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TECH: A Tool That Can Keep Federal Data Centers Safe Amid Cloud Chaos. It is known that the federal government has a love/hate relationship with data centers. First embraced as an efficient way to handle advanced government networks, they eventually grew out of control, leading to wasted resources, overlapping capacities and a loss of visibility as to what government was paying for in their data centers. The Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative was created in 2010 to try and reverse the historic growth of federal data centers, with the Data Center Optimization Initiative more recently replacing it, but with similar goals. Read more

TECH: Federal CIOs Weigh in on Why Tech Talent Should Go Government. Government has struggled to recruit talent lured away from D.C. by high Silicon Valley salaries and the promise of bureaucracy-free “disruption.” But it is a situation that every federal CIO faces. In her recent congressional hearing, for example, Small Business Administration CIO Maria Roat told the House Small Business Committee that one way she’s seeking to strengthen her office is by attracting and retaining more IT talent. Read the rest

QUESTION: Should Other CIOs Be Concerned About What Happened to Treasury’s Bhagowalia?  Sonny Bhagowalia, the Treasury Department’s chief information officer since October 2014, has been moved out of his position and put on detail to the Bureau of Fiscal Service. Find out more

BLOG: A Golden Age in Federal Technology Procurement. The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) benchmark for encryption modules has seen recent innovation, opening the playing field for competition. Read more


NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems June 2017

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.


Federal Tech – Daily Tech Update – July 27, 2017

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