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Unclassified White House computer networks were hacked in recent weeks, forcing a temporary shutdown of virtual private network access to mitigate the intrusion, according to the Washington Post. It isn't clear if any data were compromised or how the breach was discovered. Sources say an ally alerted U.S. officials of the breach.  

Russian hackers are the suspected culprits, but the White House has not publicly disclosed details about the breach. Anonymous White House sources told the Post that hackers did not damage any systems and the classified network doesn't appear to have been breached. The National Security Agency, Secret Service and FBI are investigating the incident. Read more here

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In an effort to create a 21st century government, agencies are enhancing digital services, embracing cloud computing and designing mobile applications. This ongoing transformation is far from over, but much progress has been made.

October–November 2010
The General Services Administration awards Infrastructure as a Service blanket purchase agreements to 12 vendors.

December 2010
Then-federal CIO Vivek Kundra releases the "25 Point Implementation Plan to Reform Federal IT Management."

May 2011
Agencies identify 78 systems that will migrate to the cloud.

June 2011
Then-federal Chief Performance Officer Jeffrey Zients issues a memo calling for the elimination of duplicative and outdated federal websites.

May 2012
Then-federal CIO Steven VanRoekel publishes the Digital Government Strategy.

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Federal agencies are embracing digital data, online services and other Web-based platforms that can save them time and money. Here's a look at five interesting facts pertaining to federal IT:

816 hours

Average annual productivity gain for federal fieldworkers, thanks to real-time access to information

SOURCE: MeriTalk, "The Drive to Thrive: Ensuring the Agile Data Center," August 2014


Number of citizen-developed applications that have been built using data from

SOURCE: Office of Management and Budget, "FY 2013 Annual Report to Congress: E-Government Act Implementation," March 2014

22 million

Average number of visits each month to

SOURCE: Office of Personnel Management


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A new classification of systems is emerging under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). So-called FedRAMP ready systems are those which have "demonstrated readiness to meet the FedRAMP requirements," according to the program website. "FedRAMP ready systems allow potential agency customers and authorizing officials a starting point to initiate an authorization." Read more here.

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The World Bank is developing a mobile app that includes decades' worth of its procurement data, according to Devex. "Users can search by fiscal year, economic sector, donor country or recipient country, and will be able to see graphs, pie charts, ratios, trends and rankings." Initially, the app will be available only for iOS devices. 

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Information technology management is one of the top 10 occupations for millennials in the federal government, according to data released by the Office of Personnel Management.

The government defines millennials as individuals who are under the age of 33. Today, they make up only 16 percent of the federal workforce, or about 336,000 employees. About 2 percent, or 7,657, hold IT management jobs. The majority of millennials work in compliance inspection and support jobs. (Read FedTech's coverage of the full OPM report.)

Here’s an infographic from OPM that further explains the millennial workforce:

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Steven VanRoekel is stepping down as federal CIO and returning to the United States Agency for International Development to assist the administration in responding to the Ebola outbreak, according to Politico. VanRoekel also tweeted the news.

Lisa Schlosser, deputy administrator in the Office of E-Government & Information Technology, will serve as interim CIO.

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If you thought the terms information assurance and cybersecurity were interchangeable, think again. The Defense Department argues that the term cybersecurity includes more than just information assurance, which focuses on protecting and defending information and information systems. The Department of the Navy CIO website explains that the change was ushered in after DoD adopted its new Cybersecurity and Risk Management Framework instructions (DoDI 8500.01 and DoDI 8510.01).

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