Intelligence community cloud may require new procurement models

The effort to move the 17 agencies in the U.S. intelligence community away from stovepiped IT systems and toward a cloud-based shared services environment is well under way. But a new study by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance suggests the private sector may find it difficult to fully support the effort without fundamental changes to the contracting and procurement processes intelligence agencies use to buy applications and infrastructure.

Does the Internet of Things hold the key to post-9/11 emergency comms?

Thirteen years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there’s been little progress made to improve communications for first responders during disasters. But a new project led by the Department of Homeland Security aims to leverage the Internet of Things to provide the life-saving communications capabilities our nation’s heroes need.

Women tech leaders call for changes in STEM education, perceptions

With the nation facing an unprecedented shortage of workers with skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, some women technology leaders would like to see changes in the education system so that children — especially girls — are taught at a younger age that STEM subjects are both cool and important to society.

NASA review panel to Mars Curiosity team: Show us the science

The Mars Curiosity Rover cost taxpayers $2.5 billion. But a NASA review panel has concerns about what it recently called a “poor science return for a such a large investment in a flagship mission.”

Issa demands answers after hack

News of a security breach at has reinvigorated the Republican-led effort to convince Americans the law and the website are broken. And now the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is demanding answers from the Obama administration’s point person at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Light particles may hold the keys to a revolution in encryption

The largest information technology licensing deal ever signed by the Energy Department’s Los Alamos National Laboratory may one day produce uncrackable encryption for use use in personal communications, e-commerce, banking and critical infrastructure data transfer.

VA forming Digital Service Team, recruiting experts

The Department of Veterans Affairs is actively recruiting a cadre of top-level developers, designers and digital product managers to form a new Digital Service Team to create and re-design the digital interfaces that veterans and the private sector rely upon to interact with the agency.

Obama proposes 1 percent pay raise for federal employees

President Obama last week proposed raising wages for civilian federal employees by at least one percent in 2015, a move that could prevent a higher increase from taking effect automatically under federal law.

VA planning aggressive replacement of scheduling system

The Veterans Affairs Department plans to complete proposal evaluations and award a contract for a commercial patient scheduling system by the end of the year, the VA official in charge of the program told FedScoop.

SEC’s outgoing CIO reflects on IT successes, future challenges for commission

Bayer’s departure four years after taking over the CIO spot came at a natural time, he said. A release from the SEC said he’ll say his goodbyes in October.

USPS loses database and backup in hardware failure

The United States Postal Service lost the digital version of an entire database that records and monitors security incidents due to a hardware failure with the hard drive that stored both the database and its backup. Now the only record the agency has of those incidents resides in five large file cabinets in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Can the federal acquisition process support innovation?

There is widespread agreement that the federal government’s process for acquiring goods and services needs to change to enable agencies to keep pace with the rapid pace of technology development. But there is growing concern that the government cannot truly support innovation without a dramatic simplification of the rules.

Decades of court documents yanked from PACER database

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has removed decades worth of court documents from its PACER database to make way for a new system, according to an agency spokesperson.

Preparing for America’s ‘next great industry’: Drones

As the Federal Aviation Administration conducts tests and reaches out to universities to research the integration of unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace, commercial and recreational enthusiasts are not waiting for the agency’s 2015 deadline – they’re making sure the industry is ready when that day comes.

Feds, industry brainstorm future of government efficiency

Government and industry IT leaders gathered Thursday at FedScoop’s Sixth Annual Lowering the Cost of Government With IT Summit to brainstorm ways agencies can leverage emerging technologies to create a more cost-effective and smarter government.

Inside the struggle for electronic health record interoperability

Electronic health records should be able to freely move between your doctor to your hospital and anywhere in between. Only that’s increasingly not the case.

CDC outsources IT solutions to Dell for another 5 years

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tapped Dell Services Monday for a five-year, $120 million IT infrastructure support contract that will support life sciences research as the agency battles an unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Here’s how you can help NASA shine a light on photos of Earth’s cities

Can you identify a city just by looking at its lights from space? NASA would like to hear from you.

EXCLUSIVE: VA’s CIO Stephen Warren on serving veterans

In his first interview since a scandal involving secret waiting lists forced a change of leadership at the Department of Veterans Affairs, Stephen Warren, VA’s chief information officer, offers a candid assessment of the agency’s past and future technology plans.

Rogers sets course for a new era at NSA

His first 100 days as the new director of NSA now complete, Admiral Michael Rogers has planted a series of clear navigation beacons for his employees to follow as they seek to move beyond the Edward Snowden era. And he’ll be damned if one outlaw leaker and a handful of journalists are allowed to write the final chapter of NSA’s storied history.

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