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Ask the CIO

Thursdays, 9 a.m.

Each week, host Jason Miller interviews federal agency CIOs about the latest directives, IT challenges and successes.

NIST's IT Lab well-heeled to answer agencies' expanding calls for its services

IT Lab Director Charles Romine said the organization collaborates with an ever-growing number of agencies on technology challenges. He said the Lab also is focusing on questions around cloud, cybersecurity, mobile computing and big data.
January 10, 2013

Thursday - 01/10/2013, 09:56pm EST
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CBP turns inward to modernize IT infrastructure

Charlie Armstrong, the agency's assistant commissioner for the Office of Information and Technology and chief information officer, said a new cloud initiative is the target environment for mission support systems. CBP recently moved all of its employees to email-in-the-cloud.
January 3, 2013

Thursday - 01/03/2013, 07:13pm EST
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Energy modernizing IT in layers with mobile at the top

Bob Brese, the agency's CIO, said cloud service and security operations center will help make the move to smartphones and tablet computers easier.
December 20, 2012 (Encore presentation January 31, 2013)

Thursday - 12/20/2012, 06:48pm EST
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Online Chat: Charlie Armstrong, CIO, CBP

Federal News Radio hosted an online chat with Charlie Armstrong, assistant commissioner and chief information officer at Customs and Border Protection. If you missed it live, view an archived version of the chat here.

Tuesday - 12/18/2012, 01:36pm EST

Army 'to paint a picture' of force readiness for commanders

Lt. Col. Bobby Saxon, the division chief for the Army Enterprise Management Decision Support system, said a new dashboard will present data in a more user-friendly way for senior leaders to make decisions about warfighters.
December 13, 2012

Thursday - 12/13/2012, 07:32pm EST
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Budget pressures force EEOC to shift gears

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission needed to find savings after its IT budget received a 15 percent reduction in 2012. Kim Hancher, the EEOC CIO, decided to reduce spending on mobile devices and instituted a BYOD policy to cut spending by almost 50 percent.
December 6, 2012

Thursday - 12/06/2012, 07:47pm EST
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New contracts set EPA's roadmap toward IT centralization

Malcolm Jackson, the agency's CIO, said two new contracts for IT hardware and email will begin to transform the way EPA buys and uses technology.
November 29, 2012

Thursday - 11/29/2012, 06:37pm EST
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Baitman starts HHS commodity consolidation effort with HR systems

Frank Baitman, the HHS chief information officer, said the agency will move its HR systems to a shared services provider in the coming year. He said HHS also will issue a solicitation for cloud services in 2013.
November 15, 2012

Thursday - 11/15/2012, 07:03pm EST
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Army's ‘link to industry' keys move to Joint Information Environment

Terry Edwards, the director of the Office of the Chief Systems Engineer and chief information officer for the assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology, said his office helps acquire technology and ensure standards are met.
November 1, 2012(Encore presentation December 27, 2012)

Thursday - 11/01/2012, 06:57pm EDT
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DHS broadens public-private efforts to combat cyber risks

Mark Weatherford, DHS deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity, discusses how the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center is at the core of an effort to bring government and industry closer together to respond to threats against critical infrastructure.
October 25, 2012

Thursday - 10/25/2012, 05:43pm EDT
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Affordable Care Act gives CMS shared services a shot in the arm

Agency CIO Tony Trenkle said CMS is building the foundation for four enterprisewide applications, including identity management and an enterprise portal.
October 18, 2012

Tuesday - 10/16/2012, 10:55pm EDT
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IT sharing at the center of the Intel community's second transformation

Al Tarasiuk, the chief information officer for ODNI and for the intelligence community, said the IC-IT Enterprise strategy is centralizing technology services across the 17 agencies.
October 11, 2012(Encore presentation November 22, 2012)

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 09:28pm EDT
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Army Research Lab stays flexible to meet IT needs

Rudy Mazariegos, ARL's acting chief information officer, said he's implementing the ITIL framework to help bring more discipline to the organization's processes.
October 4, 2012

Thursday - 10/04/2012, 08:52pm EDT
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New standards to tame how the Air Force develops IT systems

Lt. Gen. Michael Basla, the Air Force CIO, said the three baselines will be delivered to the acquirers in the functional areas who operate the systems. They will use them to understand the IT environment in which their capabilities will exist.(Encore presentation November 8, 2012)

Thursday - 09/27/2012, 03:49pm EDT
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TSA analyzes mobile needs before deployment

Dr. Emma Garrison-Alexander, TSA's chief information officer, said the goal is to make sure employees have the right device to match up with their mission requirements.
September 20, 2012

Thursday - 09/20/2012, 09:29pm EDT
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PTO changes the way it invests in IT systems

John Owens, the Patent and Trademark Office's CIO, said the agency used to spend 85 percent of its IT budget on operations and maintenance (O&M) support and 15 percent on development, modernization and enhancements (DME) of systems. Now, the agency spends 50 percent on each. That change has allowed it to upgrade IT systems without additional money.

Wednesday - 09/12/2012, 09:39am EDT
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Army Contracting Command easing burden on contracting officers

Gino Magnifico, the ACC's chief information officer, said his component is helping to lead an Armywide effort to develop a new contract writing system. It's not just a technology refresh, however. It's about improving the business processes.
September 6, 2012

Thursday - 09/06/2012, 08:32pm EDT
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Treasury connects data to make better decisions

CIO Robyn East is leading an effort to create an enterprise data warehouse with procurement, financial and human resources information.
August 23, 2012

Thursday - 08/23/2012, 10:37pm EDT
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National archives gets ready to taste first fruits of TechStat labor

The National Records and Archives Administration will modify its Electronic Records System for the first time since it went into the operations and maintenance phase. Mike Wash, NARA's CIO, said the use of Technical Direction Letters is one of the key lessons learned from the TechStat session ERA went through in 2010.

Thursday - 08/16/2012, 01:49pm EDT
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SEC working smarter to focus on innovation

Thomas Bayer, the SEC CIO, said he reduced his operations and maintenance spending by $15.5 million last year and used those savings for business and mission systems.

Thursday - 08/09/2012, 03:27pm EDT
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