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Virginia Senate candidate wants to pay feds for cost-cutting ideas

Former Virginia Governors George Allen and Tim Kaine offer contrasting ideas on issues affecting federal employees and contractors. In Maryland, former federal employee Dan Bongino is challenging incumbent Sen. Ben Cardin for his seat. Bongino and Cardin hold similar views on a number of employee issues.

Tags: management , Senate , Congress , George Allen , Tim Kaine , Ben Cardin , Dan Bongino , Rob Sobhani , 2012 election ,

Monday - 11/05/2012, 06:40pm EST

New group strives to clarify, simplify cyber basics for agencies

The Consortium for Cybersecurity Action, a newly-formed international group of government agencies and private organizations from around the world, today will release an updated baseline of the 20 most important cyber controls. The group wants to become a resource to help agencies implement those security checks. DHS already is developing a solicitation to make it easier for agencies to buy tools and services to implement several of the security checks.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Tony Sager , SANS Institute , DHS , 20 critical controls , The Consortium for Cybersecurity Action ,

Monday - 11/05/2012, 05:20am EST
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Army to rebalance workforce at expense of civilians, contractors

Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said the service wants to bring more uniformed men and women into the institutional Army. He said they have relied too much on civilian employees and contractors over the last decade. Odierno said the Army also has to change the way it trains its leaders to be more adaptable.

Tags: DoD , Ray Odierno , Army , budget , workforce , personnel reductions , CSIS , total force policy , training ,

Friday - 11/02/2012, 05:26am EDT
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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)

Tags: technology , Terry Edwards , Army , Joint Information Environment , enterprise services , cloud computing , Data center consolidation , standards , Ask the CIO ,

Thursday - 11/01/2012, 06:57pm EDT
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Agencies fan out en masse to help recovery efforts

FEMA pre-positioned people and equipment along the East Coast before Hurricane Sandy arrived. The FCC, which is monitoring communications networks, said about 25 percent of all cell sites were down.

Tags: management , FEMA , FCC , Craig Fugate , David Turetsky , Hurricane Sandy , Telecommunications , disaster relief ,

Tuesday - 10/30/2012, 08:32pm EDT
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Federal websites resilient against storm...so far

GSA said the storm has not had an effect on the USA.gov and GobineroUSA websites, which are providing federal information related to Post-tropical Cyclone Sandy.

Tags: technology , GSA , cloud computing , Hurricane Sandy , CGI , FEMA , USA.gov , GobiernoUSA.gov

Tuesday - 10/30/2012, 05:44am EDT

Derecho helped HHS prepare for Sandy's wrath

Frank Baitman, the CIO at the Department of Health and Human Services, said his agency applied lessons from this summer's Derecho as it prepared for the storm hitting the region this week. He said HHS tested and fixed server fail-over problems.

Tags: management , technology , Frank Baitman , HHS , Hurricane Sandy , data center , continuity of operations , telework ,

Tuesday - 10/30/2012, 05:26am EDT
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Hurricane Sandy forces cancellation of ELC conference

The Executive Leadership Conference scheduled to take place this week in Williamsburg, Va. has been canceled because of Hurricane Sandy.

Tags: management , Hurricane Sandy , OPM , ACT-IAC , ELC ,

Sunday - 10/28/2012, 01:33pm EDT

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

Tags: technology , Ask the CIO , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Rising , Mark Weatherford , DHS , Critical infrastructure , information sharing ,

Thursday - 10/25/2012, 05:43pm EDT
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Agencies must better define roles of acquisition leaders

OFPP gives agencies until Jan. 15 to update the responsibilities of their chief acquisition officer and senior procurement executive.

Tags: acquisition , management , OFPP , Joe Jordan , CAO Council , senior procurement executive ,

Monday - 10/29/2012, 01:12pm EDT
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