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Judith Douglas, Hewlett-Packard

The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows to report to Congress on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government. One of those fellows is Judith Douglas, a former division director at the General Services Administration and former adviser for management operations, information systems design and modernization at the IRS. Now she's a client industry executive in the global government industry group at Hewlett-Packard. Douglas joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss her career and induction into NAPA.

Tags: NAPA fellow , Judith Douglas , NAPA , management , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , IRS ,

Friday - 11/07/2014, 07:44am EST
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SBA names Jeanne Hulit as acting chief

The Small Business Administration names agency official Jeanne Hulit as its acting head. Current SBA Administrator Karen Mills will leave her position at the end of August.

Tags: Small Business Administration , Jeanne Hulit , Karen Mills , workforce

Wednesday - 08/21/2013, 01:57pm EDT

Analysis: Government reorganization 'challenging terrain' for Obama

President Barack Obama has asked Congress for the power to merge federal agencies in an effort to make government more efficient and consumer friendly. Obama will call on Congress to give him a type of consolidation authority last held by a president when Ronald Reagan was in office. Analysts and former government insiders congratulate the president for the massive plan to streamline services. But they warn it will be tricky.

Tags: Emily Kopp , Don Kettl , Susan Schwab , USTR , Commerce , NOAA , Partnership for Public Service , Max Stier , Jeff Zients , OMB , Barack Obama , Congress , management , government reorganization , workforce

Friday - 01/13/2012, 08:15pm EST
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To hybrid or not to hybrid?

Thinking about buying a hybrid to save on gas? Better get the facts first.

Tags: Darci Marchese , Meera Pal , hybrid , Consumer Reports ,

Thursday - 02/24/2011, 04:50pm EST

Defining Federal Cyber Risk Management

People exercise risk management, consciously and unconsciously, every day.

Many of us drive on a daily basis. Some speed, and risk the chance of getting caught, while others are more conservative and drive the exact speed limit. We base our decision on whether or not to exceed the speed limit on the information available to us at the time, including our knowledge, past experiences, or the conditions we see in front of us. We weigh the risks against impacts and consequences, making decisions based upon our tolerance for the outcomes. The same is true for federal cyber risk management.

Securing federal information and assets in cyberspace is the primary driver behind cybersecurity. Even so, other factors help define risk, including the potential for negative publicity if a cyber breach occurs, the impact to budget/performance plans if FISMA grades fall short, or the potential for investigations or congressional hearings if the burning issue of the day burns a bit too bright for too long. Federal cyber risk management fundamentally boils down to making risk decisions based upon an agency's risk tolerance - and the drivers behind an agency's tolerance vary across the federal government.

Risk is defined as the likelihood of a future event that may have unintended or unexpected consequences. Federal agencies make the best cyber risk management decisions by using data and information to evaluate the agency's strengths and weaknesses for delivering on its cyber mission in the context of potential threats.

Agencies must use information and data from various disparate sources across the enterprise to make these decisions, including audit log information, vulnerability data, asset information, the agency's regulatory compliance status, external and internal threat activity, human capital risks to the cybersecurity mission, and many more. As challenging as it may be for agencies to consume large volumes of disparate data, it is a challenge that is essential to overcome for agencies to make the best cyber risk management decisions.

Is this achievable? Absolutely. The business intelligence movement established the foundation allowing agencies to minimize risk exacerbated by ad-hoc decision-making. Leveraging business intelligence capabilities for cybersecurity enables agencies to aggregate data across technical and organizational stovepipes and to provide agency cybersecurity leaders with mechanisms for making informed, risk decisions. By better understanding the cyber landscape, federal cybersecurity leaders can - much like our speeding driver example - understand "how fast" to drive and make better investment decisions when addressing enterprise cybersecurity risks.

Tags: technology , KCG's Trusted Advisor Center , cyber , cybersecurity , FISMA , cyberspace , Business intelligence ,

Thursday - 09/16/2010, 12:19pm EDT

Cybersecurity Framework Created for Governments Worldwide

A software trade association has produced a first-of-its-kind cybersecurity framework to help guide governments' security efforts worldwide. Officials with the Business Software Alliance say it's needed to help countries put together policies that will thwart the many kinds kinds of cybersecurity threats that exist.

Working with the private sector and prosecuting cyber-criminals are key parts of the framework.

Tags: technology , Cybersecurity Report , cybersecurity , Business Software Alliance , Scott Carr

Friday - 07/09/2010, 10:43am EDT

Strategies for Maximizing Services AND Product Business Lines

June 15th at 10 AM

Companies that sell products to the Federal Government are always looking for ways to expand into more lucrative and higher margin service offerings. And service providers are often looking for product offerings to round out their business lines. Either way, it's easier said than done. However, on this week's Gov Con Straight Talk with Microsoft you'll hear from a panel of top executives who know what it takes to successfully grow products and services business lines to the Federal Government.

Tags: management , contracting , Gov Con Straight Talk , Bernard Mustafa , Microsoft , Christine Zmuda , Rich Marksberry , ROM & Associates, LLC

Thursday - 06/10/2010, 02:32am EDT
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Rapid Alignment - dramatically improves leadership effectiveness

The business world seems to move faster every day, and success requires that organizations respond and adapt to rapid-fire change. After a recent merger, two of the world's biggest banks managed large-scale change with the help of Rapid Alignment solutions, developed by Aon Consulting. By concentrating on middle managers-- the layer where strategic initiatives often unravel -leadership effectiveness can be dramatically improved, says Aon Consulting.

Tags: management , pay & benefits , Aon Consulting

Thursday - 05/13/2010, 02:37pm EDT
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What to expect during a DCAA system audit

April 20th

Being audited by the DCAA is a necessary outcome of doing business with the government. Tune into this week's Gov Con Straight Talk with Microsoft to learn what to expect during a DCAA system audit and what government contactors can do today to help ensure they successfully pass when faced with an audit. The panel will also address how CFOs of government contractors can set their organizations up for success by building a financial management foundation with growth options in out years.

Tags: management , contracting , Gov Con Straight Talk , Bernard Mustafa , DCAA , audit , Microsoft , DCAM , FAR , acquisition

Tuesday - 04/13/2010, 03:35pm EDT
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