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VA turns up its 'intensity' to solve long-standing cyber challenges

Stephen Warren, the Veterans Affairs Department's chief information officer, said he's brought in extra vendors to deal with a backlog of cyber challenges. VA's inspector general found more than 9,000 outstanding system security risks in its annual Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) report.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Veterans Affairs , Stephen Warren , Dan Galick , Jeff Miller , House Veterans Affairs Committee , Oversight , FISMA , ASM Research , Accenture , Jason Miller , exclusive

Friday - 05/22/2015, 03:42am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Having failed its cybersecurity audit for the sixteenth year in a row, Veterans Affairs is taking several steps to address long-standing cyber deficiencies to quicken the path toward a better grade under the Federal Information Security Management Act. Steph Warren is the VA's Chief Information Officer; Dan Galick is the associate deputy assistant secretary for security operations. They tell executive editor Jason Miller why they're optimistic after a long-string of poor audits.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Veterans Affairs , cybersecurity , FISMA

Friday - 05/22/2015, 09:15am EDT
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TSA IT budget cuts spur innovations in cloud, risk management

Stephen Rice, the TSA chief information officer, said the agency is figuring out how to modernize its IT infrastructure despite seeing a $65 million budget cut over the last three years.

Tags: technology , Stephen Rice , TSA , DHS , budget , innovation , cloud , Data center consolidation , Risk management , Ask the CIO , Jason Miller

Friday - 05/22/2015, 04:31am EDT
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OFPP, USDS throw down a $360k challenge for digital services training

The "Digital Service Contracting Professional Training and Development Program" challenge asks industry to help federal contracting officers improve how they buy in-demand services.

Tags: acquisition , OFPP , U.S. Digital Service , training , workforce , challenge , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 02:28pm EDT

Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

Homeland Security is about to launch a new approach to make cybersecurity information sharing easier. In the next couple of months, the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (U.S. CERT) will begin using two new technical specifications called STICKS and TAXI. Both will help DHS automate how cyber information is shared between federal agencies and business. Brad Nix is the deputy director of U.S. CERT. He tells executive editor Jason Miller how DHS is putting these two standards to work to improve cybersecurity information sharing.

Tags: Jason Miller , Tom Temin , Federal Drive , DHS , STIX , TAXII , cybersecurity

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 08:25am EDT
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DHS to launch STIX, TAXII service for cyber

The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team will begin using two emerging technical specifications to automate how cyber threat information is shared with the public and private sectors.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Information sharing , Brad Nix , DHS , US-CERT , STIX , TAXII , Cyber Information Sharing and Collaboration Program , Jason Miller

Thursday - 05/21/2015, 04:01am EDT
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OMB initiates FedStat to hone in on mission, management issues

The latest in a long line of data-driven reviews will give agencies a chance to compare themselves internally and externally with similar federal programs. OMB created FedStat as a way to use the data from its back-office benchmarking effort.

Tags: Jason Miller , Data-driven reviews , Joint Financial Management Improvement Program , Employee engagement , workforce , Shared services , OPM , Angela Bailey , FedStat , Presidentís Management Agenda , Beth Cobert , OMB , management

Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 04:28am EDT
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Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

The Treasury Department survived it, and so will you. But you can't avoid it. By June 15, every large agency will go through the new FedStat process as part of its fiscal 2017 budget development. The Office of Management and Budget kicked off its latest data-driven review with Treasury earlier this week. Federal News Radio's executive editor Jason Miller joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with details on what agencies should expect when they enter the Fed-STAT review chamber.

Tags: Jason Miller , Federal Drive , Tom Temin , Treasury Department , FedStat , OMB

Wednesday - 05/20/2015, 09:50am EDT
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Sydney Heimbrock, Chief Learning Officer, OPM

Federal chief learning officers are gaining a higher profile across the government. A majority of the respondents to an exclusive Federal News Radio survey of federal chief human capital officers and CLOs say agencies highly value these executives. Sydney Heimbrock, chief learning officer at the Office of Personnel Management, tells Federal News Radio Executive Editor Jason Miller the CLO is more important ever, even though the job has been around for a least a decade.

Tags: Sydney Heimbrock , Jason Miller , In Depth , chief learning officer , CHCO

Monday - 05/11/2015, 04:07pm EDT
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Despite declining budgets, CHCOs still desire outside training opportunities

A new survey federal CHCOs, deputy CHCOs and CLOs by Federal News Radio found budget challenges and workforce turnover is causing agencies to value training and education even more. This is putting chief learning officers in a new and more prominent role to ensure critical skill gaps are filled and employees are turned into leaders.

Tags: workforce , training , OPM , Chief Learning Officers Council , Sydney Heimbrock , CXO Surveys , Jason Miller , exclusive

Monday - 05/11/2015, 05:28pm EDT
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