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.

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.

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.

Pentagon nears expansion of cyber information sharing effort

Jared Serbu, FederalNewsRadio,  Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Defense Department officials said a pilot program that lets them share cyber threat information with the private sector has been a success story, and more firms are clamoring to join. Within a few months, the program will be significantly expanded and made permanent, officials said Tuesday.

Salesforce to Launch Government Cloud

Kenneth Corbin, CIO,  Wednesday, April 25, 2012, already a leading provider of cloud services to the public sector, is doubling down on its government business, unveiling on Wednesday a major initiative to host federal, state and local agencies' computing operations in a multi-tenant cloud environment, along with a new app marketplace and a training program to equip integrators with the skills to help government clients shift to the cloud.

Half of federal websites working on mobile strategy

Jolie Lee, FederalNewsRadio,  Tuesday, April 24, 2012

More than half of federal websites are planning to develop a mobile-optimized website, according to a poll by ForeSee Results.The results show one-third of the 101 federal websites surveyed already have launched mobile initiatives.