Survey: Control, not cost savings, drives IT’s love for open source

A new survey released Wednesday shows that more IT professionals are embracing open source software, with control and business continuity outweighing the cost savings as factors.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Air Force ready for branch’s first-ever hackathon

In the shadow of the Air Force Research Laboratory, more than 100 civic hackers will spend their weekend at the military branch’s first ever hackathon.

‘Over capacity’ FedRAMP refines goals in new two-year roadmap

Why have the majority of federal agencies missed the mandatory deadline for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, known as FedRAMP? The GSA’s acting FedRAMP director says his office just can’t keep up with the workload.

GSA: Information secure despite physical HQ security vulnerabilities

A report from GSA’s Office of Inspector General released last week revealed several physical security concerns related to the agency’s open office space and management of devices and documents, which included stolen items. GSA, however, said the vulnerabilities aren’t putting critical data and other sensitive information at risk as the report might suggest.

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.

Sonny Bhagowalia named Treasury CIO

Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia, the former CIO of the State of Hawaii, returns to Washington to take over Treasury’s $3.5 billion IT portfolio.

White House unveils executive order to strengthen financial security

In the wake of major credit card breaches at Target, Home Depot and J.P. Morgan over the past year, a new executive order from President Barack Obama will require consumer-facing federal agencies to upgrade their point of sale terminals to a more safe, encrypted technology by the start of 2015.

White House releases new open government initiatives

Criticized for his administration’s lack of transparency, President Barack Obama announced a series of new open government initiatives Wednesday designed to improve online accessibility, education and innovation.

New DHS headquarters ‘a monument to mismanagement’

Two prominent House Republicans reprimanded the Department of Homeland Security and the General Services Administration last week for mismanaging the construction of the new DHS headquarters facility, which officials say is more than $1 billion over budget and not expected to be completed for another 12 years.

Former official: ‘GSA for Spectrum’ idea misses the mark

To understand how valuable spectrum is to the federal government, Scott Wallsten compared it to another commodity the country has a vested interest in: oil. “We wouldn’t consider allowing the government to have $200 billion worth of oil without having to pay for it,” Wallsten, the vice president for research at the Technology Policy Institute, said during a panel at The Brookings Institution on Tuesday. “If you take some of the same numbers that others use to estimate spectrum value [at] a $1-per-MhZ-POP (a measure of people covered under certain spectrum bands), basically we are talking $200 billion to $600…

Assessing the VanRoekel digital legacy

From the Digital Government Strategy to bringing increased transparency to IT investments through the PortfolioStat initiative, former U.S. Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel is credited with giving the federal government its “permission slip to innovate.” But questions remain about whether the former Microsoft executive was aggressive enough in transforming government.

4 model federal websites for better digital services

American citizens aren’t happy with federal government services, rating them worse than services of some of the most notoriously loathed and distrusted industries, like airlines, telecommunications and cable. But a few promising digital services efforts are leading the charge toward improving citizens’ contentment with government.

3 innovative ways agencies are leveraging mobile apps

From geo-coded big data to finding HIV care and leveraging Google Glass to inspect GSA’s buildings, mobile apps are changing the face of government forever.

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