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Mohana Ravindranath

Staff Correspondent Mohana Ravindranath covers civilian agency technology and IT policy for Nextgov. She previously covered IT for the Washington Post, and her work has also appeared in Business Insider and the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
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Who Has the Best App in Government?

May 28, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The federal government might be an unlikely source for cutting-edge mobile apps. But on Wednesday, federal and industry groups gathered to showcase the apps they'd built, often as a means for connecting with a younger, tech-savvier constituency or for internal task management. At trade group ACT-IAC’s second annual Mobility Application...

CIO: FITARA 'Won't Change A Lot' at DHS

May 28, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Legislation intended to reform federal IT procurement won't bring on a lot of change at the Department of Homeland Security, according to Chief Information Officer Luke McCormack. DHS is already doing "over 80 percent of the things" outlined the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act, such as prioritizing CIO input and...

DARPA Wants Technology That Could Help Troops See Through Walls

May 28, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon’s emerging technology arm is looking into systems that could reconstruct a 3-D image of a scene from a single vantage point, including objects not visible in the line-of-sight. This technology, according to a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announcement, might eventually help troops prepare for hidden threats --...

DHS Seeks Input on Public-Private Cyber Sharing Groups

May 27, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Department of Homeland Security is soliciting comment on ways the public and private sectors can better share information about cyber threats. A February executive order mandated that DHS encourage the formation of so-called Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations. Members should be from both the public and private sectors and...

VA Continues Facing Onslaught of Cyberattacks

May 26, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Department of Veterans Affairs blocked more than 1 billion cyber threats in April, as it did in March, according to the department's monthly information security report. VA blocked 308 million intrusion attempts, more than 956,000 instances of malware, and 52 million malicious or suspicious emails, the report said. These...

House OKs Bill to Promote ‘Exascale’ Supercomputing

May 22, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The House on May 19 approved legislation that would require the Energy Department to invest in supercomputing research. The American Super Computing Leadership Act of 2015 tasks DOE with researching the technology, especially if it can increase computing capability while consuming relatively low power levels. It would also require DOE...

SBA Wants To Know How Big Data Affects Small Business

May 22, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Small Business Administration is trying to figure out where big data meets small business. While large businesses have been using large volumes of data to make better business decisions, "with greater access and availability of cost-effective technology, small businesses are doing the same," according to a recent solicitation for...

Watchdog Says Agencies Aren’t Tracking How Much They Spend on Smartphones

May 21, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Federal agencies aren't maintaining complete inventories of smartphones and other mobile devices used by their employees and aren’t fully tracking how much they’re spending on such gadgets, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office. The federal government spends about $1.2 billion each year on circa 1.5 million...

Teaching Federal Contracting Officers About Agile Could Net You $320,000

May 21, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The government is searching for the best way to teach federal employees about buzzy tech terms, such as "agile software development" and "DevOps". The Office of Management and Budget is holding a prize competition -- winners could get up to $320,000 -- for the best program for teaching federal contracting...

NIST Official: Businesses Need to Take More Responsibility for Cybersecurity

May 20, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When it comes to cybersecurity, the relationship between businesses and the government has been mostly all carrot and no stick. And most federal officials say that's the only way to make cyber improvements actually stick around in the commercial sector Donna Dodson leads the National Institute of Standards and Technology's...