The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is making progress in developing a facial scanning surveillance system. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has made tremendous strides in the mobility arena, thanks to its new cloud-based enterprise mobility management system. In addition, a new study shows government IT programs that are agile and modular are more successful. Be sure to catch up with these news stories and much more in this week’s Federal News Round Up. Happy Monday.
Facial Scanning Is Making Gains in Surveillance
DHS is making progress on developing a surveillance system that would pair computers with video cameras to scan crowds and automatically identify people by their faces.
NOAA: From BlackBerry to iPhones, Androids, and (Maybe) BYOD
The mobile evolution at NOAA started with the Blackberry and is transforming into BYOD. Much of this success can be attributed to the agency’s new cloud-based enterprise mobility management system.
DISA Plans Big Commercial Cloud Effort
The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) plans to invest $450 million to develop a commercial cloud system to support a diverse group of mobile smartphones and tablets.
Pentagon Weighs Enlarging Nuclear Surveillance Program
The Defense Department (DoD) will potentially expand a system that eavesdrops on the environment for indications of foreign nuclear tests. The Air Force Technical Applications Center’s atomic monitoring system digests seismic, infrasonic, and hydroacoustic data to help verify blasts, and will be enhanced to better leverage big data analysis.
NARA to Improve eMail Preservation
The National Archive and Records Administration (NARA) will release a bulletin to agencies describing new processes for managing email records as part of a plan to have all such communications handled electronically by the end of 2016.
Internet Chat Rooms Used for Joint Exercise Command and Control
In a recent training session, Australian military personnel and U.S. Navy and Marine Corps units relied on Internet chat rooms alongside more traditional systems for command and control – signaling a shift in how military missions will be approached.
New Approaches to Modular IT Development Prove Successful for Government
A new study from Market Connections and FierceGovernmentIT reported that 64 percent of federal agencies found success when using agile and modular approaches to developing IT projects.