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FCW : June 30, 2014
6 June 30, 2014 FCW.COM Trending appeals of sequester-driven furloughs to the Merit Systems Protection Board have been successful 0 INK TANK "Since we ve been supporting gov- ernment for such a long time, HHS was a logical sponsor," said Dave Rey, senior vice president of Salesforce. com s public-sector business. The com- pany had dedicated several months to working with HHS on the FedRAMP process, and the certi cation gave the company a boost not only among fed- eral customers but also among state governments seeking secure cloud solutions, he added. At the same time, reverse-auction provider FedBid rethought its origi- nal decision to pursue authorization. Although of cials initially considered seeking FedRAMP certi cation, they opted to nd an agency sponsor and keep up with the program s security documentation in the meantime, said Joe Jordan, president of the company s public-sector operations and former administrator of the Of ce of Federal Procurement Policy. Of cials reconsid- ered after consulting with a third-party contractor to determine the best path forward. "We re not really a cloud service pro- vider," Jordan said, adding that while they are awaiting an agency sponsor, "we have a team ready." To continue helping companies and agencies make their way through the authorization process, GSA held an industry workshop at its headquar- ters on June 4 and a federal agency workshop on June 10. The day after the deadline, the FedRAMP Program Management Of ce published a bevy of updated security control baselines and templates to re ect changes in Revision 4 of the National Institute of Standards and Technology s SP 800-53, "Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Infor- mation Systems and Organizations." --- Mark Rockwell The FedRAMP deadline Continued from Page 3 The Department of Veterans Affairs is in the market for a new scheduling system, CIO Stephen Warren said dur- ing a June 10 Senate hearing. The VA is seeking a commercial solution to work as a module inside the Veterans Health Infor- mation Systems and Technology Architecture electronic health record system. Meetings with industry were slated for late June, and a product is due to be in place by the close of scal 2015. The plan has been in the works for at least 18 months because the VA inspector general and Government Accountability Of ce had documented scheduling problems long before the latest troubles drew national atten- tion. A recent preliminary internal audit of scheduling practices revealed that workarounds were used at 70 per- cent of VA facilities. According to Warren, a suboptimal scheduling tool is built into the VA s system. "When we talk about VistA, it is important to think about it in two parts," he said. The clinical compo- nent, which supports how the VA provides care, "is one of the best out there." However, he added, the administra- tive functions have not been supported at the appropriate level. IT of cials are mak- ing improvements to the existing system while the new one is being planned, Warren said. One challenge of the existing system is that appoint- ments can be scheduled and changed, but it does not clearly indicate wheth- er changes came at the request of a physician or patient or for some other reason. Auditors are trying to recon- struct those changes to document the extent to which VA schedulers were abusing the system. --- Adam Mazmanian VA seeking new scheduling tool, CIO says Stephen Warren
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