Federal agencies report more than $3.3 billion in total planned savings since the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative launched four years ago, but the program hasn't produced impressive savings for every agency.
Seven federal agencies have collectively ramped up the number of cloud services and investments in such efforts since 2012, but congressional investigators said the agencies are still only investing a tiny fraction of their IT budgets on such initiatives
With a record three million comments and counting, the Federal Communications Commission officially closed the public comment period Sept. 15 on whether to allow Internet "fast lanes," in which faster service would be given to websites willing to pay for it.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology recently released draft guidance pointing out the risks and vulnerabilties of such so-called replication devices, which increasingly also include 3D printers and scanners. Besides reminding people about potential cybersecurity problems, it offers advice on how such devices and information that's stored or transmitted can be better protected.
In each letter, the senators- Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)-- said that they've been "advocates for data security and breach notification legislation that would better protect consumers and improve corporate responsibility." They added that the incidents at Apple and Home Depot reflect the need for such a law.
An internal watchdog found that delays in the Commerce Department's effort to migrate its export license processing and referral functions to a new IT platform could cost several million dollars as it continues to use its old system.
In reviewing six selected agencies, the Government Accountability Office said the agencies generally established security and privacy requirements and had plans to assess the effectiveness of contractor-operated systems. But five of the agencies were inconsistent in such reviews.
The Energy Department has set aside $8 million to set up microgrids-- contained grids that are usually connected to the more traditional electric grid but can also disconnect to operate autonomously and help alleviate grid disturbances – in Alaska, California, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Tennessee and Washington. Each received about $1.2 million.
A recent survey found that 62 percent of government chief information officers said they don't have sufficient resources to do their jobs effectively.
As part of its efforts to combat rising cyber threats and attacks, the Army is launching the Cyber Protection Brigade and could start a new cyber branch as soon as the second week of October, an official said.