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DorobekINSIDER: IRS’s Doone named GSA CFO

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GSA Administrator Martha Johnson has filled one of her key leadership vacancies naming Alison Doone to be the agency’s chief financial officer.

Doone currently is the IRS CFO.

She fills the vacancy that was created in May when Johnson announced that Kathleen Turco, GSA’s current chief financial officer, will lead GSA’s Office of Governmentwide Policy.

She starts at GSA on September 26.

The memo from Johnson to GSA staff:

MEMORANDUM FOR ALL EMPLOYEES

FROM: Administrator Martha Johnson

SUBJECT: New Chief Financial Officer

As we continue to make important leadership transitions to better leverage GSA’s position, I am happy to announce that effective September 26 Alison Doone will join the GSA team as our Chief Financial Officer (CFO), a key leadership position for the agency.

Alison comes to us from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and has a sterling record of public service. Over the past twenty years, she has held executive positions as CFO of the Federal Election Commission, Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Office of Finance at the Drug Enforcement Agency, and most recently as the CFO of the IRS where she oversees the  financial management and accounting operations for a $12 billion budget and $2.3 trillion in tax revenue.

As we rise to meet the bold agenda that the White House has given us, Alison’s proven record of increasing efficiency and financial responsibility will help propel GSA forward to deliver on our major initiatives.

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Micah Cheatham who has served us well as Acting CFO and will be returning to his permanent position in the Office of the CFO as GSA’s Budget Director.

Please join me in welcoming Alison to her new position, and in thanking Micah for his service.

Sincerely,

Martha

Written by cdorobek

August 25, 2010 at 4:45 PM

DorobekINSIDER: NASA cyber-security chief Jerry Davis to join VA

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Jerry Davis, the widely respected chief information security officer at NASA, is leaving that agency to join the Department of Veterans Affairs, the DorobekINSIDER has confirmed.

The move had been widely rumored for months, but was just made official when Davis accepted the offer from the VA on Friday.

While NASA has has its own share of cyber-security issues, the challenges at VA are daunting. Not only is VA the second largest agency in government, but it is the poster child for cyber-security problems dating back to that now infamous stolen laptop that was loaded with millions of names and personal information on vets.

Back in 2006, the data on  26.5 million active duty troops and veterans were on the laptop and external drive, which disappeared while in the custody of a Veterans Affairs data analyst in 2006.

While none of those data became public — and it wasn’t a result of a cyber-attack but rather a common house burglary, it has become the most discussed cyber-security event, even more than four years later. And the event cost the agency $20 million in a settlement.

Read more and hear GAO’s assessment of VA’s IT situation here… or read the GAO report here. [PDF]

Davis talking about that on Federal News Radio’s Federal Security Spotlight [July 1, 2010]… and on Federal News Radio’s Federal Drive about changing ways of measuring cyber-security [May 28, 2010]

From NextGov:

[Davis told] his staff on Tuesday to shift their focus from certifying that networks are compliant with a nearly decade-old law to monitoring systems for holes and real-time reporting of threats.
The change is a watershed moment for federal information technology managers, who since 2002 have been required to follow a law that critics say forces IT staffs to spend days filling out reports that confirm technology managers have followed certain security procedures. The law did not require specific actions to secure systems, said opponents of the Federal Information Security Management Act.

Jerry Davis, NASA’s deputy chief information officer for IT security, issued a memo to information system managers informing them they no longer need to certify every three years that their networks are compliant with FISMA, as called for by the law. Instead, they should rely on automated continuous monitoring to find holes that hackers could exploit. The process will remain in effect as long as agencies are required to submit annual status reports for networks and vulnerabilities detected during the monitoring don’t pose unacceptable risk.
Here is Davis’s most recent bio:

Jerry L. Davis is the Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO), IT Security for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Jerry’s role is to provide thought leadership and oversee all aspects of Information Security and privacy for the Agency to include the development and implementation of enterprise-wide IT security engineering and architecture, IT security governance and IT security operations capabilities. Jerry’s division also generates IT and data security solutions and services to the Agency’s Space Operations, Science, Exploration Systems and Aeronautics Research Mission Directorates programs and projects, while defending $1.8 billion in annual IT investments.

Previously, Jerry served as the DCIO for the Department of Education overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Department’s enterprise-wide IT infrastructure. During his tenure at the Department, Jerry also served as the Department’s first Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Director, Information Assurance (IA). In this role, Jerry’s teams proactively defended over $500 million dollars in annual IT investments, which supported the $400 billion dollar grants and loans portfolio.

Jerry was one of the principal thought leaders in the design, implementation and management of the District of Columbia’s first city-wide IT Security program and served as the Manager of Wide Area Network (WAN) Security Architecture. Jerry also held positions as a senior security consultant with several Fortune 500 consulting firms, serving clients in the Intelligence Community (IC), Department of Defense (DoD) and federal civilian agencies. Jerry held a staff position with the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) Directorate of Operations (DO) for several years. Jerry is a combat veteran of the United States Marine Corps and trained as a Counterintelligence Specialist with focus on Human Intelligence (HUMINT) operations. He holds a masters degree in network security from a National Security Agency (NSA) Center of Excellence in Information Assurance and a bachelors of science in business with a concentration in IT security. Jerry has done doctoral work in the field of information systems and holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Project Management Professional (PMP) certifications. Mr Davis won the People’s Choice Award at the 2009 Mid-Atlantic Region Information Security Executive of the Year and was selected as one of the 50 Most Important African Americans in Technology in 2009.

Written by cdorobek

July 26, 2010 at 8:04 AM

DorobekINSIDER: OFPP recertifies NIH governmentwide contract

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The DorobekINSIDER has confirmed that the Office of Federal Procurement Policy has recertified the National Institute of Health Information Technology Acquisition & Assessment Center’sChief Information Officer – Solutions and Partners 3 (CIO-SP3), one of three governmentwide acquisition contracts.

There was widespread speculation that OFPP might not recertify the NIH contract — and Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller has been reporting that there has been a real focus whether there was a proliferation of multiple-award contracts. (See Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s special report — Contract Overload, which focused on the multiples of multiple-award contracts out there.)

Here is the OFPP decision:

On July 20, 2010, the OMB Director designated NIH as an executive agent for the Chief Information Officer Solutions and Partners 3 (CIOSP3) GWAC and the CIOSP3-Small Business GWAC.  Each GWAC will offer a wide range of IT services, with a particular focus on health-related IT services.

