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Waiting on FedRAMP for cloud brokers? Don't hold your breath

Despite the General Services Administration's efforts to provide agencies with tools that support the acquisition of cloud computing technologies, there's a growing demand for neutral facilitators, or "cloud brokers," to walk agencies through the selection of a cloud vendor.

GSA, USPS find early success with Internet of Things

A handful of federal agencies aren't just talking about how sensor-based technologies can fuel new capabilities and efficiencies, they're embracing the "Internet of Things" now.

White House contracting officer talks about flexible way for agencies to procure software

Traci Walker talks about her experience in the "Behind the Buy" podcast that features stories from federal contracting officers about using effective IT contracting strategies to help agencies get what they need.

Army, Air Force face challenges in completing training requirements for drone pilots, GAO says

The Defense Department has acquired more than 10,000 drones and training pilots is an integral part of its plans. However, the Army and Air Force in recent years have faced several challenges in getting that pilot training completed.

Ex-NRC worker charged with attempted email phishing attack

A former Nuclear Regulatory Commission worker has been charged in connection with an attempted email spear-phishing attack that targeted dozens of Energy Department employee email accounts.

Internet policy experts support transition of domain names to multi-stakeholder community

A proposal to shift management of the web addresses that power the Internet from the Commerce Department to a "global multi-stakeholder community" is gaining support as a deadline looms.

Senators reintroduce bill to boost students' data privacy

A bill that aims to increase student privacy protections by blocking education companies from selling student data has been reintroduced in the Senate.

US government gets low cybersecurity marks from own federal employees, (ISC)2 survey says

Nearly half the respondents said the U.S. government is seeing little to no return on such security investments, while 17 percent said their organization's security posture is even worse – which is 5 percent higher than what respondents said in a 2013 survey.

Questions remain following DATA Act implementation guidance

Despite new guidance on how agencies can meet the requirements prescribed by the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, or DATA Act, many questions remain.

China views offensive cyber capabilities as key during warfare, annual DoD report says

In such circumstances, the People's Liberation Army would use cyberspace operations to not only achieve "information dominance," but disable an enemy's operations.

New report to congressional caucus paints broad picture of cloud computing progress, obstacles

While the report said that most agencies are "fence sitters," there are those who are unwilling or hesitant to move to the cloud because these "box huggers...fear loss of control and getting blamed for failure."

New global CIO survey finds legacy networks are top worry, could impede new tech adoption

Federal chief information officers have similar worries to businesses when it comes to the impact their legacy networks have on adapting new, innovative technologies that improve service and lower costs, according to a Brocade Communications executive whose company released a global survey today about infrastructure issues.

Agencies get more DATA Act guidelines

On the first anniversary of the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014, the next phase of its implementation begins. The Office of Management and Budget and the Treasury Department have issued 57 governmentwide standards for posting to USAspending.gov.

Navy unveils new 5-year cyber strategy plan reflecting rising tide of cybersecurity threats

The Navy last week announced a new five-year cyber strategy plan that is designed to address the rising threat to military networks and, perhaps, position itself as a more offensive force in cyberspace.

NASA's 'datanauts' pioneering new insights from agency's vast wealth of collected data

The agency announced the founding class of data scientists will seek new insights from the exponentially growing repository of NASA data that includes technical and scientific datasets, records, reports, simulations, videos, images and other information.

GAO: Signs of success for DoD innovative tech transition program, but improvements needed

RIP, one of several DoD programs that's intended to accelerate the development and use of cutting-edge technologies as efficiently as possible, has gotten about $1.3 billion in congressional funding between fiscal years 2011 and 2015.

NIST prepping more cloud security control guidance to complement FedRAMP

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is working on new guidance that will address the distribution and placement of security controls for cloud computing environments.

New OPM rule seeks to ease hiring of IT pros to meet White House initiative

The move applies only to hiring employees who will work to meet President Obama's Smarter Information Technology Delivery Initiative, an effort to change how government builds and buys IT to deliver better public services.

Justice Department provides guidelines for planning responses to cyberattacks

Officials at the Cybersecurity Unit, part of the Criminal Division's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section, compiled the guidelines based on lessons learned by federal prosecutors handling cyber investigations.

FAA: PrecisionHawk, BNSF to test drones that go beyond pilot's line of sight

Additionaly, the cable news organization CNN will look at how drones can be used for newsgathering in urban areas within visual line-of-sight operations.