Sonny Hashmi, chief information officer of the General Services Administration, announced last week his agency’s pursuit of an open-source-first stance on software, one of many new IT principles shaping GSA into a more lean and efficient service provider. While some may question whether open source software will be as effective as its conventional, proprietary counterpart, Hashmi is confident this new IT model will put GSA in the best position to procure and develop software in the most cost-effective manner.
A SANS institute survey says the Department of Homeland Security’s CDM program needs better word-of-mouth among government agencies.
Before there was the Internet, there was the National Technical Information Service. But now that there is an Internet with virtually unlimited storage capacity and powerful search engines, some in Congress think it might be time to delete the NTIS from the list of top-level government domains.
From Podgorica, Montenegro to Kiev, Ukraine, the United States has nearly 300 embassies and consulates overseas. A new deal between AT&T and the State Department will ensure that all of them are connected with secure internet protocol telephony.
The Federal Communications Commission hosted a panel of experts Thursday to talk about the challenges and ongoing need to make social media platforms more accessible to those with disabilities. But there was one group of representatives that was notably absent from the proceedings: the social media companies themselves.
Accessing non-classified government purchasing data just got a little easier with the launch of the General Services Administration’s Connections II dashboard.
In an internal email to OMB employees, Deputy Director for Management Beth Cobert said if confirmed by the Senate, Anne Rung, currently a senior adviser at the agency, would bring “a wealth of experience” to the position.
Maria Roat, the director of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, already has “eight or nine initiatives” lined up over the next two years that are designed to help the cloud-standardization program reach maturity.
An RFI geared toward cloud vendors could eventually lead to the GSA being able to track cloud-buying trends across federal agencies.
As GSA’s DigitalGov enters its third year of existence, it aims to make socialgov “bigger, badder, better and bolder.”
The Federal Communications Commission plans to distribute $2 billion in the next two years to modernize America’s schools’ with Wi-Fi connectivity through a continuation of its E-Rate program. To do so, the commission entered a partnership with the General Services Administration to deliver on that goal using the agencies’ purchasing power to reduce the cost of modernizing classrooms and libraries throughout the country.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee took a major step this week toward overhauling the aging Federal Information Security Management Act, lessening agencies’ static reporting requirements and striking a balance between FISMA’s checklist approach and the emerging concept of continuous monitoring.
Use of Networx, GSA’s telecommunications program, is growing among federal agencies, while taxpayer savings have exceeded the agency’s estimate.
The federal workforce is getting old. By 2017, more than a third of career federal workers will be eligible to collect retirement benefits. And that means the government needs to start thinking about how it will attract and retain the next generation of IT workers.
As of last Friday, the USA.gov blog will no longer accept comments on its posts, according to the DigitalGov blog.
Sonny Hashmi, who has been serving as the acting chief information officer at the General Services Administration since January, has been named CIO.
The DigitalGov Citizen Services Summit hosted Thursday at the General Services Administration building explored many of the tactics federal organizations are using to bring their online presence and operations up to speed, but a resounding number of the representatives at the event referred to the customer as their main focus during this time of digital revolution in government.
TechAmerica’s first cloud buyer’s guide for federal agencies, released just three years ago, is already obsolete.
In effort to reduce waste in acquisition spending, the General Services Administration today awarded its long-awaited first round of contracts for the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services program. Through the initiative, dubbed OASIS, GSA delivered 74 awards to professional services vendors, including Booz Allen Hamilton, Deloitte and Lockheed Martin.