The new Federal Chief Technology Officer wants to raise the ‘tech IQ’ in government, while DHS is looking to expand the capabilities of FirstNet. In addition, the Marines are embracing enhanced simulations, and the FedRAMP ‘high’ baseline is coming soon. Be sure to read about this and much more in this week’s Federal News Round Up.
Federal CTO’s New Mission: Raise the Government’s Tech IQ
Federal Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith is on a mission to raise the tech IQ in government.
DHS Eyes FirstNet to Expand Mobile Capabilities
Officials at the Department of Homeland Security believe that FirsNet, the forthcoming national broadband network for emergencies and public safety, could be a way to expand mission capabilities across its component agencies.
Goodrich: ‘FedRAMP High’ Baseline Coming Soon
Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program Director Matthew Goodrich said that a draft baseline for cloud computing systems that require FISMA high-impact level security is nearly ready for public comment.
Enhanced Simulations for the Marines
The military is making ever-expanding use of simulations in large-scale training exercises, tying together air and ground forces in scattered locations to create an overall operational picture.
DHS IT Compliance Head Moves to USDA
The now-former director of IT policy and compliance at the Department of Homeland Security, Richard Young, has begun a new job as CIO of an international program agency within the Department of Agriculture.
Army Blends Intelligence Into Its Battlefield Network
The Army’s Warfighter Information Network – Tactical (WIN-T) is gaining praise for providing C4ISR capabilities to soldiers on a mobile and secure network.
DHS to Launch Iris and Facial Recognition at the Border
The Department of Homeland Security this summer plans to roll out iris and facial recognition services to the U.S. Border Patrol, according to DHS officials.