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Kathleen Hickey

Kathleen Hickey is a freelance writer for GCN.

Cloud computing headed for $20B market

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra is pushing for 25 percent of federal IT spending to head to the cloud, with data center consolidation helping to pay for it.

Why a critical IT shortage is inevitable for states

A survey by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers finds that states are facing critical shortages of IT workers, made worse by furloughs, hiring freezes and stagnant salaries. And the retirements of many older workers loom.

Virginia fights computer failures

Computer failures leave Virginia agencies hobbled.

USDA, Marines replace SAP in isolated organizations

The Agriculture Department and the Marine Corps, citing cost, incompatibility and other issues, are replacing their SAP software with another vendor’s in specific divisions.

California county dumps SAP

After four years, county abandons ERP system, following a May lawsuit against Deloitte Consulting, its systems integrator.

Agencies finding more uses for sensor technology

A Forrester Research analyst says green IT and other inititiaves will expand the use of sensors in federal activities.

Billions expected for cybersecurity research

The deputy director of national intelligence for acquisition and technology told a recent cybersecurity connference that her office and the White House Office of Science and Technology plan a multibillion dollar research project on cybersecurity.

Google browser targets federal market

Google is subtly increasing pressure on Microsoft with a new release of its Chrome browser. Government employees may now have a new alternative to Microsoft's Internet Explorer platform: Google has released a new stable version of its browser for Mac and Linux, bringing it out of beta for these two platforms.

DARPA looks for stealthier Internet access

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is seeking technologies to give the military “anonymous Internet communications to bypass techniques that suppress, localize and/or corrupt information.”

DARPA plans to SMITE insider enemies

DARPA is looking for technologies to deal with attacks originating from within.

SAIC works behind the scenes on Marine Corps intelligence

Science Applications International Corp. will furnish network services and information technology support to the Marine Corps Marine Intelligence Activity under a new task order.

Study gauges interest in cloud computing, green IT

The survey found that one in three government IT professionals expect to implement a social networking initiative in the next 12 months, independent of any stimulus funds their agency may receive.

Feds could get access to advanced cloud-computing technologies

Microsoft and National Science Foundation team up to provide cloud-computing tools to certain users.

Joint Strike Fighter to get better targeting abilities

The stealth fighter plane will be fitted with new sensor technology.

NORAD enhances Santa tracking abilities

Old St. Nick is under constant surveillance.

Army continues march toward better tech

New contract for CACI furthers Army's R&D push.

Army creates office to rework Future Combat Systems

Program Executive Office Integration will support warfighter technology modernization — and current and future acquisitions — under the restructuring of the Future Combat Systems program.

Small businesses slated to get $37 million for clean energy R&D

The Energy Department plans to release $37 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to small businesses to stimulate research and development into clean energy technologies.

Energy secretary reaches out on Facebook

Steven Chu is spreading the word about Obama administration energy policy via the social networking Web site.

Fingerprint identification matures to higher level

Crime scene investigators may be able to accelerate latent fingerprint identification with new automated identification technology.