fast66 writes: "Internal e-mails allege top officials provided a technology company with software code and documents for the military's massive electronic health record system and awarded it a contract without competition. The House Appropriations Committee estimated in its report on the fiscal 2010 Defense appropriations bill that it would cost MHS $1.2 billion to develop its health IT architecture during the next two years."
fast66 writes: "After hearing about Nokia-Siemens sale of Internet-monitoring software to Iran, U.S. Senators Schumer and Graham want to bar them from receiving federal contracts. They planned the action after hearing about a joint venture of Nokia Corp. of Finland and Siemens AG of Germany that sold a sophisticated Internet-monitoring system to Iran in 2008.
According to Nextgov.com, Schumer and Graham's bill would require the Obama administration to identify foreign companies that export sensitive technology to Iran and ban them from bidding on federal contracts, or renew expiring ones, unless they first stop exports to Iran."
fast66 writes: "President Obama Thursday named Vivek Kundra to serve as federal chief information officer at the White House. Kundra has been rumored to be a candidate both for the CTO job and to be administrator for e-government and information technology in the Office of Management and Budget. He had been serving as chief technology officer for the District of Columbia, where he was responsible for managing technology operations at 86 city agencies."
Gov IT writes: Just days after President Obama signed a law giving billions of dollars to develop electronic health records, a university technology professor submitted a paper showing that he was able to uncover tens of thousands of medical files containing names, addresses and Social Security numbers for patients seeking treatment for conditions ranging from AIDS to mental health problems.
fast66 writes: "National Communication System, the federal agency charged with planning and protecting federal emergency communications, says Inauguration Day marked one of the largest use of cell phones in one concentrated area in history.
The Wireless Priority Service operated by NCS for national security and emergency preparedness personnel performed as designed. Though Inauguration Day was just one day, NCS said it required close to three months planning between NCS and all the wireline and wireless carriers to get ready for a potentially network straining event and was a partnership between industry and government."
fast66 writes: "Nextgov reports here, that of the 656 security breaches reported last year, 16.8 percent occurred in systems operated by state, local and federal governments, including military networks."