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White House grading agency cyber progress

Deputy secretaries now get quarterly scorecards on how their agency is meeting four IT security priorities, including continuous monitoring of agency networks and secure identity cards. Howard Schmidt, the White House cyber coordinator, said the goal is to increase accountability and make sure agencies are putting enough focus on these areas. Schmidt said he is also developing priorities for 2012, which includes getting cybersecurity legislation passed.

Tags: technology , management , cybersecurity , Howard Schmidt , Jacob Olcott , OMB , DHS , cyber coordinator , TIC , secure identity cards , HSPD-12 , continuous monitoring , Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board , CyberStat , Good Harbor Consulting

Friday - 10/28/2011, 05:50am EDT
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NIST's Furlani to retire in early 2012

Charles Romine has been selected to replace Furlani as the head of the NIST IT lab.

Tags: management , people , Cita Furlani , Charles Romine , Howard Schmidt , NIST , Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board , cybersecurity , technology ,

Thursday - 10/27/2011, 01:53pm EDT

Federal CIO VanRoekel details his 'first' priorities

Federal CIO Steven VanRoekel wants the government to move toward a share-first policy where agencies share IT before buying new. He also introduced his "Future First" initiative to standardize technology development and adoption across the government. This was VanRoekel's first major policy speech since taking over as CIO in August.

Tags: technology , policy , Steven VanRoekel , OMB , cloud computing , cybersecurity , mobile computing , Future First , entrepreneur-in-residence , Tech Fellows , citizen services , PARC , TechAmerica , FedRAMP

Wednesday - 10/26/2011, 03:05pm EDT
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GSA awards 21 vendors a spot on $5B Connections II contract

The IDIQ contract will let agencies order a variety of telecommunications support services.

Tags: industry , contracting , technology , GSA , Connections II , telecommunications ,

Wednesday - 10/26/2011, 07:44pm EDT

NARA tackling records management in the cloud

The archives is working with the CIO Council to figure out how to move records stored in the cloud more easily and ensure their authenticity. Mike Wash, NARA's CIO, said this is a problem looming for every agency as more and more of them move to the cloud computing. NARA is considering how to move its internal email to a managed service provider.
October 12, 2011(Encore presentation November 24, 2011)

Tags: technology , Mike Wash , NARA , cloud computing , records management , ERA , meta data , Ask the CIO ,

Wednesday - 10/12/2011, 04:53pm EDT
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ICE not sitting on cyber laurels

Immigration and Customs Enforcement received a score of 95 on its FISMA report card in 2011. Jeff Eisensmith, the ICE CISO, said the agency is implementing continuous monitoring and increasing the training of its employees.

Tags: technology , Jeff Eisensmith , Immigration and Customs Enforcement , DHS , cybersecurity , continuous monitoring , insider threat , Ask the CIO ,

Wednesday - 10/19/2011, 03:10pm EDT
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Agencies more aggressive in suspending, debarring contractors

A new report from an interagency committee shows departments have increased the number of contractors suspended or debarred by at least 150 from 2009 to 2010. The Army, DLA, DHS, EPA and OPM have debarred more vendors than other agencies over the past two years.

Tags: acquisition policy , industry , Interagency Suspension and Debarment Committee , OMB , suspension and debarment , contractor oversight ,

Friday - 10/21/2011, 03:52pm EDT

VA gives the go ahead to its 'ruthless' IT reduction plans

The agency's task force detailed potential areas to cut the cost of technology in a 104-page report sent to the chief information officer this week. Stephen Warren, VA's principal deputy CIO, said the agency expects to save at least $50 million over the next year.

Tags: technology , contracting , VA , Stephen Warren , budget , IT spending , efficiency initiatives ,

Wednesday - 10/19/2011, 07:25pm EDT
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Agencies overcoming cloud security fears

CIOs and other federal IT experts say cloud computing security isn't much different than other protecting other technology systems. The chief technology officer for the CIA, Gus Hunt, said the cloud's elasticity makes it harder for hackers to attack.

Tags: technology , Casey Coleman , Khawaja Shams , Gus Hunt , GSA , CIA , NASA , cloud computing , Google , Amazon , cybersecurity , Shawn Kingsberry , Recovery Board ,

Wednesday - 10/19/2011, 06:04am EDT
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CIOs still not meeting spirit, intent of Clinger-Cohen law, GAO finds

A new report highlights fewer CIOs are reporting to their agency's secretary today than in 2004. More of these senior technology managers wear more than one-hat and are responsible for many areas outside the 13 the statute originally called for.

Tags: management , technology , OMB , GAO , DoD , Susan Collins , Joseph Lieberman , Clinger-Cohen Act , Teri Takai ,

Tuesday - 10/18/2011, 05:28am EDT
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