Technically News - 3/28

March 28, 2014

Technically News scans thousands of industry articles to present you with a weekly source of IT news, information, and ideas that impact the public sector.

Open Government: Building Trust and Civic Engagement

Failed IT launches, privacy concerns, and inaction are eroding the public’s trust in the US government. But according to activists, both in and outside the government, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Enter: open government. We’ve spoken to a government open data manager about this before, but the Huffington Post has a feature dedicated to the idea of open government, its benefits, and the steps we need to take. Read it here.

Amazon Cloud Receives DoD Security Stamp of Approval

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has not only passed the security measures set forth by FedRAMP, but recently passed the Department of Defense’s own rigorous security and compliancy requirements. With approval, DoD agencies are now able authorized to use AWS cloud solutions, reducing the time it takes them to implement cloud solutions. Read more on GCN.

Infrastructure Maintenance Takes Largest Piece of DHS IT Spending Pie

Reflecting a general IT problem in the government, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is having difficulties connecting their IT infrastructures across agencies. A recent IDC report found that government agencies actually spend about 75% of their IT budget on operating and maintaining legacy systems alone. Read why the DHS, and others, are having so much difficulty.

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