The General Services Administration released a request for quotation (.docx) for its SmartBUY Large Publisher program, which the agency says will allow the government to save 15-20 percent off of commercial prices for Microsoft software.
Army Chief Information Office and G6 Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence is leaving her position, posting a final message online on Oct. 1. Lawrence's tenure saw the service migrating to a departmentwide Microsoft Exchange cloud solution for email--an effort that wasn't without challenge, leading Lawrence in August 2011 to announce an operational pause. "We uncovered some pretty nasty stuff," said Lawrence at the time, citing an unorganized network as the primary culprit for the delay
National Institute of Standards and Technology Director Patrick Gallagher again defended his agency's collaboration with the National Security Agency over cybersecurity standards development.
Google and Microsoft are suing the federal government for permission to publish the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act requests the companies receive. However, recent negotiations between the tech giants and the Justice Department haven't resolved the legal battle, according to a Microsoft blog post.
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.
"These particular records are not covered by the Fourth Amendment," FBI Director Robert Mueller said, "the Supreme Court has held that to be the case. And secondly, the determinations to the legality and that standard has been addressed by the FISA court in the affirmative."
Reasons for the TISCOM laptops unpopularity--auditors note a prevalence on what they call "non-standard laptops"--likely stems from several factors noted by auditors, including the fact that TISCOM charges recipients $2,270 per laptop and an annual fee of $1,533.91, meaning that a new laptop provided by the command costs nearly $4,000 in just its first year.
An intelligence collection program named PRISM that gathers data from electronic communication service providers does exist, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence acknowledged (.pdf) June 8. Officials have said the program's authorization comes from the FISA Amendments Act, a law that gained a 5 year extension through 2017 in December following President Obama's approval of a reauthorization bill.
Defense Knowledge Online went offline May 31, said the Army News Service in a June 3 post. The closure of DKO comes following 14 months of gradual transition to collaboration software hosted through the Defense Information Systems Agency's enterprise services.
Alma Cole, until recently the chief systems security officer of Customs and Border Protection--now a vice president at Robbins-Gioia--said the problem of good patch management has shifted from applying Microsoft operating system updates. "The Microsoft patches are not the problem anymore, and it's not what's been attacked as much, anymore," he said, adding that third party applications such as Adobe Reader, Flash and Java are more often now the site of patching problems.