My Cup of IT

Who’s running IT in the transition? Who’s up as the new Federal CIO? What’s with the new Cyber EO? Right now, we’ve got more questions than answers in Federal IT. Here’s a short pour. Insights from the Hill, Trump transition team, GSA, DHS, and across government. […]

Reacting to a battery of recent MeriTalk articles on GSA 18F and FedRAMP, voices inside and outside GSA have called for MeriTalk to name our source. Well, this time, we’re completely transparent.






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So, you heard it here first–GSA does indeed have its underpants full of alligators. This week’s IG report on GSA’s 18F $31 million flutter makes the $800,000 Las Vegas boondoggle look like a pocket-change indiscretion. And, we understand the IG’s not finished yet–not one, but two more IG reports on the way in November and December.






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Word on the street is that two new IG reports on GSA 18F/TTS will see the light of day in October. We understand that the reports were supposed to hit the street this summer–but that the IG keeps finding new issues and interviewing more folks at GSA and across the government. So, do the delays mean there’s more than smoke?






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Word is that www.fedramp.gov–and even the new, shiny FedRAMP dashboard–are running in a cloud without a FedRAMP ATO. Now, that’s embarrassing.






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So, as the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee conducts its archaeological spadework to unearth ancient Federal IT systems – consider, things could be worse. OGR asked the 24 Cabinet-level agencies for an audit of their legacy systems and migration plans by January 29. Capitol Hill tells us many agencies missed the deadline – but most of the 24 have now submitted their reports.






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The Prez really gets the cyber problem–that’s why he jacked the FY17 cyber budget to $19 billion. That $5 billion hike was, driven by OPM, the Cyber Sprint, and terrorist threats. The 2015 Cyber Information Sharing Act set new government and public-private bidirectional intelligence swapping requirements.






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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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The Fix FedRAMP paper released a few weeks back from the FedRAMP Fast Forward Industry Advocacy Group has given a cohesive voice to widespread concerns about the cloak – and – dagger and inefficiencies of the FedRAMP process.






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Innovation ignites America’s economy. China’s not trying to steal our Constitution. Europe doesn’t covet our right to bear arms. Isn’t Putin trying to make Russia great again?

Think Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Intel, Microsoft, and Oracle. These tech titans define this nation’s competitive advantage. Tech provides the juice that powers our economy, which feeds our tax base, which pays for healthcare and muscles up our military. It’s that excitement that makes people want to come here.






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