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Category: Government*

The Importance and Necessity of Modernizing Government

Federal agencies are faced with increasing pressure to modernize their aging information technology systems and data centers. From global cybersecurity attacks to the constant pressure to do more with less, agencies must act to migrate to secure and modern IT systems. Today, the U.S. House of Representatives took an important step in providing agencies the […]

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In Pursuit of a 1 Hour, $10 Genome Annotation

There are hundreds of scientists at the Smithsonian Institution who study just about every kind of life on earth, from animals and plants to fungi and bacteria. Since the initial publication of the human genome project in 2001, DNA sequencing technology has become more efficient and cost-effective, making it possible for individual biodiversity scientists to […]

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Announcing USAspending.gov on an Amazon RDS Snapshot

The Digital Accountability and Transparency Act of 2014 (DATA Act) aims to make government agency spending more transparent to citizens by making financial data easily accessible and by establishing common standards for the data all government agencies collect and share on the government website, USAspending.gov. We are pleased to announce that the USAspending.gov database is now […]

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Data Lakes for HHS: Unlocking Data to Gain New Insight

Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies collect endless amounts of data that, however abundant, often fails to paint the whole picture. Now, through the use of data lakes, healthcare agencies across the world are connecting disparate datasets, connecting information, and drawing new insights from years of data. HHS is in the midst of a digital […]

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Writing a Cloud-Friendly RFP

Successful cloud adoption flows from well-designed procurement strategies and cloud-centric contract vehicles. Getting procurement ‘right,’ will lead to a portfolio of cloud technology and services that truly realizes the benefits of cloud computing. One way to procure the cloud is by issuing an RFP. Public sector organizations can issue a solicitation to an SI or […]

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Announcing the Availability of Hardware Multi-Factor Authentication in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region

Hardware multi-factor authentication (MFA) is now available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region to help bolster data security while giving you control over token keys with access to your data. AWS Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) is a best practice that adds an extra layer of protection on top of your user name and password. With MFA […]

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