Welcome to the FedPulse weekly news kick off. Cybersecurity month may be over, but security is still top-of-mind in the government—sharing attention with acquisition reform. Enjoy these highlights.
DoD Speeding Tech Acquisition Efforts to Save Innovation
The civilian team at the top of the Pentagon’s acquisition structure is pushing initiatives aimed at revamping how the building thinks through technology development, shares those burdens with allies and finds the next leap-ahead capability, according to Defense News. The Defense Department is also working with Congress to rewrite outdated acquisition rules and remove burdens from overworked program managers.
Director of National Intelligence Calls on Federal Agencies to Work Toward “Vertical” Integration
James Clapper, director of national intelligence, has called on federal government and law enforcement agencies to collaborate toward “vertical” intelligence integration. Clapper told audiences at the IATA – AVSEC World conference that “intelligence integration” has been the theme of his leadership for the past four years. He noted the establishment of an air domain intelligence-integration and analysis fusion cell at the Transportation Security Administration in September to help public and private sector analysts and security professionals share threat data and intelligence.
Health IT Potential Growth Area for Federal Contractors
Given the current focus on military health and health-care reform, health-related information technology is poised to be a growth area for contractors, reports the Washington Post. According to Deltek research, federal health IT spending is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 2.2 percent over the next five years from $4.3 billion in 2014 to $4.8 billion in 2019.
“Ten Strategies of a World-Class Cybersecurity Operations Center”
Carson Zimmerman, a MITRE principal cybersecurity engineer, has written a book intended to help government, academic and commercial organizations adopt strategies to defend their cyber-dependent information technology systems. Zimmerman says he supported MITRE clients’ cybersecurity operations centers for more than a decade and that “sharing the knowledge we’ve accumulated seemed like a great way to help sponsors and the cybersecurity community at large.”
Organizations Look to Intel-Driven Mobile Security Approach
The Internet of Things (IoT) is redefining the cybersecurity market and the boundaries that organizations must defend, according to an article in Security Magazine. Organizations are adopting an intelligence-driven approach to the security of devices, which will provide many opportunities in this growing market.
Agile Practices, Shared Workspace Among Potential Government Reforms
Dan Tangherlini, administrator of the General Services Administration, told his audience at the recent ACT-IAC 2014 Executive Leadership Conference his plans for reform in government business practices, FCW reported Tuesday. Tangherlini wants to encourage federal workers to take risks by adopting new practices such as agile software development and a common acquisition platform to drive efficiencies.
U.S. Intel Spending Totals $68B for Fiscal 2014
The U.S. government spent $67.9 billion on military and non-military intelligence programs over the past fiscal year, according to data from the Defense Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.