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Weekly News Kickoff: Census Bureau Modernizes Census; NIST Issues Draft Teleworking Cybersecurity Guidelines

March 21, 2016

The 2020 Census is going (mostly) digital. While this is great news for citizens who would prefer to fill out the census online, one agency will feel it in the pocketbook: The U.S. Postal Service will lose millions of dollars on this change because it will lose the postage on millions of mailed census forms. How do you feel about it? Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights. 2020 Census Modernized The Census Bureau has ambitious plans to save $5 billion by modernizing the 2020 population enumeration, FCW reports. For many citizens, the biggest impact is that the bureau will not ... Read more

Q&A: David J. Salati, Marketing Business Partner, Booz Allen Hamilton, on the Value of Using Research in Longer-Term Initiatives

March 17, 2016

Market Research sheds valuable insights on a variety of topics that impact your strategic positioning and direction. Sometimes, market research is a one-time effort. But other times, incorporating research into different points of a longer-term, strategic initiative can provide valuable insights about specific topics exactly when they are needed. After Booz Allen Hamilton discovered that it had a differentiated approach — one the firm refers to as Enterprise Integration — in the C4ISR* arena via a DoD client success, the firm conducted a Market Opportunity Assessment to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying challenges that severely hamper C4ISR systems and ... Read more

New Research Illustrates How the Network Is Critical to Data Management

March 16, 2016

Today’s applications are increasingly complex. They are also critical for meeting agency mission objectives. At the same time, federal agencies are facing unprecedented data growth, rising operating costs and flat budgets — causing them to often struggle to meet their mission requirements. New storage technologies have the ability to address these agencies’ challenges. As agencies rethink their data center architectures, the network has become even more critical. Storage solutions provider Brocade commissioned leading government market research firm Market Connections to learn what type of storage solutions federal agencies are deploying, workload management, and the use and perceptions of storage networks. The study ... Read more

Weekly News Kickoff: Senate Encryption Bill Expected, OMB Moves To Make All Federal Code Open Source

March 14, 2016

A bill that would force companies to provide law enforcement with access to encrypted communications is expected to be released this week — a bill that is particularly relevant as the FBI and Apple continue their battle over access to the contents of the San Bernardino killer’s phone. Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights. Senate Encryption Bill Expected This Week The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee is hopeful that his bipartisan, three-page encryption bill will be released this week, FCW reports. The legislation is designed to give law enforcement access to encrypted communications when it obtains a warrant. ... Read more

You Have the Data; Now Unleash Its Power

March 10, 2016

“The user doesn’t want to see raw data, they want the data in a usable form, and that usable form should help them do something more creative, be more efficient, give them superpowers.” DJ Patil, White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy Source: Bereznak, Alyssa, “Meet DJ Patil: Obama’s Big Data Dude,” April 9, 2015, Yahoo Politics Data is a beast. For many agency staff, it takes superhuman efforts to tame it: They must find the raw data (which may include figuring out where to even look for it), compile it and put it into a usable form. To learn how ... Read more

Research Shows How New Tech Adoption Impacts Federal IT

March 9, 2016

As agencies modernize IT and adopt new technologies, IT leaders face new challenges in managing and monitoring their IT environment. To what degree do these technologies and trends really affect the control IT departments have over agency IT? SolarWinds commissioned Market Connections to conduct a market research study to find out. Specifically, the research focused on shadow IT, mobile device usage and shared services. The survey reveals that as shadow IT and mobile device use continues to expand within federal IT environments, some IT pros lack control and confidence in their ability to manage the accompanying security risks. The survey also ... Read more

Weekly News Kickoff: DoD Announces Bug Bounty Program and More

March 7, 2016

From inviting hackers in to test cybersecurity to reaching out to Silicon Valley for bleeding-edge ideas, the Department of Defense is embracing commercial practices that foster innovation. What kind of impact will this have on the department? It will be interesting to see. Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights. DoD Announces Bug Bounty Program The Defense Department this week launched a new cybersecurity initiative called “Hack the Pentagon,” FierceGovernmentIT reports. Under the pilot program, DoD will invite vetted hackers to test the department’s cybersecurity. The department modeled the pilot after commercial- sector bug bounty competitions. The program will help ... Read more

WiT Announces 17TH Annual Leadership Awards Finalists

March 3, 2016

The primary purpose of Women in Technology (WiT) is to help women help each other advance their careers. To honor women succeeding in their careers while also mentoring the next generation of leaders, WiT hosts the Annual Leadership Awards. Colleagues nominate women in the Washington, D.C., technology community for their extraordinary vision, talent and mentorship. The finalists are honored at the Annual Leadership Awards gala, held each year at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, VA. The 17th Annual Leadership Awards Gala will be held on May 19, 2016. More than 300 attendees will gather to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of WIT, ... Read more

Research Helps Ensure Your Federal Marketing Campaign Is Working

March 2, 2016

Government contractors invest significantly — into the millions — in an effort to influence federal decision-makers. From advertising to earned media and content marketing, contractors use a variety of tactics in their federal marketing campaigns. But can contractors know whether their federal marketing campaigns and investments are having a return on investment? The answer is yes. Research, particularly message testing research, can demonstrate the ROI of your campaigns. This type of research tests message recall, a valuable metric that doesn’t always translate immediately into sales, but has a long-reaching impact. When should you plan for this research? It’s a good idea to include ... Read more

Weekly News Kickoff: Government Makes Nearly $137 Billion in Improper Payments in 2015, Largest Figure on Record

February 29, 2016

Last year, the government hit the largest figure on record for improper payments — over $1 trillion since 2004. What was the biggest contributor to that? Increased Medicaid errors. Meanwhile, Homeland Security submitted its 2017 budget request, promising not to squander cybersecurity funds. Can DHS do it? Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights. Government Approaches $137 Billion in Improper Payments in 2015 Federal News Radio reports that Federal agencies issued an estimated $136.7 billion in improper payments during fiscal year 2015, the largest annual tally since 2004, when agencies first began reporting such data. The figure, reported as part ... Read more

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