IT Convergence Trend Alters Approach to Federal Market


Federal agencies have begun using an emerging IT tool to manage the huge amount of data the U.S. government generates and stores. Federal IT managers recently have embraced the concept of convergence, which has been gaining traction in the private sector. Agencies also have indicated that the approach may be useful for other federal IT applications. Spurred by several rounds of IT reform directives from the U.S. Congress and the White House Office of Management and Budget, agencies have begun seeking innovative methods to improve data storage.

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DHS vs. Kaspersky Lab: Why the US government is ditching the Russian software giant

The Department of Homeland Security’s decision to ban federal agencies and departments from using products from Moscow-based cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab comes as no surprise, say security experts.

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Robocall scams get craftier as tech industry tries new ways to block practice

Federal agencies are stepping up their efforts to combat robocalls nationwide.

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New Cybersecurity Policy Will Impact Federal IT Market


Federal agencies already under the gun to modernize their information technology capabilities have a new set of standards to meet as a result of an executive order President Donald Trump issued this spring. The directive not only will affect agency managers in their IT operations and acquisition activities, but also will have a significant effect on IT vendors. The Trump initiative “adds another important piece to the U.S. federal IT modernization puzzle,” said Katell Thielemann, research vice president at Gartner.

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Federal Agencies Turn to Software-Defined Data Storage


Federal agencies seeking to deal with huge amounts of information have begun embracing the software-defined data center, a technology tool that has come into vogue for managing and storing data. The SDDC is an offshoot of IT virtualization that uses a software-defined architecture. Agencies have been striving to save money and improve the management and storage of data in response to government mandates. With pressure from directives adding to the consistent requirements of tight budgets, federal agencies increasingly have turned to SDDCs.

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Cloud Enters Mainstream in Federal IT Investment Plans


U.S. government agencies will continue to invest hefty sums in cloud computing technology over the next five years. After that period, spending on cloud is likely to moderate, but the amount of investing will remain at impressive levels. Cloud computing is far from mature within the federal government, but it has reached a point at which it is a mainstream component of government IT resources. Government agencies finally have arrived at a place of “real, concrete adoption,” said Chris Wiedemann, a market analyst at immixGroup.

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Year-End Deals on Track for Federal IT Providers


Just when most of the country is on vacation — including the U.S. Congress — federal government agencies become active in awarding contracts. The federal fiscal year ends on Sept. 30, and many agencies wait until the last quarter of the year to make acquisitions. The last few months have brought billions of dollars in federal contracts for information technology providers. Based on trends for the prior two years, fiscal 2016 fourth-quarter spending is likely to represent between 37 percent and 40 percent of IT contracting for the year.

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Outdated Federal IT Gobbles Up Vendor Opportunities


U.S. government agencies spend an overwhelming amount of their annual information technology budgets simply to maintain old and out-of-date systems. As a result, the amount of money available for investing in modernizing IT keeps shrinking, thus depriving vendors of major marketing opportunities at the federal level. The official federal IT budget has remained at about $82 billion per year for several years. However, that figure does not cover all agencies — intelligence and the U.S. court system are notable exclusions — and some estimates project annual IT spending above $100 billion.

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Feds Seek Vendor Help for Payroll Processing Upgrade


Technology vendors that support the different missions of U.S. government agencies may have a major opportunity to provide innovative IT assistance for a task that is common to all: payroll preparation for 2.3 million federal workers. The General Services Administration and the Office of Personnel Management have been sifting through responses from IT vendors on a request for information on significantly upgrading federal payroll processing. The initiative includes the potential for converting existing payroll systems to cloud-based platforms.

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Federal Agencies Told to Share Their Software


U.S. government agencies have been directed to share with each other software code that has been developed on a customized basis. Much of the code involves commercial vendor offerings. In addition to interagency sharing, government units are required to share portions of their customized code with the general public, a move characterized as promoting an open source approach. The OMB, along with federal CIO Tony Scott and CAO Anne Rung, earlier this month issued a final federal policy incorporating the sharing initiative.