In deciding whether to grant the designation, OMB carefully evaluated a business case NIH developed to justify the need and value of its proposed GWACs.  To supplement this information, OMB conducted a significant amount of outreach with different stakeholders in the acquisition community, including agency users of NIH’s existing GWACs, agency managers of GWACs and other interagency contract vehicles, Chief Acquisition Officers and Senior Procurement Executives, trade associations, and Congressional staffers.

OMB approved the request based on several factors that promise enhanced value for the Government and our taxpayers.  NIH’s proposed GWACs will fill an important need by agencies with health-related responsibilities, including those in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  The programmatic expertise of its in-house scientists and medical experts will provide strong support for the award and management of its contracts.  The new GWAC vehicles will also provide increased opportunities for small businesses in Federal contracting, allowing agencies to tap into the talents of this community as they work to achieve best value for their missions and our citizens.

Written by cdorobek

July 22, 2010 at 3:46 PM

DorobekINSIDER: Kempf named to head GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service

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Steve Kempf has been named to lead GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service.

Kempf has been serving the acting commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service since the departure of Jim Williams in April.

GSA's Kempf

The Federal Acquisition Service is the big buyer for government. It oversees contracts such as the GSA schedule contracts, the multi-billion dollar Alliant contract, and the Networx telecommunications contract.

There were four finalists for the FAS job. Kempf was seen as the front-runner. That surprised that GSA Administrator Martha Johnson would select Kempf, selecting somebody from inside the organization.

That being said, Kempf is well respected both within the procurement community, in industry, and within GSA. And he won high praise for his performance at a recent hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Contracting Oversight, which focused on the number of government multiple-award contracts.

In addition to naming Kempf as FAS commissioner, Johnson also announced that Jon Jordan will become the permanent deputy commissioner.

“Jon has worked in GSA and FAS’ budget programs for over 36 years and his deep operational knowledge, commitment to excellence and good stewardship of taxpayer dollars will be invaluable to FAS’ future,” Johnson said in a note to staff.

Here is the note Johnson sent to GSA staff:

To:  GSA Employees
From: Administrator Martha Johnson
Subject: FAS Commissioner Announcement

Many of you have heard me speak of this as GSA’s moment. We have set aggressive goals and been challenged to play a leading role in key Administration priorities by the White House. We are on the frontline for championing sustainability, open government, acquisition performance, flexible workplace and more. Leadership and enterprise positioning will be key to our success.

Therefore, I am delighted to announce today that Steve Kempf has accepted my offer to be the next Commissioner of GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service, one of our most critical leadership positions.

As GSA steps forward, so, too, will FAS be facing a challenge. FAS has expertise, operational know-how, and extensive customer knowledge. Used well, these will position FAS to gain further market credibility by offering customer agencies real value as they strive to meet their missions under constrained resources.  This opportunity is real, and it is now.

At this critical juncture in FAS’ history and as an 18 year veteran of FAS, Steve brings significant expertise to the Commissioner role having served as a contracting officer, lawyer, and business professional. Equally as impressive is Steve’s leadership style. He is collaborative, inclusive and
eager for change. I am confident that Steve will combine his deep roots, loyalty, and enthusiasm for FAS and transform it into our customers’ hands down, preferred, acquisition partner.

For starters, Steve has already made strides in:

•     Revitalizing FAS’ relationships with its customers;
•     Appointing an executive to champion innovation and transformation across FAS;
•     Driving forward on the Zero Environmental Footprint goal and other key enterprise objectives;
•     Building leadership prowess and a workforce positioned for success;
•     Completing and executing the FAS strategic reviews and implementation plans for key programs;
•     Deepening change management capacity; and
•     Communicating constantly with employees, customers, industry, and stakeholders to bolster FAS’ ability to perform with excellence.

In addition, I am delighted to announce that Jon Jordan will become the permanent Deputy Commissioner. Jon has worked in GSA and FAS’ budget programs for over 36 years and his deep operational knowledge, commitment to excellence and good stewardship of taxpayer dollars will be invaluable to FAS’ future.

Please join me in congratulating both Steve and Jon on their permanent appointments and pledge to give them the support they and FAS will need to turbo-charge its future.

Written by cdorobek

July 13, 2010 at 11:22 AM

DorobekINSIDER: Federal news month in review

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What stories made news for the month of June?

Here are the most read stories across Federal News Radio 1500 AM … on the DorobekInsider.com … for Mike Causey’s Federal Report… on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris… and for FederalNewsRadio.com

…from the DorobekInsider.com

  1. Obama orders cuts in federal building costs
  2. Why there’s been a backlash against feds lately
  3. How to make that performance review work for you
  4. Most TSP funds suffer losses in May
  5. Why continuous monitoring is gaining popularity
  6. Government still faces numerous teleworking challenges
  7. Elective deferrals for your TSP explained
  8. Dorobek Must Reads – June 2
  9. How to get more minorities, women to participate in TSP
  10. Causey: How agency budget cuts will affect you
  11. How to get your TSP questions answered
  12. Comments needed for TSP beneficiary designation
  13. Federal contracts: How many is too many?
  14. Dorobek Must Reads – June 11
  15. DorobekINSIDER: An open letter to OMB: Stop the public sector bashing
  16. Federal pay raises safe … for now
  17. Is DoD ignoring lessons learned from insourcing?
  18. Fed invents most accurate clock in the world
  19. How to create the best federal cybersecurity workforce
  20. Why there’s still worry about the Conficker worm
  21. Dorobek Must Reads – June 3
  22. Mobile devices can leave you open to cyber attacks
  23. In budget crisis, states take aim at pension costs
  24. FISMA one step closer to overhaul
  25. Influence others and change your office culture
  26. Off Topic: What your email address says about you
  27. Military Health System works out e-record kinks
  28. DorobekINSIDER: Treasury’s Gross to be deputy CIO at Interior
  29. Web inventor discusses importance of open data
  30. DOJ sues Oracle for alleged overcharging
  31. Agencies to crack down on waste, fraud, abuse
  32. Census reports it has reached almost all households
  33. Health 2.0 Conference, HHS hope to change the practice of medicine
  34. SSA makes rural America accessible to all
  35. How government will eliminate user names & passwords
  36. Google Apps could help agencies move to the cloud
  37. Chances good for passage of TSP/annual leave bill
  38. TSA’s Secure Flight program faces some challenges
  39. Agencies to compile ‘do not pay list’
  40. The impact of the Federal Workforce Reduction Act
  41. Senate unanimously confirms TSA head
  42. Dorobek Must Reads – June 7
  43. Are Katrina/Deepwater comparisons appropriate?
  44. DorobekINSIDER: Helping out a Postal employee in a time of need
  45. U.S. Navy Considering Wii Fit and DDR For Boot Camp
  46. Report endorses pay for performance for Intel community
  47. Many issues surround federal ID management
  48. Software remembers passwords for you
  49. Preview: Your monthly TSP Snapshot

