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OMB's Zients touts better hiring, retention of feds

The White House Chief Performance Officer, and Deputy Director for Management at the Office of Management and Budget, speaks to the National Treasury Employees Union legislative conference about the role federal workers play in improving the performance management of the federal government.

Tags: P&B , Jeffrey Zients , NTEU , HUD , hiring process , Max Cacas

Thursday - 03/11/2010, 06:39am EST
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OMB to issue financial systems overhaul guidelines

The White House has released a consolidated financial report for the entire government. But the Government Accountability Office says the information is, for the most part, flawed.

Tags: mngt , financial management , GAO , Deloitte , Tim Young , Dorothy Ramienski

Wednesday - 03/10/2010, 09:30am EST
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NTEU concerned about fed worker safety

One of the largest Federal employee labor unions is in the second day of its three-day legislative conference, held yearly in Washington. The National Treasury Employees Union is pressing for things like collective bargaining rights for Transportation Security Administration screeners while also expressing its concern for the safety of all feds at their workplaces.

Tags: newsstand , employee safety , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , IRS , Austin , TIGTA , TSA , Barbara Mikulski , Nita Lowey , collective bargaining rights , Jeffrey Zeints , chief performance officer , Max Cacas

Wednesday - 03/10/2010, 07:02am EST
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OMB taking a deeper look at data centers

Federal CIO Vivek Kundra will sign a memo requiring agencies to do another, more detailed survey of their data centers. Agencies also are working on a department-wide plan to consolidate these buildings.

Tags: technology , Vivek Kundra , Van Hitch , Richard Spires , Michael Duffy , DHS , Treasury , Justice , CIO Council , AFCEA , Data center consolidation , cloud computing

Friday - 02/26/2010, 02:15pm EST
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OIRA head Cass Sunstein is rethinking the mindset of regulation

Many federal government watchers think the former Harvard Law Professor has turned OIRA into a 'living laboratory' for writing government regulations based on behavioral economics.

Tags: management , Cass Sunstein , OIRA , Peter Orszag , DoT , Ray Lahood , American University's Washington College of Law , President Obama , Max Cacas , American University

Wednesday - 02/17/2010, 03:50pm EST
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Long Term Consequences and Government Policy

Understanding the long term consequences for government policy is not a regular part of the federal diet, but it should be.

Tags: Lurita Doan , GSA , telework , OPM , Service Disabled veterans , economic stimulus , small business , federal contracting , VA

Monday - 02/15/2010, 10:48am EST
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DHS to increase the number, diversity of senior leaders

CHCO Jeff Neal says the agency received permission from OMB and OPM to hire 90 SESers. He also wants to ensure the senior manager ranks include more women and minorities.

Tags: pay and benefits , Jeff Neal , DHS , OPM , workforce , diversity , hiring , veterans , recruitment

Wednesday - 02/10/2010, 06:00pm EST
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Cyber Security - Five Key Challenges

In addressing the importance of cyber security as a government priority in testimony before a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee last fall, Vivek Kundra, the Federal Chief Information Officer, said:

"Our Nation's security and economic prosperity depend on the stability and integrity of our Federal communications and information infrastructure." Federal News Radio has reportedthat the federal government will spend $8.3 billion on computer security this year - marking a 60% increase in four years. As Federal information security decision-makers allocate dollars and resources to protect our infrastructure, it is important to prioritize the key challenges they face. These include:

    1. Increased use of mobile devices.Mobile devices are becoming smaller and faster every day. Agencies face even more challenges as mobile applications have now become widely used and they are even looking to build their own mobile applications to increase their productivity in the field.
    2. Continued movement of data into the cloud. Cloud computing has become a pervasive buzzword but in the end, risk stems from a matter of oversight and control. Agencies must rely on strong governance and compliance oversight of their service providers since they do not own or control the systems where their data resides.
    3. Changing regulatory environment. NIST has undergone sweeping changes across their Special Publications by introducing a new Risk Management Framework and introducing new nomenclature such as "Security Authorization." OMB continues to press their performance metrics as a part of the FISMA reporting process and could see some changes in the next 9 months.
    4. Application security. Attackers have now moved their focus from the network and infrastructure level to the application layer. We're seeing more attacks proliferated through applications such as Adobe and web browsers but some high profile data breaches stemmed from custom web applications through SQL injection attacks.
    5. Developing/maturing offensive capabilities. "Understanding the offensive to build the defensive" has become the mantra for today's cyber security efforts. The ability to understand the mindset of an attacker and their methods becomes critical in building defenses that focus on these attack vectors. Reigning in the changes can pose a difficult problem for several agencies but it ultimately comes down to understanding the threats to your particular agency and narrowing your defenses on those areas. Focus and prioritization become key in the constant battle.

Tags: technology , Trusted Advisor Blog , cyber security , homeland security , cloud , NIST , FISMA ,

Tuesday - 02/02/2010, 10:46am EST

Looking at OMB's Proposed FISMA Performance Metrics

While 2010 turns the page to a new decade, many threats from the past 10 years persist. In the cyber security world, nations such as China continue building cyber capabilities from an offensive and defensive perspective, resulting in what has become a new arms race.

In response to these threats, the Federal government hopes to shore up its defensive capabilities by mandating new FISMA performance metrics that incorporate "real-time" countermeasuresówith real-time being the keyword. Real-time denotes the ability to identify, act, and respond to minimize the impact of attacks. This leads to our movement of increasing situational awareness and our ability to detect threats as they occur instead of reacting after the damage has been done. While real-time measures provide many benefits, they also carry a hefty price tag for agencies looking to implement these capabilities. Real-time capabilities can only be implemented through automated technologies and solutions. These technologies carry significant costs further straining the department or agency's already thin cyber security resources.

Government agencies currently possess varying levels of maturity to implement and maintain these capabilities and, in some cases, do not possess these capabilities at all. Although they are absolutely necessary in any "defense-in-depth" strategy, the key question becomes "How much?" and "How fast?" can we implement them. With shrinking budgets and tougher times, it becomes a difficult exercise in prioritizing investments, especially when FISMA may formally capture progress and impact an agency's grades and ultimately, their budget.

It would be impossible to implement these capabilities within a 6-12 month period, at least not effectively. Organizations need to take a risk-based approach to prioritizing initiatives and developing a strategy that allows agencies to prioritize their investments to obtain the greatest return and most importantly the biggest risk reduction to support their missions.

Tags: technology , Trusted Advisor Blog , FISMA , cyber security

Wednesday - 01/27/2010, 12:44pm EST
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