November 6, 2013 Though some federal agencies have made progress in shared service adoption and at least nine federal shared service providers (FSSPs) have emerged across various lines of business, widespread concerns over the implications of shared services are slowing further implementation of the 2012 Federal IT Shared Services Strategy.
September 18, 2013 The promised benefits of the cloud are clear, and government mandates are pushing you to make the move. But, the complexity and security of putting together a self-service, hybrid cloud that spans resources in your datacenter and those rented from public cloud providers can be overwhelming.
September 12, 2013 Budget shortfalls are putting pressure on the Defense Department to find savings in all areas, including the maintenance of the DoD’s assets and technologies. Defense assets are costly to operate and maintain. Even a small delay in detecting a problem can result in an unexpectedly large repair bill, and unplanned downtime has significant consequences for the operational performance of DoD’s systems.
September 4, 2013 In a recent Government Business Council survey of 300 federal managers, just 44 percent of respondents indicated that their agencies are really “shared-first.” Identifying which services should be moved to a shared model and finding existing providers are among the top challenges facing today’s federal leaders.
August 29, 2013 Today, federal agencies face significant challenges in increasing their operational effectiveness while reducing costs. The explosive growth of social media creates both greater challenges and significant opportunities for federal agencies and service branches.
August 27, 2013 As mobility becomes a top priority on the federal technologist's agenda, many agencies are developing mobile apps to better serve their customers. However, security concerns can slow agency momentum toward mobile computing.
August 21, 2013 The Defense Industrial Base comprises more than 100,000 companies and subcontractors who work alongside DoD to secure critical systems against intrusions. But with slashed defense budgets, federal and corporate plans for protecting the U.S. cyber infrastructure are subject to serious alterations.
August 15, 2013 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has created a set of guiding principles designed to help manage agency needs while maintaining mission effectiveness. This guidance requires agencies to not just consider budgeting effects of workforce size, but also the risks associated with contract labor and workforce capabilities.
Assessing Cyber Research and Development: What Progress Has Been Made and What Are the New Priorities?
July 25, 2013 In December 2011, the White House released a report entitled Trustworthy Cyberspace: Strategic Plan for the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Program, guiding federal R&D spending and priorities in cybersecurity. A year and a half later and in light of recent high-profile hackings and security breaches, how is federal cybersecurity research and development progressing?
June 27, 2013 Each agency has unqiue threats it must prepare for; however, as federal data moves to cloud, all agencies must take data into consideration in their COOP planning. From maintaining lines of communication, to ensuring access to information and its security, COOP plans are critical to national security and safety in times of distress.