Federal News Countdown: Cyber unpreparedness, 20 best feds

Francis\' guests are Rob Burton of Venable LLP and Alan Balutis of Cisco.

Today’s guests on the Federal News Countdown are:
Alan Balutis, Director of Global Public Sector Practice and Inter Business Solutions, Cisco
Rob Burton, Partner, Venable LLP law firm

Alan Balutis’ stories
#3 In hard times, state CIOs gain clout, survey finds
From Government Computer News:

State chief information officers’ influence is on the rise as state governments turn to them to help bring order during a time of economic upheaval, according to a new survey released by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers.

#2 US lawmaker: China cyber espionage ‘intolerable’
From Reuters:

The chairman of the House of Representatives intelligence committee on Tuesday accused China of widespread cyber economic espionage and said many U.S. firms were afraid to come forward for fear their computers would be the targets of even more attacks.

#1 20 of the All-Time Greatest Feds: The List

Also, Balutis discussed the Government Workforce: Learning Innovations event on Nov.2.

From Government Executive:

Rob Burton’s stories
#3 OFPP takes on second challenge of taming MACs
From Federal News Radio:

The Office of Federal Procurement Policy’s new guidance requiring business cases for all new multiple-award contracts worth at least $250 million attempts to solve one major problem with the growth of these vehicles over the last decade.

#2 Lynn: DoD must cut budget, but without mistakes of the past
From Federal News Radio:

Given the inevitable reductions to defense spending over the coming years, forestalling cutbacks or eliminations of underperforming or unnecessary military programs would be “reckless and intemperate,” the departing deputy defense secretary said Wednesday.

#1 GAO slams agency cyber efforts
From Federal News Radio:

Agencies continue to struggle to secure their computer systems even 10 years after Congress passed the Federal Information Security Management Act, or FISMA.

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