Featured Government Content

  1. Background Check Delays Expected Following USIS Stop-Work Order
    9/10/2014

    The Federal Times reported that the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have suspended background checks and most contracts with contractor USIS after a cyber-attack may have accessed the personal information of more than 25,000 DHS employees.

  2. Government IT News For VARs — September 10, 2014
    9/10/2014

    In news this week, evolving federal procurement trends could result in shifting IT operations to outside providers. Meanwhile, GitHub is now used by more than 100 federal organizations, and the FBI is moving into the digital era. Also, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is funding two $10 million projects to fuel cloud-based research.

  3. Government IT News For VARs — September 3, 2014
    9/3/2014

    In the news this week, federal IT spending is expected to decline — with most cutbacks in the Defense Department. Also, Russian hackers allegedly steal bank data, and a TSA body scanner is found to have a potential vulnerability to cyberattack.  

  4. State And Local Agencies Accelerate Mobile Readiness … But Not At Full Speed Yet
    9/2/2014

    Mobile Work Exchange, a public-private partnership devoted to demonstrating the value of mobility and telework, has released a new study, “State and Local Mobility Map: Road to Mobile Readiness.” It explores the mobility of state and local (S&L) governments and provides perspective into their mobility strategies while plotting a path for mobile-readiness.

  5. “The Drive to Thrive:” Are Federal Agencies Able To Meet Data Center Challenges?
    8/29/2014

    Study says 70 percent of agencies suffer significant downtime that interferes with workload.

  6. Government IT News For VARs — August 27, 2014
    8/27/2014

    In news this week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) have suspended contracts with U.S. Investigations Services (USIS) in the wake of the major cyber-attack that may have accessed more than 25,000 DHS employees.  Agencies also find that combining a content management system with mobile device management (MDM) can save money and provide secure transmission of content on mobile devices.  The Department of Defense (DOD) is re-examining its cloud security policies; Open Source may not be the hazard some think it is. And if the Freedom Act is passed, some IT vendors may be left holding the financial bag.

  7. Are Your Customers Ready For Secure Archive Migration?
    8/26/2014

    As organizations, including government and education, undergo infrastructure changes, they need to migrate huge amounts of data.

  8. When Peeping Toms Go High-Tech, Could VARs Be Held Liable?
    8/21/2014

    As legislation catches up with surveillance technology, could IT solutions providers be required to run background checks?

  9. Is Video Data A New Opportunity for VARs And ISVs?
    8/21/2014

    Video analytics — the automated analysis of terabytes of video content — has a proven track record helping investigators to glean information from surveillance cameras, recognize faces in a crowd, or zoom in on the license plates of suspects. However, researchers know they need more advanced capabilities and software algorithms to go beyond detection and tracking and really understand the relationships between objects in video footage.

  10. What Do The New GSA IT Vendor Cuts Really Mean For VARs?
    8/20/2014

    The General Services Administration (GSA) has trimmed the Schedule 70 contracts of about 1,000 vendors over the last year. According to Kay Ely, GSA’s director of IT schedule programs in the Federal Acquisition Service, the decision to eliminate underperforming vendors is saving the agency about $3.2 million a year in administrative costs. The performance target is $25,000.

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