House Passes FISMA Update Bill

Katelyn Noland, ExecutiveGov,  Monday, April 30, 2012

The House passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act Thursday, creating a voluntary system for private organizations to provide national security agencies with cyber threat information. In addition to CISPA, the House also reached an accord to pass a bill updating the Federal Information Management Security Act of 2002, GovInfo Security reports

Cloud Could Cut $12 Billion from US Government Annual Deficit: Study

Joe McKendrick, Forbes,  Monday, April 30, 2012

It was less than two years ago the federal government began egging on its agencies to adopt a “Cloud-First” rule to IT procurement and “Shared-First” initiative to pare down its $80-billion-a-year budget. It appears that efforts to replace on-premises systems with cloud services are actually bearing fruit, at least one study shows. The study goes even further — if agencies really got aggressive about cloud, they could shave $12 billion off the annual IT tab. That amount almost covers NASA’s entire annual budget.

Cloud Technology Can Lift the Fog Over Higher Education

Gordon Freedman, Special Report in The Chronicle of Higher Education,  Sunday, April 29, 2012

We are now more than a decade into the 21st century. Much has changed in terms of how we use online and mobile technology to interact with one another, learn about world events, look up facts, or share who we are with everyone else online. However, for all the innovations that new technologies have brought to consumer affairs, business, entertainment, and government, one sector of society—education—remains stubbornly planted in the 20th century.

House passes CISPA, despite veto threat

William Jackson, Government Computer News,  Friday, April 27, 2012

The House of Representatives last night voted to pass the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, despite privacy concerns and a White House veto threat. The House also voted to pass the Federal Information Security Amendments Act.

9 mobile tablets reporting for government duty

John Breeden II, Greg Crowe, Carlos A. Soto, Government Computer News,  Friday, April 27, 2012

The tablet computer market is exploding. At last count there were more than 200 models that someone could use to do Web browsing, e-mail, word processing and general office tasks on the go. They run everything from full versions of Windows to various flavors of Android to BlackBerry to Apple’s iOS, and take many different forms, from near-smart phones to powerful computers with giant displays.

San Francisco CTO Talks Cloud Computing Best Practices

Sarah Rich, Government Technology,  Friday, April 27, 2012

Gina Tomlinson is an advocate of cloud computing in the public sector, and spoke about the benefits of cloud deployment at a TechAmerica conference in February held in Mountain View, Calif. The conference included the release of a report on cloud computing best practices called The Cloud Imperative: Better Collaboration, Better Service, Better Cost. The report is the product of a state and local government cloud commission organized by the nonprofit TechAmerica Foundation. At the event, Tomlinson spoke with Government Technology about the report and cloud deployment in state and local government.

White House team tackles identity management in the cloud

Jason Miller,,  Thursday, April 26, 2012

The government's move online has been stymied over the last decade because it can't deploy the killer app. Why? Mainly because identity management hasn't gained the traction needed.

VA takes next steps on digital health record system

Alice Lipowicz, Federal Computer Week,  Thursday, April 26, 2012

After a two-month hiatus due to a contract termination, the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments have resumed work on their integrated Electronic Health Record system with a new contract.

CBO: FISMA Update Would Cost $710M

Katelyn Noland, ExecutiveGov,  Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A proposed bill that would require agencies to perform continuous monitoring of their networks would cost $710 million through 2017 to implement, the Congressional Budget Office reported Friday.

FDA's CIO pushes for open source, cloud computing

Ryan McBride, FierceBiotechIT,  Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The FDA sits some of the largest datasets in the world on drugs and other regulated products, and the agency's recently appointed IT chief plans to push for more of those data to become available to outsiders via open source projects. During an appearance in Boston this morning, Eric Perakslis, the FDA's chief information officer, presented part of his vision for transforming IT that supports regulation of products that comprise more than a fifth of U.S. commerce.