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USDA CIO Smith to leave

Chris Smith is moving on after more than three years as the Agriculture Department's lead technology manager. He helped make major change to the agency's infrastructure, in part by moving email to the cloud.

Tags: USDA , Chris Smith , people , technology , Charles McClam , cloud computing , CIO Council ,

Thursday - 03/08/2012, 06:04pm EST

White House paints cyber attack picture for Hill

An interagency group of senior officials will brief Senate lawmakers today on what would be the response if the nation's critical infrastructure suffered a cyber attack. The meetings come as Senate lawmakers debate two cyber bills that try to address critical infrastructure protection.

Tags: Congress , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Senate , White House , technology , Cybersecurity Update

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 02:21pm EST

OMB to increase IT project oversight with improved dashboard

Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel said agency technology managers will receive reports on the accuracy of the data they put in the portal. The Office of Management and Budget will use the reports to spot possible problematic projects. Version two of the IT Dashboard also will offer more information on specific projects that fall under a bigger investment category.

Tags: technology , IT , OMB , management , Steven VanRoekel , Dominic Sale , IT Dashboard , data quality , data management ,

Thursday - 03/08/2012, 05:00am EST
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OMB upgrades IT Dashboard with new tools, better data

The portal provides more access to individual agency projects, lets departments find duplication and improves overall data quality. OMB also has published the source code for the public to use.

Tags: technology , OMB , Steven VanRoekel , IT Dashboard , project management , data management , Beth Reardon

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 05:12am EST

DoD CHCO Tamburrino promoted

Pat Tamburrino has been reassigned to be the chief of staff for the acting undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. He has led several initiatives including moving out of the NSPS and improving the speed of Defense hiring.

Tags: people , Pat Tamburrino , DoD , Paige Hinkle Bowles , Jo Ann Rooney , workforce , Chief Human Capital Officer Council ,

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 09:55am EST

Grassley, Issa call for review of federal policies for using personal email

In a letter to Office of Management and Budget Acting Director Jeff Zients, the two lawmakers say the Food and Drug Administration lawsuit raises broader questions about how other agencies monitor employee use of personal email. The House and Senate members want OMB to conduct a governmentwide analysis of these policies.

Tags: technology , Charles Grassley , Darrell Issa , Jeff Zients , OMB , FDA , privacy , whistleblower protection ,

Tuesday - 03/06/2012, 02:34pm EST

Networx in home stretch, but another extension is possible

GSA may have to give as many as 20 agencies an extra nine months to transition to the five-year-old telecommunications contract. The agency says 96 percent of all transitions are done or in progress. GSA is developing a strategy for the next generation of telecommunications services.

Tags: technology , Frank Tiler , GSA , Networx , telecommunications , cybersecurity , Trusted Internet Connections Initiaitive ,

Wednesday - 03/07/2012, 05:28am EST
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TIGTA upgrading network to handle new mobile requirements

George Jakabcin, the agency's CIO, said every employee will get a new laptop and be able to access the network through a WiFi VPN connection. More than 80 percent of all employees work outside the office at least one day a week.
January 5, 2012(Encore presentation March 1, 2012)

Tags: technology , TIGTA , IT , telework , mobile computing , mobile , Ask the CIO , Geroge Jakabcin

Thursday - 01/05/2012, 07:26pm EST
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NIST releases revised cybersecurity requirements

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released the first draft of special publication 800-53 revision 4 yesterday.

Tags: NIST , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , technology , Federal Drive ,

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 07:30am EST

DHS wants to ride commercial wave for interoperable radio network

After a decade of unsuccessful attempts, including the Justice Department's Integrated Wireless Network, the Homeland Security Department wants to leap forward with technology by using commercial 4G networks to connect law enforcement agencies. DHS created a joint program office to lead the effort. The approach is part of OMB's shared services initiative for agencies to work together on big programs.

Tags: technology , DHS , OMB , VA , USDA , Chris Smith , Richard Spires , Steve VanRoekel , Roger Baker , shared services , information sharing , law enforcement networks , Future First , IT project management , IT efficiencies , budget , AFCEA Bethesda ,

Monday - 02/27/2012, 05:40am EST
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