… for Mike Causey’s Federal Report

  1. Federal Pay Freeze: A November Surprise?
  2. Retirement: You Can Go Home Again!
  3. The Smartest Fed Investors Work For…
  4. TSP Warning: Cover Your Assets
  5. Pay Freeze? We Need To Talk
  6. Pay Freeze: Everybody in the Pool!
  7. Pay Freeze as Union Recruiting Tool
  8. Six Ways to Beat the Bear Market with Your TSP
  9. The $3 Million G-Man
  10. Travel, Training, Hiring Hit List
  11. Feds in Heat: The Misery Index
  12. About Those Buyout Rumors
  13. Hot Enough For You?
  14. TSP: Investing in Where You’ve Been
  15. Payoff the Boss’s Credit Cards?
  16. Time is Running Out for FEHBP Dependents
  17. Show Me The Buyout!
  18. Federal Unions: Dynamos or Dinosaurs?
  19. Feds: Global warming is real!!!
  20. Sick Leave Phase In

… on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris

  1. Bill would give DHS emergency cyber powers
  2. Monday Morning Federal Newscast – June 1st
  3. Cyberthreat of Joe Biden leads to arrest
  4. Wednesday Morning Federal Newscast – June 8th
  5. Postal Service finds $75B dollar overpayment
  6. Federal retirees should consider the Roth IRA
  7. Defense furlough fears heat up
  8. How to avoid a June swoon with the TSP
  9. Monday Morning Federal Newscast – June 14th
  10. Tuesday Morning Federal Newscast – June 29th
  11. Friday Morning Federal Newscast – June 4th
  12. Friday Morning Federal Newscast – June 18th
  13. Thursday Morning Federal Newscast – June 10th
  14. Monday Morning Federal Newscast – June 28th
  15. Private concerns about Booz Allen going public
  16. Monday Morning Federal Newscast – June 21st
  17. Friday Morning Federal Newscast – June 25th
  18. NSPS move cuts raises of the ‘best and brightest’
  19. Thursday Morning Federal Newscast – June 3rd
  20. Wednesday Morning Federal Newscast – June 2nd
  21. Wednesday Morning Federal Newscast – June 23rd
  22. Tuesday Morning Federal Newscast – June 8th
  23. Thursday Morning Federal Newscast – June 24th
  24. Google goes ABW: Anything But Windows
  25. How to succeed in the SES
  26. Tuesday Morning Federal Newscast – June 22nd
  27. Tuesday Morning Federal Newscast – June 15th
  28. ‘Shady’ porn site practices pose cyber risks
  29. Monday Morning Federal Newscast – June 7th
  30. How, and why, to modernize the legacy of COBOL
  31. OMB redefines performance expectations
  32. NIST offers Continuous Monitoring FAQ
  33. Wednesday Morning Federal Newscast – June 30th
  34. Incumbent rage leaves budgets in limbo
  35. Voinovich: hiring reforms will take an act of law
  36. Cybersecurity box claims to block threats
  37. GAO: Agency rules allow conferences at resort locations
  38. Thursday Morning Federal Newscast – June 17th
  39. Analysis: Should DoD cut benefits or guns?
  40. War zone corruption allegations rise
  41. Friday Morning Federal Newscast – June 11th
  42. Cyber chief Schmidt set to name senior director
  43. The ten biggest errors federal employees make, pt. 3
  44. The ten biggest errors federal employees make, pt. 2
  45. The ten biggest errors federal employees make
  46. Beware the mobile cyberattack
  47. GPO reassures your passport is secure
  48. MSPB to survey feds about personnel practices
  49. Who is spying on your cellphone?

… and from FederalNewsRadio.com

  1. Federal pay freeze proposal defeated
  2. OPM wants to settle the fed salary debate
  3. Postal unions offer alternative to five-day schedule
  4. GOP lawmakers pitch fed workforce reduction bill
  5. Bill would put DHS in charge of all civilian networks
  6. OMB bakes new cookie policy for federal websites
  7. Exclusive: OMB to propose major changes to financial management systems
  8. White House asks agencies to cut spending by 5 percent
  9. DoD vows to become a leaner organization
  10. TSP Snapshot: What goes up does go down
  11. GSA plans to take e-mail, collaboration to the cloud
  12. OMB must sell Congress on budget cuts
  13. Senate’s newest cyber bill on fast track to passage
  14. OPM freezes transfer of employee files, for now
  15. GSA, DHS approve first governmentwide cyber provider
  16. OMB to transform performance reviews
  17. Navy CIO Carey leaving
  18. OMB pressing agencies to get IT projects on track
  19. White House tells agencies to use data analysis to reduce improper payments
  20. House bill would require manager training at all agencies
  21. Telework success depends on clear expectations
  22. DoT’s Patillo moving to VA
  23. No federal pay freeze for now
  24. Cybersecurity bill clears Senate hurdle
  25. Air Force saves cash by changing cell phone rate plans
  26. OPM clears up category rankings process
  27. OMB vows to end out of control IT projects
  28. DoD shows off health IT progress
  29. OMB preparing performance management dashboard
  30. White House to give identity management a push
  31. Agencies get ready for FISMA changes
  32. OPM shaping future leaders in a new way
  33. DISA launches BRAC relocation FAQ page
  34. Census troubleshoots broken software
  35. Information sharing challenges ahead for Paul
  36. GAO finds limited burrowing during Bush years
  37. Support snowballs early for Senate cyber bill
  38. HHS creates process to certify health IT systems
  39. VA tries to speed claims processing for vets
  40. Navy declares war on sexual harassment & assault
  41. SBA CIO Naylor resigns
  42. Cybersecurity bill gets first Senate hearing
  43. OMB Watch says Orszag ‘made budget cool’
  44. OMB’s Werfel plugs financial modernization
  45. DoD has limited cyber situational awareness
  46. DoD sees change in cyber culture
  47. Federal News Radio Reports
  48. DHS women convene inaugural diversity forum
  49. National Archives CIO Martha Morphy retires
  50. DHS promotes tech from workbench to market

Written by cdorobek

July 1, 2010 at 7:33 AM

DorobekINSIDER: An open letter to OMB: Stop the public sector bashing

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An open letter to OMB Director Peter Orszag:

Dear Mr. Orszag,

I write this with a certain regret. I have tremendous amount of respect for you and the work you have done over the years. And I appreciate the Office of Management and Budget’s initiative to cut waste across government — and improve the use of IT. I have been covering government IT for nearly 20 years — and, as I wrote in Federal Computer Week years ago, I firmly believe that the government can use technology to accomplish its mission more effectively.

