Jim Gfrerer, the assistant secretary for information and technology and chief information officer at the Veterans Affairs Department, said the sense of urgency, extra funding and the support of non-IT executives helped the agency meet the needs of remote workers and veterans over the last five months.
Mark Munsell, the NGA chief technology officer, said industry, particularly non-traditional companies, should use the tech focus and technology strategy documents as guides for how to help that agency overcome long-standing challenges.
Dr. Amy Abernethy, the principal deputy commissioner and acting chief information officer of the Food and Drug Administration, said the agency is looking at common use cases and creating cloud-based package services to give the internal customers the majority of the capabilities they need.
Grant Schneider, the federal chief information security officer, said the Federal Acquisition Security Council continues to work on its interim final rule detailing how it will share supply chain risk information with government and industry.
Christie Canaria, the Small Business Innovation Research program director at the National Cancer Institute and a finalist for the Women in Technology leadership award, said her role in helping small business successful navigate the Small Business Innovation Research program depends bring an assortment of ideas to the table.
Nicolas Chaillan, the Air Force’s chief software officer, said the service is testing its cloud native access point approach through Platform One with the F-35 and Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) teams.
Suzette Kent, who recently left after more than two years as the federal CIO, said lawmakers need to reconsider how they fund technology modernization efforts so they are not just a one-year effort.
Ryan Cote, the chief information officer of the Transportation Department, credited the work the agency has done over the last two years to consolidate and modernize its network as the reason the move to near 100% telework has gone smoothly over the last few months.
Bryan Ware, the assistant director for cybersecurity at CISA, said improving the Automated Indicator Sharing (AIS) program is one of several initiatives his office is leading to help agencies better deal with the ever-growing, ever-changing cyber risk.
Bill Vajda, Interior’s chief information officer, said IT modernization is letting the agency train its employees to be problem solvers and not focused on wires and pliers.
Essye Miller, the principal deputy chief information officer at DoD, is retiring from federal service on June 30 after more than 35 years in government.
NARA’s Laurence Brewer, the chief records officer for the U.S. Government and Lisa Haralampus, the director of records management policy and outreach, say the goal of processing and providing only electronic records must be infused across all mission and administrative efforts.
Erin Joe, the director of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC), said the Cyber Threat Framework is creating a common lexicon for agencies to understand and discuss potential and real security threats and vulnerabilities.
Paul Tibbits, VA’s executive director in the Office of Technical Integration, and Gary Stevens, VA’s deputy chief information security officer, say the cooperative research and development agreement with UL sought to raise the bar of how manufacturers should secure medical devices.