DHS claims strides in cloud, enterprise initiatives

Amber Corrin, Federal Computer Week,  Friday, June 29, 2012

The Homeland Security Department is making progress in instituting a suite of IT services built on cloud technology and enterprise infrastructure, designed to save money and cut down on duplicative systems. In doing so, DHS is overcoming hurdles in culture and component stovepipes, according to CIO Richard Spires.

DHS struggles with mobile device management

Camille Tuutti, Federal Computer Week,  Friday, June 29, 2012

The Homeland Security Department is struggling with managing all its mobile devices, and faces challenges in leveraging smart phones, tablets and laptop to increase workforce productivity, according to an inspector general.

DHS to set up continuous monitoring at civilian agencies

David Perera, FierceGovernmentIT,  Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Homeland Security Department will take a yet more active role in federal civilian agencies' cybersecurity efforts, the department announced June 25 in briefings to civil servants and the private sector.

EPA picks cloud services provider

Federal Computer Week,  Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency has chosen a cloud services provider as part of its effort to shift 80 percent of its IT to the cloud in the next three years.

Interior awards first platform as a service cloud contract

David Stegon, FedScoop,  Monday, June 25, 2012

The Department of the Interior’s Office of Law Enforcement and Security awarded what is believed to be the first platform as a service cloud computing contract in the federal government. The contract, awarded to Verizon, will provide an Interior-wide information collection, analysis, and reporting system for incident information.

Group questions Google government contract claims

Jaikumar Vijayan, Computerworld,  Friday, June 22, 2012

An organization headed by a former federal CIO contends that despite Google's claims, its consumer privacy policy does apply to government customers in some cases.

Agencies struggle to grasp mobile cybersecurity

Jason Miller,,  Thursday, June 21, 2012

In the rush to use mobile devices, agencies continue to struggle with how best to secure these smartphones and tablet computers. But should agencies look at these popular devices any differently than more traditional desktop or laptop computers?

Can new mobile government plans overcome old problems?

Amber Corrin, Federal Computer Week,  Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The federal mobile strategy unveiled May 23 punctuated the digital change already afoot across the government, but will the new standards help agencies overcome age-old challenges?

NASA Drops OpenStack For Amazon Cloud

Charles Babcock, InformationWeek,  Tuesday, June 19, 2012

NASA's prestige and participation has been a selling point for advocates of the OpenStack open source cloud project, which NASA co-founded with San Antonio infrastructure-as-a-service provider RackSpace. Unfortunately, they'll have to get along without NASA from here on.

Watchdogs Get a Whiff of Google's Government Privacy Policy

John P. Mello, Jr., TechNewsWorld,  Monday, June 18, 2012

Google's consumer privacy policies may make some users squirm, but those policies could be downright unacceptable if applied to government workers who use Google services thanks to the company's contracts with public institutions. However, it appears those consumer policies are being applied to government contracts, according to a privacy watchdog group.