Two memos released by the Navy Department chief information officer in short succession show the department edging away from the dedicated machine model that's dominated computing for the past 4 decades. In a July 29 memo (.pdf), DON CIO Terry Halvorsen says all Navy and Marine Corps servers should be virtualized by the end of fiscal 2017.
Defense Department auditors are faulting a Navy Department enterprise license agreement for Microsoft Software for accepting license terms they say weren't in the best interest of the department.
The Navy Department will utilize FOIAonline, a shared portal for the processing of Freedom of Information Act requests, the department's office of the chief information officer announced April 18.
The Navy's decision to cancel the conference may be part of a trend revealed in a recent survey conducted by Reston, Va.-based research firm Market Connections. The survey finds that 38 percent of government employees plan to attend fewer educational and trade events in fiscal 2013 compared to fiscal 2012.
The Navy Department has closed between five and seven data centers so far as part of its effort to reduce its total down to 25 or below by 2017, departmental Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen told reporters Nov. 26. That the department has closed so far only 5 percent or less of the data centers it needs to doesn't mean that progress hasn't been made, Halvorsen said.
A forthcoming policy from the Department of Navy will discourage the customization of information technology systems, said (.pdf) DoN Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen.
"A lot of times we say the acquisition process is the problem, but when we get through it I find there's more flexibility in it than I know, but we don't ask the right questions--'we' being the government and 'we' being industry," said Halvorsen.
Much of Halvorsen's address focused on changes to information technology acquisition at DON. Halvorsen noted that the department needs to make its IT systems less specialized and needs to begin leveraging more holistic solutions through the use of enterprise service license agreements, when they're available.
Department of Navy Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen spoke with reporters on Aug. 23 about his efforts to reduce spending in Navy and Marine Corps information technology. Halvorsen has said
Department of Navy computer users who primarily use software office applications are prime candidates for thin- or zero- client computing, DON Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen said during an