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Feds Make Big Strides in Big Data Management


U.S. government agencies gradually have been getting a handle on utilizing the potential of big data and data analytics. At the same time, the Obama administration has recognized that significantly more investment will be required for federal big data research in order to guide agencies toward maximizing the value of processing huge chunks of data and improving their data analysis capabilities. During the past 12 to 24 months, federal agencies “have significantly changed the status quo,” noted IDC Research Director Adelaide O’Brien.

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Changes in Federal IT Spending Require Nimble Contracting


Federal agencies will continue to spend heavily on IT over the next five years, but the pace and direction of spending will be complicated by shifting priorities, congressional constraints and a presidential election. The bottom line is that the overall rate of IT spending will be above $98 billion each year for next six federal fiscal years, according to a forecast Deltek released last month during the company’s Federal MarketView Forecast conference. The funding level applies to what Deltek calls the “addressable” IT contract market.

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Tweet Tracker Spurns US Intelligence Agencies


Twitter reportedly has blocked U.S. intelligence agencies from accessing information from Dataminr, a firm that tracks tweets in real time to provide actionable information for financial, media, security and other types of institutional clients. The block suggests Twitter is unwilling to cooperate with government agencies on intelligence gathering. Twitter owns a 5 percent stake in Dataminr, and the companies jointly developed the machine learning engines that Dataminr uses to analyze hundreds of millions of tweets.

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Salesforce Brings Lightning to Government Cloud


Salesforce on Thursday launched Government Cloud Lightning for government agencies, contractors and federally funded R&D centers. It provides a modern, component-based platform and an intuitive user experience, as well as access to Salesforce’s partner ecosystem, the company said. Government Cloud Lightning lets users build apps for desktops and mobile devices with Lightning App Builder’s drag-and-drop visual interface. Its Lightning Components provide the building blocks for agencies to create modern apps, Salesforce said.

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Fed Cloud Spending on Perplexing – but Upward – Trajectory


U.S. government agencies have spent more on cloud configurations than official budgets have predicted — and those agencies will pick up the pace of cloud spending over the next five years. Federal agencies will significantly boost spending on cloud deployments with various “as a service” configurations, according to two recent reports. However, the reports differ on the components used in the forecasting process. One incorporates a change in cloud deployment terminology the Office of Management and Budget adopted, while the other does not.

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Encryption Bans and Backdoor Efforts Are Misguided, Harvard Study Finds


Any effort to ban encryption or provide government agencies with backdoor access would be unenforceable and prone to failure, according to a Harvard University report released last week. Bruce Schneier, a fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Security, collaborator Kathleen Seidel, and student Saranya Vijayakuma, identified 865 encryption products from 55 countries; 546 of those products were developed outside the United States. Avoiding U.S. surveillance is easy to do with hundreds of competing products available, Schneier said.

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Improved fingerprinting tech could catch elephant poachers

Law enforcement agencies have gotten pretty good at intercepting illegal shipments of ivory, using the confiscated tusks from poached African elephants to demonstrate they are cracking down on this illicit trade. But they have been less successful at finding the culprits behind the shipments – partly because it has been impossible to retrieve fingerprints from the ivory.

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Federal Investment in Big Data Applications Heads for Liftoff


U.S. government agencies appear to have gotten the memo: Big data is good for you. Federal agencies’ acquisition, storage, processing and management of large chunks of information will drive the government to use big data technologies, according to a survey of federal information technology managers. Use of big data analytics to productively maximize the value of all this information will become a major goal of government agencies. To accomplish those goals, federal IT managers increasingly are seeking the support of the private sector.

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Indian telecoms ministry forced to back down

India has withdrawn proposals that would have empowered security agencies to monitor private chats on social media and mobile messaging services, if enforced.


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