The Energy Department is falling short in effectively and efficiently purchasing, implementing and managing its cloud computing technologies, an internal audit found.
Federal regulatory agencies are taking on a greater advisory role in helping critical infrastructure and financial services companies apply the National Institute of Standards and Technology's cybersecurity framework and reduce their cyber risks, several experts recently said.
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While there's been growing global acceptance for a multistakeholder model of Internet governance, the head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration warned that some countries might still try to give that power to governments.
Federal agencies report more than $3.3 billion in total planned savings since the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative launched four years ago, but the program hasn't produced impressive savings for every agency.
A memo to be released next month will allow the military services to handle their own acquisition of cloud computing technology rather than requiring them to work through the Defense Information Systems Agency.
Seven federal agencies have collectively ramped up the number of cloud services and investments in such efforts since 2012, but congressional investigators said the agencies are still only investing a tiny fraction of their IT budgets on such initiatives
The Federal Aviation Administration is permitting six movie companies to use drones, marking a signficant step in allowing more such commercial operations in U.S. airspace.
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A Veteran's Health Administration procurement executive pressured employees and worked the acquisition system to award FedBid contracts for reverse-auctions, a Sept. 26 Veteran's Affairs Department inspector general report says. The report (pdf) says Susan Taylor, VHA's deputy chief procurement officer, in 2010 pressured staff repeatedly in emails to speed up the acquisition process and pick FedBid- a Vienna, Va. based reverse auction vendor- for the reverse auction contracts.
The postal service lost revenue in 2012 and 2013 due to reduced spending from commercial customers – a segment making up 71 percent of USPS's customer base. The magnitude of the problem has a "significant impact" on the postal service's revenue and financial outlook, says the office of inspector general.