Biography for David Perera
David Perera is executive editor of the FierceMarkets Government Group, which includes FierceGovernment, FierceGovernmentIT, FierceHomelandSecurity, and FierceMobileGovernment. He has reported on all things federal since January 2004 and is co-author of Inside Guide to the Federal IT Market, a book published in October 2012. Based in greater-metro Washington, D.C., Dave can be reached here and can be found on LinkedIn or here. Tweeting at @daveperera.
Articles by David Perera
Damage control and political fire-fanning dominate the fourth week of healthcare.gov's existence, making the federal healthcare insurance website for the 36 states that refused to build their own insurance exchange the locus for partisan divide and continuing criticism of federal information technology management. A poll shows that a majority of Americans may already believe that website problems are part of a broader problem with the health insurance law's implementation.
A slightly-delayed preliminary federal cybersecurity framework detailing cybersecurity standards meant for voluntary adoption by private sector operators of critical infrastructure that the National Institute of Standards and Technology released Tuesday still leaves unanswered questions about how adoption will be measured.
The National Institute of Standards today release a much anticipated, slightly delayed preliminary draft (.pdf) of the cybersecurity framework meant for voluntary adoption by private sector operators of critical infrastructure.
In an Oct. 20 statement on the Health and Human Services Department website, administration officials say the website has received more than 19 million unique visits so far, and acknowledges problems such as difficulty logging in, error messages and slow page loads.
Overlooked opportunities for competition in technology acquisitions at the Veterans Affairs Department led it to miss savings amounting to nearly $58 million spread over 20 task orders and another $51 million in 14 interagency acquisitions, asserts the office of inspector general.
Hours into the first workday in nearly three weeks of full funding for federal agencies by Congress, many agencies are scrambling to restore internal operations and decide how to tackle the backlog of work that accumulated in the interim.
A European Parliament committee is set to vote Monday on a data protection measure that will include restrictions on the transfer of individuals' data for law enforcement or intelligence purposes outside of the European Union. The European Union has had under consideration for two years now a General Data Protection Regulation to update privacy regulations not updated since the mid-1990s.
Making good on its promise to contest an unfavorable Court of Federal Claims decision over its effort to have the CIA reconsider a lucrative contract award for intelligence community cloud computing to Amazon Web Services, IBM filed two requests for an injunction on Oct. 10.
Problems with healthcare.gov, the federal website for residents of 36 states whose governments declined to build their own healthcare exchanges, have set off a round of recriminations against federal information technology management and acquisition. Military open source software advocate John Scott, writing on this blog, faults the acquisition process, but concentrates more on what he says is a lack of technological skills within government. Scott, who has libertarian tendencies, says anybody working in a large bureaucracy is likely to have their technical skills degrade over time.
The Oct. 10 deadline for the National Institute of Standards and Technology to issue a preliminary cybersecurity framework for private sector operators of critical infrastructure came and went without action, due to the ongoing government shutdown.