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GAO finds motifs in successful IT projects

GAO finds motifs in successful IT projects

Via Federal technology news and events by Scott Maucione

A Government Accountability Office study released Nov. 14 examined seven successfully acquired government IT investments and found certain concepts used in at least three of the acquisitions.

The common factors found in successful projects included program officials being actively engaged with stakeholders, which garnered use by all seven projects. Surprisingly, only three of the projects reported receiving sufficient funding.

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IT Industry Council suddenly becomes a player in acquisition policy

Via FederalNewsRadio.com by Jason Miller

The Information Technology Industry Council made a big splash in the federal community Tuesday by adding muscle to its lobbying and policy efforts.

ITIC grabbed four top executives from a rival association and launched a new public sector practice.

TechAmerica lost in one fell swoop Trey Hodgkins, senior vice president global public sector; Erica McCann, manager of procurement policy; Carol Henton, vice president of state and local government division; and Pam Walker, senior director for homeland security. All four took similar roles with ITIC’s new IT Alliance for Public Sector organization, which will focus on technology and acquisition issues.

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Now is a Time for Growth

Via RealClearPolitics by Eugene Robinson, Washington Post

It’s fine to talk — eventually — about chronic deficits and mounting debt. But now that our government is up and running again, the nation’s first priority should be economic growth.

Sorry if this gives conniptions to all you deficit hawks out there. Actually, I’m not that sorry, because it was the hawks’ over-the-top warnings of impending doom that provided intellectual cover for the meat-cleaver budget cuts we’re living with today.

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10 Ways Government Clouds Have Changed This Year – Government

Via InformationWeek by Kevin L. Jackson

In December 2012, Cary Landis and I made 10 predictions about how cloud computing was likely to evolve this year and how those changes were likely to impact enterprise computing. But things are moving fast in the world of cloud computing, reaffirming some of those predictions and altering others.

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Positioning When You’re A Startup Entering the Government Market

Via GovLoop by Jen Clement

The government market offers plenty of opportunities for startups and entrepreneurs to develop a solid income flow to help weather those first few difficult years when businesses are exposed to unreliable and unsteady revenue streams. Developing an effective business positioning strategy is essential in winning that first government contract.

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Amazon Prevails in CIA Cloud Suit

Amazon Prevails in CIA Cloud Suit

Via nextgov.com by Joseph Marks

Amazon has won the latest round in a battle with IBM to build a massive computer cloud for intelligence agencies.

Judge Thomas Wheeler of the U.S. Court  of Federal Claims ruled in Amazon’s favor after oral arguments held behind closed doors on Monday. The ruling was in favor of Amazon’s motion for judgment on the administrative record, which means Wheeler concluded there was sufficient evidence in Amazon’s favor that it was not worth proceeding with a trial.

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month Kick Off With Theme of “Shared Responsibility”

Via GovLoop by Shany

This month the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) kicks off the 10th anniversary of its National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which is lead by NCSA and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

This year’s theme is “Our Shared Responsibility,” and today the NCSA is hosting an event at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston where industry and government leaders will discuss ways we can make the Internet safer and more secure in the decade to come.

Over the past 10 years, cyber security challenges have increased tremendously thanks to the proliferation of social networking, cloud computing and mobile solutions.  As a result, the NCSA is calling on everyone who uses the Internet to play a role in enhancing cyber safety.

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Report: $10B Interior Dept Cloud Program Stalled Due to Govt Shutdown

Report: $10B Interior Dept Cloud Program Stalled Due to Govt Shutdown

Via blog.executivebiz.com by Mary-Louise Hoffman

The government shutdown has delayed the Interior Department‘s $10 billion cloud computing services program, CRN Magazine reported Thursday.

Kathy Kim writes DOI is one of several federal agencies that have been forced to halt operations due to the shutdown.

Ten contractors will compete for web hosting, cloud storage, database, developing and testing, file transfer and virtual machine services under the 10-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity vehicle.

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The contractor perspective on federal government issues

Via FederalNewsRadio.com

Sequestration and the recent government shutdown are just symptoms of deep rooted government issues.

Both of these symptoms have touched all branches of government, but that’s not where the effect stops. Sequestration and the shutdown reach parts of the private sector as well—especially federal contractors.

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How Will the Shutdown Affect State and Local Government?

How Will the Shutdown Affect State and Local Government?

Via Government Technology by Colin Wood

If you’re reading this, then the government shutdown has likely affected you. The shutdown — the first in 17 years — has closed and crippled dozens of government websites, furloughed thousands of employees, and thousands more work without pay until the shutdown ends. Journalists trying to reach federal employees in agencies that have been shut down now hear messages like this one:

“You have reached Jessica Robertson with the USGS. Due to a lapse in appropriations, I am prohibited from conducting work as a federal employee, including returning phone calls and emails until further notice.”

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