And I think the administration has taken a number of positive steps in its first 18 months.

And therefore, I was pleased with Monday’s OMB announcement about the initiative to cut waste by reforming government IT. Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller reported on the policy memos — he has been out in front covering this issue.

There are three steps to the plan:

  • Fix federal financial systems — a critical step
  • Stepped up and detailed reviews of troubled IT systems
  • A plan for improving the federal government’s overall IT procurement and management practices. That plan will come within by October.

I even read the policies [PDF]:

Unfortunately, I was disappointed with your post on the subject. It included this line:

While a productivity boom has transformed private sector performance over the past two decades, the federal government has almost entirely missed this transformation and now lags far behind on efficiency and service quality. We are wasting billions of dollars a year, and more importantly are missing out on the huge productively improvements other sectors have benefited from.

Quite simply, we can’t significantly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the federal government without fixing IT.

The emphasis is mine, not yours. But, to be honest, I found the wording unfair… and disappointing.

A few points:

It is utterly untrue to say that the federal government has “almost entirely missed this transformation.” I have been covering government technology for nearly 20 years. During that time, there have been remarkable strides. Today, IT touches just about every facet of every part of every business in government — and has utterly transformed certain parts of government. In fact, I would argue you would be hard pressed to find a part of government that hasn’t been transformed by IT.

Is there more to be done? Absolutely, and I give you and your team credit for your IT initiative… but it leads to the second point…

Please oh please retire the tired, tedious comparison between the public and private sectors. I would argue that it simply isn’t true because it isn’t a fair comparison. The challenges facing government agencies are, in many ways, larger in scope — and they are more complex — than those faced by most private sector organizations. And there are scores of cases that make this point. The one I often use are Homeland Security’s efforts to secure ports from potential terrorism. That mission can be accomplished: We can enlist resources to stop anything from coming into or out of the country. That would bring trade to a screeching halt — and having the same result on the U.S. economy… clearly not an option. And opening for any and all trade is also not an option. So the federal government has the unenviable task of finding the mix of those black-and-white options — essentially, they have to determine what is the right shade of gray.

That task is even more complex because those decisions are subject to constant hindsight review — sometimes years later. And then layer a complex management structure… within agencies… within the executive branch itself… and within Congress.

And none of this even touches on a almost utterly broken budget process where agencies are assigned money months into the fiscal year — and then told that they must spend it before the end of that fiscal year.

But even beyond that, the public-private comparison is specious because it is overly broad. What are you talking about when you highlight the private sector? Is the model General Motors? AIG?

We all have worked for private sector organizations where we have been amazed by what we deem as inefficiencies — or organizations that have terrible service quality. I now no longer use my United Visa card — put out by Chase Bank — because just about every third charge is rejected. Even worse — try to find a Chase official in their credit card division to contact.

And what are you talking about when you lambaste the public sector? There aren’t any examples of government agencies that use technology effectively?

Last year in AFCEA’s Signal magazine, I pleaded for a stop to this public-private comparison. What is most insidious about this private sector envy like the one in your post is that it feeds the false notion that government cannot do anything right, and that public employees — and public service — are somehow inept. It infers that somehow the problems agencies face are intractable… that government cannot — and does not — change… and that somehow government performance and government innovation are oxymorons.

To be blunt, it is unfair.

And even beyond that, it does something that I know you abhor: It adds no value. It adds nothing to the discussion.

You raise important issues — ones faced by both the public and private sectors — at what point to you cut off a troubled system by making the determination that continuing would be throwing good money after bad. It is a tough decision to make.

But some of the troubled programs mentioned — the Department of Veterans Affair’s financial management system and FBI’s Sentential program — are complex.

In the end, the issues you are facing are not new. I’d point to Raines Rules, published in 1996 by then OMB Director Franklin Raines to get a handle on IT systems.That OMB memo, issued under the title, “Funding Information Systems Investments,” was quickly renamed Raines’ Rules. And it became a seminal document for guiding IT management. The rules issued guidance for complying with the Information Technology Management Reform Act, which eventually became part of the Clinger-Cohen Act. It essentially set the criteria for evaluating major information system investments — and they read as if they could have been issued today.

There are issues — and I think even feds will give you credit for working to fix problems.

Again, I’m not taking away from this initiative — and the work that you and your OMB management team are doing is very important. But the slams against government are unwarranted — and unnecessary. That rhetoric simply is… not helpful, to be kind.

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Dorobek

Written by cdorobek

June 29, 2010 at 7:11 PM

DorobekINSIDER Reader: Federal Internet cookie policies

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The Office of Management and Budget has just issued a new policy for dealing with Internet “cookies” — these are text files that a Web site can put on your computer to track how you traverse the site.

Cookies enable Web site personalization — for example, the allow a Web site to remember you and, maybe, the items you put in your online shopping cart. But they have always been watched by some privacy advocates because of the potential implications — for example, they could track a visitor’s travels to other sites. [Read how cookies work here… and how to delete them here.]

The federal government has been all but banned from using persistent Internet cookies because of those privacy concerns. OMB has just issued new policy guidance would enable agencies to use this tool. And Federal News Radio’s Max Cacas reported on the new policies on the Dorobek Insider on Friday. You can find his report here.

This is an issue I’ve followed for a long time (here is the FCW editorial I wrote on the subject back in 2006) — and, to be honest, I’m suspicious of the new policy. That being said, I have just started reading them.

The new OMB policy seeks to re-balance the privacy considerations given that the ban was instituted more than a decade ago. The idea: Times have changed and people are more accepting of these tools.

As I say, I’m reading the policies now, but… It is important to be very clear — agencies were absolutely not banned from using cookies. They had been banned from using PERSISTENT cookies — cookies that can track you long term. I didn’t get a chance to read all the comments that came in — and unfortunately OMB has not kept those comments online. And I still have to read the policies, but… I have year to hear a convincing argument why agencies must have persistent cookies. Some argue that the private sector does it, but that argument is specious — the government is not the private sector. In the end, it doesn’t matter what the private sector does. (Should government follow the Facebook privacy model?)

