Public and private research supports UAS commercialization

As the Federal Aviation Administration’s 2015 deadline for integrating small unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace approaches, members of the private, public and education sectors are already looking into the ways they can use drones to make tasks easier and safer — with or without the FAA.

OPM director defends preference in hiring vets

Responding to a question live-tweeted to her during a digital town hall Friday, Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta didn’t miss a beat in defending the federal government’s push to hire veterans.

Archives seeks new Federal Register director with top-secret clearance

The National Archives is on the hunt for a new director of the Federal Register — one with a top-secret security clearance.

USPS postmaster general announces retirement

Patrick Donahoe will retire as postmaster general of the United States Postal Service in February, according to an announcement this morning from USPS. He will be replaced by Megan Brennan, current chief operating officer, who will be the first female postmaster general in the agency’s history.

FederalConnect opens for business

Officials last week unveiled FederalConnect, a platform they hope will allow agencies and citizens to link to a hub that would eliminate the need to get separate digital credentials for different agencies. ForgeRock Vice President Allan Foster, whose company led the effort, discusses how the system works.

Amazon building classified marketplace for CIA cloud

CIA CIO Doug Wolfe announced the agency will be integrating a classified AWS Marketplace that will allow the intelligence community to use custom software.

USPS cyber breach: Agency halts teleworking, union files charges with NLRB

Employees of the United States Postal Service started their Monday with news that their personally identifiable information, including their social security numbers, had been potentially compromised in a cyber intrusion to the agency’s network, but now the agency has announced additional efforts in response to the breach and one employee union is on the offensive.

Employee data potentially compromised in USPS systems breach

Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said personal information for any current postal employee and any employee who left the agency sometime after May 2012 could be at risk. The network intruder also may have accessed information about customers who contacted the Postal Service call center this year between Jan. 1 and Aug. 16.

Verizon cloud earns FedRAMP authority to operate

FedRAMP gave the OK for Verizon’s enterprise cloud service to operate as a provider for HHS. Verizon was one the first cloud offerings available to the government.

GSA plans to modernize its Integrated Award Environment

The General Services Administration announced last week that in September it awarded Booz Allen Hamilton a $64.5 million contract to provide a common services platform for its Integrated Award Environment over the next five years. This system, GSA said, will play a key role in transforming the agency’s IAE into a unified, more modern group of systems.

EPA looks to consolidate HR IT systems

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to create an agencywide human resources platform for processing grievances, demands to bargain and disciplinary actions.

Obama: FCC should classify broadband under Title II

President Barack Obama is urging the FCC to reclassify broadband Internet under Title II of the Communications Act in order to protect net neutrality.

Amid tightening budgets, USPS uses IT to cut costs

As the United States Postal Service prepares to start another round of mail processing facility closures in the first quarter of 2015, officials said the closures and the tightening fiscal situation for the independent agency will not stifle innovation.

GSA updates policy on privacy impact assessments

General Services Administration Chief Information Officer Sonny Hashmi has updated policy and procedures to exercise his authority in maintaining the privacy of agency employees, customers and the general public who interact with the GSA’s IT systems that require the entry of personal information.

OPM targets vets for federal STEM jobs

The Office of Personnel Management has a plan to tackle two of the nation’s most pressing workforce challenges: the shortage of qualified STEM professionals and helping military veterans find meaningful employment as they transition back into civilian life.

Barry West named FDIC CIO

Barry West will start at FDIC next month.

Retiring head of OGIS hails FOIA portal a success

Miriam Nisbet, founding director of the Office of Government Information Services, pointed to FOIAonline as a major agency achievement.

18F spreads the gospel of agile with new interagency consulting unit; dashboard on the way

The innovators disrupting bureaucracy in the General Services Administration’s 18F have learned quite a bit since launching in March, and now they’re taking that gospel to other agencies with a new program called 18F Consulting.

Commentary: Consumers benefit from progressive Internet regulations

Debra Berlyn, president of Consumer Policy Solutions and chairwoman for the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee, discusses what’s at stake for consumers in the net neutrality debate.

Are agencies headed toward shared office space?

GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini said moving agencies isolated in different buildings to “a common federal space is an inevitability.” Having a common office space could allow agencies to share certain utilities like security, conference rooms and dining facilities, he said.

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