Many people think data security is only an issue for the Defense Department, the intelligence community or the Homeland Security Department, said Commerce CIO Simon Szykman while speaking May 14 at the FOSE conference in Washington, D.C. "Even if the confidentiality of the data is not key, the long-term integrity of the data is," he said.
Consolidating online services and integrating information technology sytems not only cut costs, but also made the Interior Department more efficient, Interior Chief Financial Officier Rhea Suh said May 13 at the Excellence in Government conference in Washington, D.C.
The Interior Department has awarded a swath of multiple award indefinite delivery, identified quantity contracts for cloud hosting services about two months after the Government Accountability Office denied a protest filed by CenturyLink objecting to the solicitation's terms.
Budget is the top concern among federal chief information officers in an annual survey from TechAmerica and Grant Thorton, published May 2. Based on interviews with 41 federal CIOs, report authors say federal information technology leaders are concerned about budget constraints caused by the continuing resolution and sequestration, and inadequate budget authorities that impact how much control they have over IT programs.
The review (.pdf) says the years of audit work show the Postal Service having an inconsistent enterprisewide data strategy, being plagued by unreliable and inaccurate data, and storing inconsistent data in its enterprise data warehouse. In addition, it has difficulties accessing and sharing data and securing it.
The Defense Information Systems Agency announced April 16 it has achieved initial operational capacity as the commercial cloud computing middleman for the Defense Department--despite its acknowledgment that it has yet to fully approve for DoD use any FedRAMP-authorized commercial cloud service providers.
The Defense Information Systems Agency has migrated the millionth user to its Microsoft enterprise email solution, making the offering "one of the largest independent email systems on the globe," agency officials told reporters in a March 13 presser. DISA charges $39.64 annually for each account, which comes with 4 gigabytes of storage, said Alfred Rivera, DISA principal director of enterprise services.
The report (.pdf), dated January 2013, says among the mandates the DoD chief information officer and the Defense Information Systems Agency could establish include aspects of trusted computing such as hypervisor attestation to assure that it hasn't been corrupted, cryptographic sealing and "strong virtual machine isolation."
The General Services Administration says it will turn over to the private sector the process of certifying new organizations that certify private sector cloud computer offerings for federal use.
The Postal Service is moving forward with plans to conduct a one-year Federal Cloud Credential Exchange pilot designed to demonstrate next-generation online government applications requiring multi-factor authentication, according to a Federal Business Opportunities posting . As part of the Obama administration's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, FCCX would enable the acceptance of third-party credentials to facilitate access to online government services.