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VanRoekel's legacy as CIO highlighted by digital services, PortfolioStat

Steve VanRoekel's decision to move out of the federal chief information officer's role and to a more operational role at the U.S. Agency for International Development last week caught most by surprise. This post is part of Jason Miller's Inside the Reporter's Notebook feature.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:25am EDT

Inside the Reporter's Notebook: VanRoekel legacy highlighted by digital services; more openings at OMB

In this edition of Inside the Reporter's Notebook, Former CIO Steve VanRoekel's legacy is highlighted by digital services and PortfolioStat, and lawmakers want assurances from GSA on AbilityOne compliance.

Monday - 09/22/2014, 04:09am EDT

More openings at OMB than just VanRoekel

Steve VanRoekel isn't the only one leaving the E-Government office.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 06:23pm EDT

Michael McKeown, FBI Cyber Initiative and Resource Fusion Unit

The FBI will channel more people and resources into its Pittsburgh office. It's a reward for the cybersecurity team that's credited for catching five Chinese military leaders stealing trade secrets, and a Russian-based cyber crime ring that stole about $100 million from banks around the world. Michael McKeown is supervisory special agent for the Associate Division Counsel, part of the FBI Cyber Initiative and Resource Fusion Unit based in Pittsburgh. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the cybersecurity effort that earned the extra resources.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:09pm EDT
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Roger Cressey and Kiersten Todt, Liberty Group Ventures

Cybersecurity is emerging as a major business risk. USIS, the government's main contractor for security background checks, had a big contract canceled. A security breach exposed personal information about 25,000 Homeland Security employees. It doesn't matter that the company discovered and reported the breach itself. Kiersten Todt and Roger Cressey are former feds and now principals of Liberty Group Ventures. They joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss strategies for not becoming the next USIS or Home Depot.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 10:22am EDT
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Federal CIO VanRoekel leaving post for new role at USAID

VanRoekel will advise the agency's senior leadership on using technology and data to help coordinate the government's response to the crisis. This is his second stint at USAID. Lisa Schlosser will be the interim federal CIO.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 08:01am EDT

Intel agencies push shared IT services from concept to reality

After two years of planning and pilot programs, the intelligence community says its plan to integrate the IT systems of its 17 agencies is moving forward toward large-scale adoption.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 05:38am EDT
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CMS sets new deadline to fix two dozen HealthCare.gov cyber shortfalls

Marilyn Tavenner, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator, promised House lawmakers Thursday that the site would be better protected when open enrollment begins in two months. The recent attack on the HealthCare.gov didn't succeed in stealing any data, DHS says. But some lawmakers say a year into the Affordable Care Act, the website still has basic cybersecurity challenges that should have been fixed.

Friday - 09/19/2014, 04:17am EDT

Senate: China hacked military contractor networks

Senate investigation says China hacked into military contractor networks at least 9 times

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 05:50pm EDT

Better Buying Power: The Next Generation

At a time of increased budget scrutiny and ever changing threats, it's important that the Pentagon make key changes to the way that it procures almost everything. In this episode of "AFCEA Answers," Frank Kendall, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, previews the upcoming release of "Better Buying Power 3.0", the latest Pentagon directive on acquisition modernization. He also outlines a parallel effort by lawmakers on Capitol Hill to better understand and improve defense acquisition. And the secretary offers insights into how acquisition might change to reflect rapid change in areas like IT and cybersecurity.

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 01:29pm EDT

Army to recruit next generation of cyber workers through new career field

Ronald Pontius, the deputy to the commander of Army Cyber Command, said over the next few years the Army will give cyber workers their own career field, preliminarily known as Career Field 17.

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 10:38am EDT
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Army, Air Force reach first milestone in shared cybersecurity system

The Army and Air Force are using a shared network security infrastructure at Joint Base San Antonio as of Sept. 14. It's a major step toward the Defense Department's goal of moving base-level cybersecurity operations to a more defensible, centrally-managed architecture.

Thursday - 09/18/2014, 05:01am EDT
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Transforming data into smart business analytics

David Rubal, Public Sector Pre-Sales Consulting Manager with Tableau Software, will discuss how his company is helping agencies analyze and process big data.
September 16, 2014

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 08:27pm EDT
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White House, GSA welcome Round 3 Innovation Fellows

The White House and the General Services Administration select 27 new Presidential Innovation Fellows to work on "high-impact" projects.

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 10:12am EDT

Ed Bersoff and Jonathan Aberman

The government looks far and wide for answers to its most challenging problems. Yesterday, the White House hired 27 new Presidential Innovation Fellows from around the country to come in and help. But sometimes, solutions are no farther away than your back yard. A new Virginia non-profit called Tandem NSI aims to link the government with technology entrepreneurs without a lot of red tape. Jonathan Aberman is managing partner of Amplifier Ventures and Ed Bersoff is a veteran in federal contracting. They joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss why the federal government should adopt new technologies.

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:41am EDT
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Melvyn Smith, Centre for Machine Vision, Bristol Robotic Laboratory

A British research team aims to prove that 3-D technology could help Homeland Security discover more suspicious activity. Surveillance systems usually rely on 2-D images. Now, a team from England's Centre for Machine Vision is building a system to extract high resolution 3-D video from a distance of several hundred feet. Professor Melvyn Smith is director of the Centre for Machine Vision in the Bristol Robotic Laboratory. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss what prompted him to conduct this research.

Tuesday - 09/16/2014, 04:36am EDT
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OMB turns to the people-solution to fix troubled IT programs

As part of President Barack Obama's second term management agenda, agencies are testing new hiring authorities for technology experts and an industry-government exchange program. The Office of Management and Budget also worked with agencies to benchmark the cost effectiveness of back-office functions.

Monday - 09/15/2014, 03:41am EDT
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Ariel Rabkin, AEI's Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy

The Obama Administration wants to avoid a repeat of the technical glitches it experienced with the rollout of HealthCare.gov. One way is through a White House effort called the U.S. Digital Service. The Digital Service will consist of a small team of experts that will serve as consultants to agencies on IT projects. Ariel Rabkin is a visiting fellow with AEI's Center for Internet, Communications and Technology Policy. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to explain why many IT projects fail in the first place.

Sunday - 09/14/2014, 06:47pm EDT
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One vendor team's approach to DoD EHR: Start with VistA

Advocates for VistA, VA's EHR system, shouldn't give up hope yet. There's still some chance that DoD could wind up using the same system VA does, or at least a commercial derivative of it.

Friday - 09/12/2014, 06:04pm EDT
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