Let’s be very clear — this is not the most critical privacy issue facing government. That being said, it doesn’t help. People are already distrustful of government. I have yet to be convinced of the enormous public good that comes from using this tracking tool that one cannot accomplish otherwise. Again, agencies can use cookies — just not persistent cookies. How does it make people feel about their government if they feel like they are being tracked? (The stopwatch is running until the first story comes out of people using cookies to actually track people using government Web sites.)

I’m reading the new policies with an open mind, but… I’m very suspicious.

Regardless, I thought it was an opportunity to pull together the DorobekINSIDER Reader on the OMB cookie policy with background information, given that this has been going on for a long time…

The 2010 cookie/federal Web privacy policies:

* OMB policy M-10-22: Guidance for Online Use of Web Measurement and Customization Technologies [PDF] [Scribd]

* OMB policy M-10-23: Guidance for Agency Use of Third-Party Websites and Applications [PDF] [Scribd]

* The OMB “fact sheet” on the two policies

View this document on Scribd

How these came about…
Giving OMB credit, they tried to evolve these policies in a relatively public way. As I seem to say a lot these days, I think they could have developed it in a public way. That being said, it would be nice if the comments were still available.

Here were some of the discussion:

White House blog post from July 24, 2009: Federal Websites: Cookie Policy
By federal CIO Vivek Kundra and Michael Fitzpatrick, associate administrator of OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Policy

During the Open Government Initiative outreach, Federal employees and the public have asked us questions about the federal government’s policy on cookies. As part of our effort to create a more open and innovative government, we’re working on a new cookie policy that we’ll want your input on. But before we get into that, let’s provide some context.

In June 2000, the OMB Director issued a memorandum (M-00-13, later updated by M-03-22) that prohibited Federal agencies from using certain web-tracking technologies, primarily persistent cookies, due to privacy concerns, unless the agency head approved of these technologies because of a compelling need. That was more than nine years ago. In the ensuing time, cookies have become a staple of most commercial websites with widespread public acceptance of their use. For example, every time you use a “shopping cart” at an online store, or have a website remember customized settings and preferences, cookies are being used.

Read the full post — and the comments — here.

* The Federal Register item that went along with that comment period.

* WhiteHouse.gov blog post: Enhancing Online Citizen Participation Through Policy [June 16, 2009]
By Kundra and Fitzpatrick

Last week, Vivek Kundra and Katie Stanton talked about the efforts underway to introduce more Web 2.0 technologies to the federal government sites and to open more back-and-forth communication between the American people and the government. Some of this naturally requires the adoption of new approaches and innovative technologies. But another big part of this is updating existing practices and how these tools can be used to break down barriers to communication and information.

We continue to ask for your feedback, but the best feedback is informed feedback. So what follows is background on current policies and some examples of what we’ve heard from you during the Brainstorming phase of our outreach.

Here is the specific section on cookies:

FEDERAL COOKIE POLICY: This has been a challenging issue to navigate. Put in place in 2000 to protect the privacy of Americans, the federal cookie policy limited the use of persistent cookies by federal agencies. A cookie, as many readers here know, is a small piece of software that tracks or authenticates web viewing activities by the user. In the nine years since this was put in place, website cookies have become more mainstream as users want sites to recognize their preferences or keep track of the items in their online shopping carts. We’ve heard a lot of feedback on this area. One person put it all together. “Persistent cookies are very useful as an indirect feedback mechanism for measuring effectiveness of government web sites . . . Cookies allow a greater level of accuracy in measuring unique visitors . . . Being able to look at returning visitors allows us to see what

Recognizing the fundamental change in technology in the past nine years, and the feedback that we’ve received so far, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is reexamining the cookie policy as part of this Open Government Initiative. There is a tough balance to find between citizen privacy and the benefits of persistent cookies, and we would welcome your thoughts on how best to strike it.

Read the rest of the post here.

* WhiteHouse.gov blog: Cookies Anyone (the http kind)? [July 24, 2009]
By Bev Godwin, who was on assignment to the White House at the time. She is currently GSA’s Director of USA.gov and the Office of Citizen Service’s Web Best Practices Office

Nine years ago – a lifetime in Internet time – the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a policy commonly referred to as “the cookies policy. “This policy prohibited federal agencies from using certain web-tracking technologies, primarily persistent cookies, unless the agency head provided a waiver. This may sound like arcane, boring policy – but it is really important in the online world.

Unfortunately in this post, Godwin points to a site where people could post comments — http://blog.ostp.gov/2009/07/24/cookiepolicy. Unfortunately that page doesn’t seem to exist. It would be great to see the comments now.content is important to our citizens. We can use that data to improve the content and navigation of our sites.”

* WhiteHouse.gov blog post: On Cookies [August 11, 2009]
By Kundra and Fitzpatrick

Over the past two weeks, during the public comment period on OMB’s cookie policy, we have received significant feedback and suggested revisions to the current policy. These comments reflect individual opinions on all sides of the issue.

Our main goal in revisiting the ban on using persistent cookies on Federal websites is to bring the federal government into the 21st century. Consistent with this Administration’s commitment to making government more open and participatory, we want federal agencies to be able to provide the same user- friendly, dynamic, and citizen-centric websites that people have grown accustomed to using when they shop or get news online or communicate through social media networks, while also protecting people’s privacy.

It is clear that protecting the privacy of citizens who visit government websites must be one of the top considerations in any new policy. This is why we’ve taken such a cautious approach going forward and why we felt it so important to get feedback and hear from people on this. While we wanted to get people’s ideas for improving our policy, we also needed to hear any concerns so that we could understand better where potential pitfalls might lie.

This privacy issue has recently received some attention in the media. We want to make it clear that the current policy on Federal agencies’ use of cookies has not changed. Moreover, the policy won’t change until we’ve read the public comments that have been submitted to ensure that we’re considering all sides of the issue and are addressing privacy concerns appropriately.

Continue reading the full post here.

Going back a decade… some of the discussion that led to the persistent cookie ban.

* Letter from then Commerce Department CIO Roger Baker, now the CIO at the Department of Veterans Affairs, to John Spotila on Federal agency use of Web cookies (July 28, 2000)

[The CIO Council] strongly support the requirement that the use of any technology, including persistent cookies, to track the activities of users on web sites be approved personally by the head of the executive department (for the 14 executive departments) or agency.

