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With an IT overhaul, State beefed up the first line of border defense

Revamping its consular affairs systems gave the State Department the IT prowess to manage a surge of 2 million visa and passport requests a month.

Blame game heats up between Google, L.A.

Google's contract to provide the city of Los Angeles with cloud-based applications still faces completion issues after nearly two years.

NIST to unveil cloud technology roadmap at forum in November

NIST will unveil the public draft of the government's Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap; give progress reports on security and open-standard initiatives.

State Department looks to biometrics for border security

Biometrics could provide a way to automate visitor exits from the United States and identify with more certainty who remains in the country.

How NASA lab, Amazon share security responsibilities in the cloud

From the hypervisor down is Amazon's job; the rest belongs to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

CDC tracking system streamlines vaccine supply chain

CDC's Vaccine Tracking System will integrate all the pieces of the vaccine supply chain, from the purchase of vaccine from manufacturers to the final distribution of the vaccine to health providers.

Virtualization vital to vaccine tracking

With a tight timeline, the CDC turned to a virtual environment to keep the launch of its Vaccine Tracking System on schedule.

GSA wins race to the e-mail cloud

The General Services Administration migrated its increasingly mobile 17,000 e-mail users from an aging and outdated system to the secure, cloud-based and collaborative Google Apps for Government platform.

At DHS, a 'true-cloud' is launched

Homeland Security Department CIO Richard Spires works to make progress on four key areas of IT.

A cloud guide even your mother-in-law could use

The "Practical Guide to Cloud Computing" aims to build standards based on users' perspectives.

Agencies publish data center consolidation plans

Agencies, now in their year second year of the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative, have published refined plans on CIO.gov as they move forward with the consolidation and optimization of government data centers

IT departments worldwide aren't ready for the cloud, survey finds

Despite a high level of interest, IT staffs within organizations say they simply are not prepared for cloud computing, according to Symantec’s 2011 State of the Cloud Survey.

Security worries can hinder cloud adoption, House panel is told

As GSA ramps up FedRAMP, security remains a concern in efforts to move government IT to the cloud, officials told a House subcommittee.

At NASA challenge, a 2-hour flight for $7 in electricity

The winning plane in the CAFE Green Flight Challenge achieved the equivalent of 403.5 passenger miles per gallon, representing a breakthrough in electrical-powered aviation.

In hard times, state CIOs gain clout, survey finds

State CIOs' influence is on the rise as state governments turn to them to help bring order during a time of economic upheaval, according to a survey released by NASCIO.