan. 17. Weatherford told GovInfo Security in a recent interview at the RSA Conference 2012 …

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NNSA CIO Prioritizing Cloud, Cyber

National Nuclear Security Administration Chief Information Officer Robert Osborn has developed a three-step plan for improving the agency’s information technology infrastructure, Federal News Radio reports. Osborn, in office for a year, said he will focus on using hybrid cloud technology and improving cybersecurity. Osborn’s network transformation plan includes implementing virtual …

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Eric Holder Higlights Uptick in FOIA Releases

Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at the Justice Department’s Sunshine Week celebration yesterday in Washington. Holder outlined DOJ’s achievements in revamping the way in which it handles Freedom of Information Act requests. He said that for the second year in a row, the department has released parts of more than …

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GAO: Four Agencies Hold 60% of Federal Energy Initiatives

A majority of the federal government’s renewable energy initiatives stem from four federal agencies, according to the Government Accountability Office. GAO found the Interior, Agriculture, Defense and Energy departments to be responsible for 60 percent of government energy initiatives in 2010. Auditors reviewed energy practices of 23 agencies and 130 …

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