3 Areas State & Local Is Looking to Transform IT and Healthcare Management

Choice health or money. Caduceus and dollar signs on scales.Rachel Eckertby Rachel Eckert, Senior Analyst

In this new resource-constrained environment of “doing more with less,” state and local governments must find ways to increase delivery of Health & Human Services (HHS) to citizens without a corresponding increase to their budget. As state budgets continue to recover from the crippling 2008 recession, HHS agencies – while still holding a dominating share of the budget – are being encouraged to reform their approach to IT and healthcare management.  As such, states are looking to the COTs community to help them transform IT and Healthcare Management in three core areas:
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The Rundown on DOD’s Cyber, Cloud, and Big Data Priorities Part II

Lloyd McCoy Jr.by Lloyd McCoy Jr., Consultant

Last week I went over some of the latest
The Rundown on DOD’s Cyber, Cloud, and Big Data Priorities cybersecurity and cloud initiatives out of DOD’s Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM), from a recent AFCEA event I attended. While the event was focused primarily on how each department is aiming to expand their cyber and cloud capabilities, leveraging big data and analytics was a topic of discussion as well. On that note, I’d like to share with you DOD’s big data and analytics top priorities that came straight from program managers.

Below I’ve highlighted areas where DISA and CYBERCOM are looking to expand their capabilities in Big Data and Analytics

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The Rundown on DOD’s Cyber, Cloud, and Big Data Priorities

Lloyd McCoy Jr.by Lloyd McCoy Jr., Consultant

I recently The Rundown on DOD’s Cyber, Cloud, and Big Data Priorities attended a multi-day AFCEA event highlighting the latest cybersecurity initiatives within the Department of Defense, primarily the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and the U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM). While the conference was mostly focused on cybersecurity, government speakers also spoke openly about what they’re doing in the areas of cloud and big data and analytics. Additionally, this event served as one of the last industry engagements for the Director of DISA, Lt. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins, who will be replaced by Deputy Director, Alan Lynn in late July.

Below I’ve highlighted areas where DISA and CYBERCOM are looking to expand their capabilities in cybersecurity and cloud.

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New Developments in the FirstNet RFP

Tom O'KeefeTomas O’Keefe, Consultant, Market Intelligence

I’ve written New Developments in the FirstNet RFP about the First Responder Network, FirstNet, on this blog before because it’s a fantastic opportunity all COTS vendors should know about. TJ Kennedy, the acting executive director of FirstNet, just announced they’re having to delay the release of the FirstNet RFP until early 2016, which means you have more time to form teaming arrangements and conversations with program officers to gauge what technologies they’re looking to invest in.

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Civilian Agencies’ Uphill Battle Against Cyber Threats

Lloyd McCoy Jr.by Lloyd McCoy Jr., Consultant

You’ve Digital data securityno doubt heard about the recent discovery that millions of past and present federal employees had their personal data stripped from OPM and IRS systems.  This incident comes with more recent revelations including the OPM attack was just 1 of 9 against the federal government targeting personal information. Recent weeks are a stark reminder of the uphill battle civilian agencies are facing.

This statistic was front of mind for the Government Accountability Office, which in February issued a report highlighting the security deficiencies of almost two dozen civilian agencies. Despite often being smaller in size, civilian departments like OPM, IRS, Labor, and Treasury (to name a few) are still big targets for cyber threats, especially since they handle extraordinary amounts of sensitive information. Not having robust cybersecurity capabilities in place is a huge gamble.

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3 Areas COTS Vendors Can Help the IRS Improve Its Cyber Posture

Chris Wiedemann_65 x 85by Chris Wiedemann, Senior Analyst

As you’ve3 Areas COTS Vendors Can Help the IRS Improve Their Cyber Posture probably heard, a recent cyber-attack on the IRS compromised personal information of more than 100,000 taxpayers via the Get Transcript app on irs.gov. What you may not have heard is according to IRS Commissioner John Koskinen, a whopping 2.7 million taxpayers had their identities stolen last year. Combine that with low funding levels and it’s the perfect storm. The IRS can’t keep up with the rapidly-evolving hacker landscape and as a result, has a pressing need for data protection, fraud detection, and vulnerability testing – and very little money to pay it.

The good news (relatively speaking) is challenges like these are the breeding grounds for COTS opportunities. If you provide capabilities in these three areas, you should be targeting the IRS now, working your solutions into FY16 discussions:

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3 Areas the First Responder Community Needs Industry Support

Tom O'KeefeTomas O’Keefe, Consultant, Market Intelligence

Interoperability3 Areas the First Responder Community Needs Industry Support was the buzz word at AFCEA Bethesda’s Law Enforcement IT Day. Government speakers gave first-hand accounts of the challenges they’re experiencing and where they could use some industry support. Interoperability is a persistent challenge for government, as agencies struggle to work with each other and properly share information across different devices in different environments. The law enforcement and public safety community are increasingly struggling in their information sharing efforts with State and Local municipalities and the COTS community can offer support to our government end users.

There are three main areas of concern among federal law enforcement and public safety groups when it comes to interoperability with their state and local partners.

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