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 IT management

  1. The Defense Department is competing a contract to modernize its health records system. Ken Moore/Air Force

    DoD kicks off $11B health IT competition

    The single-award contract is expected in the third quarter of fiscal 2015.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  2. Finding agile remedies for project failure

    Large-scale IT projects are almost never delivered as promised.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  3. On the ground at the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, CDC disease detectives Ilana Schafer, left, Erik Knudsen and Andrea McCollum use the new Epi Info tool to track down people exposed to the deadly virus. CDC

    CDC software helps fight Ebola

    Epi Info aids epidemiologists trying to trace the origin and spread of outbreaks.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  4. About 500,000 soldiers will be using IPPS-A in the next few weeks according to Col. Darby McNulty, project manager. Mike Morones/Staff

    World's largest HR ERP moving into second phase

    Col. Darby McNulty reveals some of the challenges of the Army's Integrated Personnel and Pay System.

    • Aug. 25, 2014
  5. Exelis gets Corps of Engineers IT contract

    Company will provide IT support in Mississippi, Oregon and D.C.

    • Aug. 22, 2014
  6. DISA is likely to reorganize to take better advantage of its collaboration with US CYBERCOM, says DISA Vice Director MG Alan Lynn. Barry Rosenberg/C4ISRNet

    DISA to undergo cyber-focused restructure

    Still in the early planning stages, expected changes will strengthen DISA's collaboration with Cyber Command.

    • Aug. 21, 2014
  7. Data center downtime frustrates many federal employees. NASA

    Federal IT workers frustrated with data center downtime

    Survey finds many are unhappy with their agency IT departments.

    • Aug. 15, 2014
  8. The website for invitees to the Postal Service's Real Mail Notification service. USPS

    USPS beta testing mail notification service

    Get a PDF each morning showing you the mail coming that day.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  9. Terry Halvorsen wants to reduce bandwidth use. Navy

    DoD working on software bandwidth guidelines

    The move to software defined networks will bring with it a set of code-writing guidelines for contractors.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  10. An artist's rendition of the 2007 Phoenix Mars probe during landing depicts dust particles stirred up from thrusters. CFD Research Corporation, in conjunction with the University of Florida, received a NASA 2012 STTR Phase II award to further develop a debris simulation tool that will predict the flow of granular materials in similar spacecraft landings. NASA/JPL

    NASA awards Phase II of future tech program

    Selected projects will demonstrate the feasibility of new propellants for in-space propulsion, increase capabilities to perform autonomous navigations, and advance new methods for the manufacturing of advanced materials.

    • Aug. 14, 2014
  11. Transportation to federalize some IT contractors

    Contractors cost more than federal employees, raising the cost of shared services, says CIO.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  12. DoD will be moving some data into cloud in a pilot project, Terry Halvorsen says. U.S. Navy

    DoD to release cloud computing pilots by September

    The Defense Department will soon be moving some of its data into the cloud as part of a series of pilot projects, acting chief information officer Terry Halvorsen said Aug. 13.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  13. Sylvia Burns becomes Interior's permanent CIO

    The former associate deputy CIO had been acting CIO since March.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  14. USDA's Web Based Supply Chain Management system enabled the ordering, procurement and delivery of 8.5 billion pounds of domestically produced foods during the last fiscal year, according to the agency. Lance Cheung/USDA

    USDA's web-based supply chain moves food faster

    Management system is poised for even broader use.

    • Aug. 12, 2014
  15. The digital experts who turned around Healthcare.gov inspired the creation of the U.S. Digital Service, according to a White House blog post by OMB's Beth Cobert, federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel and federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park. Mike Morones

    White House unveils Digital Service team to improve agency websites

    The turnaround of Healthcare.gov by a team of digital experts inspired the creation of the U.S. Digital Service.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
  16. Jack Wilmer, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Enterprise Services, Defense Information Systems Agency, speaks during the Federal Innovation Summit 2014. Rob Curtis/Staff

    DISA grows into cybersecurity role

    Big Data and analytics help fight threats.

    • Aug. 8, 2014
  17. The Recovery Board handles massive amounts of data to provide transparency in the distribution of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and Hurricane Sandy funds. Extracting useful information from that data is vital. City of Freemont

    Steps to make Big Data relevant

    A guide to turning a mountain of raw data into useful information.

