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NIST Releases Final Cloud Road Map Documents

October 22, 2014

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has published the final version of the "U.S. Government Cloud Computing Technology Roadmap, Volumes I and II," which focuses on strategic and tactical objectives to support the federal government’s accelerated adoption of cloud computing.

CDC Apps Provide Easy Access to Health Information

October 21, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

With the Ebola outbreak dominating headlines and flu season looming, it's difficult to know where to turn for fast, reliable health information. That's where the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention comes in, offering a variety of apps to help you protect yourself.

Experts Seek Advice to Protect Aid Workers from Ebola Epidemic

October 7, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

A Defense Department-backed research effort seeks emergency expert input and advice on ways to help combat the Ebola epidemic. STAR-TIDES seeks input on methods that can help health care workers better protect themselves while providing better care to patients infected with the deadly virus. Input deadline for submissions is Wednesday.

U.S. Army Advances Plans for New Pacific Command Facility

November 1, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

When the U.S. military began its now popularly termed “Asia pivot” a few years ago, the new outward focus on the Pacific region as a national military priority warranted some internal Defense Department focus on how to achieve the mission—to include bumping up the position for the U.S. Army Pacific commander from a three-star general to a four-star.

Community-Based Organization Aids Veterans in Business Start-ups

November 1, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

It can be daunting to transition from a life of taking orders to one of giving them. So business leaders in Virginia are stepping in to help transitioning veterans not only network for jobs, but also launch a business.

The Alexandria Veterans Business Enterprise Center (AVBEC) is opening an incubator space this month with roughly 3,900 square feet that boasts training rooms, meeting rooms and a workspace to serve as a home base for 10 to 15 veterans seeking to start their own businesses.

“We actually, truly, have a hub,” says center Director Emily McMahan. “It’s a place to develop, to give folks breathing room to think and network before taking on some of the operational elements of having a full office space or having a full staff. … They can come together, get outside of their house and work with others.”

While an overwhelming number of programs and resources already exist to aid veterans transitioning from military service to the private sector, AVBEC takes a unique path of tapping local businesspeople for help: from veteran-owned businesses that want to grow and to hire other veterans, to colleagues who can mentor and provide resources to help in the conversion, McMahan says. “There is a lack of coordination and community-based support for veterans transitioning from the military to the business world,” McMahan says. “I think it’s the community’s responsibility to step up, not the government’s. We know our communities better than anybody … so let us step up to the plate and lead that effort.”

Funding Puts DSCOVR Weather Satellite on Schedule for January Liftoff

October 2, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

U.S. Congress has approved funding to ensure the Deep Space Climate Observatory, a satellite system developed to monitor for potentially disastrous sun storms, is a go for a January space launch.  

Two Capsules to Serve as the Cure for Outsourced U.S. Space Transportation

September 16, 2014
By Robert K. Ackerman

NASA has awarded its long-awaited Commercial Crew Development contracts to Boeing and SpaceX to build the next generation of spacecraft that will deliver astronauts to the International Space Station beginning in 2017. The two firms will build, deliver and launch space capsules of their own design to provide human access to low Earth orbit.

AroundMe App Identifies Nearby Businesses

September 16, 2014
By Rachel Lilly

Driving somewhere unfamiliar and in need of a gas station? Starving but not sure which restaurants are nearby? The free AroundMe app for iOS and Android identifies your location and shows you a complete list of nearby businesses in the category you select.

Sponsor Blog: How to Execute Backup/Archiving for Half the Cost

September 11, 2014

There is an enormous opportunity in the Defense Department information technology to streamline operations, reduce costs and increase security. Two enabling policies from the Federal CIO are Cloud First and Shared First.

Federal IG Access to Data Overcast by Rush to the Cloud

October 1, 2014
By Sandra Jontz

When cloud computing revolutionized the way businesses stored, processed and transmitted data, the rapid transformation—as with a lot of technological advances—left U.S. government agencies behind the times.

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