GOVERNMENT RESEARCH STUDIES, STATISTICS, REPORTS
It has often been agreed that IT procurement projects can be duplicative, costly and slow to complete, but new developments are underway that may fundamentally change how IT is managed. At the center of this conversation is a debate about the role of the chief information officer (CIO). One can be sure that a change in the dynamic of the C-suite would create new questions on the way agencies manage their IT investments, especially cloud computing. As agencies move more of their mission critical workloads to the cloud, the alignment of priorities in the C-suite will make for a much smoother transition.
- ISSUE BRIEF As part of 2012’s Big Data Research and Development Initiative, six major agencies committed funding “to greatly improve the tools and techniques needed to access, organize and glean discoveries from huge volumes of data.” The Department of Defense (DoD) is one of the biggest investors, funding $250 million worth of big data projects each year. While most of the funding currently goes toward the development of autonomous systems and improving the situational awareness, the data processing power behind these capabilities could also be leveraged to improve program performance. Register now
- ISSUE BRIEF Though continuous monitoring has been “required” of agencies for several years, many lacked the inventory knowledge of their own systems to be able to implement continuous monitoring effectively. To close the gaps, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is taking steps to offer continuous monitoring as a service (CMaaS) to all civilian agencies, thereby giving agencies the support services they need to comply with previous mandates. Register now
- ISSUE BRIEF As government works to keep up with the mobile revolution, more applications are becoming available on personal devices. While these programs may simplify transactions and potentially decrease costs, they can also make the agency vulnerable to security breaches. One of the biggest threats is social engineering, a process by which a user is tricked into offering up information or access rights. Register now
- RESEARCH REPORT The White House has mandated continuous monitoring since 2010, but funding shortages have slowed implementation at many agencies. Now that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has agreed to cover the costs, all federal civilian agencies are implementing surveillance programs. Big data, especially when leveraged through data mirroring, has the potential to greatly improve cybersecurity efforts. Register now
- ISSUE BRIEF One of the greatest concerns for Chief Information Officers (CIOs) in the coming years will be rolling out new applications and service functionality. However, budgetary pressures mean agencies must be concerned with the bottom line more than ever. Register now
- ISSUE BRIEF In an effort to reduce energy usage and IT costs, federal leadership has mandated the closing of hundreds, possibly thousands, of data centers across the country. But most agencies are still having trouble realizing cost savings and reduced energy usage. Register now
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- ISSUE BRIEF The failure of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction to find $1.2 trillion in savings in November 2011 could trigger automatic spending cuts in both defense and domestic programs. Defense spending cuts will have an effect on the American economy, particularly in states with high federal, military, defense contractor and sub-contractor populations. Defense workers should prepare for change with flexibility. Register now
- RESEARCH REPORT Federal agencies struggle to reuse and dispose of personal property. Managers cite "slow and inefficient processes" as a central challenge and seek training. This report highlights the need for improvements and offers the General Services Administration's suggestions for making the most of federal personal property. Register now
- ISSUE BRIEF Is the new federal chief information officer, Steven VanRoekel, markedly different from his predecessor, Vivek Kundra? How will Kundra's ambitious IT agenda fare under the leadership of a new CIO? How will VanRoekel's leadership change the future of federal information technology, and the way the U.S. government works? Register now