GSA picks Valiant for enterprise IT security contract

The General Services Administration this week awarded Valiant Solutions a $33 million contract to serve as the agency’s first line of enterprisewide defense against cyber attacks.

Poll shows Americans more concerned about terrorism than NSA surveillance

A new poll scheduled to be released next month by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs shows that American public opinion about the National Security Agency may have shifted. In an increasingly dangerous world, many Americans appear willing to accept a little less privacy for more security.

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.

How the FDA regulates 3-D printed devices

As personalized medicine becomes more commonplace, the FDA will be tasked with regulating an endless continuum of customizable devices and making sure the benefits always outweigh the risks. The scientists behind the regulation of 3-D printed devices with the FDA, however, said it’s not much different than managing a normally-manufactured item.

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.

White House looks to case studies to increase value of innovation investments

From NASA’s private sector competitions to promote the future of commercial space travel to the Department of Veterans Affairs’s invitation for ideas to ease restrictions on nontraditional contractors, the White House released a new document Aug. 21 jointly produced by the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science and Technology Policy highlighting an array of innovative contracting case studies in federal government.

How agencies can avoid the ‘spiral of silence’

A new study from the Pew Research Center says social media hasn’t helped further public discourse. Is there anything agencies can do?

Healthcare.gov, plagued by overspending, gets a new leader

In the aftermath of last fall’s flawed Healthcare.gov rollout, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Tuesday a new CEO to lead the 2015 open enrollment of the Affordable Care Act’s federal marketplace. The announcement coincidentally came the same day the agency’s inspector general released an audit reporting overspending on a third of Healthcare.gov contracts.

VA finds no evidence linking veteran deaths to wait list scandal

Officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs used paper waiting lists and manipulated electronic scheduling data at as many as 93 VA medical facilities across the country, but investigators found no conclusive evidence that the resulting delays in care caused any veteran deaths at the VA’s hospital in Phoenix.

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.

FCC names Scott Jordan new CTO

The Federal Communications Commission named Scott Jordan, a computer science professor from the University of California-Irvine, as its new chief technology officer Tuesday.

Pentagon issues RFP to modernize electronic health records

The Defense Department released a long-awaited request for proposals Monday for its multi-billion dollar effort to replace its aging health record systems and enhance interoperability with private health care providers and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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.

DISA to move swiftly on spectrum-related contracts

The process of securing spectrum for the military is a delicate process for the Defense Information Systems Agency. But that doesn’t mean the process will be slow.

Todd Park to step down as U.S. CTO by end of August

Todd Park, the United States Chief Technology Officer, will step down by the end of August, an official familiar with the situation confirmed to FedScoop.

Park will take on a new role working as part of the White House team from Silicon Valley where he will focus on recruiting top tech talent and help channel the best ideas from the tech community into IT efforts in government.

FBI nears completion on massive digitization effort

The FBI next month is scheduled to complete the monumental task of digitizing millions of criminal history files, civil records and fingerprint cards, the agency announced Friday.

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.

Issa launches investigation into USPTO telework abuse

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced Tuesday it has launched an investigation into alleged abuses of telework privileges at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Issa claims telework abuse and fraud has been a significant contributor to the massive backlog of patent applications and said such activity appears to be widespread.

Threat Matrix: Episode 23—The NSA’s move beyond Snowden

In this episode, FedScoop Editorial Director Dan Verton explores the National Security Agency’s new approach to dealing with the fallout of the Edward Snowden leaks and the media firestorm that doesn’t show any signs of going away. As Verton discovers in interviews with NSA employees, the agency’s new director Adm. Michael Rogers has no plans to allow Snowden and others to define NSA’s history.

Amazon Web Services gets first DISA approval for all 5 data security levels

The authorization makes Amazon’s GovCloud the first cloud service able to hold every level of unclassified DOD data.

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