MeriTalk Updates Where America Talks Government Copyright 2015 MeriTalk Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:02:23 -0500 Research: Heart of the Network: Data Center Defense Fri, 30 Jan 2015 18:23:59 -0500 {f574a2e9-d8b9-8e78-5f3b-2b50a6e5f512} 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} Blog: DISA Clarifies Cloud Guidelines By Bill Glanz The Defense Information Services Agency (DISA) issued long awaited guidance last week, reducing the number of classification levels for Cloud data from four to six. The 152-page guide Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:51:46 -0500 {22bb9921-6f36-53b6-8990-132fda6b521e} Blog: Social Media Tips for Feds On January 12, an ISIS sympathizer hacked the U.S. Central Command’s Twitter and YouTube accounts, filling the screens with pro-ISIS propaganda. Ironically, the hack coincided precisely with Presi Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:57:31 -0500 {cdb25a30-a34f-efd7-ae68-9331a31f9cd3} Blog: Five Things the White House Said About Cyber By Bill Glanz President Obama delivers his State of the Union Speech tonight. Here are five things the president said last week about cybersecurity – and might mention again tonight – and what it Fri, 16 Jan 2015 11:05:19 -0500 {f8d82ff7-3a8b-97d0-510c-3e5f7c0539f1} Blog: Raise the Gas Tax? This one's less of a Cup of IT – more like Texas tea, black gold, oil that is.  Based on my citizenship exam, three things enshrined in the constitution – freedom of speech, right to Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:21:57 -0500 {7226dd8f-05dd-8b88-625c-97959ba547f9} Blog: Five Things You Need to Know About CES Government You probably already know plenty about the latest in consumer high-tech gadgetry from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week. But you might not be as familiar about what happened at the Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:13:42 -0500 {b609128b-c7a0-6cdf-b7f1-405c191abd94} Blog: The Best of CES The Five G’s of CES Here’s our take on the Consumer Electronics Show in five words: gadgets, gizmos, geeks, gear, and glitter. While Back to the Future missed the mark on what how 2015 would look Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:53:24 -0500 {7181466e-78a9-c294-2889-bff2b1249270} Blog: Many 'Appy Returns Insatiable App-etite Consumers provided more evidence last week that they can’t get enough apps for amusement or to improve productivity.   “Users of iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches spent Mon, 12 Jan 2015 13:47:56 -0500 {d7c7220e-1164-6528-8b13-332dc6b7c7d7} Blog: Eating Our Babies? If Uncle Sam has a New Year's resolution, maybe he should stop chewing his digits?  No, I'm not talking about nail biting, I'm talking about digital natives.  The Washi Thu, 08 Jan 2015 19:18:50 -0500 {03cc3f21-1c3e-5746-abd8-f8a98b3b69aa} Blog: Meet the New Boss: IT Decision Makers The attack on Sony and other high-profile data breaches have forced lawmakers to pay attention to cyber legislation. But will the 114th Congress do as much for IT as the 113th? Several lawmakers w Tue, 06 Jan 2015 14:00:00 -0500 {50e6c611-5e39-e914-4141-54b8eb3c80d2} Blog: Going Digital? Don’t Go it Alone Shortly after the White House set up the new U.S. Digital Service last summer, bringing in Google’s Mikey Dickerson to lead the effort to “build the federal government’s capacity to deliver worl Mon, 05 Jan 2015 16:43:26 -0500 {f3e83a54-7ad9-1c2e-3c18-b92c6a52d887} Blog: Six Key Questions for 2015: What You Need to Know Feds face a long to-do list and lots of questions about the ability – and willingness – of the legislative and executive branches to work together as the 114th Congress convenes. Six issue Mon, 05 Jan 2015 14:57:33 -0500 {61579963-139d-a3e6-5f19-52d113a7f580} Blog: Mobile Work Exchange Landing Page It’s been five years since the Telework Enhancement Act was signed into law. We congratulate the Federal government on its significant strides forward in telework a Mon, 05 Jan 2015 11:05:42 -0500 {6a798ac7-8616-ce37-973e-982c419aacec} Blog: 6 Government IT Trends to Watch in 2015 Everyone makes predictions this time of year. Now it's your turn. The top trends government IT professionals are watching in 2015: Network overhauls. Nearly half of Federal IT specialists Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:52:27 -0500 {de284de7-ebe4-9dc9-8053-c1dc7d0544cd} Blog: Four Things You Need to Know About the Cyber Security Protection Act Congress finally passed the Cyber Security Protection Act this month, amending the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to modernize cybersecurity measures for the 21st century. Four things you need to know Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:10:32 -0500 {4d286b78-9c4b-c4af-b0c4-47a6fe55656c} Blog: Five Ways the New FISMA Act Will Affect Your Work The Federal Information Security Modernization Act, passed this month, brings cybersecurity into the 21st century and changes the rules of the road for Federal employees in IT. Five ways the new legis Mon, 15 Dec 2014 16:35:31 -0500 {ff16c181-7483-7326-5357-cf854b67e367} Blog: FedRAMP Under the Mistletoe? What does everybody in Federal IT want for the holidays this year? Answers to five FedRAMP questions:  What's the path forward to get agencies to buy into FedRAMP?&#1 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:06:01 -0500 {fff32172-61ef-8a90-08d1-7ae707aeab69} Blog: 4 Reasons why your enterprise needs to shift its focus to VMware vSphere with Operations Management As government agencies tighten their budgets, virtualization is more heavily relied upon to increase their capabilities without increasing their expenditures. VMware continues to raise the bar with th Wed, 10 Dec 2014 09:52:23 -0500 {a3d05300-e029-b3c3-32e4-1d096f38e297} Blog: Watch Out for the Grinch Federal agencies lose an estimated $300 billion a year to fraud, waste, and abuse. Bad guys are the Grinch – $300 billion could pay a lot of bills. Or pay for better cybersecurity. That’s what Tue, 09 Dec 2014 10:21:30 -0500 {15daef3f-da71-a08e-c18f-b502f2c3e53b} Blog: Five Ways Big Data Analytics Can Fight Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Agencies don’t have the time, money, or manpower to sift through every single tax return, Medicare claim, or unemployment payment that goes out the door, but that doesn’t mean fraudsters can’t Mon, 08 Dec 2014 15:06:27 -0500 {24293099-7efd-d96c-63fb-f65569e88a2a} Blog: David Bray - No Couch Potato What were you doing at age 15? That’s when David Bray launched his career as a Fed. Let me introduce you to David. On the Go He’s no homebody. Bray’s philanthropic urge has led him all ov Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:01:57 -0500 {13c1594e-9136-f00e-ad06-571b6dd7b527} Blog: App etite? Halloween is safely in the rear view mirror – but Uncle Sam's still wracked by IT nightmares. App glutony's front and center as we head to Thanksgiving – and a new MeriTalk study, the Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:03:08 -0500 {2c6f1713-d98c-610e-7e4c-561b94a61312} Blog: Too Many Cooks? Looking for a recipe for success this turkey day – and a heaped helping of hilarity?  Look no further than our Fed IT gourmets' take on bad lip reading Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:31:18 -0500 {4d4cd393-f06a-c206-a412-e8254012d2a2} Blog: Hitting a Moving Target? If you'll pardon the puns – mobility is the most dynamic sector in Fed IT.  And, securing those environments is a moving target.  But, to be sure, Fed mobile security is no laughing Thu, 13 Nov 2014 11:43:33 -0500 {02394ffd-3a7f-e30b-5734-53273abeb34b}