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FCW : August 15, 2014
Trending areas of the Energy Department's budget share its $150 million in cybersecurity funding 11 14 August 15, 2014 FCW.COM Join the conversation FCW usesTwitter to break news, eld questions and ask our own. Learn more atTwitter.com/FCWnow. Thanks! RT @FCWnow: Respect for the Federal worker http://buff.ly/WA8qko A truly good gesture by @craignewmark (h/t @TroySchneider) 1:40 PM - 23 Jul 2014 craignewmark @craignewmark Reply Retweet Favorite The data warehouse that supports worldwide visa and passport veri ca- tion operations was sputtering along days after an unspeci ed glitch crip- pled it in July, but the State Department said the problems were not caused by anything "malicious." When the Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) crashed, it potential- ly stranded thousands of people wait- ing for visa and passport documents around the world. "We do not believe there was any malicious action or anything untow- ard here," deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said at the end of the department s daily press brie ng on July 24. "This was a technical issue, and again, we are working to correct it and should be fully operational again soon. We re operating at a little bit of limited capac- ity right now, though, so we re trying not to overload the system." Harf said CCD crashed shortly after maintenance was performed, leading to the conclusion that malicious action probably wasn t the cause. "We don t know the root cause yet," she added. She said CCD was operational but not running normally, and backlogs were building. She did not have an estimate on when the backlog would be cleared or the system would return to normal operations. Ongoing problems with CCD have been no secret, an industry source familiar with the system told FCW. The database crashed earlier this year without the visible disruption of the July 19 incident but seriously enough that Bureau of Consular Affairs CIO Greg Ambrose sent an email message to State and industry stakeholders about the problem. According to a State Department pri- vacy impact assessment completed in 2010, CCD is one of the largest Oracle- based data warehouses in the world. As of December 2009, the database contained more than 100 million visa cases and 75 million photographs and had a growth rate of about 35,000 visa cases every day. CCD also links to other federal secu- rity databases, including the FBI s Inte- grated Automated Fingerprint Identi - cation System and the Department of Homeland Security s Automated Bio- metric Identi cation System, and is the gateway to State s facial recognition and name-checking systems. CCD s primary functions include supporting data delivery to approved applications via industry-standard Web service queries and allowing emergency recovery of consular post databases. --- Mark Rockwell State Department: Crash not malicious IN THE IT PIPELINE WHAT: The FBI's development team is planning a move to Ama- zon's public cloud. WHY: The FBI's Operational Technology Division designs and builds products that augment the ability of the FBI to analyze intel- ligence, evaluate evidence, con- duct digital forensics, perform surveillance and communicate. The Quantico Va.-based division is looking for an Amazon Web Services infrastructure-as-a- service public cloud product to host its development, testing and production of FBI tools, according to a recent request for proposals posted on FedBizOpps.gov. FBI of cials want an unclas- si ed system that conforms to the Federal Information Security Management Act's moderate security level. An attached statement of work speci es the storage and processing require- ments for the development, testing and production environ- ments. The contractor is also expected to provide training to systems administrators and developers. An update to the RFP speci- es that it is a follow-on contract, and "the best value to the gov- ernment is to maintain AWS as its cloud solution and open the requirement to all AWS resell- ers. " The proposed contract type is cost plus xed fee and rm xed price with a base of one year and four option years. Of - cials plan to award the contract in mid-August. FULL LISTING: Go to https://www.fbo.gov and search for RFP-0010008.
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