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Stories by Kenneth Corbin

Federal IT Leaders Seek Support From Developers for EHR Adoption

By Kenneth Corbin | 17 September, 2014 23:15

The White House is appealing to developers to join the open source community working to expand adoption of interoperable digital health records through its Blue Button initiative.

Vendor Outreach Key to Unlocking Federal Cloud Market

By Kenneth Corbin | 17 September, 2014 00:19

CIOs across the federal government have been working actively to incorporate cloud technologies, but the success and pace of those initiatives hinge on collaboration with the vendor community, federal IT leaders said at a recent cloud computing conference.

Federal CIOs Must Reframe Security Around Data, Access

By Kenneth Corbin | 15 September, 2014 23:24

In an era of cloud computing, increasing mobility and federal agencies outsourcing more functions to IT contractors, the traditional lines delineating a network perimeter have blurred beyond recognition, experts warn.

CIO of Defense Department Agency Cautions Against Rush to Cloud

By Kenneth Corbin | 13 September, 2014 00:23

WASHINGTON -- For all the enthusiasm surrounding the government's move to the cloud -- and there's no shortage -- one prominent federal CIO is emphatic that cloud computing, for all its virtues, is no panacea for the government's technology challenges.

IT Crucial as Feds Respond to 'Perfect Storm' Labor Squeeze

By Kenneth Corbin | 11 September, 2014 01:13

Federal agencies need to embrace new technologies and more flexible workplace arrangements as they seek to improve service delivery while dealing with a harsh budget climate that has put severe limits on their ability to hire new workers, government officials said this week.

Department of Labor Doing IT Consolidation, Centralization Amid Tight Budget

By Kenneth Corbin | 28 August, 2014 23:26

Dawn Leaf spends a lot of time thinking about consolidation. The deputy CIO at the Department of Labor, described a series of ongoing efforts at her organization to consolidate and standardize the IT operations in place at an array of agencies across the department during an appearance on Federal News Radio and an online question-and-answer session.

5 Ways Federal CIOs Plan to Improve Security Monitoring

By Kenneth Corbin | 26 August, 2014 23:19

As the federal government gradually moves to an always-on, cloud-centric IT operation, senior technology officials work to ensure that agencies' security posture can keep pace.

Government CIOs Urged to Hire IT Workers With Soft Skills

By Kenneth Corbin | 21 August, 2014 23:36

Federal CIOs, facing pressure to improve services amid flat or declining budgets, need to rethink their hiring strategies and bring on employees with more diverse experience and skill sets that reach beyond mere technical expertise.

Brocade Pitches Open Networking to Cash-Strapped Feds

By Kenneth Corbin | 18 August, 2014 23:45

WASHINGTON -- If storage and compute power can be purchased on a usage-based pricing model, like a utility, then why can't networking follow the same path? Moreover, why shouldn't that network run on an open architecture that fosters competition among multiple service providers?

Department of Transportation CIO Leading a Turnaround Mission

By Kenneth Corbin | 15 August, 2014 23:51

When Richard McKinney took over at the CIO of the Department of Transportation last May, the IT department was a mess.

Federal CIOs Lean on Virtualization, Shared Services to Trim Data Centers

By Kenneth Corbin | 11 August, 2014 23:18

Viewing the data center as the focal point of an ambitious set of technology initiatives, federal CIOs are working aggressively to slash server counts and consolidate facilities as they position their agencies to adopt cloud applications, roll out mobile technologies and support big data projects.

The Internet of Things brings far-reaching security threats

By Kenneth Corbin | 08 August, 2014 22:53

Security pros routinely cite poor cyber hygiene as one of their top concerns. But if they're lying awake at night worried about lazy passwords and software updates going ignored, just think of the headaches that will come once thermostats, pacemakers and just about everything else comes online.

'Provider Sprawl' Complicates Government Move to Cloud

By Kenneth Corbin | 04 August, 2014 23:05

In spite of a nearly four-year-old mandate to prioritize cloud computing technologies within the federal government, that transition has been slow to take shape, with officials continuing to express concerns about how to manage cloud deployments and uncertainty about navigating the maze of commercial providers.

Security, Budgets Slow Mobility in Government

By Kenneth Corbin | 02 August, 2014 00:22

Even as the federal government warms to some of the benefits of mobile technologies in the workplace, movement has been slower at the state and local levels, where officials say security concerns and budget constraints, among other factors, keep them on the sidelines.

EHR Failure Partly to Blame for VA Troubles

By Kenneth Corbin | 23 July, 2014 23:09

The troubles at the Department of Veterans Affairs are in part the result of the failure to set up a system of electronic health records (EHR), former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Tuesday.