Use a supported version of Linux, like SUSE or Ubuntu. The support costs for Linux run a significant amount less than do the support costs for Microsoft Windows. For programs still requiring Windows to run, a fewer number of the operating systems can be purchased and run in a virtual machine. Most Linux OS flavors have a similar GUI to Windows. All Linux OS flavors have better security to better protect the information... more »
The US government could save billions by switching to Linux. Linux is open source and can increase security because the source code can be adapted by government agencies. Right now, Microsoft costs the government billions and creates a security risk. This is a win win. Cost savings and increased security.
If FEMA can't get rid of NEMIS for a better system, then let's make the system work better for processing disaster claims and producing reports. The system was set up back in the 70's and times and processes have changed and the system is not working for us! When a sequence of events happen, NEMIS should be able to send out automatic notifications, complete processes, etc. NEMIS should be able to do more work for us.... more »
Per the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), federal information systems must be hardened according to security configuration standards such as the Federal Desktop Core Configuration (FDCC), the U.S. Government Configuration Baseline (USGCB), and the Center for Internet Security (CIS) benchmarks. Government (and contractor) IT shops spend countless hours configuring new and existing systems to ensure... more »