FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IT
REPORT: Cloud Enters Mainstream in Federal IT Investment Plans. United States government agencies will continue to invest hefty sums in cloud computing technology over the next five years. After that period, spending on cloud is likely to moderate, but the amount of investing will remain at impressive levels. Find out more
CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICERS: An Unclear Role in the Federal Government. Federal obsession with innovation is rampant. The government appears intent upon emulating a Silicon Valley-style startup culture that can keep up with the evolution of commercial technology – or at least shake up how agencies approach problems. Its efforts include the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, a one-year tour of duty lawmakers are attempting to make permanent; the digital consultancy 18F, which aims to help other agencies buy agile software development; and a rash of incubator-style hubs where employees can build out their own ideas. Find out more
COLLEGES: Federal Government Shuts Down Controversial College Watchdog. An organization that was supposed to oversee the embattled for-profit college industry and protect students from fraud lost its recognition Monday, potentially putting hundreds of thousands of students in limbo. The Secretary of Education ruled Monday to terminate his agency’s recognition of the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), which critics say allowed billions of dollars in federal financial aid funds to flow to bad actors. Find out more
READ: Debt Myths, Debunked. Sometime in early December, the federal government’s official debt will likely cross the $20 trillion mark – an amount no country has ever owed. As we approach this milestone, there are a few myths regarding the debt that should be debunked. Find out more
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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.