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FEDERAL GOVERNMENT: is the US Government’s Open-Source Software Hub. Back in August, the Obama Administration announced a new policy that requires 20 percent of the federal government’s software projects be open source. To make all of that material easily accessible, there’s now a place for you to view all of the code. is the web-based hub for the initiative and it features around 50 projects from 10 different agencies. Those projects include the White House Facebook chat bot, and the “We the People” petitions API. Read more

VIDEO: Technical Writing as Public Service: Working on Open Source in Government. What if U.S. federal agencies decided to reuse and contribute to open source software projects built by other agencies, since agencies often have similar technology problems to solve? And what if they hired technical writers with open source community experience to write documentation for these projects? Britta Gustafson explains surprising and rewarding aspects of working on documentation in government, through the lens of the cross-agency eRegulations project. Find out more

TOOLS: 10 Open Source Tools for Your Sysadmin Toolbox. Here’s a handy list of open source tools for admins, highlighting well-known – and not-so-well-known – tools that have released new versions in 2016. Find out more

OPINION: Open Source Has Won, and Microsoft Has Surrendered. Many Linux users are ticked off and anxious about Microsoft joining the Linux Foundation. They are missing the real significance of that move. Read the rest


NOW ON SLIDESHARE: Tech Update Summary from Blue Mountain Data Systems December 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.


Open Source – Daily Tech Update – January 6, 2017

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