NASA, FAA team up to improve air traffic control

The Federal Aviation Administration is getting some help from NASA to make air traffic controlling more efficient.

Senate defense spending bill slashes IT by half-billion, uplifts cyber

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed a fiscal year 2015 Defense Department spending bill Thursday that would cut defense IT spending by a half-billion and reduce President Obama’s military budget requests by $1.4 billion overall.

DARPA wants help answering ‘trillion-dollar questions’ in the smallest way possible

DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office held an expo Friday presenting the new areas in which it’s concentrating its efforts to facilitate collaboration between academics, industry and government that will continue to push the boundaries of microsystem technology.

Threat Matrix: Episode 22—Securing the ‘Google era’ electric grid

In this episode of Threat Matrix, we look at a new report released July 15 by a group of national security experts that calls on Congress to immediately pass legislation that would enable real-time information sharing between the government and the private sector on cyber threats to the nation’s electric grid.

Anti-social: Feds wonder why social media companies drag feet on accessibility issues

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.

Survey suggests federal network complexity is limiting data center consolidation

Is federal network complexity holding the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative back?

GSA rolls out dashboard for Connections II purchases

Accessing non-classified government purchasing data just got a little easier with the launch of the General Services Administration’s Connections II dashboard.

OPM launches interactive dashboard to boost workforce culture and engagement

Furthering her pursuit of bolstered cultural excellence and engagement in the federal workforce, Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta announced Tuesday a new federal dashboard rooted in Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey data to give agencies a deeper understanding of their employees.

FedWire: DARPA’s spacedrone, VA bettering claims system and 18F’s API standards

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Miller calls on VA to answer for cybersecurity shortfalls

House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., has called on five senior VA officials, including Acting Secretary Sloan Gibson, to testify at next week’s scheduled hearing on “longstanding information security weaknesses” that have enabled “data manipulation” throughout the agency.

Q&A: Curt Kolcun on Microsoft’s ‘end-to-end’ approach to government cloud

I spoke Wednesday with Curt Kolcun, Microsoft’s vice president of the U.S. public sector, during the company’s Worldwide Partner Conference.

NIST investigates forensic challenges in the cloud

With complications performing forensics in the cloud in mind, the National Institute for Standards and Technology created a cloud computing forensic science working group to enumerate and explore the challenges distinct to the cloud. Monday, NIST released a draft of the challenges discovered by the working group for public consideration. While the draft briefly explores 65 issues NIST’s group found, working group co-chair Dr. Martin Herman, a senior advisor for Forensics and IT at NIST, said the list is in no way exhaustive — just a first look at a very big problem.

NSA adds to Cyber Ops Centers for Excellence

New York University, the United States Military Academy, Towson University, The University of Cincinnati and the University of New Orleans have been added to a list of now thirteen universities recognized be the National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations.

‘Google era’ electric grid more vulnerable than ever

A new report released Tuesday by a group of national security experts calls on Congress to immediately pass legislation that would enable real-time information sharing between the government and the private sector on cyber threats to the nation’s electric grid.

Microsoft’s Chris Niehaus on the government cloud forecast

Chris Niehaus, senior director of Microsoft’s Cloud Computing Program, sat down with FedScoop at the 2014 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C., to discuss current trends in public sector cloud computing.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM’s path to government

Amir Capriles, the general manager of U.S. public sector for Microsoft Dynamics, joined FedScoop to discuss the launch of Microsoft Dynamics CRM for government. In the interview, Capriles talks about why Microsoft decided to bring its CRM platform to the public sector space and the impact it can have on the federal, state and local governments.

Up & Comers: Education Department’s Mindy Chiat

When Mindy Chiat joined the Education Department in 2006 as an intern, the federal student aid process was spread across 14 different websites. Now, Chiat leads the office’s integrated student experience project that works to combine all of those options into one.

VA adds two more execs to senior IT team

The embattled Department of Veterans Affairs recently hired a new deputy chief information officer for IT Project Management and Product Development and a chief learning officer for the Office of Information and Technology, according to an internal email obtained by FedScoop.

Pritzker announces Commerce chief data officer position

Commerce Department Secretary Penny Pritzker announced Monday her department’s plans to hire its first ever chief data officer, an effort to expand its role as “America’s data agency.”

The future looks ‘foggy’ for cloud computing

You should familiarize yourself with “fog computing,” “cloudlets” and “cyberforaging.” The future of the cloud is coming.

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