The General Services Administration wants to know how it can provide better due diligence for acquisitions involving government information technology. It's working with customer agencies to establish a common set of indicators that could be used to for a supply chain risk assessment.
Complex, non-standardized cloud computing service level agreements make comparing cloud offerings during procurement and ensuring proper execution once work is underway difficult for federal agencies and departments, said a Homeland Security Department Official.
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The Defense Department has Ft. Meade in Maryland for it's National Security Agency and U.S. Cybercommand, and soon the civilian side of the federal government will have its own cyber headquarters as well, thanks to an appropriation included in the spending bill President Obama signed into law Dec. 16.
The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity will host a one-day conference Jan. 21 to provide information about an upcoming solicitation to develop the Cyber-attack Automated Unconventional Sensor Environment, or CAUSE, program.
The General Services Administration provided an update on how the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program is meeting milestones and laid out new deadlines as part of a Dec. 16 press briefing and the release of the program's roadmap.
"There's been some confusion that FedRAMP is GSA, and FedRAMP is the JAB, but really FedRAMP is a program that is governmentwide in nature and has stakeholders across the government," said FedRAMP Director Matt Goodrich. A new plan aims to refocus the program on agency stakeholders and further spread the responsibility for authorizing cloud services.
Two and a half years in, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, which aims to help agencies and departments more quickly and securely procure cloud services, is being adopted in pockets across the federal government, but not always correctly, say General Services Administration officials during a Dec. 16 press briefing.
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Three federal agencies responsible for directing funds to help women in Afghanistan didn't track their spending or results, so no one knows if the programs worked, says a Dec. 18 Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction report. The agencies involved reported spending at least $64.8 million on 652 projects, programs and initiatives to support Afghan women in fiscal years 2011 through 2013.
The Defense Department doesn't know if its testing ranges are vulnerable to foreign spying, a Dec. 16 Government Accountability Office report says. "DOD has not conducted a risk assessment that includes assessing the degree to which foreign encroachment could pose a threat to the mission of the ranges," the GAO report says.