Federal News Countdown: Mobility, Section 508 update and sequestration worries

Dan Mintz, principal at ESEM Consulting, and Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, count down the top federal news stories of the week.

Today’s guests on the Federal News Countdown:

Dan Mintz, principal, ESEM Consulting and chair and executive director of the Advanced Mobility Academic Research Center (AMARC)
Larry Allen, President, Allen Federal Business Partners

Dan Mintz’s stories
#3 DoD moves meetings online, but IT systems can’t keep pace
From Federal News Radio:

As budget cuts take their toll on in-person conferences within the Defense Department, more meetings are shifting online, specifically to DoD’s in-house Web conferencing service, Defense Connect Online.

#2 NASCIO 2013 Federal Advocacy Priorities
From the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO)

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) actively promotes a stronger state-federal partnership, especially in the areas of administrative flexibility, critical infrastructure protection, cybersecurity, information sharing, business process redesign and the advancement of enterprise architecture. With the emergence of new technologies, NASCIO’s advocacy priorities will help all levels of government collaborate and make certain IT investments will better serve the American people.

#1 Mobility Has Big Impact On IT
From Federal News Radio:

Facing one of the biggest business challenges since Al Gore invented the Internet, CIOs in emerging markets seeking to mobile-enable their enterprises are making mobility a higher priority and spending more money on achieving that goal than are their mature-market counterparts, according to a new study by Accenture.

Larry Allen’s stories
#3 OMB lays out 11 goals to give Section 508 some punch
From Nasdaq:

The Office of Management and Budget sent its fourth memo in eight years telling agencies to be aware of and include Section 508 requirements in technology and acquisitions. The difference this time is OMB included a strategic plan with deadlines for agencies to meet.

#2 Pentagon to boost cybersecurity force
From The Washington Post:

The Pentagon has approved a major expansion of its cybersecurity force over the next several years, increasing its size more than fivefold to bolster the nation’s ability to defend critical computer systems and conduct offensive computer operations against foreign adversaries, according to U.S. officials.

#1 Deep spending cuts are likely, lawmakers say, with no deal on sequester in sight
From The Washington Post:

Less than a month after averting one fiscal crisis, Washington began bracing Tuesday for another, as lawmakers in both parties predicted that deep, across-the-board spending cuts would probably hit the Pentagon and other federal agencies on March 1.

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