DHS claims strides in cloud, enterprise initiatives

Amber Corrin, Federal Computer Week,  Friday, June 29, 2012

The Homeland Security Department is making progress in instituting a suite of IT services built on cloud technology and enterprise infrastructure, designed to save money and cut down on duplicative systems. In doing so, DHS is overcoming hurdles in culture and component stovepipes, according to CIO Richard Spires.

DHS struggles with mobile device management

Camille Tuutti, Federal Computer Week,  Friday, June 29, 2012

The Homeland Security Department is struggling with managing all its mobile devices, and faces challenges in leveraging smart phones, tablets and laptop to increase workforce productivity, according to an inspector general.

Feds See Great Potential In Mobility But Warn Of Inadequate Investment

AOL Government,  Thursday, June 28, 2012

Federal managers see significant potential from mobile technology in improving productivity and saving taxpayer dollars, but express concerns that current investments are inadequate to achieve much of that potential.

DHS to set up continuous monitoring at civilian agencies

David Perera, FierceGovernmentIT,  Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Homeland Security Department will take a yet more active role in federal civilian agencies' cybersecurity efforts, the department announced June 25 in briefings to civil servants and the private sector.

EPA picks cloud services provider

Federal Computer Week,  Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency has chosen a cloud services provider as part of its effort to shift 80 percent of its IT to the cloud in the next three years.

Microsoft and Yammer: What It Could Mean for Government

Matt Williams, GovTech,  Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Microsoft has acquired Yammer for $1.2 billion, the companies announced Monday, June. 25. The deal had been an open secret for more than a week. Yammer is a product that allows companies and enterprises to make internal social networks for employees. Or as PC World put it well, “Yammer is like Facebook, but a Facebook that’s segregated from the rest of the Internet, and that provides monitoring and controls for IT admins to be able to enforce policies and protect information.”

10 trends shaping the federal IT future

Camille Tuutti, Federal Computer Week,  Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Don’t be surprised to see more agencies using information technology to tackle problems stemming from scarce resources and budgets, and adapting practices from the private sector for greater efficiency, performance and innovation.

As federal agencies shift to cloud e-mail, officials tout savings, security

Timothy R. Smith, Washington Post Politics,  Tuesday, June 26, 2012

At least 12 federal agencies have shifted or are preparing to shift to cloud-based e-mail systems, with estimated savings of $100 million next year, government officials said. The transition to cloud, or Web-based, systems is one of the top federal information technology priorities, mandated by the Office of Management and Budget in 2010.

10 Developments Show Government Cloud Maturing

John Foley, Information Week,  Monday, June 25, 2012

Emerging trends such as FedRAMP, community clouds, and single-source contracts point to the start of phase two for cloud computing in federal government. Federal agencies are moving beyond their phase one cloud computing initiatives. They're testing and revising different cloud models, types of contracts, and security approaches, among other standard practices. The Office of Management and Budget lit a fire under federal agencies and departments 18 months ago with its "cloud first" policy. With fed organizations already forced to close hundreds of data centers under the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, they had little choice.

'Do Not Track' Web System Falls Off The Rails

All Things Considered, NPR,  Monday, June 25, 2012

A failure to reach a deal on a "Do Not Track" system for web browsers has prompted possible intervention by the government. For a year now, tech companies, the ad industry and privacy hawks have been trying to hammer out the details for the new system, which was supposed to give users the ability to shield their personal information from online companies.