MeriTalk Updates Where America Talks Government Copyright 2015 MeriTalk Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:17:49 -0500 Blog: And the Oscar Goes to… Cyber   DJ Patil said the data scientist’s job is the sexiest in technology. But maybe he hasn’t focused enough on cybersecurity. Last week the Oscar went to the filmmaker who made a documentar Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:19:01 -0500 {b8706c9e-0e85-96dc-cbde-f36e4ae7b5e1} Blog: Healthy Shoes In 1774, West Germany Birkenstock family engaged in the production of Birkenstock Shoes for the royal service. In 1913, through cooperation with medicine, began to use the factory and mass p Tue, 03 Mar 2015 03:12:08 -0500 {79cb7d7f-d26d-9b18-8efc-b64a8b7ab25f} Blog: DISA Cloud Pricing – milCloud Laps RACE? SHARE: Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:32:48 -0500 {083b0770-0152-6798-f365-3a456495c815} Blog: Why IT Landed on GAO’s High Risk List By Bill Glanz “…federal IT investments too frequently fail to be completed or incur cost overruns and schedule slippages while contributing little to mission-related outcomes.” --GAO, Hi Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:16:50 -0500 {b8fc1f07-4d4d-b9e7-00f2-9c68e5eeb7ca} Blog: America Ranks Highest in Cyber Risk By Liz Powell Here in America, we like to think of ourselves as leaders. Winners. The best at everything we tackle. Now we have another trophy for the mantle. We’re No. 1 in cyber risk. The Pone Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:08:08 -0500 {3bbb02f1-a432-d6c5-0ae9-8515ed98417a} Blog: Show Me The Money SHARE: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:13:02 -0500 {6991e60f-5c68-12ba-4f6a-63fc000c649e} Blog: Happy Birthday to NIST’s Cybersecurity Framework By Paul Christman, VP Federal, Dell Software Just one year ago, President Obama gave us an important new cybersecurity solution. Its given name is Executive Order 13636, Improving Critical Infras Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:31:45 -0500 {8262e2b5-6b13-755d-f6c0-1a20310ecc96} Blog: Drones ‘R Us: What You Need to Know About the Proposed Rules By Drew Doggett The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the White House proposed guidelines last week on unmanned aircrafts, finally responding to industry pressure to ease restrictions on re Mon, 23 Feb 2015 12:23:49 -0500 {981a373c-6be0-61df-b488-df0e61a617cc} Blog: DJ Patil Scores the Sexiest Job in D.C. By Bill Glanz DJ Patil is not a turntable icon, spinning electronic dance music. He is the master of another medium – data. And last week he was named the nation’s first Chief Data Scientist. Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:56:24 -0500 {a96ff4c9-f57a-5e68-3bda-631e0bd2186c} Blog: Three Short Pours With the snow, don’t want you getting frostbite reading this pour on your mobile.  Three short pours.  Caution, the beverage you are about to enjoy is extremely hot. Pause:  Cloud Thu, 19 Feb 2015 17:08:04 -0500 {4ddd3d43-f8b2-8080-7310-588d18079a36} Blog: Department of Defense Bolsters Security with Cloud Computing Offense By Drew Doggett The best defense is a good offense, according to the Defense Department. No, seriously.  At last week’s Cloud Computing Caucus Advisory Group Hillversation, some of the cou Tue, 17 Feb 2015 12:53:35 -0500 {b2971c3d-d5e4-0ce2-fed3-c4c73984d542} Blog: Obama Adds New Layer to Cybersecurity By Drew Doggett The White House is establishing a new office to fight cyberattacks with the mission to “connect the dots” by infusing intelligence from government agencies and the private sec Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:35:40 -0500 {8acf7aaf-1a31-73ae-32b9-261dfe466904} Blog: Feds & Cloud - 50 Shades of Grey Fifty Shades of Grey hit movie theaters last weekend, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele have quite an… unconventional romance. Romantic tension of a diffe Thu, 12 Feb 2015 14:26:01 -0500 {8dcfdedb-c36a-9c0b-7de3-49f0229b89b7} Blog: Great Scott! At last, someone that knows what they're doing.  That's the hopeful refrain from Federal IT and industry folks after the White House announced Tony Scott as the new Federal CIO.& Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:40:25 -0500 {4583d62c-b5ab-7fdc-b749-b022813a5d36} Blog: Five Things to Know About Tony Scott, the New Federal CIO By Drew Doggett President Obama’s choice for the next Federal Chief Information Officer is a law school graduate and career IT executive without government experience. Here is what every IT manag Mon, 09 Feb 2015 09:37:45 -0500 {4f334e00-e42e-e0d0-1226-be42706c311a} Blog: Reading Between the Lines: The President's Budget Proposal By Drew Doggett Top Line: IT Spending What You Heard: IT spending will tick up to $86.4 billion this year, a 3 percent increase from 2014. What it Means: The increase pales in comparison to the 7 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 18:01:25 -0500 {d43057e7-aa52-c0ea-d29d-5ec1a0b3ba09} Research: Automation to Support Government Imperatives: Dawn of SDN Fri, 06 Feb 2015 17:25:26 -0500 {ec3211fb-0b3a-ab2d-c3b6-fe9934c0e82a} Blog: What You Need to Know: The President’s Budget Proposal By Drew Doggett The White House opened its wallet, according to the president’s 2016 federal budget proposal, and IT is the beneficiary. Top Line: IT Spending Government IT spending is set to t Fri, 06 Feb 2015 14:23:22 -0500 {dbe08cc5-97a3-a2f5-0b3c-c6ae86d2765a} Blog: The Skinny on Gen-Y: What You Need to Know About Managing Millennials By Drew Doggett They think government is inefficient and wasteful. They’re socially liberal and fiscally conservative. They’re stereotyped as lazy and entitled. Born between the early 1980s Thu, 05 Feb 2015 17:57:53 -0500 {3cf71858-a0d1-8a31-5e39-bee388407660} Blog: Halvorsen Takes the Hill? Is DoD marching in double time to the cloud – or MIA on modernization?  That’s the question that caused companies to close ranks at last week’s DoD industry day at the Commerce Departm Thu, 05 Feb 2015 15:18:12 -0500 {d421fa79-0967-6740-018b-8edbf2c2f7aa} Blog: Don’t Drop the Ball on Data Security Defense wins championships. That’s why New England beat Seattle on Sunday. Defense also keeps data centers from getting sacked. This isn’t about Football Nope. It’s about cyber. And data Mon, 02 Feb 2015 12:18:58 -0500 {08361c5a-e7e7-6597-1091-3831affea818} Research: Heart of the Network: Data Center Defense Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:23:59 -0500 {f574a2e9-d8b9-8e78-5f3b-2b50a6e5f512} Blog: Hey, Federal Workers, These Bills Could Affect Your Job By Drew Doggett Feds need raises. Feds don’t need bonuses. And are there too many Feds overall? Congress is awash in bills to change federal employee pay and benefits, one way or the other. He Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:54:51 -0500 {a2cea14e-9bce-69dd-a469-4662efe4dc5e} Blog: Issa, DelBene Dive into Internet of Things By Drew Doggett Historically slow to react to industry developments, Congress, the White House, and federal agencies have all jumped onto the Internet of Things (IoT) bandwagon. Reps. Suzan DelBen Fri, 30 Jan 2015 14:44:58 -0500 {cd4b9d61-6c38-4060-6278-9da05b2717f1} Blog: Acronyms Across the Aisle? In Fed IT, it's AFE.  Don't recognize that TLA – Three Letter Acronym?  It's Acronyms For Everything.  As the elephants and donkeys charge and kick one Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:28:35 -0500 {2a7fa654-03df-4e2e-abf0-66bb9dc65758} Blog: The Cost of ‘Free’: What Windows 10 Means for Feds By Drew Doggett Microsoft lifted the curtain on its new Windows 10 operating system last week, offering an array of new and improved features and one staggering bit of news: upgrades will be free f Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:19:27 -0500 {088aa05c-2622-d89d-1a75-9e5f95b92b7b} Blog: IT Puts the Super in Super Bowl Sunday By Drew Doggett When the New England Patriots face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX this weekend, the technology packed into the University of Phoenix Stadium will be almost as cool as the g Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:22:13 -0500 {5e173db1-57e8-9e98-4f0b-75b20d8bfdd4} Blog: Five Reasons to Pay Attention to 3-D Printing By Drew Doggett An Arizona company called Local Motors plans to open a 45,000 square-foot 3-D car printing location at the National Harbor in Maryland, reports the Washington Post’s Jonathan O& Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:46:55 -0500 {fefdb066-003b-5b52-9cea-57aec11ee052} Blog: Kumbaya? There’s only one explanation – it’s a belated Christmas miracle. The 114th Congress is getting down to business, and the president last night outlined his priorities in his State of the Uni Tue, 20 Jan 2015 16:40:36 -0500 {25f9e8e8-017c-a5d1-933b-0d3f7def02f0} Research: Cloud Without the Commitment Fri, 16 Jan 2015 18:06:38 -0500 {79ef59f5-6dc3-6bcc-1e88-a679dc3f503f}