New Background Investigations System Has Significant IT Needs

Lloyd McCoy Jr.databreach_07212016By Lloyd McCoy Jr., DOD Manager

When more than 21 million background investigation records get stolen, you can bet your bottom taxpayer dollars that changes are afoot.

Enter the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB), the name of the new organization that will host an entirely new (and hopefully improved) background investigations system. Organizationally, this office will fall under the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), but the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) will handle the development and operation of the underlying IT system infrastructure.

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Top IT Opportunities at DOJ

Tom O'KeefeDOJ_071316By Tomas O’Keefe, Consultant

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is involved in numerous projects to continue to refresh and update its IT portfolio, but there are three key technologies that DOJ continues to look toward: cloud, big data, and cybersecurity.

With an annual IT budget that has remained relatively flat at roughly $2.9 billion, DOJ is developing strategies to mitigate the cost of maintaining legacy systems. At the same, DOJ is reinventing itself and becoming a more modern, lean, and agile IT organization that can continue to deliver on its critical law enforcement and national security functions.

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Drumming Up the Drone Deliverance

Kevin Shaker_65 x 85Drones_070616By Kevin Shaker, Analyst

Drone technology continues to whir up around government and the private sector, with recent developments addressing how the devices collect information. Drone developers have several opportunities getting ready for take-off at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Department of Interior (DOI).

The most recent update was on June 21, when for the first time ever, the FAA passed a large-scale referendum that includes rules on where commercial drones can operate. The mandate prohibits commercial drones from operating more than 400 feet in altitude, within 400 feet of tall buildings, and past sunset. Organizations that use drones will have to abide by the FAA guidelines.

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How To Deal With the White House’s New Software Policy

Chris Wiedemann_65 x 85CategoryMgmt_070716By Chris Wiedemann, Consultant

Cutting back on expenses is never easy. Ever had to give up a daily Starbucks habit to save some money?

The White House’s recent attempt to cut back on wasteful software purchases could cause a lot more pain to software firms than just missing out on a caffeine fix.

The policy calls for agencies to appoint software managers to centrally manage their software buying, says a recent Nextgov article. Agencies will also have to maintain a continually updated inventory of software licenses to track usage and weed out potentially redundant applications.

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Navy Operations Fueled by Data

Stephanie Meloni_65x85NavyOperations_062116By Stephanie Meloni, Consultant

The Navy is launching two new ventures that will produce significant opportunities for networking, infrastructure, and ultimately, big data and analytics tech companies. With Task Force Cyber Awakening, the organization used an agile, collaborative effort to help the Navy adapt quickly to cyber challenges; and now it’ll be using the same approach to help the organization become more interoperable.

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Start Sharpening Your IT Pitches for the Next School Year

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Start Sharpening Your IT Pitches for the Next School Year

Rachel EckertBy Rachel Eckert, Consultant

The school year may be wrapping up, but the work is far from over for many school districts across the nation.

The efforts to secure adequate funding for the next year is a constant struggle for nearly all school districts and this year is no exception. What’s new this year is the battle being waged in many states–battles that could have lasting effects on the structures of many states’ school districts and ultimately have an impact on the IT industry.

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What You Need to Know About CDM’s Latest Update

Jenni Taylor_65x85CDM eventBy Jenni Taylor, Contracts Programs Manager

immixGroup’s headquarters was a flurry of activity recently when we brought in tech companies to meet with contractors on the Department of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostic and Mitigation program. It was our 4th CDM Speed Networking event, in support of CDM team leads, prime contractors and CDM providers and customers—something we organize every time the program is about to cross into a new phase.

We’ve had some updates since the event, with the most recent being a Request for Information (RFI) released this month that asks for industry input on Phase III capabilities and technologies. The RFI specifically wants to hear about secure orchestration, emerging data standards, and analytics tools to support timely detection and response to cyber events.

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