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  1. No longer DoD's cloud broker, DISA is now responsible for issuing provisional authorization to cloud providers that meet DoD's criteria. File

    DoD releases new federated cloud procurement policy

    With DISA out as cloud broker, policy outlines roles and procedures intended to speed up cloud acquisition.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  2. Acting Associate Administrator of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies Kathy Conrad (center), FedRAMP Director Matthew Goodrich (center-right) and Information Systems Security Manager Claudio Belloli (right) talk with reporters ahead of releasing 'FedRAMP Forward.' Aaron Boyd/Staff

    'FedRAMP Forward' plans next two years of cloud authorization

    Timeline lays out improvements to be phased in over next 24 months.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  3. 5 federal IT changes for the new year

    Federal IT can build on progress made in 2014, but some shifts will help that to happen.

    • Dec. 17, 2014
  4. Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., acknowledged agencies have made progress toward better cybersecurity but need to do more. Staff

    2014 FISMA reduces paperwork, codifies management structure

    Agencies won't have to complete huge three-year reports but will have to submit information on security incidents.

    • Dec. 16, 2014
  5. Two active U.S. military members 'Ask Watson' separation related questions as they prepare to transition to civilian life. USAA

    IBM's Watson to help VA manage health records

    The system that won at TV's Jeopardy! now will turn to serious work serving veterans.

    • Dec. 16, 2014
  6. Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell vowed to 'root out and prosecute corruption,' including within federal law enforcement. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

    Homeland Security IG sentenced for obstructing investigations

    Mishandled investigations and cover-up led to cases with national security importance being dropped.

    • Dec. 16, 2014
  7. From left to right: Lauren Schmidt (Eastern Foundry), Andrew O'Brien (JLL), Sen. Mark Warner, Geoff Orazem (co-founder and CEO of Eastern Foundry), Mitchell Schear (President of Vornado/Charles E. Smith) and Jennifer Hoggan (Eastern Foundry). Eastern Foundry

    Small business innovation incubator opens in Crystal City

    Eastern Foundry technology center will help small to medium businesses break in to government contracting.

    • Dec. 16, 2014
  8. Philip Reitinger, a former executive with the departments of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense, thinks a central cyber campus is a valuable step. Courtesy Photo

    New campus to centralize cybersecurity workforce

    GSA secures funding for cyber campus for civilian employees.

    • Dec. 15, 2014
  9. Michael Kushin is senior vice president at CACI International Inc. He has more than 25 years of experience developing secure solutions for the Defense Department and the Intelligence Community, and is responsible for delivering cybersecurity solutions at CACI. Courtesy Photo

    Drones and cybersecurity part 1: The challenges we face and cybersecurity's role

    The computers that direct the actions of drones can also be a way to defeat them.

    • Dec. 15, 2014
  10. The General Services Administration wants to know what metrics to use in assessing vendors' ability to deliver on information security and integrity. Staff

    GSA developing vendor IT security assessments

    RFI asks industry for advice on how government should rate companies for information security.

    • Dec. 15, 2014
  11. Employees at OPM were sent home after an electrical fire Monday, Dec. 15. Sheila Vemmer/staff

    Basement fire sends OPM staff home Monday

    No injuries reported after power surge led to an electrical fire.

    • Dec. 15, 2014
  12. The Capitol Building dome under scaffolding. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    Senate passes $1.1 trillion spending bill

    The Senate on Saturday approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill and sent it to President Barack Obama for his signature.

    • Dec. 13, 2014
  13. WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 10: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) speaks during a Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony for World War II era Civil Air Patrol members, on Capitol Hill, December 10, 2014 in Washington, DC. Sixty-five members of the Civil Air Patrol lost their lives in the line of duty during World War II. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Drew Angerer / Getty Images

    Senate passes bill to fund government through Wednesday

    The Senate passed a temporary spending bill Saturday, funding the government through Wednesday and giving legislators more time to consider a $1.1 trillion measure.

    • Dec. 13, 2014
  14. Some component agencies have been trying to anticipate how FITARA will impact their governance structure, according to ATF CIO Rick Holgate. Mike Morones/ / Staff

    Major IT reform to have 'immediate effect' on feds

    FITARA will be easier for some agencies to adopt than others.

    • Dec. 12, 2014
  15. Rep. George Miller, left, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., leave a meeting of House Democrats on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

    House approves $1 trillion spending package

    In a dramatic vote late Thursday evening, the U.S. House narrowly approved a $1 trillion government spending package despite a rare uprising from House Democrats. The bill passed on a 219-206 vote.

