State seeks input on creating multi-platform foreign language application

The State Department is seeking information on how it can deploy a universal electronic flashcard solution that supplements language training on multiple computing platforms.

JPSS-1 on schedule, says NOAA

The Joint Polar Satellite System-1 is on schedule to meet its early 2017 launch date, said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The agency made the announcement as the Ozone Mapping Profiler Suite, the second of five instruments that will fly aboard JPSS-1, completed its pre-shipment review on schedule.

Expert panel: DoD needs to revamp process to keep pace with IT products and services

The Department of Defense needs to revamp the way it buys IT products and services, including changing rigid federal regulations, being open to more commercial competition and providing more training to the agency's acquisition workforce, to keep pace with rapid technological changes, an expert panel at the Brookings Institution said recently.

IT and program management grow closer at DoD

The Defense Department's chief information officer and deputy chief management officer will be sharing an even closer relationship as they try to tie technology and management together. Terry Halvorsen, DoD's acting CIO, said he and DCMO David Tillotson are going to be seamless in their approach.

Spotlight: NIST to fund disaster and resilience data project

The National Institute of Standards and Technology plans to fund the establishment of a multidisciplinary research center that would allow NIST, industry and academia to collaborate on disaster resilience issues.

DHS making 'great strides' in better managing IT programs and retaining workforce, CIO testifies

The Department of Homeland Security has made major advancements in managing its IT programs and attracting and retaining its workforce, the agency's chief information officer said during a recent Senate hearing.

FCC chairman pitches new industry-driven regulatory model to enhance cybersecurity

The FCC chairman said he wants to work with the private sector to build a new, business-driven model to improve cybersecurity of the nation's information networks.

Federal personnel tracking systems inadequate, says paper

The federal government uses four major systems to track workforce vacancies but none maintain completely accurate personnel accounts because agencies must provide the information, data is slow to refresh, and personnel and positions aren't always coupled together, says a paper published June 12 by the Brookings Institution.

VA to buy, not build, new scheduling system for VistA

Within months the Veterans Affairs Department plans to issue a request for proposal for the purchase of a new patient scheduling module that would work within the Veterans Health Information System Technology Architecture, or VistA.

GSA will upgrade buildings with new physical access systems, says gov't official

The General Services Administration starting next week will begin upgrading its buildings with new physical access systems that can read trusted government identity credentials, an agency official said during a panel discussion June 11.

Not challenging DoD network resilience delusional, says CYBERCOM official

When Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, deputy commander for Cyber Command, arrived at CYBERCOM the focus was on keeping networks operational, not on challenging the network's resilience to an advanced persistent threat. The "red team" was never allowed to go after the Defense Department network in exercises, said Davis.

NextGen incentive program would require additional FAA appropriation, says Huerta

The Federal Aviation Administration lacks the necessary authority to create an incentive program that encourages pilots to equip aircraft with technology critical to the success of FAA's 2020 NextGen program.

Halvorsen vows to push DoD to commercial solutions for cloud, data storage

The Defense Department's acting chief information officer wants the department to be more creative in how it uses commercial data solutions. "That means that there's almost no data storage, data transmission, data exchange scenario we won't use," said Terry Halvorsen, DoD's acting CIO.

Congressional CJS funding bills address need for cybersecurity

The House and the Senate are giving cybersecurity some attention through their respective Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies funding bills.

Separate cyber force not needed, says Navy official

While the Defense Department has grown fond of referring to cyberspace as the new, fourth operational venue – along with sea, air and land – it does not warrant its own, independent branch of the armed services, said Vice Adm. Ted Branch, director of Naval Intelligence.

FAA approves first commercial drone operation over land; Nevada begins drone testing

For the first time, the Federal Aviation Administration allowed a commercial drone operation over land. AeroVironment, an unmanned aircraft system maker, flew a drone over Alaska June 8 to conduct aerial surveys for oil company BP.

IG: USPS system can improve accuracy of mail volume data

While a Postal Service system that collects, stores and reports mail volume data has been generally reliable, the USPS Office of Inspector General found areas where data accuracy can be improved.

NIST guidance helps agencies break from static IT system reauthorization cycle

In a November 2013 memorandum, the Office and Management and Budget told agencies they could abandon a security reauthorization process required every three years in favor of ongoing authorization of information systems. Now, the National Institute of Standards and Technology is advising agencies on how exactly to make that transition.

Cybercrime costs global economy as much as $575B a year, new report says

Cybercrime is costing the global economy from $375 billion to as high as $575 billion annually, a new report estimated.

Cybersecurity top concern for federal CIOs, CISOs, says TechAmerica survey

Improving cybersecurity emerged as the top priority again for federal chief information officers and chief information security officers, according to an annual survey from industry group TechAmerica.