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DHS Report Calls for Guidance on Government Use of Open Source Tech

A Department of Homeland Security-commissioned study has identified keys to removing barriers for government agencies to develop and implement open source software. The “Open Source Software in Government: Challenges and Opportunities” report was a project of DHS’ science and technology office and based on interviews with OSS experts, suppliers and …

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GSA to Hold Solar Challenge Industry Day

The General Services Administration will hold an industry day on Nov. 13 at its Washington headquarters to introduce the federal government’s solar challenge program to potential participants. The White House has directed federal agencies and military installations to deploy solar renewable energy at federal sites across the national capital region under the Capital Solar …

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GSA Awards 85% of Auctions to Small Biz in Fiscal 2014

The General Services Administration has announced that it awarded more than $19 million to small businesses during the fiscal year 2014 through a reverse auction program. The agency released an infographic on Tuesday that highlights the milestone performance of the agency’s reverse auction program in that period. Charles Wingate, chief of Branch B within …

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NIST Finalizes Guidelines on Federal Cloud Tech Adoption

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a two-volume road map for federal agencies to accelerate migration of their information technology systems to cloud-based infrastructure. NIST said Wednesday it sought input from government, commercial and academic organizations to develop the U.S. Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap with the …

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Mary McCord, Anita Singh, Luke Dembosky Appointed to Leadership Roles at DOJ’s Security Org

The U.S. Justice Department has appointed three new executives within the agency’s national security division and renamed an internal program for coordinating counterterrorism initiatives. Mary McCord was named as NSD’s principal deputy assistant attorney general, Anital Singh was appointed counselor and full-time chief of staff, and Luke Dembosky will assume …

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DOE Cyber Vet Jim Mellander to Retire Next Month

Jim Mellander, a 14-year cybersecurity veteran of the U.S. Energy Department, will leave the agency on Nov. 1 to pursue his personal interests. He serves as senior cybersecurity engineer at DOE’s National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center for the past five years and is affiliated with the agency’s Lawrence Berkeley …

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NGA Releases Gamification Software Code on GitHub; Robert Cardillo Comments

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has published a gamification software code on its official GitHub account. Released earlier this month, the standalone application works to generate badges and awards for users based on the context of their performance, NGA said Oct. 14. NGA also built the open source code to integrate with other Web applications to …

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