Labor looks to the cloud for new digital platform

The Labor Department is in the conceptual stage of developing a enterprisewide collaborative platform to integrate and modernize the department’s various IT abilities like mobility and data sharing.

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.

BREAKING: CMS’ Tavenner to step down

Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is stepping down from her position at the end of February.

The FBI is slowly rolling out a Facebook for malware

The FBI’s Malware Investigator grants users the ability to search through millions of malware files and share info with others on different versions of malicious software.

Want more women in IT? Change the approach to young girls

A group of federal CIOs — all women — said if the nation is going to be successful in attracting more women to the federal IT field it will have to change the messaging it sends to young girls in grammar school.

Patent office hosts IT Meetup featuring Etsy speaker

Quirky e-commerce site Etsy made a house call to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Wednesday night. During a USPTO-sponsored Meetup, Etsy’s Ryan Frantz spoke about DevOps – a trendy IT philosophy that calls for development and operations teams to work together so they can more rapidly deploy new systems.

Obama announces federal initiatives to help states expand broadband

The executive branch is expanding its role in helping state and local communities get access to high-speed broadband through a variety of sources, President Barack Obama said Wednesday.

Administrator Dan Tangherlini to depart GSA in February

Less than three years after taking control of the General Services Administration, Dan Tangherlini will leave the agency next month.

Video: NSA’s civil liberties and privacy office nears 1 year anniversary

FedScoop TV talked to Becky Richards, the National Security Agency’s director of civil liberties and privacy, about what she’s learned during the past year at the agency and what privacy initiatives and research she has planned for 2015.

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.

Biden to unveil cybersecurity ed grant for black colleges

Experts say the grant will provide black students, who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM and cybersecurity fields, with more job opportunities.

On ‘shadow IT,’ organizations largely still in the dark

A new survey found that IT practitioners are increasingly unaware of what cloud applications workers in their offices are using.

Obama’s cyber bill faces tough questions from experts

The White House unveiled a detailed legislative plan Tuesday that would give private sector companies liability protection in return for sharing technical cyber threat data with the federal government in an effort to prevent future cyberattacks like the one that crippled Sony Pictures Entertainment. But cybersecurity practitioners are warning that the strategy may lack the detailed planning necessary to make it work.

CNN to study drone use for newsgathering

The Federal Aviation Administration has yet to issue its past due notice of proposed rule-making on small unmanned aircraft systems, but it has given exemptions to CNN and a few other small businesses to legally operate drones since the New Year.

GSA citizen services IT office gets a new leader

GSA Administrator Dan Tangherlini announced in a blog post Tuesday the promotion of Phaedra Chrousos to associate administrator of the Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies. Chrousos joined GSA in June 2014 as its first chief customer officer.

Issa, DelBene create congressional IoT caucus

Created by Sens. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., the Congressional Caucus on the Internet of Things aims to educate members of Congress on the developing uses and potential worries associated with the growing number of devices and systems that link to one another and the Internet. Some researchers claim nearly 5 billion devices will be interconnected by 2020.

HHS’ move to Microsoft cloud about more than email

When the Department of Health and Human Services begins rolling out its Microsoft 365 Email-as-a-Service cloud solution later this year, department Chief Information Officer Frank Baitman expects HHS to benefit from more than just the gained efficiencies of consolidating email systems.

Privacy experts laud Obama’s bid to safeguard student data

Obama’s consumer protection proposal included a measure to protect personal student data so technology companies can’t advertise products to kids.

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.

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