IT managers take aim at rising software costs

Nicole Blake Johnson, Federal Times,  Saturday, March 31, 2012

Federal information technology executives are slashing millions of dollars in software spending by consolidating contracts and sharing services. But federal executives are targeting even deeper savings, forcing vendors to rethink how they sell and deliver software to the federal government.

Consolidation at the crossroads: 4 paths taken

John Moore, Government Computer News,  Friday, March 30, 2012

E-mail systems, prone to proliferation and notoriously expensive to manage, are often near the top of the list of suspects when state and local government IT executives look for places to cut costs. Indeed, consolidating legacy e-mail systems as a cost-reducing, efficiency-boosting measure is even a matter of law in some jurisdictions.

Commerce to run cybersecurity lab in the cloud

Aliya Sternstein, Nextgov,  Thursday, March 29, 2012

The federal government and the state of Maryland plan to jointly operate a new cybersecurity laboratory in the cloud and demonstrate the lab's successful findings through social media and mobile apps, according to the Commerce Department. The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence is expected to be physically located in Montgomery County, Md., near the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Gaithersburg headquarters, but it will rely on hardware and software based at remote computer centers in the cloud. The facility will be a place where NIST scientists, industry developers and academic researchers can come together and test security applications for workplace and personal computers, government officials announced in February.

House Oversight FISMA bill envisions beefed-up OMB role

Jack Moore,,  Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee unveiled a bill to overhaul a decade-old law detailing how federal agencies protect their computer networks from cybersecurity threats. Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the chairman and ranking member of the committee, respectively, introduced the legislation Monday. The Federal Information Security Amendments Act of 2012 would reestablish the Office of Management and Budget's role — as opposed to the Homeland Security Department's — in developing and overseeing agency cybersecurity guidance.

Building Trust Between Cloud Computing Providers and Suppliers

Brand Niemann, AOL Government,  Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Two of the leaders of the Federal Cloud Computing Initiative, Dawn Leaf, NIST Senior Executive for Cloud Computing, and David McClure, GSA Associate Administrator of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, said building trust between providers and suppliers of cloud computing is a top priority.

Is security the real problem for an intelligence community cloud?

Amber Corrin, Federal Computer Week,  Monday, March 26, 2012

Like the rest of the federal government, the intelligence community [IC] is looking for ways to save money and eyeing the cloud environment as one possible way. Unlike counterparts in other agencies, intelligence organizations are inherently secretive with essentially peerless security requirements. So how will it move to the cloud?

House Oversight Committee unveils FISMA overhaul bill

Federal News Radio,  Monday, March 26, 2012

A House committee has unveiled its version of a bill to overhaul how federal agencies carry out cybersecurity.The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform posted the bill on its Madison website to let people view the bill before it is formally introduced.

Audio: DoD Intelligence officials discuss implications of cloud computing

Molly Bernhart Walker, FierceGovernmentIT,  Monday, March 26, 2012

Officials from the Defense Department and Intelligence Community spoke March 23 during an event hosted in Arlington, Va. by AFCEA DC. The panel discussion was moderated by Neill Tipton, director of information sharing and partner engagement and deputy undersecretary of defense for joint and coalition warfighter support.

Beebe: Cloud services will force acquisition reform

Molly Bernhart Walker, FierceGovernmentIT,  Monday, March 26, 2012

"Cloud first" cannot reach its full potential without changes to federal acquisition policies, said Hank Beebe, chief information officer for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

FISMA standards will calm cloud fears, McClure believes

Camille Tuutti, Federal Computer Week,  Thursday, March 22, 2012

The federal government might not be in a mad march to migrate its most sensitive data to the cloud, but as standards become more cemented and processes ironed out, more agencies will move into the space perceived “as a little bit risky at the moment,” according to the predictions of a General Service Administration official.