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Agencies still struggling to encrypt mobile devices

Despite a 2006 mandate to secure mobile devices and implement two-factor authentication, only just over half of federal agencies have managed to do so. OMB submits its annual FISMA report to Congress detailing the steps the government has taken to improve cybersecurity, including spending $12 billion on cybersecurity last year.

Tags: technology , management , Vivek Kundra , DoD , GSA , NASA , DHS , U.S. CERT , NIST , cybersecurity , FISMA , continuous monitoring , encryption , HSPD-12 , Cyber Workforce , CyberStat , Cyberscope , supply chain , Jason Miller

Monday - 03/21/2011, 07:27am EDT
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Kundra pitches more budget authority for CIOs

The federal CIO told House lawmakers that one major reason IT projects fail is the lack of authority agency technology executives have over spending. Kundra said as part of the 25-point IT reform plan, OMB is restricting the roles of all major agency CIOs. He said the Interior Department is the model, and HHS is next.

Tags: technology , management , Vivek Kundra , Jo Ann Emerson , Jose Serrano , Interior , HHS , House Appropriations Committee , role of the CIO , budget authority , Jason Miller

Friday - 03/18/2011, 07:30am EDT
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Senate committee approves OMB, OSC nominees

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today approved the nomination of Heather Higginbottom to be deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Tags: management , Heather Higginbottom , Carolyn Lerner , Susan Collins , Joseph Lieberman , OSC , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 03/16/2011, 07:49pm EDT

What are the ramifications of a government shutdown?

Elizabeth Ferrell and Jim Schweiter of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP discuss the potential ramifications of a government shutdown for federal agencies and contractors.
March 15, 2011 (Encore presentation April 5, 2011)

Tags: Elizabeth Ferrell , Jim Schweiter , McKenna Long & Aldridge , budget , shutdown , management , Contracting , Off the Shelf , Roger Waldron

Tuesday - 03/15/2011, 04:30pm EDT
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Agencies fall short in reporting spending data

A House committee held a discussion on openness in government and addressed the errors made in reporting data related to spending.

Tags: Subcommittee on Technology Information Policy, Int , Elijah Cummings , The Sunlight Foundation , Ellen Miller , USDA , Christopher Smith , Danny Werfel , management , technology , Jared Serbu

Monday - 03/14/2011, 07:02am EDT
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Changes to come in making IT business plans

Ben Marglin, principal at Booz Allen Hamilton, explains changes coming to the way agencies make business cases for IT projects.

Tags: Ben Marglin , Booz Allen Hamilton , Exhibit 300 , IT , technology , CPIC Conference 2011 , Dorobek Insider

Thursday - 03/10/2011, 03:47pm EST
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GAO sustains protests of DHS $450M award to CACI

The Government Accountability Office sustained protests from two losing bidders under the Transformation and System Consolidation (TASC) program, say government and industry sources.

Tags: technology , Contracting , Industry , Richard Spires , DHS , GAO , CACI , GCE , Savantage , Financial management , TASC , bid protest , Jason Miller

Thursday - 03/10/2011, 12:48pm EST

CIO Council to build a community for all

New vice chairman of the CIO Council Richard Spires said he wants small and large agencies to learn from each other when it comes to implementing IT reforms. Small agencies have a different type of challenge than larger ones in implementing OMB's 25-point plan.

Tags: technology , Richard Spires , Brett Bobley , Sanjay Sardar , DHS , NEH , FERC , CIO Council , IT reforms , Jason Miller

Thursday - 03/10/2011, 08:25pm EST
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OMB deputy likely to be confirmed

Heather Higginbottom, President Obama's nominee to be deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget, likely will have her nomination sent to the full Senate by next week.

Tags: management , Congress , budget , Joseph Lieberman , Scott Brown , Heather Higginbottom , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/09/2011, 07:47am EST
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White House should heed lessons of reorgs past

Nearly every President since Richard Nixon tried to revamp how the government works in one way or another, and few have found any real success. Experts say the focus should be getting Congressional buy-in first, and not promising cost savings. Four senior lawmakers ask OMB for more information on the status of the current restructuring effort.

Tags: management , Jeff Zients , Moira Mack , Joseph Lieberman , Susan Collins , Darrell Issa , Elijah Cummings , White House , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , DHS , John Kamensky , Dwight Ink , Janet Hale , Thomas Reinhardt , Jim Locher , Beryl Radin , Robert Tobias , Scott Fosler , IBM , Deloitte , CSC , Project on National Security Reform , American University , NAPA , Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise , government reorganization , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 03/09/2011, 07:44am EST
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