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 IT management

  1. Robert Gates, Principal at RiceHadleyGates and former Secretary of Defense, delivers the keynote address at the Federal Innovation Summit 2014. Rob Curtis/Staff / Staff

    Gates: Agencies must break bad habits to modernize IT systems

    'Sclerotic' contracting system and hidebound leaders lead to failure.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  2. A U.S. Marine stands guard outside the U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. DoD

    AT&T tasked to upgrade embassy, consulate telephony

    Task order covers 290 facilities worldwide

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  3. COL Patrick Burden will be leaving his post as General Fund Enterprise Business System Project Manager. Rob Curtis/Staff / Military Times

    Army gets new GFEBS manager

    COL Patrick Burden reassigned to a new PEO position

    • Jul. 18, 2014
  4. Survey: Agencies could save billions by simplifying networks

    A majority of respondents believe that complexity hampers ability to implement new technologies or services.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  5. DISA has closed a computing center in Alabama as part of an ongoing plan to centralize IT operations. tompics / Getty Images/iStockphoto

    DISA shutters Alabama DECC

    Huntsville data center closure projected to save $4.2 million per year

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  6. $7B RMADA contract awarded by HHS

    Covering technical services, the contract goes to 15 bidders.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  7. Virtualization could make buying and implementing complex technology much easier in situations where IT department employees are not on hand for fast help. USDA

    Acquisition ease boosts virtualization's appeal

    Virtualization brings with it many advantages, and some challenges. One of the key advantages that is often overlooked is ease of acquisition.

    • Jul. 15, 2014
  8. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. called the Air Force handling of the ECSS contract 'the most egregious example of mismanagement at the Department of Defense in recent memory' Saul Loeb / Getty Images

    Senate report blasts Air Force for $1.2B logistics system failure

    A Senate report lambastes the Air Force for poorly managing the acquisition of a logistics management system the service canceled after spending $1.2 billion.

    • Jul. 10, 2014
  9. Biometrics use human traits, such as the unique characteristics of an iris, to identify a person rather than easier to forge credentials like usernames and passwords. Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod

    Can biometrics solve the identity management riddle?

    Biology-based ID tests are valuable, but bring their own challenges.

    • Jul. 9, 2014
  10. The Intelligence Community Desktop Environment will support thick, thin and mobile form factors. Spc. Joshua Edwards / U.S. Army

    IC moves toward common desktops

    The groundwork is laid, but the remaining work will not be easy.

    • Jul. 3, 2014
  11. NGA analysts study a set of data. NGA

    NGA taps crowd to improve disaster response

    Sharing code could lead to faster, better software for geo-spatial intelligence.

    • Jul. 3, 2014
  12. Information technology that supports health management functions, such as medication management and clinical results, is exempt from FDA regulations, according to the agency's recent framework. Thomas Brown/Staff

    FDA decision frees health IT developers

    With a clear declaration that health IT does not fall into the category of medical devices, vendors and developers can be assured device regulations do not apply.

    • Jul. 3, 2014
  13. COL Patrick Burden, the General Fund Enterprise Business System Project Manager, US Army's PEO EIS, promises a draft solicitation for a new contract writing system within months. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Army to launch new ERP competition soon

    The Army plans to issue a draft solicitation to industry in the next few months for a new contract writing system, according to Col. Patrick Burden, who is overseeing the program.

    • Jul. 2, 2014
  14. Lebanese supporters of the Shiite Hezbollah movement wave the Syrian flag. Social media is emerging as a tool for gathering information on global hotspots. Mahmoud Zayyat / Getty Images

    The new intelligence frontier?

    As an open-source information tool, social media could become invaluable.

    • Jul. 2, 2014
  15. Agency data copying policies might be slowing consolidation progress. Shown: The NASA Center for Climate Simulation's Discover supercomputer.

    Study: Data copying works against consolidation at many agencies

    Agencies could spend more than $16 billion in 10 years on unnecessary storage.

    • Jun. 30, 2014
  16. CAPT John Windom (shown here before his promotion from CMDR): Final RFP for the Defense Healthcare Management System Modernization contract is nearly ready. Navy

    Health systems modernization RFP draws closer

    DoD industry day attracts hundreds of potential bidders.

    • Jun. 27, 2014
  17. Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, is one of two sites where DISA is consolidating network operations centers. File

    DISA to merge four network centers into two

    Lockheed Martin is performing the work in Illinois and Hawaii.

    • Jun. 27, 2014
  18. The Defense Department's planned Joint Information Environment is intended to bring various sources of information together so that defense personnel can access it on various devices, even from the battlefield. Turning JIE from concept to reality, however, is not easy. (Pictured: Army Spc. Kerry Lampkin points a satellite communications antenna during an operation to find weapons caches and known terrorist suspects within the village of Malhah in the Kirkuk province of Iraq.) SSGT SAMUEL BENDET / Air Force

    DoD struggles on JIE details

    Leaders remain committed to the effort to centralize military networks, IT and communications, but getting beyond general ideas to specific plans proves difficult.

    • Jun. 27, 2014
  19. Health record improvements will bring big rewards, advocates say

    The military poses a unique set of challenging environments.

    • Jun. 26, 2014
  20. Virtualization eliminates 800 desktops for Army office

    An evolving strategy could be the key to data center consolidation.

    • Jun. 25, 2014
  21. ONR is looking for ideas on building a big data ecosystem. File/Getty Images

    Navy seeks big data ecosystem

    Goal: Enable sophisticated and powerful analytics to support naval warfighting applications.

    • Jun. 25, 2014
  22. Grant Schneider, DIA CIO, is open to innovation, from wherever it may come. DIA

    DIA looks outward for tech ideas

    The intel agency draws innovative mobility and network security strategies from the NSA.

    • Jun. 24, 2014
  23. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory recently overhauled its data centers so chilled water manages temperatures. Dennis Schroeder / NREL

    Colsolidation breeds optimization for data centers

    Reducing the number of facilities creates opportunites to increase effectiveness.

    • Jun. 23, 2014
  24. The Defense Department has awarded a technical services contract worth up to $3 billion for its 12 winning bidders. SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty Images

    Pentagon picks 12 for $3B technical services contract

    DS TATs contract covers research, test and advisory services, could span up to five years.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
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