As we make progress towards electronic government, personalization of web sites, typically done through persistent cookies, may become necessary in order to serve our customer’s requirements. At that time, it would be appropriate for OMB to review the “no delegation” policy in light of the then-current “state-of-the-art” in privacy protections. For example, OMB may decide to relax this policy when customers are given a choice of selecting either a personalized (i.e., with persistent cookie) or non-personalized (no persistent cookie) web experience.

* Letter from Spotila to Baker, clarification of OMB Cookies Policy (September 5, 2000)

We are concerned about persistent cookies even if they do not themselves contain personally identifiable information. Such cookies can often be linked to a person after the fact, even where that was not the original intent of the web site operator. For instance, a person using the computer later may give his or her name or e-mail address to the agency. It may then be technically easy for the agency to learn the complete history of the browsing previously done by users of that computer, raising privacy concerns even when the agency did not originally know the names of the users.

* M-00-13, Privacy Policies and Data Collection on Federal Web Sites (June 22, 2000)

* M-99-18, Privacy Policies on Federal Web Sites (June 2, 1999)

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June 26, 2010 at 4:21 PM

DorobekINSIDER: Green government – and telework

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I had the pleasure of moderating a panel last week… ostensibly on green IT, but it ended up being about the larger issue of green government.

The program was sponsored by the Java Team of the American Council on Technology and Industry Advisory Council’s Partners program, which is a marvelous development program designed to help government and industry understand each other better.

And we had a great line-up:

Jeff Eagan, Energy Department, who is on assignment at the White House reviewing the agency sustainability plans. I should note he is a 2010 Fed 100 winner.
Emile Monette, director of GSA’s Federal Technology Service’s sustainability division
Kimberly T. Nelson, Microsoft and former EPA CIO
Marian Van Pelt, a principal at ICF and a carbon inventory expert.

And we discussed Executive Order 13514: Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance [PDF] — read more from the White House about EO 13514 here… and a WhiteHouse.gov blog post on the green initiative here.

The executive order essentially calls on agencies to cut energy use by 28 percent… and they were required to submit “sustainability plans” to the Office of Management and Budget by the begging of this month. (I understand all are in now.)

There were several issues that came out of our discussion.

One was that this just seems overwhelming. One CIO for one of the big agency departments asked, essentially, help me know what are the best things to do out there. Agencies — and agency CIOs — have scores of mandates on them… and most of them generally want to be as green as possible. That being said, the greening discussion became so broad that it became almost overwhelming.

The general response was…
1. Work with your sustainability officer… Each agency is required to appoint a chief sustainability officers. I can’t seem to find a list of those names, unfortunately, but the first recommendation was to find out who that person is and work with them.

2. Measure… The second was to come up with a plan for measuring what your organization’s energy footprint is… so you can then determine if you are having an impact.

3. Just do it… Start doing something… turning off computers at night… turn off lights in buildings… reduce your data centers… GSA Administrator Martha Johnson has actually taken this issue quite seriously. At recent conferences, GSA executives were prohibited from renting their own cars. Instead, GSA organized a bus to shuttle people where they needed to go. And, it was pointed out to me, GSA actually sought public input on its sustainability plan.

4. See helpful links below for other ideas.

The other big issue that was discussed was — ready for it — telework. I should note that this is now the third green focused panel that I have moderated — and it is the third time the panel has been dominated by telework issues. And again, people asked why the government seems to be so reluctant to institute telework — and why there isn’t more of a push for telework.

Last week on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Dorobek Insider, we spoke about telework — and a new FedScoop survey on the government’s attitudes towards telework [PDF]. The survey shows the government is still behind, but that attitudes are changing.

Anyway, during the discussion, there were a number of helpful sites mentioned… I promised I would round them up.

* The Federal Electronics Challenge: http://www.federalelectronicschallenge.net
The Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC) is a partnership program that encourages federal facilities and agencies to:
Purchase greener electronic products.
Reduce impacts of electronic products during use.
Manage obsolete electronics in an environmentally safe way.

* EPEAT: http://www.epeat.net
EPEAT is a system that helps purchasers evaluate, compare and select electronic products based on their environmental attributes. The system currently covers desktop and laptop computers, thin clients, workstations and computer monitors.

* Energy Department’s Federal Energy Management Program
The Energy Department’s Federal Energy Management Program’s (FEMP) mission is to facilitate the Federal Government’s implementation of sound, cost-effective energy management and investment practices to enhance the nation’s energy security and environmental stewardship.

Other resources from Federal News Radio 1500 AM:

* For Earth Day, we spoke to Michelle Moore, Federal Environmental Executive in the Executive Office of the President. She is the person who is leading the oversight of the agency sustainability plans. Hear that conversation here.

* Somebody who just did it: Want to have hope in what you can do… and in young people… Last week, I got to talk to a 29-year-old woman who is making a difference. Saskia van Gendt is a resource conservation specialist at the EPA… and she is working in the field of “climaterials” — essentially the greening of all the materials to make buildings. And she launched a contest — the Lifecycle Building Challenge, a yearly online competition that recognizes cutting-edge building design and challenges students, architects and builders to reduce the environmental impact of buildings. This ‘just do it’ attitude scored her a place as a finalist for the Service to America Medals — the SAMMIES. Hear Ms. van Gendt talk about what she did here.

* Beneath the Green Dome: My colleague Amy Morris did a series looking at the greening of the Capitol. Find that series here.

Tomorrow… is there a better way to do sustainability plans?

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June 21, 2010 at 9:51 AM

DorobekINSIDER: Week in review: June 13-19 — telework, pay freeze, and salaries

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What stories made news for the week of June 13-19?

