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Scott Quehl, Accenture Federal Services, Simon Szykman, Attain

The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act is closer to passage as part of the National Defense Authorization Act. It will empower Chief Information Officers to make more budget decisions, and be more embedded in the strategic directions of federal agencies. Simon Szykman is Chief Technology Officer of Federal Services at Attain, and former chief information officer of the Commerce Department. Scott Quehl is Senior Principal at Accenture Federal Services, and former chief financial officer and Assistant Secretary for Administration at the Commerce Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, they said there was no "one moment" the Commerce team decided to work collaboratively in the C-Suite.

Tags: Scott Quehl , Accenture , Attain , In Depth

Monday - 12/08/2014, 04:10pm EST
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Former Commerce CIO Szykman lands in the private sector

Simon Szykman is joining Attain as its chief technology officer of the federal services division.

Tags: people , industry , technology , Commerce , Attain , Jason Miller

Friday - 10/24/2014, 09:38am EDT

Steve Cooper's coming back to government as Commerce CIO

The former FAA and DHS CIO is taking a third tour of duty in government and will replace Simon Szykman.

Tags: people , technology , Commerce , Steve Cooper , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/11/2014, 06:15pm EDT

Commerce CIO Szykman to leave after 7 years

Simon Szykman announced to staff today he is leaving the agency to work in the private sector. He said he has no plans yet and will stay at the agency until a new CIO is hired. Additionally, Anil Karmel has left the NNSA after serving more than two years as the deputy chief technology officer to launch his own cloud computing company.

Tags: people , Commerce , Anil Karmel , NNSA , C2 Labs , Jason Miller

Thursday - 02/20/2014, 03:34pm EST

Commerce reaps savings through collaborative strategic-sourcing effort

The chief information and chief technology offices at the Commerce Department have generated more than $200 million in savings by taking a collaborative approach to purchasing IT and cybersecurity products.

Tags: Commerce , A New Era in Technology , IT acquisition , cybersecurity , strategic sourcing , Federal Drive , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 01:39pm EST
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Federal Drive Show Blog - November 20, 2013

On the Federal Drive show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

Tags: Federal Drive , DeeAnn Batten , Margie Graves , Jason Miller , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 11/20/2013, 10:05am EST

Rep. Issa heading down familiar path for IT reform; Senate still in discovery mode

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) plans to offer the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA) as an amendment later this week to the 2013 Defense Authorization bill. The Senate held a hearing looking at the best approach to empower federal CIOs. The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee heard that transparency, visibility and senior leadership are common traits among successful CIOs.

Tags: technology , management , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs , Tom Carper , Tom Coburn , Steve VanRoekel , OMB , Commerce , Frank Baitman , HHS , David Powner , GAO , CIO authorities , PortfolioStat , IT duplication , Commodity IT , Darrell Issa , Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act , House Oversight and Government Reform Committee , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 06/12/2013, 05:26am EDT

New security standard to boost agency trust, use of mobile devices

On the one-year anniversary of the Digital Government Strategy, the CIO Council and DHS are expected to issue a security baseline and reference architecture for mobile computing. The goal of the document is not to give agencies new requirements but to focus on those security standards that are mobile-centric.

Tags: technology , TechAmerica , CIO survey , Commerce , Kevin Cox , CIO Council , Brian Teeple , DoD , mobile computing , cybersecurity , George DelPrete , Grant Thornton , Daren Ash , NRC , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/03/2013, 05:46am EDT
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Agencies applying threat intelligence to stem tide of cyber attacks

The idea behind cyber threat intelligence is to understand more about the attack and the attacker than ever before by matching up patterns, anomalies and other characteristics of the bad guys. Energy, DoD, Commerce and DHS are all analyzing cyber attack data to develop this more complete picture.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , McAfee , Alma Cole , DHS , Gil Vega , Energy , Commerce , DoD , Teri Takai , information sharing , Public-private partnership , Threat intelligence , Jason Miller

Thursday - 04/25/2013, 05:39am EDT

Commerce's CFO, CIO collaboration paying off across the board

Scott Quehl, the CFO, and Simon Szykman, the CIO, work closely together on ensuring projects remain on track and are efficient as possible. Their relationship is making it easier for Commerce to deal with budget and oversight pressures.

Tags: technology , management , Commerce , Scott Quehl , budget , efficiency initiatives , collaboration , Jason Miller

Wednesday - 01/09/2013, 05:45am EST
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