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DHS says cyber initiatives healthy and growing

Andy Ozment, assistant secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications in DHS, said the CDM, Einstein and Enhance Cybersecurity Services programs are on the upswing in terms of impact and number of users. Ozment said there are no delays with CDM, and the Einstein intrusion detection and prevention software covers 25 percent of all federal employees.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , DHS , Andy Ozment , continuous diagnostics and mitigation , Einstein program , Enhanced Cybersecurity Services program , information sharing , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 10/09/2014, 04:12am EDT
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DHS' Ozment seeks the best metrics for new cyber scorecard

The goal of the scorecard or dashboard would be to give government leaders a better sense of just how secure agency networks are from hackers. As the 11th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month begins, DHS is doing much less education about why securing computers and networks is important.

Tags: exclusive , Jason Miller , technology , cybersecurity , DHS , Andy Ozment , information sharing , scorecard , Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Friday - 10/03/2014, 03:40am EDT
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NSF launches new financial system as fiscal year begins

Federal News Radio's annual chief financial officers survey found dealing with budget reductions and workforce challenges continue to be top priorities. At the National Science Foundation, CFO Martha Rubenstein said her office completed what may be the last modernized financial management system done by the private sector.

Tags: Jason Miller , financial management , management , NSF , Martha Rubenstein , CFO survey , risk management , shared services , In Depth , exclusive

Thursday - 10/02/2014, 04:21am EDT
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Q&A with OPM: Retirement, benefits and employee morale

The Office of Personnel Management answers federal employees' questions about phased retirement, diversity, recruitment and training, morale, pay, and more.

Tags: Office of Personnel Management , Katherine Archuleta , workforce , pay and benefits , retirement , exclusive , morale , diversity , SES

Wednesday - 10/01/2014, 08:37am EDT

Treasury's fixes to USASpending.gov begin with mapping, navigation

Christina Ho, the executive director for data transparency in the Bureau of the Fiscal Service, said Treasury developed short-and long-term plans to improve the spending portal. She said DATA Act requirements fit well in the department's strategy.

Tags: technology , USASpending.gov , Christina Ho , Treasury Department , DATA Act , contracting , information sharing , Jason Miller , exclusive

Friday - 09/26/2014, 04:57am EDT
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Complex ethics environment pushes OGE to focus on basics

Walter Shaub, the director of the Office of Government Ethics, said the agency is focusing on three areas in order to improve ethics training across government: communication, direct support to agency ethics officials and oversight.

Tags: management , Office of Government Ethics , Walter Shaub , training , oversight , Jason Miller , exclusive

Thursday - 09/25/2014, 04:51am EDT
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TechAmerica dismisses Mike Hettinger as head of public sector practice

The industry association is once again in turmoil as it gets rid of Mike Hettinger, who was brought in to stabilize the association after a tumultuous year. TechAmerica brings in two consultants, Larry Allen and Bill Greenwalt, to handle the day-to-day activities of the organization in the meantime.

Tags: industry , management , exclusive , Mike Hettinger , Steve Ostrowski , TechAmerica , CompTia , Todd Thibodeaux , Jason Miller

Tuesday - 09/23/2014, 01:54pm EDT

OGE Director Shaub wants a stronger, more transparent ethics community

The National Government Ethics Summit, sponsored by the Office of Government Ethics, highlighted basic and advanced training for federal ethics officials, as well as broader subjects, such as whistleblower retaliation, the Hatch Act and other legal issues. Walter Shaub, the director of OGE, wants training sessions such as these to bring the federal ethics community closer together.

Tags: management , Office of Government Ethics , Walter Shaub , workforce , Craig Holman , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 09/24/2014, 04:11am EDT
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It happened to me: Diplomats recount stories of crisis and survival

Diane Dillard picked up the pieces of the U.S. Embassy in Lebanon after it was bombed in 1983. Ambassador Bill Brown found himself at the heart of a Soviet Union spy scandal. And John Limbert survived the infamous 444-day Iran hostage crisis. In the inaugural edition of Federal News Radio's new feature, Federal Voices, we hear from each of them, in their own words, about what those experiences were really like and how they survived to tell the tale.

Tags: Diane Dillard , Stu Kennedy , Bill Brown , John Limbert , State Department , foreign service officers , Beirut , embassy , Clayton Lonetree , Iran hostage crisis , Emily Kopp , Federal Voices , Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training , Foreign Service Institute , George Shultz , exclusive

Friday - 09/19/2014, 02:00am EDT

IRS' approach to big data focuses on business outcomes

The office of compliance analytics at the IRS uses information, tools and analysis to help mission offices solve problems. Dean Silverman, a senior adviser to the IRS commissioner, said his office is trying to use these tools and approaches to improve the agency's outcomes and to create a data-driven decision-making culture.

Tags: management , Dean Silverman , IRS , data analytics , improper payments , Jason Miller , exclusive

Wednesday - 09/17/2014, 04:16am EDT
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