President Obama’s vision for smarter government is grounded in technology, and agencies are putting this into practice. The General Services Administration (GSA) launched a new online portal to help agencies in IT purchasing, while the Veterans Affairs Department is giving 1,000 iPads to the families of wounded veterans. Be sure to catch up with these news stories and much more in this week’s Federal News Round Up. Happy Monday.
6 Ways Obama’s New Agenda Aims to Make Government Smarter
President Obama’s new Management Agenda aims to make government smarter by harnessing the power of technology to move quickly and be more responsive.
GSA Launches Online Portal to Help Agency IT Purchasing
The General Services Administration (GSA) launched IT Solutions Navigator, a new online portal withonline chatting features designed to help agencies figure out the best procurement vehicle for their IT needs.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Adds Foraging to Tech Arsenal
If the Department of Homeland Security doesn’t have a particular technology needed to solve a problem, it plans to find more suitable solutions instead of turning to the formal federal procurement process.
Insights into Department of Education 2011 Malware Attack
Federal Times recently provided detailed insights into a 2011 malware attack on the Department of Education. While these types of phishing attacks on federal agencies have been a persistent concern over the years, these recently released records provide a rare look into precisely how one such operation targeting a federal agency worked.
Mobile Threats Highlighted at Black Hat
Mobile computing is the new frontier in cybersecurity, edging out cloud as a fruitful area for research and hacking at the recent Black Hat Briefings.
McAfee’s Phyllis Schneck Reportedly Heading to DHS
Phyllis Schneck, McAfee’s CTO, will be named Undersecretary of Cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Department of Veterans Affairs Issues 1,000 iPads to Aid Veterans and Caregivers
The Department of Veterans Affairs launched a program to bring more than 1,000 iPads to the families of seriously injured veterans. The access to these devices is expected to provide improved health services to servicemen and servicewomen dealing with special conditions.