IT Modernization

Cobol remains old standby at agencies despite showing its age

As mainframe programming language Cobol marks 50 years of service, dedicated government users make plans for keeping the reliable old applications humming along.

IT Modernization

Cyberattacks could have been mitigated

Agency responses to cyberattacks on U.S. government sites demonstrate a need for better coordination between agency security officials and the companies that provide Internet services, experts say.

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Bill would give VA's IT programs $767.6 million more

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved a bill that would provide hundreds of millions more for the Veterans Affairs Department's information technology programs -- but some strings are attached.

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Virtualization: Organizations getting better at disaster recovery

A Symantec survey reveals the "rising [disaster recovery] pressures on organizations caused by soaring downtime costs and more stringent IT service-level requirements to mitigate risk to the business."

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Justice tech a big winner in Senate spending bill

The Senate Appropriations Committee's plan to fund the Justice Department in fiscal 2010 includes more money for some large IT programs.

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Virtualization: A desktop savings plan

Desktop virtualization aims to lower the costs and increase the security of desktop computers, but agencies must determine which approach — or combination of methods — best suits their needs.

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How DHS cut costs: Software recycling, contract consolidation

DHS has cited savings from recycling software, consolidating contracts and pursuing other cost-cutting measures.

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Power IT Down Day encourages government, industry to unplug

Microsoft Corp. will join Citrix, Hewlett-Packard and Intel to encourage government and industry to be responsible with energy consumption on the second annual Power IT Down Day.

IT Modernization

Emergency responder ID program progresses

FEMA officials demonstrated a pilot program today for interoperable credentials for emergency responders.

IT Modernization

CBP to spend $100M on SBInet

U.S. Customs and Border Protection says it will use the money to improve its border surveillance technology and communications.

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Napolitano wants millions for IT

Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano told a House committee today about DHS' plans to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in IT systems.

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IG: DHS data centers at risk

The Homeland Security Department didn't consider risks from hurricanes when it set up its new backup data center in Mississippi, according to a new report.

IT Modernization

Does RFID present privacy risks?

Some privacy advocates are concerned that thieves could steal information from RFID-enabled credentials, but others say the fears are overblown.

IT Modernization

Marine Corps seeks help in buying computers

Marine Corps officials want help from industry in developing a strategy for buying rugged and nonrugged computers.

IT Modernization

DHS border security plan contains millions for technology

Upgrades to border security technology are a major part of the Homeland Security Department's new plan to help stop drug-related violence along the Mexico border.

IT Modernization

Federal 100 award: Jolene Lauria Sullens

Sullens has championed the Justice Department’s Unified Financial Management System.

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Auditors: IRS should scan servers weekly

The IRS should scan all servers often to protect against malicious code and software attacks, IG recommends.

IT Modernization

Army creates checklists for network tools

Service officials plan to use the acquisition process to build an enterprise-wide interoperable and integrated network.

IT Modernization

SBInet system could get UAVs

DHS is considering using $100 million in stimulus funds to add unmanned aerial vehicles to the SBInet virtual fence system.

IT Modernization

IG: Transportation has hands full tracking stimulus funds

The attention required to distribute the funds quickly while providing significant oversight will force DOT to limit its focus on transportation safety issues, Calvin Scovel told Congress.

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