By GCN Staff

Interior moves financial system to the cloud

Interior moves financial system to the cloud

The Department of the Interior has moved its Financial and Business Management System to the cloud, giving it the flexibility to dynamically reallocate cloud computing resources and better evaluate service level agreement performance. The move will help Interior more effectively plan, budget, allocate and account for its various budgetary, acquisition, grant and asset-management activities.

The system uses SAP and Compusearch core business management and reporting components, and integrates with existing payroll, procurement and travel systems. Working with Unisys and its partner Virtustream, Interior’s migration makes it the first federal organization to move its SAP-based financial management application to the cloud. The system simplifies management of the agency’s SAP and Compusearch cloud infrastructure, Unisys said.

The migration is part of Interior's five-year IT Transformation Strategic Plan, issued in 2011, to significantly cut costs with "a 21st century service delivery organization that provides innovative technologies at lower cost to support our mission areas." The move also complies with the Office of Management and Budget’s Cloud First policy mandating that federal agencies take advantage of the benefits of cloud computing.

Posted on Jan 07, 2016 at 2:05 PM0 comments

San Diego

San Diego looks to Accela to streamline business processes

San Diego has signed on for Accela’s Civic Platform to help it update and streamline its business processes, better manage land, permitting and code enforcement cases and increase citizen engagement.  

Already an Accela customer for special-event permitting and right-of-way management, the city is expanding its use of the Civic Platform to share event, transaction and contact activity across departments -- improving communication between office and field workers, citizens, businesses and other key stakeholders.

Accela’s Civic Platform will improve the city’s planning,  zoning and permitting services and offer enhanced customer service. It will also provide citizens, contractors, building inspectors and code enforcement officers with access to mobile solutions that speed processes and response time.

Each year, San Diego issues approximately 46,000 permits, processes 4,000 code enforcement cases, conducts 97,000 project reviews and handles 137,000 construction inspections.

Posted on Jan 04, 2016 at 2:05 PM0 comments

Iowa plans for cyber resiliency

Iowa plans for cyber resiliency

Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has signed an executive order to ensure the state can better protect its economy and citizens from cyberattack.

The executive order requires the state CIO to deliver a cybersecurity strategy to the governor by July 1,  2016, addressing high-risk cybersecurity areas for the state’s critical infrastructure by:

  • Establishing a process to regularly assess cybersecurity infrastructure and activities within the state.
  • Providing recommendations related to securing the state’s networks, systems and data.
  • Implementing cybersecurity awareness training for government employees.
  • Establishing data breach reporting requirements.
  • Identifying opportunities to educate the public to prevent cybersecurity attacks and protect the public’s personal information.

In addition, the Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management Department has been tasked with updating the state’s emergency response plan to deal with the physical consequences of a significant cyberattack against the state’s critical infrastructure.

Posted on Jan 04, 2016 at 2:05 PM0 comments

In-Q-Tel invests in digital forensics firm

In-Q-Tel invests in digital forensics firm

In-Q-Tel, the technology investment firm backed by the intelligence community, has added Magnetic Forensics, a digital forensics software company, to its investment portfolio. 

Magnetic Forensics’ flagship product, Internet Evidence Finder, recovers unstructured data -- such as social media, chat messages and e-mail from computers, smartphones and tablets -- and structures the data for analysis and collaboration. It has been used by 2,700 public safety organizations in 92 counties to investigate cases related to cybercrime, terrorism, child exploitation and insider threats.

“Magnet IEF allows agencies to combat the rise in cyber and traditional crimes that are enabled by new technologies by streamlining investigator workflow, reducing case backlogs, and getting to the facts quickly to determine what happened,” said Adam Belsher, CEO of Magnet Forensics.

The partnership will expand the capabilities of the company’s existing products for use by In-Q-Tel partners and “create new tools that help keep communities safe,” said Simon Davidson, partner at In-Q-Tel.

Posted on Dec 21, 2015 at 1:32 PM0 comments

latest improvements to congress.gov

Congress.gov adds better search, more content

The Library of Congress’s efforts to replace the aged THOMAS legislation information database with Congress.gov continue with the additions of a quick search for legislation, the Congressional Record index and a "history of bills" feature.

The Quick Search tool is as a streamlined form-based search using fields similar to the Advanced Legislation Search on THOMAS. Improvements to advanced search on Congress.gov include additional fields and more ways to thoroughly search the data.

Data migrations include Congressional Record Index data dating back to 1995 and legislative text from the 101st and 102nd Congresses from 1989 to 1992. The index even provides annotated entries with links to the referenced Confessional Record and bill details. The state legislature websites page was moved over from THOMAS and now features a map linking to U.S. states and territories legislative pages.

The Congress.gov Appropriations Table now includes fiscal years 2003 and 2004, and the Action on Legislation feature to browse by date has been expanded to include amendments.

Throughout the year, the Library of Congress has added to Congress.gov email alerts, treaty documents and better default bill text, enhancements to the search, browse and accessibility features, user driven feedback, Senate Executive Communications and a series of tip videos. It encourages feedback from users for future improvements.

Posted on Dec 17, 2015 at 11:55 AM0 comments