1:05: Presidential candidate Barack Obama says he’ll appoint a Chief Technology Officer if he’s elected President. Two experts with longtime government service in the IT industry talked about it: Roger Baker, former CIO at the Commerce Department, and Ed Meagher, former Deputy CIO at Interior, discussed the pros and cons of this potential new position.
1:25: Yesterday’s House Natural Resources Committee hearing focused on misconduct and improper royalty collection at the Minerals Management Service. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne testified about efforts to reform the operation of the MMS, and Interior Inspector General Earl Devaney testified about his recent report on problems at MMS.
2:05: BAE Systems has won a $12 billion dollar contract from DISA. Dr. Chris D’Ascenzo is Vice President & General Manager of Defense Solutions for BAE Systems. He talked about the DISA deal, other work they’re doing for their big Federal customers, and how the end of the fiscal year and a series of continuing resolutions might affect the contracting community.
2:20: The FBI is celebrating its 100th anniversary all year long. The agency has released a book about their century of service, “The FBI: A Centennial History, 1908-2008.” FBI Historian Jon Fox talked about the book and some of the stories in it.
Subcommittee ranking member George Voinovich asked Ms. Duke about resources for the Presidential campaigns to speed the transition process, and followed up with the rest of the witness panel on their thoughts about where transition efforts stand.
The Moderator of the Washington Homeland Security Roundtable, Olive & Edwards Principal David Olive, watched the hearing first-hand in the hearing room. He offered his thoughts about what he heard at the hearing–and what he didn’t hear.