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Former HHS CTO Todd Park Appointed Federal CTO

President Obama has appointed Todd Park chief technology officer, according to a Friday White House announcement. Park succeeds the first federal CTO Aneesh Chopra after he left his post in January and rejoined The Advisory Board Company as a senior adviser of healthcare technology strategy on Feb. 22. The White House said …

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Pentagon to Give More Funds for Contractor Pensions

The Defense Department may pay more for future contractor programs under a rule requiring the government to increase reimbursements to contractors for pensions, Federal Times reports. The rule, part of the 2006 Pension Protection Act, takes effect this week and sets standards for companies to calculate pension fund liabilities. The …

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FCC to Auction Spectrum, Fund Public Safety Net

The Federal Communications Commission may auction off radio frequency spectrum in order to fund the national public safety network. Congress reached an accord on legislation last Wednesday that would extend payroll tax cuts, authorizing the FCC to auction TV broadcast spectrum to wireless carriers, The Hill newspaper reports. The auctions …

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Army Cloud Email Move Restarting in March

The Army‘s plan to migrate enterprise email to the cloud will resume in the spring. Mike Krieger, the Army’s deputy chief information officer, said in a Friday blog post that the Defense Department enterprise email migrations would resume March 17. Krieger said email migration was paused in January after the …

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Proposed Cyber Bill Puts DHS in Charge of Assessing Infrastructure

A bipartisan group of senators proposed a cybersecurity bill Tuesday that would put the Department of Homeland Security in charge of assessing risks and vulnerabilities to critical infrastructure. The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 also asks the government to improve the security of cyber networks through the Federal Information Security Management Act. Sens. …

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2013 Federal IT Budget Request Down Less than 1% From 2012

President Obama requested $78.9 billion in fiscal year 2013 funding for federal information technology, down 0.7 percent from fiscal 2012 funds, Computerworld reports. Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said in a press conference the 2013 budget request represents the government’s effort to do more with less. VanRoekel said budget …

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Pentagon Releases 2013 Budget Proposal

The Defense Department‘s budget proposal for fiscal year 2013 includes a $5.2 billion cut to the base budget from fiscal 2012, according to Pentagon guidance released Monday. The Pentagon’s 2013 budget request totals $613.9 billion; $525.4 billion for the base budget and $88.5 billion for operations in Afghanistan. The proposed …

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Report: VA to Roll Out Patient Wi-Fi Network

The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to install patient wireless systems in all 152 of its hospitals, according to NextGov. Michael Lay, service delivery director for VA’s Southern and Midwest regionaoperations, told NextGov the agency aims to implement a nationwide patient Wi-Fi system. The VA started a procurement this week …

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GSA Issues FedRAMP Directions

The General Services Administration released its step-by-step instruction guide on following FedRAMP procedures Tuesday. The 47-page concept of operations outlines how agencies and contractors should proceed in certifying services so a service from one contractor could be used in multiple agencies. GSA says products including infrastructure-as-a-service tools will be the …

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House Subpanel, Industry to Assess Cyber Threats

A House subcommittee will review cyber threats in the U.S. during a Wednesday hearing, according to the The Hill newspaper. Rep. Greg Walden, (R-Ore.) chairman for the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on communications and technology, said the subcommittee will consider botnets, hacking and supply-chain vulnerability. Industry representatives and security experts are …

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