Stressed: Air Force moves to retain drone pilots

Air Force drone pilots have taken a leading role in the global fight against al-Qaida and the Islamic State. But while they might be sitting behind a computer screen in relative safety, the pace of operations has stressed the force to its limits. So, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James unveiled a new plan Thursday designed to lighten the load and keep pilots in the military.

EXCLUSIVE: NSA creating privacy internship program

The NSA has spent the last nine months beta testing a civil liberties and privacy assessment process that includes detailing agency technologists to the newly established privacy office. And this fall, the agency will begin accepting applications for a new college-level civil liberties and privacy internship, FedScoop has learned.

DISA releases new cloud security requirement guide

After months of planning, DISA has released its new cloud security requirements guide as the Defense Department moves to further leverage cloud computing.

CENTCOM Twitter, YouTube accounts hacked by group claiming to be ISIS

Hackers claiming to be affiliated with the Islamic State hacked the official Twitter and YouTube accounts of the U.S. Central Command Monday, posting official personnel roster information, pro-ISIS videos and even presentation slides that appear to be related to military contingency plans for China and North Korea.

Pentagon updates acquisition policy guidance

The Defense Department’s chief weapons buyer released an update Wednesday to the overarching policy document governing military acquisition that emphasizes custom acquisition strategies that are tailored to the product or service being purchased.

DISA looking for novel approach to endpoint security

According to an RFI posted earlier this year, DISA is looking for a way to improve the security on its nearly 4 million endpoints.

Federal IT 2015: What to watch

From the White House to the General Services Administration and the Defense Department, the past year was about planning and building foundations. As a result, 2015 has all the makings of a year of action — with any luck.

Here are all the ways NORAD can help you track Santa

Thanks to NORAD, there is a way for you and your loved ones to track Santa this year no matter what piece of technology you own.

New IT subcommittee to debut in 114th Congress

Less than a week after the Federal Information Technology Acquisition and Reform Act and several cybersecurity-related pieces of legislation passed the U.S. House and Senate to close out the 113th Congress, the head of the next Congress’ Oversight and Government Reform Committee announced a new subcommittee devoted solely to IT.

Could a freelance market find a home in the U.S. intelligence community?

A Navy veteran wants to build a freelance marketplace that aims to upend the defense industry’s lumbering workforce practices.

2014 Year-in-Review: Big names and big stories

SPECIAL REPORT: Fedscoop’s 2014 Year-in-Review. We take a look back at this year’s biggest newsmakers in federal IT and the challenges that government technology professionals faced as they tried to keep pace with the fast-moving world of tech.

We have you covered through the 12 days of federal IT, from acquisition to cloud computing, Congress, cybersecurity, Defense, FAA, FCC, health IT, patent and trademark, Veterans Affairs, the White House and workforce issues.

Defense 2014: Year of strategies and women

From the January release of the Electromagnetic Spectrum Strategy to it’s strategies for mobility devices, cloud computing, cyber workforce, the post-Afghanistan offset and Asia-Pacific pivot, as well as a new strategic plan for the Defense Information Systems Agency and the recent innovation strategy, the Pentagon spent much of 2014 strategizing about the future.

DIA appoints Janice Glover-Jones as new CIO

Janice Glover-Jones has been serving as acting CIO since Grant Schneider announced in October he was stepping down.

Fighting entropy and ISIL, one image at a time

Kimbry McClure, Hitachi Data Systems Federal Digital Preservation program manager, talks about the Hitachi Digital Preservation Platform, which uses M-DISCs that resist environmental conditions and can theoretically last for more than 1,000 years.

FITARA: A good start, but still unfinished business

The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act is on its way to the Senate floor after passing the House for the fourth time as a part of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act.

Ash Carter returns to a Pentagon in transition

President Barack Obama officially nominated Ashton Carter Friday as his fourth secretary of Defense in six years, calling him one of the nation’s “foremost national security leaders” with “a unique blend of strategic perspective and technical know-how.”

VanRoekel talks firsthand of Ebola-plagued West Africa

U.S. Agency for International Development Chief Innovation Officer Steven VanRoekel said the region’s ability to respond to the crisis was hampered by a crippling lack of infrastructure.

IT reform comes up for vote as part of Defense bill

After nearly two years and several iterations, the bill formerly known as the Federal Information Technology Acquisition and Reform Act is heading to the House floor as part of the 2015 Defense authorization bill.

Could microsatellites be the future of civil Earth observations?

Over the last two years, the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy has made datafying the visible and non-visible information about the Earth a priority — now, the agency is looking into finding a way to capture that data from the sky for less.

Exclusive: Carter to get Defense secretary, but Work will lead the post-war transformation

The pending nomination of Ashton Carter to be the next Defense secretary is unlikely to have an impact on the Defense Innovation Initiative or the third offset strategy — both of which are being led by Robert Work, the No. 2 official at the Pentagon and an enterprise visionary who’s played a key role in the military’s postwar transition strategies.

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