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Federal Council News

White House ready to reveal identity management plans

OMB will issue a new memo on HSPD-12 in the coming weeks. Agencies are feeling more pressure to meet the secure identity card requirements. Administration is also closer to finalizing new strategy for securing online transactions.

Friday - 04/02/2010, 07:01am EDT
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White House pushing agencies toward better customer service

New report from the Modernizing IT forum details the next steps OMB and agencies will take. The administration wants to focus on IT program management and customer service.

Friday - 03/26/2010, 05:35pm EDT

Agencies count on federal financial managers

In the federal government, they wield spreadsheets, strive for "clean audit opinions", and are the first line of defense in accounting for the spending of taxpayer dollars. "They" are the top federal CFOs and financial managers, and yesterday, they met here in Washington to discuss their profession.

Wednesday - 03/24/2010, 07:07am EDT
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OMB taking a deeper look at data centers

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra will sign a memo requiring agencies to do another, more detailed survey of their data centers. Agencies also are working on a department-wide plan to consolidate these buildings.

Friday - 02/26/2010, 02:15pm EST
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New DoD CIO still unknown, but role will not change

Deputy DoD CIO Wennergren dispels rumors of modified responsibilities for next appointee. Technology executives see their responsibilities evolve to meet their agency's mission. OMB will issue memo reaffirming the role of the CIO.

Wednesday - 12/02/2009, 06:38am EST
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Almost three quarters of all feds have HSPD-12 cards

More than 3.3 million agency employees now have secure ID cards. The CIO Council also releases new roadmap and implementation guidance for identity and access management. The guidance is intended to bring several governmentwide efforts together under one initiative.

Tuesday - 12/01/2009, 05:22pm EST

GSA gives agencies drop-dead date for Networx transition

Agencies now have until Aug. 30 to hire a telecommunications provider. GSA and the carriers still are concerned that they will not have enough time to complete the transition by mid-2011. Interagency Management Council trying to increase the urgency of the need for agencies to move to Networx.

Thursday - 11/19/2009, 06:41am EST
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CIO Council panel to take buzz out of cloud computing

New group surveyed CIOs to find out what questions they had about this technology and received more than 15 pages of comments. The panel created working groups to address many of the questions. Group will send recommendations to an executive steering committee for action.

Monday - 11/09/2009, 06:42pm EST
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CIO Council examines buzz around cloud computing

Peter Tseronis, co-chairman of the council's cloud computing advisory committee, explains what he and others are doing.

Monday - 11/09/2009, 06:16pm EST
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Agency cybersecurity reporting to get makeover

OMB has launched new tool to automate FISMA reporting. This data will help populate a new cybersecurity dashboard, federal CIO Vivek Kundra says. OMB also wants to collect more specific data around how much and where agencies are spending money on IT security.

Friday - 10/30/2009, 07:01am EDT
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CIO Council taskforce to change security metrics

New group is developing performance measures that are based on outcomes. OMB has set a November deadline for a draft of the metrics that will be reviewed by government and industry. DHS says the governmentwide focus to improve cybersecurity is on standards, metrics and authentication.

Friday - 10/02/2009, 05:02pm EDT

CIO Council releases Web 2.0 tool guidance for agencies

New document outlines best practices, ideas and what to avoid when deploying 2.0 tools at your agency.

Tuesday - 09/29/2009, 04:39pm EDT
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OMB's new performance framework to combine the best of the past

Deputy director for management Jeffrey Zients hires Shelley Metzenbaum to help lead the performance management effort. OMB to lean on the Performance Improvement Council to develop and advocate for new approach.

Friday - 09/25/2009, 06:50am EDT
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CIO Council offers cyber guidelines for Web 2.0

The document focuses recommendations around five areas. Council says current policies should be enough to securely use social media.

Friday - 09/18/2009, 02:46pm EDT

Agencies trying to find balance between Web 2.0, cybersecurity

Coast Guard wants to set up separate network to use social media sites. CIO Council looking at cybersecurity implications of these tools.

Friday - 08/28/2009, 07:01am EDT
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OMB seeks right recipe for web cookie policy

After more than 9 years, the Office of Management and Budget is about to revise its original policy banning the use of web cookies, or tracking software, on federal websites. The change is expected to help federal web managers better run their sites, and also offer the same kinds of user experiences now commonplace on commercial and private-sector websites.

Monday - 07/27/2009, 06:25am EDT
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OMB details draft of new federal cookie policy

Notice likely to be published in Monday's federal register. White House wants comments on new rules.

Friday - 07/24/2009, 04:01pm EDT

OMB sets Aug. 7 for governmentwide IT project analysis

CIO Council to use dashboard to analyze macro trends of why agency technology programs are in trouble. Federal CIO Kundra calls for aggressive focus on project management.

Wednesday - 07/22/2009, 06:35am EDT
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IT dashboard pushes CIOs back to the front and center

Transparency gives additional clout to make technology projects perform. Tool replaces OMB watch lists and makes information more interactive.

Wednesday - 07/01/2009, 06:30am EDT
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