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Rumors have been circulating over the last few months about a possible reconsideration of the identity management technologies agencies are implementing under Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 (HSPD-12).
GSA awarded Booz Allen a $64.5 million contract over the next five years to develop a cloud service broker model using open source and cloud technologies to modernize the 10 databases that make up IAE.
TechAmerica reports that O&M spending has and will continue to hold steady between 2011 and 2015 ranging from 70 percent to 78 percent of the total IT budget.
In this week's look Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook, DoD reporter Jared Serbu reports the Defense Department has just posted an unclassified version of its joint military doctrine for cyberspace operations.
The Defense Information Systems Agency is looking for a vendor that can support up to 2,000 smartphones that store and transmit classified data, part of DoD's gradual evolution beyond the SME-PED, a $3,000 handheld that only runs on 2G networks.
In one of DoD's more creative responses to sequestration, the department is turning to credit card perks as one way to offset its appropriations cuts. The military services have begun implementing policies that require both uniformed members and civilians to use government-issued travel cards to pay for all of the expenses they incur while they're moving to a new duty station.
Readers of Robert Gates' biography will remember that one of the former Defense secretary's biggest disappointments was how much effort and political capital he had to personally expend to get the DoD acquisition system to deliver results to the field when there was no clear constituency for a given program within the bureaucracy of the military services. But Andrew Hunter, the director of DoD's rapid acquisition cell says senior leaders have come to realize that they should be able to acquire urgent items quickly without the secretary of Defense having to effectively become the program manager.
The new unclassified document doesn't give any indication of what had to be scrubbed in order to make the publication safe for public viewing, but in general, it's clear the department is trying to consolidate all of its thinking on cyber into one cohesive document. This article is part of this week's edition of Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook.
Is the Army really conducting a reverse auction for Catholic priest services?
The Air Force needs to cut the number of applications it has on its network.
As part of his Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature, Executive Editor Jason Miller shares the current top federal IT job opening.
The White House wants the government to lead a nationwide effort to reduce identity theft and fraud. More secure government credit cards and multi-factor authentication for federal websites dealing with sensitive citizen data are two ways to do that.
The churn among federal CIOs and others in the IT community has been uncommonly high over the last year.