    • Aug. 8, 2014
  18. Robert Gates, Principal at RiceHadleyGates and former defense secretary, speaks during the Federal Innovation Summit 2014. Rob Curtis/Staff / Staff

    To make IT progress, challenge the conventional wisdom

    Bureaucratic norms restrain real reform, says former defense secretary.

    • Aug. 8, 2014
  19. Dave Gwyn Courtesy Photo

    Data-center consolidation: Think like the best

    Data-center consolidation continues to be a hot topic and with good reason. Recent estimates indicate that the federal government is far from reaching its goal to close or consolidate 40 percent of data centers by 2015.

    • Aug. 8, 2014
  20. A multiagency team is working to determine how many DHS employees may have been affected by the cyber attack. JIM WATSON/AFP

    DHS, OPM suspend contracts with USIS after major cyber attack

    Successful hack potentially exposes personal information of DHS employees.

    • Aug. 7, 2014
  21. GSA's Sonny Hashmi: GSA will give open-source software priority as it designs new software services GSA

    GSA pushes open source, cloud for all new IT projects

    Other requirements include integrated security, sharing project data.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
  22. Thomas Sasala helped lead the Army's desktop virtualization efforts. Rob Curtis/Staff / Staff

    3 keys to successful desktop virtualization

    Change management is an essential tool for the transformation.

    • Aug. 4, 2014
  23. Agencies should move to the cloud carefully and deliberately, says Jason Langone of Nutanix Federal. Rob Curtis/Staff / Staff

    Take a measured approach to private clouds, contractors say

    No 'magic elves' are putting cloud into place.

    • Aug. 4, 2014
  24. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 'See and ID Dolphins and Whales' app is one way to make your summer more fun.

    8 federal apps to make your summer better

    Explore the National Mall, identify whales and dolphins, find fuel for your electric car and avoid ladder accidents.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  25. Astronaut Michael Massimino peers into space shuttle Columbia's crew cabin during a brief break in work on the Hubble Space Telescope, latched down just a few feet behind him in Columbia's cargo bay.

    First space-tweeting astronaut leaves NASA

    Mike Massimino has taken a position at Columbia University.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  26. Jack Wilmer, DISA's deputy CTO for enterprise services, speaks during the Federal Innovation Summit. Rob Curtis/Staff

    DISA applies Big Data analytics to better secure DoD networks

    As DISA moves toward the JIE, monitoring the relentless analytics data flow remains a top priority.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  27. CACI looks beyond DoD market with radio jammer

    STC Portable Spectrum Analyzer is designed for law enforcement, intel.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  28. Sue Trombley Tom Kates/ / Courtesy of Iron Mountain Consulting

    Hybrid records management can enable open government

    Not all documents need to be digitized in order to improve transparency.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  29. A Lockheed Martin employee working on a server in the NextGen Cyber Innovation and Technology (NCITE) Center in Gaithersburg. Fran Dries

    For cyber-defense, automation alone is not enough

    Human intervention is required to truly make networks secure.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  30. Many agencies use a mix of private and public commercial clouds. Hybrid clouds can serve as a bridge between the two. Microsoft

    Hybrid cloud strategy needs unity from the start

    Interconnecting multiple cloud systems poses the next great hurdle

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  31. Col. Patrick Burden, the departing General Fund Enterprise Business System Project Manager. Rob Curtis/Staff

    The state of GFEBS: Departing PM takes stock

    The Army's financial ERP made good progress during his four-year tenure, Burden believes.

    • Jul. 28, 2014
  32. The Senate Appropriations Defense subcommittee has proposed sizable cuts to the Pentagon's IT spending plan in an effort to trim duplicate programs. AFP/Getty Images

    Cost savings from IT reform are ... nil?

    Do it for the new capabilities, not the savings, says a former defense secretary.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  33. Cloud computing could save agencies significant money, but less than half of the respondents to a recent survey believe their agencies are considering a shift. scanrail / Getty Images/iStockphoto

    Survey: Agencies could save billions with cloud

    Meritalk finds less than half of survey respondents work for agencies contemplating a shift.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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