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Rep. Issa heading down familiar path for IT reform; Senate still in discovery mode

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) plans to offer the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) as an amendment later this week to the 2013 Defense Authorization bill. The Senate held a hearing looking at the best approach to empower federal CIOs. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee heard that transparency, visibility and senior leadership are common traits among successful CIOs.

Tags: technology , management , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , Steve VanRoekel , OMB , Simon Szykman , Frank Baitman , HHS , David Powner , GAO , CIO authorities , PortfolioStat , IT duplication , Commodity IT , Darrell Issa , Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/12/2013, 05:26am EDT

OMB reworking financial system requirements to focus on outcomes, not inputs

The administration is expected to release a new directive in the coming weeks to update Circular A-127, which defines how agencies operate their financial systems. The new guidance is expected to open the market up to vendors and make it easier for agencies to transition to shared service providers.

Tags: technology , shared services , Adam Goldberg , Treasury , OMB , Keith Trippie , DHS , Gwynne Kostin , GSA , Kirit Amin , Management of Change Conference , ACT-IAC , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 05/21/2013, 05:27am EDT
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New security standard to boost agency trust, use of mobile devices

On the one-year anniversary of the Digital Government Strategy, the CIO Council and DHS are expected to issue a security baseline and reference architecture for mobile computing. The goal of the document is not to give agencies new requirements but to focus on those security standards that are mobile-centric.

Tags: technology , TechAmerica , CIO survey , Simon Szykman , Kevin Cox , CIO Council , Brian Teeple , DoD , mobile computing , cybersecurity , George DelPrete , Grant Thornton , Daren Ash , NRC , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/03/2013, 05:46am EDT
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Agencies applying threat intelligence to stem tide of cyber attacks

The idea behind cyber threat intelligence is to understand more about the attack and the attacker than ever before by matching up patterns, anomalies and other characteristics of the bad guys. Energy, DoD, Commerce and DHS are all analyzing cyber attack data to develop this more complete picture.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , McAfee , Alma Cole , DHS , Gil Vega , Energy , Simon Szykman , DoD , Teri Takai , information sharing , Public-private partnership , Threat intelligence , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/25/2013, 05:39am EDT

USDA seeks authority to transfer funds to offset sequestration cuts

Agriculture Department Secretary Tom Vilsack can move money in-between accounts within the same bureau, but not across the agency under a special provision called Interchange Authority. Vilsack has officially asked Congress for use of that authority in an effort to stunt the negative effects of sequestration at his agency. At at recent House hearing, Republican lawmakers questioned why more agencies haven't movasked Congress for similar permission.

Tags: management , budget , sequestration , Michael Young , USDA , Hari Sastry , FCC , David Robbins , Paul Gosar , Blake Farenthold , Darrell Issa , Elijah Cummings , Matt Cartwright , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , reprogramming authorities

Wednesday - 03/20/2013, 05:51am EDT
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Inside the Reporter's Notebook: Barry West returns, two CIOs leaving, Einstein cyber initiative faces delay

Barry West is returning for his fourth gig as a CIO, and three other key technology officials are leaving. Two congressmen want to pressure contractors to pay back taxes.

Tags: technology , Barry West , Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation , Jeff Huskey , FTC , Jill Singer , National Reconnaissance Office , Keith Thurston , GSA , Scott Quehl , Jason Chaffetz , Jackie Speier , cybersecurity , E3A , DHS , Janet Napolitano , people , industry , Jason Miller

Monday - 03/11/2013, 05:31am EDT
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Commerce's CFO, CIO collaboration paying off across the board

Scott Quehl, the CFO, and Simon Szykman, the CIO, work closely together on ensuring projects remain on track and are efficient as possible. Their relationship is making it easier for Commerce to deal with budget and oversight pressures.

Tags: technology , management , Simon Szykman , Scott Quehl , budget , efficiency initiatives , collaboration , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 01/09/2013, 05:45am EST
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Kirit Amin heads to Commerce as deputy CIO

Amin spent the last eight months as HUD's chief technology officer.

Tags: exclusive , technology , people , Kirit Amin , HUD , Jason Miller

Friday - 11/09/2012, 11:49am EST
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