Five years after Katrina, government IT still feels storm's fury

Five years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast, the region continues to rebuild and the federal government is still trying to fix information technology-related problems that the storm and its aftermath exposed.

Bigger threat: National crises or unprepared managers?

More than 90 percent of federal employees believe it is important that they continue working during a national crisis, but a lack of continuity-of-operations coordination and telework eligibility may thwart their efforts.

Cloud computing is not always helpful in data recovery

Post-disaster data recovery is easier now, but it still can be difficult to get managers to buy in, says a former CISO for DOJ.

NIST seeks help in revising contingency planning guide

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is updating its seven-year-old guidelines on developing contingency plans, and is seeking comments on its draft plan.

Flu pandemic could overwhelm Internet capacity, GAO warns

A severe flu outbreak could overwhelm the Internet as millions of workers telecommuted

New FEMA more decentralized

The new FEMA is more decentralized and focuses on its role in supporting restoration of critical infrastructure rather than on command and control.

All storage systems fail, so be ready to recover

RAID systems offer large capacity and a high level of redundancy to protect data. But redundancy is not immortality.

Florida IT leaders work on a COOP plan

Concerns over a possible outbreak of avian flu late last year prompted Florida information technology officials to get started on continuity plans in case of a pandemic.

Virtual meetings get real

Videoconferencing goes mainstream in government agencies, with key roles in distance-learning, disaster-recovery and telecommuting strategies. Could high-resolution telepresence systems be next?

Telework in transit

Some agencies embrace telework for recruitment and COOP, but others yet to make the connection.

Another View | Keeping up with teleworkers

Network-centric alerting makes it easy to reach employees at remote locations.

Voting machine makers blast EAC certification program

An election industry trade group has called for a revamping of the voting system certification process now administered by the federal Election Assistance Commission.

R. Fink | A bunker with a view

The Packet Rat'commentary: the Rat is lobbying for additional ways to telecommute.

USPTO does its homework

2008 GCN Technology Leadership Award winner Deborah Diaz helps give agency's teleworkers the tools to collaborate.

Joel Brunson | Diversifying knowledge management tools

Another View'commentary: Looming federal workforce retirements demand that the government capture critical knowledge for future workforce.

Making telework work

Middle managers are seen as the biggest impediment to teleworking in the federal government, according to panelists who spoke at Fose this week.

Utilities could be open to attack

Vulnerabilities exist in control system management of U.S. critical infrastructure.