The Defense Information Systems Agency is realigning the operations of its computing and storage activities. Taking effect in January 2017, the move aims to leverage efficiencies, reduce costs, and increase standardization of services across the computing environment.






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MeriTalk begins a weekly roundup of contracts and other industry activity. Stay up to date on everything that’s happening in the Federal Information Technology community.






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BlackBerry received approval for its phone management system and latest phone model to be used by the Department of Defense and its crisis communication software to power the Sergeant at Arms’ Joint Emergency Mass Notification Systems for five years.






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In 2008, the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center invited 16 companies to discuss information sharing and collaboration. Today, the DC3 partners with 400 companies to share information. Maintaining relationships with partner companies was an important subject at the Federal Forum 2016’s panel on Information Sharing and Next-Gen Defense.






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The Department of Defense needs to improve its data about cost saving and streamlining opportunities, according to a June 30 Government Accountability Office report.






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The Defense Department likes to hit its targets. So you can imagine the frustration that the department’s chief information officer, Terry Halvorsen, must have experienced when he realized that he wasn’t even going to come close to reaching the Federal mandate to close at least 40 percent of the department’s data centers by 2015.






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Cyber Command’s influence may not be as expansive as some think, according to its commander, Adm. Michael Rogers. “The Department of Defense is not resourced, nor is it tasked with defending every single computer structure in the U.S.,” he said.






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A MeriTalk survey finds that Federal agencies are in need of an efficiency jump-start, and 78 percent of Feds believe DevOps will help agencies innovate faster responses and services. Legacy systems are slowing agencies down, and new apps just add to the inertia.






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Welcome to the first installment of The Situation Report, a weekly column by MeriTalk Executive Editor Dan Verton that takes an honest and discerning look at the programs, policies, and people behind government information technology. When does a call to service cross the line and become an exercise in groveling at the feet of a […] […]

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The Office of Personnel Management and the Defense Department Awarded a $133 million contract Tuesday to Portland, Oregon-based Identity Theft Guard Solutions LLC for identity theft protection services in the aftermath of the massive breach of the Federal government’s central security clearance database. “We remain fully committed to assisting the victims of these serious cybercrimes […] […]

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The Defense Information Systems Agency last week released the first version of a new best practices guide for Defense Department agencies responsible for purchasing commercial cloud services. It is the first major cloud guidance issued by DISA since December when Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen stripped the agency of its central cloud service […] […]

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Defense Department spending on IT in Fiscal 2016 will exceed 2015 spending, according to two analyses. How much the IT spend will increase depends on whose analysis you read. Bloomberg Government predicts DoD will fork over $37.3 billion on IT in Fiscal 2016. In its five-year forecast, covering 2015 through 2019, IDC projects DoD will […] […]

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