NARA gets OMB directive: oversee revamping of fed records management

Records management framework will be based on cloud architecture, secure storage and analytical tools, according to an Office of Management and Budget directive.

Top 10 datasets on

Of the nearly 1,300 datasets currently on, you might be surprised which are the "most relevant."

GAO identifies 7 challenges for 'cloud first'

GAO examined seven agencies that have successfully aligned their cloud adoption efforts with the cloud-first policy and found seven challenges common to cloud implementations.

Administration 'prematurely declaring victory' on IT reforms, GAO says

Despite improvements in the efficiency of federal IT spending, the Obama administration's reform program has a long way to go, an official told a Senate subcommittee.

New architecture underlies OMB's 'anytime, anywhere, any device' strategy

The strategy envisions a governmentwide architecture that can leverage innovative technology to make more government data and services available through a variety of channels. launches developer community is the latest in a growing list of communities designed to make practical use of the government's datasets.

All used up: Agency hardware recycling guideline lacks muscle

GSA guidelines don't carry the weight that mandates do with feds, and GAO believes that the rules for electronic waste disposal needs the backing of an agency with enforcement powers.

Agencies way behind in using DNSSEC to secure .gov domains

More than two years after the deadline for deploying DNS Security Extensions in .gov domains, fewer than 60 percent of agencies have digitally signed DNS records to enable the security tool.

Is CIO confidence on FISMA compliance waning?

A majority of federal IT officials do not expect to meet OMB's September deadline for installing continuous monitoring systems, and top IT execs are most doubtful of all.

Are IT managers pushing back on OMB's cloud-first policy?

A majority of federal IT managers say the rush to the cloud could be creating security risks, and they're not convinced the move will lead to significant cost savings, according to a survey.

Users: We want a federal app store

A mobile app store and common mobile acquisition practices were among suggestions received from a call for comments by federal CIO Steven VanRoekel.

Obama wants to speed up commercialization of federal R&D

A presidential memorandum directs agencies to streamline grants and develop metrics for measuring progress in commercializing government-funded research.

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 as they move forward with the consolidation and optimization of government data centers

OMB accelerates plan to shutter data centers

Feds now looking to close 472 data centers by end of 2011; 962 by 2015.

Services-focused IT calls for renewed security push

As agencies cut their IT budgets, security is one thing that they still have to get right, and that might mean boosting investments to get it right the first time.

OMB's 25-point plan changing the way agencies manage IT

Three federal agency IT leaders offer a snapshot of how they are implementing aspects of the government's 25-point IT plan.

Agencies aren't making full use of smart PIV cards

Although most government employees and contractors have cards, agencies seldom use them for network access and still don't trust cards issued by other agencies, the Government Accountability Office says in a recent report.