Federal News Countdown: New CIO, debt deal

Friday - 8/5/2011, 4:44pm EDT

Federal News Countdown

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Today's guests on the Federal News Countdown:
- Jeff Koch, Associate Partner in Global Business Services, IBM
- Molly O'Neill, Vice President, CGI Federal

Jeff Koch's stories
#3 Transparency 'enforcer' in new oversight role
From Federal News Radio:

Satisfied with the work of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board — the independent agency created to oversee the infusion of federal dollars from the 2009 Recovery Act — the Obama Administration is having another go-round.

#2 At Black Hat gathering, passions flow on the B-Side
From Government Computer News:

Attendees at this week's Black Hat Briefings and Defcon will have an alternative cybersecurity conference to consider, the Security B-Sides conference being held Aug. 3 and 4 a couple miles off the Vegas Strip.

#1 New federal CIO VanRoekel's goal is execution
From Federal News Radio:

The new federal chief information officer Steven VanRoekel officially starts Aug. 5, but he already knows what he's getting into.

Molly O'Neill's stories
#3 NIST Tests Ways To Secure iPhones, iPads
From Information Week:

The organization that creates standards for the federal government's use of technology is testing iPhones and iPads to devise the best ways of securing them for government use.

#2 White House Names a New Chief of Information Technology
From New York Times:

Steven VanRoekel, a former Microsoft executive, will become the next chief information officer for the federal government — a bigger, more policy-oriented technology job than any he held at the software giant.

#1 White House, congressional leaders reach debt-limit deal
From Washington Post:

President Obama and congressional leaders Sunday night sealed a deal to raise the federal debt limit that includes sharp spending cuts but no new taxes, breaking a partisan impasse that has driven the nation to the brink of a government default.