Agency Oversight

  • An explanation of those buzz words: ‘business intelligence’

    Business intelligence — it is one of the buzz words that floats around these days. But what is it anyway? Bob Ghafouri is president and chief executive of Cadence Quest, and we asked him to…

  • Partnership for Public Service on pilot program FedExperience

    FedExperience launched last fall. It is a pilot project with the Department of Treasury, which is designed to help the federal government develop models to bring experienced talent into public service. Tim McManus is the…

  • Making DoD acquisition work better

    A series of hearings hosted by the Defense Acquisition Panel of the House Armed Services Committee is looking at making the acquisition process work better. Wednesday’s hearing was titled Coordinating Requirements, Budgets, and Acquisition: How…

  • USO in a Box

    Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Shank in Afghanistan recently became the first to experience a new portable recreation center contained in a metal box. It holds a big screen TV, telephones for calls back home, two computers for e-mail access, and three video game consoles. Eventually, ten of the units will be sent to Afghanistan, and ten more to Iraq. Soldiers who have used them call them a ”little piece of home.” I’m Max Cacas

  • Nomination hearing for Martha Johnson

    Questions for the nominee to head the General Services Administration, former GSA Chief of Staff Martha Johnson, ranged from surplus properties to the Networx contract. She answered questions from the members of the Senate Homeland…

  • Nomination hearing for Rand Beers

    Cybersecurity, personnel, and contracting issues punctuated the confirmation hearing of Rand Beers to become Under Secretary for National Protection and Programs at the Department of Homeland Security. His nomination hearing was Tuesday afternoon, in the…

  • Teufel talks privacy policies and governance

    The emphasis on transparency is creating a convergence of privacy, security, and transparency policy. Former DHS Chief Privacy Officer Hugo Teufel told me about sorting out the three challenges, and striking the right balance among…

  • Federal CTO Aneesh Chopra talks with WFED

    FederalNewsRadio’s Jason Miller snagged the first interview with new federal Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra since Mr. Chopra was confirmed to his position. The interview took place at the Management of Change conference in Norfolk…

  • President nominates new Army Secretary

    Today, President Barack Obama nominated Republican Congressman John McHugh to be the services’ next secretary. McHugh is also the ranking member on the House and Services Committee. The President is looking to McHugh to lead…

  • WFED’s Chris Dorobek on the future of the federal CIO

    Our own Chris Dorobek has been at the Management of Change conference all day. He moderated a panel on on the future of the CIO and tells us all about it. (Read more at Dorobek…

  • New report gives suggestions for updating privacy law

    The government’s privacy law was written 35 years ago in 1974. A lot has changed since then. One group has made suggestions on updating that law. Ari Schwartz is Vice President and COO of the…

  • DorobekInsider: Management of Change panel: The changing role of the CIO – the liner notes

    I arrived last night here in Norfolk, VA for the ACT/IAC’s Management of Change 2009 conference. They have a pretty good agenda lined up — including Clay Shirky, a New York University professor and author…

  • DorobekInsider.com: Kundra clears up the ‘go around the CIO’ controversy

    The post is long overdue — but I think it is still important… and I wanted to get it on the record for our ACT/IAC Management of Change panel Monday regarding the changing role of…

  • The mother of all war games

    There are war games…and then here’s this war game. Between May 31st and June 5th, more than 180 representatives from the U.S. military and other government agencies, will be in McLean, Virginia for the revised Capstone Concept for Joint Operations. Admiral Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says the exercise designed to see how a joint force will respond to national security challenges in the future. I’m Max Cacas.