2012 Archives

This “Geek” Is Helping Change the World of Mobile Computing

You might not be immediately familiar with the term “hardware rooted security.” But that particular functionality is likely part of your cybersecurity future. Especially your mobile computing future.

Traditional desktop and notebook PCs used in government probably have hardware rooted security, but not smartphones and tablets. The more these latter devices come into enterprise use, the more critical it becomes for them to have it. And so […]

December 19th, 2012|2012 Archives, News|Comments Off

SAP Gets Proactive About Helping Vets Find Careers in IT

As Christmas approaches, some veterans back from Afghanistan and Iraq are getting a present from a technology company that wants to help them find meaningful work.

SAP America is conducting its first training course exclusively for returning veterans. They’re learning to become experts in SAP products such as its Sybase database management systems, analytic tools, mobile software – about a dozen categories in all. Steve Lucas, SAP’s executive vice president for its DBMS and technology group, […]

December 19th, 2012|2012 Archives, News|Comments Off
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Uh Oh, It’s Jack Brooks On the Phone, and He’s P.O.d

When I was transferred to Washington by the then-owner of Government Computer News back in 1991, the first week on the job I was briefed in the Brooks Act. My briefer was former Congressman Andrew Jackson Hinshaw, still energetic at 68, who worked at GCN in semi-retirement, helping us with a variety of events.

Anyhow, to understand federal procurement, particularly procurement of information technology, you had to understand the Brooks Act. By way of history, there […]

December 19th, 2012|2012 Archives, News|Comments Off

Federal Data-based Apps Still A Lightly Populated Landscape

Phone with many application icons

The statistics are familiar: A billion smart phones in use, millions of apps available, tens of billions downloaded, the Apple App Store offering 10,000 apps in the fall of 2008 and more than 700,000 now. According to the web site 148apps.biz, about half of all Apple apps are free, and the bulk of the rest are less than $5. But you […]

December 5th, 2012|2012 Archives, News|Comments Off

Five IT Projects To Finish In the Second Term

Checklist with check marks

Continuance of the Obama administration means the IT and IT acquisition policies of the past four years won’t get uprooted and re-branded. That gives the CIO community time to push a few things over the line. Here are my choices for the agenda for the next four years.

Get cloud computing past first base. It’s time to finish up the FedRAMP process. Then agencies […]

December 5th, 2012|2012 Archives, News|Comments Off

Cybersecurity Policy Is Sliding Sideways

Bridge between industry and government

Although its specific contents are secret, the administration let it be known through its usual media outlet that President Obama has signed a Presidential Policy Directive, number 20, in October. It gave more clarity to Defense and civilian agencies on how they could respond to cyber attacks. It defines what agencies with cyber operations capabilities can do outside of their own […]

December 5th, 2012|2012 Archives, News|Comments Off

Protests Nothing To Lose Sleep Over

Lady Justice holding scales

Count me among the skeptics when it comes to the gravitational mass of contract award protests. Each year the Government Accountability Office publishes its tally of the previous fiscal year count of protests. And each year you hear hand-wringing about the level of protests.

Protests have been trending upwards for the past few years. Last year they reached 2,495. In the 2006-2008 timeframe they […]

December 5th, 2012|2012 Archives, News|Comments Off

This “Cop” Has Been On Accessibility Beat His Whole Adult Life

David Capozzi

(Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated when the Access Board was created. The Access Board was created under Section 502 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.)

Most people take for granted the ability to blow up type on a computer so it’s easier to read. Or they don’t really notice the ubiquity of street corners with ramped sidewalks. Or that some fixtures […]

November 15th, 2012|2012 Archives, News|1 Comment

SAM: The GSA Gets This Registration Site Almost Perfectly Right

SAM.gov 404 Error

I’m a federal contractor.

Well, not quite. I’ve never bid on, much less received a federal contract. The closest I’ve come is as a services provider to a subcontractor to a contractor. Not that I couldn’t do work for the government. It’s just that I have plenty of work to keep me busy and I don’t do, so far as I know, all […]

November 15th, 2012|2012 Archives, News|Comments Off

Thoughts On Sandy And Federal Technology Response

Hurricane Sandy Satellite Picture

In New York City, as of last weekend, some 40,000 people were facing homelessness from Superstorm Sandy just as colder weather was starting to move in. The inevitable comparisons were made between the federal response to the latest weather catastrophe and its response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. When you filter out all of the politics and the theatrical approach […]

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