INDUSTRY PERSPECTIVE: Creating a Viable Path to Becoming a Digital Government. An analog-digital hybrid approach can benefit government workforces that require mobility to do their jobs. As today’s citizens demand just-in-time and seamless access to government services, the central question of, “Why can’t government services be accessed and processed from an app?” is no longer an aspiration. It’s happening now. The challenge for public-sector leaders has now evolved and centers on how to quickly apply digital approaches to government – with the end game of enhancing the citizen experience. Read more

FED TECH: When it Comes to Engagement With Citizens, the Government Is Finally Paying Attention. There is an old saying in retail marketing that “the customer is always right.” Unfortunately, over the past few decades it has been hard for the public sector to follow that adage. The acceleration of technological changes in how the private sector delivers goods and services has raised expectations among citizens that government agencies can do the same – or even find ways to do better. In order to meet these expectations, it has become clear that government agencies must adapt to a cultural shift. Read the rest

ENCRYPTION FIGHT: How Many Times Can The Government Cry Wolf? In two separate high-profile cases the government pushed hard to compel Apple to hack into iPhones – then gave up at the last minute. Some have speculated that the two cases are part of a larger plan. Find out more

MICROSOFT: Sues Over the Right to Inform Customers of U.S. Gov’t Spying. Microsoft is suing the U.S. government for the right to inform its customers when the authorities are searching their emails. The lawsuit pertains to the U.S. government accessing remote data in the cloud, stored on Microsoft’s servers. Read more


NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems March 2016

IT SECURITY SUPPORT: Blue Mountain Data Systems is actively involved in implementing FISMA and NIST standards with Federal Civilian Agencies. Due to our extensive experience in this area, Blue Mountain has developed processes and organizational techniques to help ensure security deliverables are completed on time, and performed in the most efficient manner possible. We ensure that NIST-800-53 control requirements are treated consistently during definition, analysis, implementation, auditing, and reporting phases of a system. Find out more about Blue Mountain Data Systems IT Security Support Services. Call us at 703-502-3416.

BLUE MOUNTAIN DATA SYSTEMS HAS THE EXPERIENCE: 1994 to Present – U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration. Responsible to the Office of Technology and Information Systems for information systems architecture, planning, applications development, networking, administration and IT security, supporting the enforcement of Title I of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act — ERISA. Within the EBSA, Blue Mountain is responsible for design, development and support for its various enforcement database management systems, as well as all case tracking and customer service inquiry systems. Blue Mountain also provides IT security services to the EBSA, in the form of FISMA Assessment and Authorization, System Security Plans, Risk and vulnerability assessments, monitoring and investigation support. Read more.


Digital Government – Daily Tech Update – April 26, 2016

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