Federal News Countdown: IT managers added to job series, IT reform

Friday - 6/10/2011, 5:00pm EDT

Federal News Countdown

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Today's Federal News Countdown guests are:
- Dan Chenok, Senior Fellow, IBM Center for The Business of Government
- Norm Lorentz, Director, Global Public Sector, Grant Thornton

Dan Chenok's stories
#3 Health IT Innovation gets a boost from the top
From Federal Computer Week:

The health care data community should step up its efforts to innovate to help improve the nation's health outcomes and reduce costs, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said at the department's second Health Data Initiative Forum.

#2 New guidelines require agencies to document progress automating surveillance of cyber threats
From NextGov:

The Homeland Security Department has released new information security guidance that, for the first time, requires agencies to report on progress installing tools that continuously monitor threats to computer networks.

#1 IT Program managers now part of IT job series
From Federal News Radio:

IT program manager is now a real position in the government. The Office of Personnel Management revised part of the 2210 job series for information technology to include the new job title. Angela Bailey, OPM's deputy associate director for recruitment and hiring, sent a memo to agency human resource officers saying the IT program manager job series "reflects the growth of this type of work," and will give "agencies more flexibility to manage IT programs responsibly and to attract and retain a more effective workforce."

Norm Lorentz's stories
#3 Survey: Nearly Half Of Cloud Services Users Have Had A Breach In The Past Year
From darkREADING:

Nearly half of IT executives have reported a security lapse or issue with their cloud services provider within the past 12 months, according to a new survey. The survey by Trend Micro, which polled 1,200 decision makers in the U.S., U.K., Germany, India, Canada, and Japan, found that slightly more than 10 percent of the respondents currently have cloud computing projects in production.

#2 IT reform push: Six months later
From Federal Computer Week:

The Obama administration's IT reform plan marks its six-month anniversary June 9 and several agency CIOs have prepared for it by updating the public on the plan's implementation at their agencies. As of June 7, 11 CIOs had posted blog entries on the official CIO.gov website that detail the progress of IT reform at federal organizations .

#1 IT Program managers now part of IT job series
From Federal News Radio:

IT program manager is now a real position in the government. The Office of Personnel Management revised part of the 2210 job series for information technology to include the new job title. Angela Bailey, OPM's deputy associate director for recruitment and hiring, sent a memo to agency human resource officers saying the IT program manager job series "reflects the growth of this type of work," and will give "agencies more flexibility to manage IT programs responsibly and to attract and retain a more effective workforce."