FITARA Fault Lines My Capitol Hill listening post has picked up several encrypted messages from the Government Accountability Office suggesting that the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act may be widening some major fault lines across government. While the law was designed to strengthen the role of the chief information officer, the Situation Report has […] […]

The volume and variety of endpoints is growing, as more and more devices connect to Federal networks. Feds are worried security can’t keep up.

A recent MeriTalk report estimates 44% of endpoints that access Federal agency networks are at risk. And nearly one-third have experienced breaches via endpoints.






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MeriTalk’s feature, a Q&A with prominent IT leaders, focuses this time on Greg Godbout, the Chief Technology Officer and U.S. Digital Service lead at the Environmental Protection Agency.






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Creepy Data It’s no secret that my D.C. network of informants are concerned about the future of the Internet of Things and the potential for major tears in the social fabric if policy does not keep pace with technological development. But some members of the D.C. network have started sounding the alarm over China’s use […] […]

It has been 15 months since the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act was enacted and relatively few Federal agencies have taken meaningful steps to integrate the letter and spirit of the law into their day-to-day functions. Sure, there’s been a lot of talk. But when it comes to bridging the FITARA gap—the chasm between the Federal CIO and the rank and file—little has been achieved.






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MeriTalk’s feature, a Q&A with prominent IT leaders, focuses this time on G. Nagesh Rao, the Chief Technologist with the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Investment and Innovation for the Small Business Technology Transfers (STTR)/ Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs.






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FedRAMP certainly has its issues. The PMO opted out of the Cloud Caucus meeting, refused to comment on Fix FedRAMP. That said, we understand the PMO’s working hard to make amends – and rolling out the long-awaited FedRAMP 2.0 on March 28th at GSA. Want a sneak peek at what they’ll roll out? Seems they took the hints in the Fix FedRAMP recommendations. Here’s what we hear.






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In April, U.S. Cyber Challenge will open their annual Cyber Quests competition, where thousands across the nation will attempt to earn an invitation to one of the three summer cyber camps by achieving a top score. With the growth of data in government, enterprise or the nonprofit sector comes growth in professional positions needed to protect that data. Yet the nation has a significant workforce gap of cybersecurity professionals.






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The Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) community has good reason to stay awake at night. Recently, hackers breached the Department of Justice (DoJ), released over 9,000 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) employees information, and claimed they will leak data for 20,000 FBI employees, according to Computerworld.






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The Commerce Department is looking for a Deputy CIO and a CTO. … Andy Purdy, the former acting director of the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cyber Security Division who recently became the chief security officer of Huawei Technologies USA, is now the vice chairman of the Open Group Trusted Technology Forum. … And the FedRAMP Program Management Office held a very efficient all-hands meeting.






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MeriTalk’s regular new feature, a Q&A with prominent IT leaders, focuses this time on Dr. Michael Valivullah, CTO of the National Agricultural Statistics Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.






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The Federal government is the leading creator, collector, consumer, and communicator of information in the United States. If there are changes to its regulatory requirements, it is possible those changes will eventually spread into the commercial sector. Here’s what that sector needs to know.






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