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Federal Drive Interviews -- Dec. 12, 2012

Dr. A. Hunter Fanney talks about a house the NIST Engineering Lab is using to study green technologies. Dr. Cheryl Martin discusses the Energy Department's recent round of grants to foster new technology. Financial Planner Arthur Stein discusses the impact of FERS over the last 25 years. Pete Kasperowicz of The Hill newspapers reviews upcoming legislation on Capitol Hill.

Tags: Hunter Fanney , green energy , Energy Department , Cheryl Martin , financial planning , FERS , FERS: 25 Years Later , Pete Kasperowicz , The Hill , Congress , DoD , DoD Report , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 12/12/2012, 09:32am EST

As move to mobile grows, federal workforce adapts to new normal

The mobile revolution isn't new to many agencies. Laptops and BlackBerrys have been standard issue for many government executives for the last decade. What is different, however, is the widespread use of smartphones and tablet computers. Both agencies and citizens hold new and more immediate expectations because of these devices, and the government must adapt to this technololgy. In our special report, Gov 3.0: It's Mobile, Federal News Radio explores how some agencies are meeting the demand internally and externally for mobile devices and apps. The challenge, like any new technology, is ensuring these devices actually help meet mission goals and don't become just another shiny toy.

Tags: Gov 3.0: Its Mobile , mobility , technology , Lisa Wolfe , ACT-IAC , Advance Mobility Working Group , Rick Holgate , Sanjay Sardar , Federal Energy Regulatory Commission , MAS , DISA , Lisa Mascolo , Optimos , Kim Hancher , EEOC , Kathleen Frisbee , Veterans Health Administration , Veterans Affairs

Friday - 12/07/2012, 12:12pm EST

Federal Drive interviews - Nov. 29

OMB Controller Danny Werfel explains how agencies have been able to cut improper payments. Also, the VA's Mary Santiago discusses the hurdles to hiring more veterans into the federal workforce.

Tags: Federal Drive , Danny Werfel , OMB , Mary Santiago , VA , Gerry Connolly , USPS , Jeremy Grant ,

Thursday - 11/29/2012, 08:31am EST

Federal Drive interviews - Nov. 20

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) describes the bipartisan support around the DATA Act. Michael Courts of the GAO recaps his testimony on diplomatic security related to the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi. Charles H. Romine of NIST explains how medical professionals can make meaningful use of electronic records.

Tags: Federal Drive , Michael Courts , GAO , Benghazi , Ed Meagher , VA , Legal Loop , Joe Petrillo , contracting , Kathleen Stratton , Pew Charitable Trusts , Charles Romine , technology , Vince Micone , CFC

Tuesday - 11/20/2012, 09:11am EST

ELC: News and Notes

OPM developing competency models for performance improvement officers and chief operating officers as part of its requirements under the GPRA Modernization Act. DHS moves to agile development to fix the HSIN program. NIST to update HSPD-12 card requirements to meet mobile needs.

Tags: technology , GSA , OPM , DHS , Martha Johnson , Dave McClure , Patsy Stevens , Donna Roy , Jeremy Grant , NSTIC , Suzanne Lightman , Green government , energy efficiency , open government , GPRA Modernization , HSIN , cybersecurity , identity management , mobile , HSPD-12 , Jason Miller , ELC 2011

Tuesday - 10/25/2011, 05:57am EDT

DoD doubles down on cyber threat reality

Identity management, standup of Cyber Command, and information sharing with the industrial base have been cited as key cyber accomplishments in the Department of Defense. But much work remains, experts say.

Tags: cybersecurity , technology , Rob Carey , Martin Dempsey , Robert Lentz , Stephen Boutelle , U.S. Cyber Command , defense industrial base , critical infrastructure , NIST special publication 800-53 Rev 3 , Host Based Security Systems , Jared Serbu , Cybersecurity Rising

Thursday - 10/25/2012, 06:36am EDT
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Top 10 cyber accomplishments since 2006

Federal News Radio polled current and former federal cybersecurity experts for their opinions on what were the most significant cybersecurity accomplishments since 2006 to secure federal networks and improve public- private partnerships. The accomplishments are in no particular order.

Tags: Cybersecurity Rising , technology , Jason Miller , DoD , DHS , GSA , OMB , White House

Tuesday - 10/23/2012, 01:22pm EDT

Federal Drive interviews - Oct. 12, 2012

Nobel Prize winner David Wineland of NIST discusses his accomplishments. And a contingent of large federal buildings might be getting a makeover. The National Capital Planning Commission shares plans the GSA is considering.

Tags: David Wineland , Rebecca Spitzgo , HHS , Ed Zurndorfer , pay and benefits , Diane Sullivan , National Capital Planning Commission , Chris OConnors , NOAA , Federal Drive

Friday - 10/12/2012, 09:39am EDT

Cross-agency priorities give cyber an in with non-IT officials

White House senior director for cybersecurity Andy Ozment said budget folks are getting a better understanding of why cybersecurity is important thanks to the administration's high- priority governmentwide goals. NIST also is helping push the cross-agency goals forward from a technical perspective.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Donna Dodson , Andy Ozment , White House , HSPD-12 , continuous monitoring , Trusted Internet Connections , Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board , cross-agency goals , Jason Miller

Friday - 10/12/2012, 05:16am EDT

Agencies finally figuring out how HSPD-12 cards can improve security

More than eight years after the White House issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12 requiring the issuance of secure identity cards, governmentwide and agency-specific initiatives provide hope the smart cards can be more than "glorified ID cards." NIST and GSA are developing an identity exchange in the cloud. DHS and IRS are putting their cards to use at a local level for both building and computer access.

Tags: technology , acquisition , identity management , Tom McCarty , DHS , Kshemendra Paul , Information Sharing Environment , Sharon James , IRS , Naomi Lefkovitz , cloud computing , information sharing , back-end attribute exchange , GSA , PortfolioStat , HSPD-12 , AFCEA Bethesda , ACT-IAC , standards based acquisition model , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/11/2012, 06:01am EDT
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