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NIST app competition, Clapper's hack warning, DIA protests and a new intel CIO

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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Talk more cloud

'Cloud' might be a tired buzzword, but in the federal technology space, the specifics of how cloud actually gets done aren't talked up enough, government cloud gurus say.

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Senator fights electrical apocalypse

Sen. Ron Johnson plans to funnel $100 million toward quick hardening of the U.S. power grid. But with so much at stake, he contends, much more should be done.

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Where's the new cyber strategy?

A week after the end of the federal "sprint," OMB is working past its own deadline on the Federal Civilian Cybersecurity Strategy.

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Agencies caught off guard by OPM’s pay-to-play credit monitoring

OPM is passing along the cost of post-breach credit monitoring to other federal agencies, but some are wondering how it will all work.

Christopher Steel, Chief Solutions Architect for Software AG Government Solutions.

What’s of value in your application portfolio?

Federal CIO Tony Scott said he would declare victory for FITARA if it helped agencies determine their most important IT assets.

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Defense health records, fed worker survey, Pentagon IT spending and more

News and notes from around the federal IT community.

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AT&L official: Data restrictions in defense bill impede management

The already testy public debate between Pentagon officials and Sen. John McCain over an acquisition provision in the defense authorization bill is getting even testier.

Dave Wennergren

What CIOs really think

Here are seven insights into the state of federal IT from the 25th annual CIO survey.

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GSA rolls out commodity IT service

The idea behind Advantage Select is for the agency to do the upfront work and award short-term BPAs that leverage existing contractor inventories.

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NTIS tries to refocus on data

The new plan is for the National Technical Information Service to become a hub for open data, but some in Congress would still like to shut the agency down.

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McCain on defense bill, NGA on Hootenanny, Army on battlefield tech

News and notes from around the federal IT community.