CAMBRIDGE, Md.--Radical budget cuts amounting to about a 50 percent reduction over 4 years forced Customs and Border Protection to use shared and cloud services to a degree previously unthinkable, said CBP Chief Technology Officer Wolfe Tombe while speaking during a panel session of the annual ACT-IAC Management of Change conference.
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.
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.
New guidance, in the form of a memo (.pdf) signed by OMB Director Jeff Zients and Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel, combines PortfolioStat and the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative into a single, streamlined reporting mechanism. As part of this approach, FDCCI success won't be measured by closures, says the memo.
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 General Services Administration will beginning March 25 no longer accept new or re-submitted applications for organizations applying to become Third Party Assessment Organizations, a key component of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program.
To quickly share vast amounts of geospatial data on a natural disaster, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is seeking to develop a cloud environment to merge its data and processes. FEMA shares geospatial data with other federal agencies, state and local governments, the private sector, nonprofits and others, but it says in a request for information that it struggles to send and receive the data seamlessly.