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Updated: VA to move 600,000 email accounts to Microsoft cloud

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The Veterans Affairs Department has awarded HP Enterprise Services a $36 million contract to move 600,000 email accounts to the cloud.

Under the five-year contract, VA users will have access to email and shared calendars using Microsoft Office 365 for Government. Users, however, will not have access to additional features such as instant messaging and web and video conferencing.

“VA is moving to cloud-based email and collaboration as part of a broader effort to leverage emerging technologies to reduce costs, increase efficiencies and, most importantly, improve service delivery to our nation’s veterans,” Charles De Sanno, executive director for enterprise systems engineering at the VA, said in a news release.

The HP contract was awarded under VA’s Veterans Administration Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology, or T4 program.

The administration’s cloud first mandate requires agencies to first consider a cloud solution when procuring information technology. In addition to VA, Agriculture Department, Federal Aviation Administration, Defense Information Systems Agency and the Environmental Protection Agency are using Microsoft’s cloud-based email.

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HP wins $47 million contract for GSA’s ID card program

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The General Services Administration has selected Hewlett-Packard to help manage its USAccess program, which provides identity credentials to more than 500,000 federal employees and contractors.

Under the one-year contract, which has a $47 million ceiling, Managed Service Office will use an HP technology solution to help manage the delivery of Personal Identity Verification (PIV) credentials to federal agencies, according to HP. PIV cards issued through the GSA program meet the Homeland Security Presidential Directive (HSPD) 12– Policy standards.

The 2004 order by President George W. Bush said all employees and contractors must have a common ID card including a photo and computer chip with fingerprints, personal identification number and security access information by October 2008. The ID cards are used to access federally-owned facilities and networks.

As of September 1, agencies have issued 5.1 million ID cards to employees and contractors — about 88 percent of the total 5.8 million cards to be issued, according to the most recent data from the Office of Management and Budget. The numbers include civilian employees and military personnel but exclude cards that must also be issued to guest researchers and other individuals.

State Department, Social Security Administration and the Housing and Urban Development Department are among the few agencies that are in full compliance with the presidential directive .

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HP ranks Pelosi top Twitter influencer in Congress

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If you’re an advanced Tweeter, you’ve probably started the purging process and are now updating your account(s) to reflect changes in the House and Senate.

If not, maybe this will help you get started. Or there’s always the unofficial list for the 112th Congress to make sure you don’t leave anyone out.

Researchers at HP Labs have narrowed the list down to the 100 most influential members of Congress on Twitter based on an analysis of 22 million tweets. They developed an algorithm to identify “influential users,” who “not only catch the attention of their followers” but “also overcome their followers’ predisposition to remain passive,” Ethan Bauley, digital lead for HP Corporate Communications team, wrote in a blog post.

Basically, having a cadre of followers wasn’t enough to make the cut.

Here’s the top 10:

1. Nancy Pelosi (@nancypelosi); D-Calif.; 15,964 followers (Here is the official account @SpeakerPelosi)

2. Paul Ryan (@reppaulryan); R-Wis.; 21,378 followers

3. Michele Bachmann (@michelebachmann); R-Minn.; 22,967 followers

4. Thomas Allen Coburn (@tomcoburn); R-Okla.; 17,631 followers

5. Bill Nelson (@senbillnelson); D-Fla.; 12,503 followers

6. John Boehner (@gopleader); R-Ohio; 48,604 followers

7. John McCain (@senjohnmccain); R-Ariz.; 1,718,288 followers

8. Joe Barton (@repjoebarton); R-Texas; 4,091 followers

9. Sherrod Brown (@sensherrodbrown); D-Ohio; 4,947 followers

10. Mike Pence (@repmikepence); R-Ind.; 13,631 followers

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