CIO on GPO’s IT model: ‘Best of both worlds’

GPO’s Chief Information Officer Chuck Riddle told FedScoop in a phone interview that despite the fact that the agency does not have to follow mandates established by the executive branch that the models established are good ones.

Avoiding downtime ‘isn’t rocket science,’ says Solarwinds’ LaPoint

IT operations staff and information security staff at federal agencies should communicate to ensure damage mitigation systems are are simple as possible, Chris LaPoint, vice president of public sector at SolarWinds, 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.

‘Disturbing’: Federal employee morale, confidence in leadership drops

In a year plagued by the hangover from sequestration and the government shutdown, the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey shows that federal workforce morale isn’t getting any better, and negative feelings for senior leadership might be the lead culprit as it has dropped to a five-year low.

Suburban D.C. schools receive STEM education grant

Several suburban Washington, D.C., schools are slated to receive $1 million from a local chapter of a defense trade group for STEM education programs targeting women and minorities.

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.

Health IT national coordinator leaves to battle Ebola

The national coordinator for health IT, Karen DeSalvo, is stepping down from her role to take over as acting assistant secretary for health in the Department of Health and Human Services.

Amid criticism, regulators grant USPS grocery delivery permission

The United States Postal Service can now officially start delivering groceries to your door, according to an order authorizing customized delivery from the Postal Regulatory Commission.

Veterans get look at emerging VA telehealth system

The Department of Veterans Affairs provided representatives of some of the nation’s leading veterans service organizations Thursday with a demonstration of the agency’s emerging telehealth system and clinical video telehealth scheduling software, both of which are designed to improve access to VA health services for veterans.

HHS launches $840 million IT-focused plan to improve patient care

Patient-focused health care is about quality not quantity. So the Department of Health and Human Services is offering $840 million over the next four years to clinicians who focus more on quality care than volume using various tools and strategies, including some rooted in IT, to ensure more positive patient outcomes.

Samsung mobile devices approved to handle classified docs

Samsung announced earlier this week that a suite of its mobile devices can handle the full range of classified information for the U.S. government.

White House launches ‘Write’ API for We the People platform

Just three years after the launch of the platform, which allows citizens to gather signatures on a petition for a certain cause, from the development of a Death Star to action on gun control, the White House announced Thursday the launch of an application programming interface to enable petitions to be embedded on other websites.

Health Data Consortium appoints new director

The Health Data Consortium, noted for throwing annual Health Datapaloozas, has appointed Chris Boone as its new executive director.

USAID establishes its first open data policy

The U.S. Agency for International Development jumped on the open data wave last week, announcing its first-ever policy to share its datasets and tools with the public on a central repository.

The war on botnets evolves

A carefully orchestrated campaign led by the FBI to dismantle the most damaging botnets on the Internet continues to register notable successes in the effort to put an end to a cybercrime problem that drains $113 billion a year from economies around the world.

USDA announces more funding for rural broadband in states, territories

More than $190 million in advanced communication infrastructure, including broadband, is headed to several states and territories, the Agriculture Department announced Wednesday.

‘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.

OIG report highlights concerns with FDA’s computer network

An audit of the FDA’s computer network immediately after a cybersecurity breach last year detected vulnerabilities in the agency’s system.

FTC hires new CTO with deep links to Snowden documents

The Federal Trade Commission has hired privacy and technology expert Ashkan Soltani to serve as the commission’s chief technology officer.

Point-of-sale crisis: Anatomy of a cyberattack

What’s behind the alarming increase in cyberattacks on point-of-sale systems? The Secret Service and the FBI say it’s pretty simple: POS systems are easy to hack and they hold all the money.

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