    • Dec. 12, 2014
  16. The House narrowly approved a $1 trillion governmentwide spending bill. Chip Somodevilla/ / Getty Images

    House approves $554B for Pentagon

    The House on Thursday narrowly approved a $1 trillion governmentwide spending bill, but only after shouting on the floor, the changing of votes and arm-twisting behind closed doors.

    • Dec. 12, 2014
  17. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., was a principle author of the 2015 NDAA and lent his name to the bill's full title, along with Rep. Buck McKeon (CA-25). Allison Shelley/Getty Images

    What the NDAA means for feds

    The defense spending bill includes a number of policy changes for civilian agencies.

    • Dec. 12, 2014
  18. Appropriations Committee Chairman Sen. Barbara Mikulski said the bill found a compromise without 'capitulation on prinicple.' Mark Makela/Getty Images

    Funding bill passes House, shutdown still looms

    Senate given two days to debate $1 trillion spending bill.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  19. The KaBOOM antenna at sunrise. NASA

    XTAR contributes X-band to help NASA spot space debris

    In a project called KaBOOM, the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory is testing a phased reflector antenna array to improve detection and tracking of space junk near Earth.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  20. An FBI profiling team is turning its attention to insider threats. WikiPedia

    FBI profilers look for insider threats

    A unit of the bureau is studying the technological tools that might help find problematic employees before they cause harm.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  21. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid anticipates weekend work for the Senate to complete its legislative agenda. Alex Wong/Getty Images

    Deadline looms for spending deal

    A government shutdown is possible, but lawmakers appear willing to approve a stopgap measure to buy more time.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
  22. The idea for a Senate Cyber Caucus came up during a panel discussion that included Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., who was in favor of creating a bipartisan group. Office of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

    7 Senators to consider for a 'Cyber Caucus'

    An idea for a bipartisan Cyber Caucus in the Senate got us thinking: Who should be tapped?

    • Dec. 10, 2014
  23. Lockheed Martin put an interactive map for NGA's Map of the World on Amazon's commercial cloud. Lockheed Martin

    Amazon commercial cloud tapped for geospatial data

    The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency becomes the first intelligence agency to host an operational capability on Amazon.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
  24. Federal Acquisition Services Commissioner Tom Sharpe said GSA hopes to get information on making payment cards more cost effective and secure. Alan Lessig/Staff

    GSA: What's new in payment cards?

    Agency asks industry for best practices on cards while developing SmartPay 3 RFP.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
  25. President Barack Obama speaks at an event for the Senior Executive Service at a hotel in Washington. MANDEL NGAN / AFP/Getty Images

    President to create SES reform council, development program

    Advisory council will focus on strengthening recruiting, hiring and retaining of top talent.

    • Dec. 9, 2014
  26. Sen. Tom Coburn said the Senate will not adopt a pending National Defense Authorization Act by unanimous consent. Win McNamee/Getty Images

    Congress eyes overtime as session draws to close

    Coburn will delay a vote on the NDAA, while the Senate contemplates weekend work

    • Dec. 9, 2014
  27. More than 3,000 senior federal managers gathered together to hear President Obama talk about federal service. Andy Medici/staff

    President Obama to feds: Thank you for your service

    President highlights achievements of federal employees across government.

    • Dec. 9, 2014
  28. Michael Fischetti is the Executive Director of the National Contract Management Association. Jenifer Morris

    Contracting's complexity and the impact on its managers

    The top-down evolution of today's contracting system created today's complexity.

    • Dec. 9, 2014
  29. A US Air Force major instructs a student during a training mission in an MQ-1 simulator at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. 2nd Lt. Logan Clark / US Air Force

    Simulation is the real thing for Air Force training

    From a consumer-level virtual world to high-end specialized simulators, the Air Force is finding great value in an artificial reality.

    • Dec. 9, 2014
  30. DARPA researcher Dr. Angelos Keromytis is program manager for the Transparent Computing initiative, focused on a new way to detect and mitigate advanced persistent threats. DARPA image

    DARPA sees future of cybersecurity in Transparent Computing

    Research agency is soliciting proposals for a holistic, adaptive approach to securing networks.

    • Dec. 8, 2014
  31. NASA continues to be one of the best places to work in government.

    NASA, Commerce among the best places to work; who's worst?

    Survery shows a drop in respect for senior leadership among federal employees.

    • Dec. 8, 2014
  32. Federal employees gave their agencies a C-plus average on digital strategy efforts, according to a recent survey. Acquia/Government Business Council

    Feds give agencies C-plus on Digital Strategy

    Survey finds gains in IT driven by policy mandates, not mission.

    • Dec. 8, 2014
  33. Congress is working to finish the 2015 NDAA and send it to President Obama for his signature. Alan Lessig / Military Times

    15 things to know about the NDAA

    A crash course on the most relevant parts for federal employees.

