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New Navy Dept. CIO hopes to reduce administrative burdens

The Navy Department's new Acting Chief Information Officer John Zangardi is reviewing his office's operations to identify areas where administrative burdens can be eliminated or reduced, he said in his first address since taking the position Oct. 24.

Navy embraces virtualization in the data center and for end points

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.

Auditors fault Navy Microsoft agreement over warranty disclaimer

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.

Navy Department to become FOIAonline portal user

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.

Navy CIO abruptly cancels IT conference scheduled for end of month

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.

Navy official emphasizes quality, not quantity in data center consolidation

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.

Halvorsen: DoN policy will aim to curb customization

A forthcoming policy from the Department of Navy will discourage the customization of information technology systems, said (.pdf) DoN Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen.

Halvorsen: Acquisition regulations aren't the problem

"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.  

Audio: DON CIO Terry Halvorsen on IT acquisition

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.  

Audio: Terry Halvorsen on DON IT spending

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