FITARA: A good start, but still unfinished business

The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act is on its way to the Senate floor after passing the House for the fourth time as a part of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act.

Ash Carter returns to a Pentagon in transition

President Barack Obama officially nominated Ashton Carter Friday as his fourth secretary of Defense in six years, calling him one of the nation’s “foremost national security leaders” with “a unique blend of strategic perspective and technical know-how.”

VanRoekel talks firsthand of Ebola-plagued West Africa

U.S. Agency for International Development Chief Innovation Officer Steven VanRoekel said the region’s ability to respond to the crisis was hampered by a crippling lack of infrastructure.

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.

Could microsatellites be the future of civil Earth observations?

Over the last two years, the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy has made datafying the visible and non-visible information about the Earth a priority — now, the agency is looking into finding a way to capture that data from the sky for less.

Exclusive: Carter to get Defense secretary, but Work will lead the post-war transformation

The pending nomination of Ashton Carter to be the next Defense secretary is unlikely to have an impact on the Defense Innovation Initiative or the third offset strategy — both of which are being led by Robert Work, the No. 2 official at the Pentagon and an enterprise visionary who’s played a key role in the military’s postwar transition strategies.

NSA releases first in series of open source software products

The NSA announced Tuesday the public release of “Niagrafiles” or “Nifi,” which can automate data flows across multiple computer networks.

Glitch takes down DOD’s open source IT collaboration environment

Forge.mil is a family of enterprise services, including SoftwareForge, ProjectForge and community collaboration pages that support the Defense Department’s technology community.

Pentagon eyes large-scale, persistent imagery surveillance

The Defense Department wants the ability “to stare” at targeted locations on the globe for long periods of time. But the technology it hopes one day will lead to a revolution in space-based imagery surveillance is already a reality.

Watch Terry Halvorsen’s FedTalks 2014 keynote

Watch as Terry Halvorsen, acting chief information officer for the Defense Department, commands the stage during his FedTalks 2014 keynote.

Hagel launches defense innovation effort

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced a sweeping new innovation effort Saturday designed to help the Pentagon maintain its technological and readiness edge in the face of a major reduction in the size of the military and unprecedented budget pressures.

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.

NSA officer on privacy reform: ‘It’s a work in progress’

Despite all of the stories that point to the contrary, the NSA’s chief privacy and civil liberties officer says the agency is “growing and evolving” on how it approaches privacy.

Off the grid: Why can’t the U.S. find ISIL’s money?

The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant is now considered the richest terrorist group in the world. But in a world of electronic banking, why is it so hard to identify the group’s middlemen and their money trail?

Terry Halvorsen discusses DOD’s forthcoming cloud efforts

Terry Halvorsen, acting chief information officer for the Defense Department, joins FedScoop TV after his 2014 FedTalks keynote to  discuss DOD’s forthcoming cloud efforts.

Inside the Halvorsen strategy for DOD information sharing

Terry Halvorsen, the Defense Department’s acting chief information officer, wasn’t happy with the Pentagon’s original cloud policy. The department just wasn’t moving fast enough. So Halvorsen has crafted a new strategy that will not only get the military to the cloud faster, but will also improve information sharing and security and save a whole lot of money in the process.

How DARPA’s newest office wants to stop the next Ebola crisis before it starts

DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office announced a new simplified funding vehicle, EZ BAA, that aims to help inject money into an array of bioscience areas.

BlackBerry COO: Comments from former NSA lawyer ‘don’t make any sense’

BlackBerry’s Chief Operating Officer Marty Beard said the comments by a former NSA lawyer that the company’s demise is based on its encryption philosophy don’t “make any sense.” Beard responded to the claims at FedScoop’s FedTalks event Thursday after giving a talk on digitally protecting critical government assets. “Security is a topic that’s increasing in importance,” Beard said. “It’s the reason that all G7 countries and the G20 work with BlackBerry.” At a Web summit in Dublin, Ireland, former NSA lawyer Stewart Baker claimed that BlackBerry’s struggles in the mobile marketplace were due to its encryption efforts and that Apple and Google…

Dell: New Venue 11 Pro ‘most secure Windows tablet in the industry’

The Texas-based computer giant unveiled its Dell 11 Venue Pro tablet Wednesday, which the company is calling the most secure Windows tablet on the market.

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.

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