    • Dec. 8, 2014
  34. Many federal employees will get a four-day weekend under the new executive action. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Obama gives federal employees the day after Christmas off

    Holiday cheer can linger just a little longer in government workers' homes this year.

    • Dec. 8, 2014
  35. A vulnerability in a Mobile Device Management system used by government agencies could allow an attacker to run arbitrary code. U.S. Army photo

    Bug in IBM mobile device manager opens critical security gap

    Vulnerability could give attacker access to all devices on managed network.

    • Dec. 5, 2014
  36. Walt Francis answers reader questions about federal health insurance options. Jennifer Milbrett/Staff

    Health benefits questions answered—webcast still available

    The exclusive Federal Times webcast with Walton Francis and William Breskin—part of the Federal Times Thought Leadership series—is still available to view.

    • Dec. 5, 2014
  37. Walton Francis, after participating in a Nov. 19 Federal Times webcast to answer questions from federal employees and retirees about the FEHBP Open Season, has now answered many more audience questions. Jennifer Milbrett/Staff

    Open season almost over: Your federal health coverage questions answered

    Walton Francis addresses questions that time did not allow for during a recent Federal Times webcast.

    • Dec. 5, 2014
  38. The reorganization at the Department of Defense would be a good step forward according to Beth McGrath, director for Deloitte Consulting and former Defense Deputy Chief Management Officer. Laura Bertocci/Gannett Government Media Corp

    DoD management would be reorganized in NDAA

    New Under Secretary position would be in charge of business operations and IT management.

    • Dec. 5, 2014
  39. Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell introduced the new Cybersecurity Unit at the Cybercrime 2020 Symposium at Georgetown Law. Georgetown Law

    New DOJ Cybersecurity Unit to advise on Internet crime

    Team of 20-plus lawyers will focus on electronic surveillance and cyber crime.

    • Dec. 5, 2014
  40. Acting DoD Principal Deputy CIO David De Vries said the department is on track with its cloud acquisition and is not missing out on any of the benefits cloud services offer. DoD image

    IG: DoD failed to execute cloud policy

    Report criticizes DoD for not getting the most out of its cloud acquisitions.

    • Dec. 5, 2014
  41. Federal groups push back against Defense Department per diem cuts

    Federal employee groups are pushing back against drastic cuts to long-term travel per diems at the Defense Department, saying they unfairly burden feds.

    • Dec. 5, 2014
  42. GSA is asking industry if it can deliver on advanced technologies like 3D printing. Spencer Platt / Getty Images

    Alliant II managers ask industry for leading-edge tech experience

    Survey queries companies on their expertise in 18 specific technologies, including big data, the Internet of things, artificial intelligence and predictive analytics.

    • Dec. 4, 2014
  43. Republicans, angry about President Obama's executive action on immigration, propose to fund DHS only until Spring. Shown: Border Patrol agents detain an undocumented immigrant near Falfurrias, Texas. John Moore / Getty Images

    Immigration dispute prompts Republicans to propose limited DHS funding

    A bill that is now in development would fund most of government through 2015, Homeland Security only until Spring.

    • Dec. 4, 2014
  44. The House passed the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 Dec.4, legislation that would affect everything from CIO operations to agency rehiring of federal retirees. STAFF / AFP/Getty Images

    House passes sweeping Defense authorization bill

    Legislation reforms CIO authority, contracting processes and retiree hiring.

    • Dec. 4, 2014
  45. Energy costs are usually the biggest expense of a data center. Microsoft

    Finding the real cost savings in data center consolidation

    The cost of power should be the biggest thing to cut.

    • Dec. 4, 2014
  46. U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researcher Judith Stasko shows Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Mexican Minister of Agriculture Enrique Martinez y Martinez during a tour U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa. on Thursday, October 16, 2014. USDA photo by Darin Leach

    Agriculture research centers connecting to high-speed network

    New Science Network will improve collaboration and big data computing.

    • Dec. 4, 2014
  47. Anne Rung is the Administrator for the Office of Federal Procurement Policy at the Office of Management and Budget. Courtesy

    Simplifying federal procurement

    OFPP's new director on improving performance, driving innovation and increasing savings.

    • Dec. 4, 2014
  48. Anne Rung, the director of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy, has said her top priority is to simplify government contracting and increase innovation. Alan Lessig

    Administration releases guidance to transform procurement methods, strengthen workforce

    Agencies will need to revamp their procurement methods, strengthen their acquisition workforces and build stronger vendor relationships under guidance released Dec. 4.

    • Dec. 4, 2014
  49. Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald has been under pressure to fire poorly performing VA employees. Lauren Victoria Burke / AP

    VA has fired more than 500 employees since July

    Veterans groups want VA to send a message to bad employees.

    • Dec. 3, 2014
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