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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Cyber bills abound; OFPP and reverse auctions; DoJ's API release

In this week's "Inside the Reporter's Notebook," the passage of five cybersecurity bills by Congress in the past week signals a long-coming and much needed change to how agencies defend their computer networks; an interesting bid protest decision flew under the radar that signals yet another challenge to FedBid, the reverse auction contractor and the Justice Department's first foray into the open data world with the launch of two APIs is noteworthy, but the underlying reason why DoJ could release the software code is really the story here.

Tags: acquisition , acquisition policy , GAO , OFPP , FedBid , reverse auctions , oversight , bid protest , FitNet , Raul Espinosa , Scott Amey , POGO , Inside the Reporters Notebook , Jason Miller , industry , technology , Justice Department , Joe Klimavich , Deloitte , Skip Bailey , open source , Drupal , DoD , superior supplier program , Professional Services Council , Alan Chvotkin , FISMA , research and development , workforce , DHS , NIST , Alma Cole , Juniper Networks , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , pay and benefits

Monday - 12/15/2014, 03:46am EST

FCC throws down cyber gauntlet to communications industry

Chairman Tom Wheeler said he wants to build on the initial success of the critical infrastructure cybersecurity framework released by the White House in February. He said it's not a matter of new regulations, but creating a joint approach to improving the network security across the entire communications sector. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) renews hope for Congress to pass information sharing legislation this year.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , AEI , Mike Rogers , Tom Wheeler , FCC , information sharing , Jason Miller

Friday - 06/13/2014, 04:47am EDT
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NIST's cyber framework moves toward implementation stage

NIST issues the industry-developed final draft approach to help critical infrastructure providers secure their computer systems. The agency is accepting comments over the next couple of months and will issue a version 1.0 of the framework in February. Industry offered mixed reactions to the framework. Some said it's too broad while others said it provides a set of agreed upon basic cyber protections.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , NIST , Patrick Gallagher , critical infrastructure , Tim Conway , McAfee , Telecommunications Industry Association , White House , Phil Agcaoili , Cox Communications , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 10/23/2013, 04:10am EDT
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Cybersecurity fails to live up to expectations, reflect reality

The administration has struggled to fulfill its promise to take enough concrete steps to make cybersecurity a national security priority. Experts say the White House fell short in several areas, most notably in getting comprehensive cyber legislation passed.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Obama Impact , David Smith , Potomac Institute , Juniper Networks , Patrick Howard , SecureInfo Corp. , Phyllis Schneck , McAfee , Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board , White House , Congress , Larry Clinton , Internet Security Alliance , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 09/18/2012, 03:40am EDT
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Analysis: Competing bills offer different approaches to cybersecurity

Bob Dix, vice president for government affairs and critical infrastructure for Juniper Networks, joined The Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about the new cyber bill introduced by Senate Republicans.

Tags: cybersecurity , technology , Juniper Networks , John McCain , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Congress , Senate , Michael OConnell , Federal Drive

Friday - 03/02/2012, 11:02am EST
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Draft cyber bill gives DHS controversial authorities

The Senate is set to take up comprehensive cyber legislation in January that already is causing experts heartburn. Provisions to give the Homeland Security Department more authorities, including taking "any lawful action" to stop cyber attacks against systems holding federal data, are coming under fire. Industry experts are optimistic Congress will pass major cyber reform.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Alan Paller , James Lewis , SANS Institute , CSIS , Juniper Networks , FISMA , critical infrastructure , DHS , White House , Congress , industry , Jason Miller

Friday - 01/13/2012, 05:14am EST
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What challenges will new Cyber Coordinator face?

Analysis from Juniper's Bob Dix.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , cybersecurity coordinator , Howard Schmidt , Juniper

Wednesday - 12/23/2009, 06:09pm EST
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Identity Management-"Progress & Best Practices"

October 27th Program discusses the progress report on Identity Management efforts in the Federal Government, best practices, challenges, lessons learned, and visions for the future.

Tags: technology , Federal Executive Forum , identity , Bob Mocny , DHS , Stephen Morris , FBI , Thomas Dee , OSD , Michael Donovan , EDS , Juniper , SafeNet

Thursday - 10/08/2009, 07:15pm EDT

OMB plans to bust IT contracting myths

The Office of Management and Budget said many feds responsible for IT acquisition are so cautious about running afoul of ethics rules that they're passing up what could be productive interactions with the industry. The administration plans to start an awareness campaign to improve communication between agencies and vendors.

Tags: technology , management , contracting , OMB , OFPP , ethics , Vivek Kundra , Dan Gordon , Paul Brub

Friday - 12/10/2010, 07:33pm EST
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Industry, feds react with optimism to OMB's IT reforms

The administration detailed a 25-point plan to improve the way agencies buy and manage technology. Current and former government officials say OMB is using lessons learned from the past to set the agencies up for success.

Tags: technology , management , Vivek Kundra , Teri Takai , Jeff Zients , OMB , DoD , Tim Young , Mark Forman , Deloitte Consulting , KPMG , Juniper Networks , IT reforms , cloud computing , agile development , cybersecurity , Jason Miller

Friday - 12/10/2010, 07:18am EST
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