Here are the most read stories across Federal News Radio 1500 AM … on the DorobekInsider.com … for Mike Causey’s Federal Report… on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris… and for FederalNewsRadio.com

…from the DorobekInsider.com

  1. Government still faces numerous teleworking challenges
  2. Obama orders cuts in federal building costs
  3. How to get your TSP questions answered
  4. DOJ sues Oracle for alleged overcharging
  5. How to create the best federal cybersecurity workforce
  6. Agencies to compile ‘do not pay list’
  7. Agencies to crack down on waste, fraud, abuse
  8. Google Apps could help agencies move to the cloud
  9. Are Katrina/Deepwater comparisons appropriate?
  10. Report endorses pay for performance for Intel community
  11. Dorobek Must Reads – June 11
  12. Military Health System works out e-record kinks
  13. Dorobek Must Reads – June 17
  14. Web inventor discusses importance of open data
  15. Rep. Towns supports MMS restructuring
  16. Dorobek Must Reads – June 14
  17. How to get more minorities, women to participate in TSP
  18. What the cuts in federal building costs really mean
  19. Analysis: New cybersecurity bill promises big changes
  20. GAO: Collaboration is important for national security
  21. DHS requires agencies to provide network monitoring data
  22. U.S. electrical grid faces cybersecurity challenges
  23. House members support Senate cyber bill
  24. Dorobek Must Reads – June 15
  25. Why there’s still worry about the Conficker worm
  26. Is blaming the MMS really fair?
  27. Analysis: SCOTUS upholds ‘sexy text’ search
  28. DorobekINSIDER: Most read on Federal News Radio 1500 AM: June 6-12
  29. Learn all about the new Good News Czar
  30. Worldwide cybersecurity framework needed
  31. DoD: Improvements coming soon for health e-records
  32. Dorobek Must Reads – June 16
  33. How to improve the leadership skills of executives
  34. American man in custody after plot to kill bin Laden fails
  35. Agencies must justify non-competitive contracts
  36. Hiring reforms could mean big changes for veterans
  37. Senate cybersecurity bill: one step closer to passing
  38. Enterprises need to be proactive in cyber war
  39. Friday Fun Day: Plan to go to the National Harbor
  40. Most TSP funds suffer losses in May
  41. Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn launches new museum tour app
  42. Chances good for passage of TSP/annual leave bill
  43. U.S. agencies now collaborate to fight drug cartels
  44. DorobekINSIDER: Is cybersecurity over-hyped?
  45. Preview: Your monthly TSP Snapshot
  46. A look at the level of technology in federal offices
  47. House committee examines SBINet success
  48. Should feds be allowed to telework from anywhere?
  49. House says cybersecurity threat worse than it thought

… for Mike Causey’s Federal Report

  1. Pay Freeze? We Need To Talk
  2. Pay Freeze: Everybody in the Pool!
  3. The Smartest Fed Investors Work For…
  4. The $3 Million G-Man
  5. Time is Running Out for FEHBP Dependents
  6. Federal Pay Freeze: A November Surprise?
  7. Travel, Training, Hiring Hit List
  8. Good Son of NSPS or Bride of Frankenstein
  9. TSP Millionaires & Record Rollovers
  10. NSPS Express: Train Wreck or Rest Stop?

… on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris

  1. Cyberthreat of Joe Biden leads to arrest
  2. Monday Morning Federal Newscast – June 14th
  3. Friday Morning Federal Newscast – June 18th
  4. Federal retirees should consider the Roth IRA
  5. How to succeed in the SES
  6. Tuesday Morning Federal Newscast – June 15th
  7. OMB redefines performance expectations
  8. GAO: Agency rules allow conferences at resort locations
  9. Thursday Morning Federal Newscast – June 17th
  10. GPO reassures your passport is secure
  11. NSPS move cuts raises of the ‘best and brightest’
  12. Wednesday Morning Federal Newscast – June 16th
  13. Agencies allow conferences at resort locations
  14. How to translate language skills into success
  15. USPTO turns to Google for help with TMI
  16. The ten biggest errors federal employees make, pt. 2
  17. ‘Shady’ porn site practices pose cyber risks
  18. DLA and FEMA prepare for hurricane season
  19. U.S. seeks allies in battle against cyber warfare
  20. Friday Morning Federal Newscast – June 11th

… and from FederalNewsRadio.com

  1. OPM wants to settle the fed salary debate
  2. Federal pay freeze proposal defeated
  3. GSA plans to take e-mail, collaboration to the cloud
  4. OPM freezes transfer of employee files, for now
  5. Navy CIO Carey leaving
  6. OMB pressing agencies to get IT projects on track
  7. House bill would require manager training at all agencies
  8. Air Force saves cash by changing cell phone rate plans
  9. DoD shows off health IT progress
  10. OMB preparing performance management dashboard
  11. Support snowballs early for Senate cyber bill
  12. Exclusive: OMB to propose major changes to financial management systems
  13. Bill would put DHS in charge of all civilian networks
  14. VA tries to speed claims processing for vets
  15. Cybersecurity bill gets first Senate hearing
  16. Telework success depends on clear expectations
  17. DHS women convene inaugural diversity forum
  18. Senate’s newest cyber bill on fast track to passage
  19. Critical tests to decide future of DHS’s virtual fence
  20. Feds lead Smart Grid development effort
  21. White House tells agencies to use data analysis to reduce improper payments
  22. Task force seeks comments on small business contracting
  23. HHS creates process to certify health IT systems
  24. NTEU slams federal pay freeze
  25. HUD embraces Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
  26. NIH faces economic strains in 2011
  27. Hearing offers suggestions for reducing Medicare waste, fraud
  28. No federal pay freeze for now
  29. Federal News Radio Reports
  30. CIS upgrading E-Verify Web site
  31. Feds lead smart grid development effort
  32. Mobile apps, TechStat lead OMB’s IT evolution
  33. VA reaping rewards from IT oversight
  34. OMB must sell Congress on budget cuts
  35. Section: WFED Stories
  36. Executive Order seals OPM hiring reforms
  37. OMB finally details broad management doctrine
  38. SBA CIO Naylor resigns
  39. OPM tests letting feds work without a schedule
  40. TSP Snapshot: What goes up does go down
  41. GSA SLAMs its IT modernization project
  42. White House asks agencies to cut spending by 5 percent
  43. GOP lawmakers pitch fed workforce reduction bill
  44. House lawmakers uneasy about hiring reforms
  45. GSA reissues RFQ for cloud computing
  46. OPM to test new employee health services
  47. OPM proposes changes to management of personnel files
  48. OMB’s Werfel lays out new plan to follow agency money
  49. DoD vows to become a leaner organization
  50. FISMA’s facelift focuses on four areas, for now

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June 21, 2010 at 7:23 AM

DorobekINSIDER: Most read on Federal News Radio 1500 AM: May 23-June 6

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It was a record week on FederalNewsRadio.com — as several stories got highlighted by the Drudge Report.

