IT reform comes up for vote as part of Defense bill

After nearly two years and several iterations, the bill formerly known as the Federal Information Technology Acquisition and Reform Act is heading to the House floor as part of the 2015 Defense authorization bill.

GSA releases Schedule 70 Cloud SIN draft terms and conditions

The General Services Administration has released a draft of the terms and conditions for its proposed special item number of cloud acquisition under IT Schedule 70 to make agency cloud procurement simpler and more transparent.

GSA engages industry on special cloud acquisition category

The GSA wants to create a cloud category in the federal government’s largest acquisition vehicle to make it easier to find and buy.

Chuck McGann to leave USPS for private sector

After more than a decade and a half in the United States Postal Service, Chief Information Security Officer Chuck McGann is leaving the agency to work in the private sector.

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.

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.

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.

Is the post-Snowden cloud apocalypse real?

Many predicted Europe would abandon U.S.-based cloud providers in the aftermath of last year’s NSA leaks that revealed a massive Internet surveillance program that tapped into the servers of some of America’s biggest Internet companies. So why are U.S. cloud providers still making money and expanding in Europe?

GSA common acquisition platform in progress, but no firm timeline set

The General Services Administration’s launch of a common acquisition platform to reduce wasteful practices in government procurement is well into its beta stage, but GSA officials leading the program’s rollout said there’s no grand and official unveiling scheduled.

GSA introduces FedRAMP Ready to speed up cloud procurement

The General Services Administration has introduced a new category for its Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program to highlight cloud systems proven to be FedRAMP ready.

Recovery CIO Shawn Kingsberry leaving government

Shawn Kingsberry, chief information officer for the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, is leaving government for the private sector.

Report: NSF is falling behind in supercomputing

As the demand for data- and computing-intensive research grows, a new study found that the National Science Foundation is giving advanced computing less attention than it should be and falling behind in its ability to provide those resources to scientists.

How Red Hat wants to move agencies away from ‘cloud in a box’

Red Hat Software announced its Red Hat Cloud for Government platform, providing a host of tools to allow feds to use the cloud in a cost-efficient manner.

Behind the FBI’s struggles to be an early tech adopter

For Jeremy Wiltz moving to the cloud has been all about trust. But the the deputy assistant director for the FBI’s Information Services branch acknowledges the bureau will never be in the position where it can deploy the latest technologies and worry about working out the kinks later.

USPS cloud systems don’t comply with established standards, OIG says

The United States Postal Service did not comply with its established standards on cloud computing, according to a report from the agency’s inspector general.

Cities will lead the nation’s technological advances

“The author of The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance” talks about government-technology partnerships.

Dave McClure headed to cyber firm Veris Group

Months after announcing his departure from the General Services Administration, Dave McClure is set to join cybersecurity provider Veris Group as chief strategist.

NSF awards $20 million for two experimental cloud projects

The projects, called Chameleon and CloudLab, are part of the CISE Research Infrastructure: Mid-Scale Infrastructure-NSFCloud program and are meant to be complementary to typically industry-driven cloud development, just like NSF’s involvement during the genesis of the Internet.

David Bray on FCC’s cloud adoption

FCC Chief Information Officer David Bray recently sat down with FedScoop as part of the Cloud Innovation Heroes campaign, presented by Intel and Amazon Web Services, to talk about his agency’s adoption of cloud computing.

Interior makes Sylvia Burns official CIO

The Interior Department announced Sylvia Burns as its official chief information officer Wednesday.

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