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You Have the Data; Now Unleash Its Power

March 10, 2016

“The user doesn’t want to see raw data, they want the data in a usable form, and that usable form should help them do something more creative, be more efficient, give them superpowers.” DJ Patil, White House Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Data Policy Source: Bereznak, Alyssa, “Meet DJ Patil: Obama’s Big Data Dude,” April 9, 2015, Yahoo Politics Data is a beast. For many agency staff, it takes superhuman efforts to tame it: They must find the raw data (which may include figuring out where to even look for it), compile it and put it into a usable form. To learn how ... Read more

Research Shows How New Tech Adoption Impacts Federal IT

March 9, 2016

As agencies modernize IT and adopt new technologies, IT leaders face new challenges in managing and monitoring their IT environment. To what degree do these technologies and trends really affect the control IT departments have over agency IT? SolarWinds commissioned Market Connections to conduct a market research study to find out. Specifically, the research focused on shadow IT, mobile device usage and shared services. The survey reveals that as shadow IT and mobile device use continues to expand within federal IT environments, some IT pros lack control and confidence in their ability to manage the accompanying security risks. The survey also ... Read more

Weekly News Kickoff: DoD Announces Bug Bounty Program and More

March 7, 2016

From inviting hackers in to test cybersecurity to reaching out to Silicon Valley for bleeding-edge ideas, the Department of Defense is embracing commercial practices that foster innovation. What kind of impact will this have on the department? It will be interesting to see. Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights. DoD Announces Bug Bounty Program The Defense Department this week launched a new cybersecurity initiative called “Hack the Pentagon,” FierceGovernmentIT reports. Under the pilot program, DoD will invite vetted hackers to test the department’s cybersecurity. The department modeled the pilot after commercial- sector bug bounty competitions. The program will help ... Read more

WiT Announces 17TH Annual Leadership Awards Finalists

March 3, 2016

The primary purpose of Women in Technology (WiT) is to help women help each other advance their careers. To honor women succeeding in their careers while also mentoring the next generation of leaders, WiT hosts the Annual Leadership Awards. Colleagues nominate women in the Washington, D.C., technology community for their extraordinary vision, talent and mentorship. The finalists are honored at the Annual Leadership Awards gala, held each year at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, VA. The 17th Annual Leadership Awards Gala will be held on May 19, 2016. More than 300 attendees will gather to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of WIT, ... Read more

Research Helps Ensure Your Federal Marketing Campaign Is Working

March 2, 2016

Government contractors invest significantly — into the millions — in an effort to influence federal decision-makers. From advertising to earned media and content marketing, contractors use a variety of tactics in their federal marketing campaigns. But can contractors know whether their federal marketing campaigns and investments are having a return on investment? The answer is yes. Research, particularly message testing research, can demonstrate the ROI of your campaigns. This type of research tests message recall, a valuable metric that doesn’t always translate immediately into sales, but has a long-reaching impact. When should you plan for this research? It’s a good idea to include ... Read more

Weekly News Kickoff: Government Makes Nearly $137 Billion in Improper Payments in 2015, Largest Figure on Record

February 29, 2016

Last year, the government hit the largest figure on record for improper payments — over $1 trillion since 2004. What was the biggest contributor to that? Increased Medicaid errors. Meanwhile, Homeland Security submitted its 2017 budget request, promising not to squander cybersecurity funds. Can DHS do it? Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights. Government Approaches $137 Billion in Improper Payments in 2015 Federal News Radio reports that Federal agencies issued an estimated $136.7 billion in improper payments during fiscal year 2015, the largest annual tally since 2004, when agencies first began reporting such data. The figure, reported as part ... Read more

The Right Analytics Tools Help Agencies Walk the Talk

February 25, 2016

Studies predict there will be 40 exabytes of data by 2020. In case you are wondering, that is a lot of data. As the volume of data grows, data analytics will become increasingly important in shaping the future of federal agency policies and services. Whether it’s the Defense Department using cyberattack data to make their networks more secure or the Health and Human Services Department merging clinical, genomic and other data to improve health outcomes, big data will drive the mission. To get the most from big data analytics — and to make these and other far-reaching agency initiatives possible — ... Read more

Event Recap: The Promise and the Peril of Big Data

February 24, 2016

Big Data is a trending topic — there are stories about it daily in the news. On February 18, Women in Technology’s WIT.Connect featured a panel of experts discussing the promise and peril of Big Data. Carol Hayes (Navy Federal Credit Union), Carrie Cordero (Georgetown University), Kim Garner (Neuster Advisory Services Group), Rashmi Mathur (IBM Global Business Services), and Stacey Halota (Graham Holdings Company) joined moderator, Susan Gibson (ODNI) for an in-depth discussion. Dagny Evans, Managing Director of Digital Ambit, provided a recap of the event (originally posted on her blog). How Do We Define “Big Data?” The first stop in the conversation was for ... Read more

Weekly News Kickoff: Apple-FBI Encryption Clash Brings ‘Backdoor’ Debate to the Fore

February 22, 2016

It was an interesting week for everyone paying attention to the data privacy issue. What are your thoughts on the court order for Apple to write software to let the FBI have as many attempts as needed to get into Syed Rizwan Farook’s iPhone? Welcome to the weekly news kickoff. Enjoy these highlights. Apple, FBI Clash in Encryption Debate The nuance of Apple-FBI encryption case is subtler than the broader debate over encryption and “going dark,” though forecasters on both sides of the argument are reading the signs and preparing for a storm, Federal Times reports. Robert Cattanach, a former Justice Department ... Read more

Lockheed Martin Separates, Combines IT and Technical Services Businesses with Leidos

February 18, 2016

Lockheed Martin is separating the business, combing its realigned Information Systems & Global Solutions (IS&GS) business segment with Leidos. “This strategic transaction is an important milestone in the portfolio-reshaping strategy we announced in July 2015 and allows us to focus on our core business in aerospace and defense,” said Lockheed Martin Chairman, President and CEO Marillyn Hewson. “The combination of our proven IT and technical services businesses with Leidos will create a new leader in the government IT sector with a diversified portfolio, greater scale and improved efficiency.” The agreement aligns IS&GS’s business with an industry leader in government IT and technical ... Read more


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