That being said… the most read stories across Federal News Radio 1500 AM from May 23-June 6… on the DorobekInsider.com … for Mike Causey’s Federal Report… on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris… and for FederalNewsRadio.com

…from the DorobekInsider.com

  1. How to make that performance review work for you
  2. Most TSP funds suffer losses in May
  3. Dorobek Must Reads – June 2
  4. Dorobek Must Reads – June 3
  5. Federal pay raises safe … for now
  6. FISMA one step closer to overhaul
  7. Off Topic: What your email address says about you
  8. Software remembers passwords for you
  9. Federal contracts: How many is too many?
  10. Health 2.0 Conference, HHS hope to change the practice of medicine
  11. The impact of the Federal Workforce Reduction Act
  12. U.S. Navy Considering Wii Fit and DDR For Boot Camp
  13. SSA makes rural America accessible to all
  14. How Manor, Texas, could help your federal agency
  15. Influence others and change your office culture
  16. James Cameron brainstorms on Gulf oil spill
  17. Get ready for the Public Service Career and Internship Fair
  18. Chances good for passage of TSP/annual leave bill
  19. NIST details continuous monitoring for your agency
  20. ICE thrust into spotlight as immigration reform debate rages
  21. GAO: Centralized federal contract database needed
  22. Dorobek Must Reads – May 28
  23. DorobekINSIDER: Crowdsourcing Gulf Coast oil spill info
  24. Situation with Gulf oil spill continues to worsen
  25. The TSP as a model for other 401(k)s?
  26. NAPA examines pay for performance
  27. 2010 Census faces, fixes IT setbacks
  28. Analysis: Kshemendra Paul to lead ISE
  29. Update: Oil spill pictures reveal devastation
  30. Joint Chiefs: Cyber will change the way we fight
  31. Dorobek Must Reads – June 1
  32. iRobot demonstrates new weaponized robot
  33. Community Health Data Initiative launches
  34. Book review: Civil servants v. elected officials
  35. DoD might get more funding for cybersecurity programs
  36. Dorobek Must Reads – May 25
  37. TSP numbers: Look past the short term trend
  38. Feds, industry collaborate on cybersecurity
  39. Are Google Apps and Microsoft heading for a showdown?
  40. Preview: Your monthly TSP Snapshot
  41. Pew: More than half use social media to manage reputations
  42. Hiring reforms could mean big changes for veterans
  43. Rep. Towns: Birnbaum resignation was right decision
  44. U.S. Navy symposium confronts sexual assaut
  45. Causey Awards: Optimal workforce created despite budget
  46. DorobekINSIDER: The Gov 2.0 status report — where are we now?
  47. Federal retirements hit seven-year low
  48. This Memorial Day, honor the fallen & help vets
  49. Pentagon told to save billions for use in war

… for Mike Causey’s Federal Report

  1. Pay Freeze as Union Recruiting Tool
  2. Payoff the Boss’s Credit Cards?
  3. Six Ways to Beat the Bear Market with Your TSP
  4. Federal Unions: Dynamos or Dinosaurs?
  5. Toil We Must
  6. Brother, Can You Spare $43,000?
  7. Porn Viewing vs. Coffee Breaks
  8. NSPS Rollback Hopes and Fears
  9. Another No-Cal COLA for Retirees?
  10. About Those Buyout Rumors…

… on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris

  1. Bill would give DHS emergency cyber powers
  2. Monday Morning Federal Newscast – June 1st
  3. Friday Morning Federal Newscast – June 4th
  4. Thursday Morning Federal Newscast – June 3rd
  5. Wednesday Morning Federal Newscast – June 2nd
  6. How to avoid a June swoon with the TSP
  7. Google goes ABW: Anything But Windows
  8. How, and why, to modernize the legacy of COBOL
  9. Cyber chief Schmidt set to name senior director
  10. NIST offers Continuous Monitoring FAQ
  11. Voinovich: hiring reforms will take an act of law
  12. Beware the mobile cyberattack
  13. Postal Service works to deliver reforms
  14. Navy focuses on family matters
  15. Defense Authorization still ‘veto bait’
  16. Federal Drive
  17. The ten biggest errors federal employees make
  18. Coast Guard harbored concerns about oil rigs
  19. FCC plans to spread broadband broader
  20. Friday Morning Federal Newscast – May 28th

… and from FederalNewsRadio.com

  1. GOP lawmakers pitch fed workforce reduction bill
  2. DoT’s Patillo moving to VA
  3. GSA, DHS approve first governmentwide cyber provider
  4. No federal pay freeze for now
  5. Census troubleshoots broken software
  6. Information sharing challenges ahead for Paul
  7. Navy declares war on sexual harassment & assault
  8. SBA CIO Naylor resigns
  9. DHS promotes tech from workbench to market
  10. OMB’s Paul to lead information sharing environment
  11. DoD, USDA putting secure ID cards to work
  12. Bill would block BRAC traffic at the parking lot
  13. State evolving to 21st century diplomacy
  14. DoD has limited cyber situational awareness
  15. OIRA calls for further standardization of rulemaking
  16. Feds map progress on road to health IT
  17. TSA ready to move on with ITIP contract
  18. VA solving acquisition workforce shortage
  19. Federal News Radio Reports
  20. Intellipedia provides lessons for FedSpace initiative
  21. FISMA’s facelift focuses on four areas, for now
  22. Executive Order seals OPM hiring reforms
  23. Congress tells agencies to check creditworthiness of employees
  24. DHS: cybersecurity is more than herding cats
  25. White House works to change online transactions
  26. Feds expand virtual worlds use
  27. OMB shifts to real time cybersecurity monitoring
  28. Congress considers a new budgetary tool
  29. House lawmakers uneasy about hiring reforms
  30. DHS tries sharing cyber threat data differently
  31. GSA releases FY 2010 per diem rates
  32. GSA SLAMs its IT modernization project
  33. CIO Council report on cloud sets future vision
  34. Protest of TSA IT contract sustained
  35. OPM tests letting feds work without a schedule
  36. OFPP defines ‘inherently governmental’
  37. OMB drafts, seeks comments on FISMA metrics
  38. Federal labor unions push back against senator’s TSA ‘hold’
  39. DHS to release draft RFP for Eagle 2
  40. Obama drafts line-item veto bill
  41. USCG’s Adm. Thad Allen begins long farewell
  42. GSA reissues RFQ for cloud computing
  43. Moran wins reprieve for DoD agencies; no BRAC move until 2014 at earliest
  44. OMB outlines shift on FISMA
  45. DIA awards $6 billion IT services contract to 11 firms
  46. Salary Council suggests locality pay increase for 2011
  47. TSP Snapshot: April up, clouds over I fund
  48. OPM hosts CHCO hiring reforms summit today
  49. Agency cybersecurity reporting to get makeover
  50. DoD fixing its patchwork quilt of cybersecurity

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June 7, 2010 at 6:49 PM