National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP)

The National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP) is a comprehensive, all-hazards plan that provides guidance on how governmental, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations will work together to communicate before, during, and after incidents. The NECP establishes a framework for coordinated, effective, and efficient communications among all levels of government and non-governmental organizations. The NECP was created in … Read more

Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is a U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) agency responsible for planning, engineering, acquiring, and supporting global net-centric solutions that enable increased situational awareness, decision-making, and collaborative execution for warfighters, national leaders, and other members of the extended national security community. DISA provides, operates, and maintains global net-centric solutions that … Read more

Space Launch System (SLS)

The Space Launch System (SLS) is a proposed American space shuttle replacement and heavy-lift launch vehicle. The project is currently under development by NASA. Designed to be flexible and evolvable, SLS will enable NASA to meet its goals for human exploration of deep space, including a manned mission to Mars within 25 years. The SLS … Read more

Identity Ecosystem

An identity ecosystem is a digital environment consisting of identity providers, service providers, and other entities that enable users to obtain and use digital identities in a secure, interoperable manner. The term is often used in the context of the U.S. National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC), which envisions a future in which … Read more

Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI cloud)

The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud is a cloud computing platform that is being developed by the United States Department of Defense (DoD). The JEDI cloud is intended to provide the DoD with a secure, scalable, and reliable cloud computing platform that can be used to support a variety of mission-critical applications and workloads. … Read more

Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR)

A Central Identities Data Repository (CIDR) is a central database that stores and manages identity information for individuals and organizations. CIDR is used to authenticate and authorize individuals and organizations for access to government services and information. CIDR also supports the issuance of electronic identity cards and the management of identity information. How can I … Read more

Open Government Directive

The Open Government Directive is a U.S. government directive that requires all executive departments and agencies to take specific steps to make information and data more open and accessible to the public. The Directive was issued on December 8, 2009 by the Office of Management and Budget, in response to President Barack Obama’s Memorandum on … Read more

Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is a government agency that is responsible for issuing unique identification numbers (UIDs) to Indian citizens. The agency was established in 2009 with the goal of providing every Indian citizen with a unique identity number that could be used for various purposes, such as accessing government services or … Read more


The name Garuda is derived from a mythical bird in Hindu mythology. The bird is said to be massive in size with a wingspan that can span up to 12 miles. It is said to be so powerful that it can carry an elephant in its talons. In the government IT world, Garuda is a … Read more

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is an independent agency that regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas, and oil. FERC also regulates the trading of electricity and other energy commodities. Is FERC part of the Department of Energy? The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) is an independent agency of the United States government … Read more