The Office of Personnel Management is putting a team in place to figure out how to move key services such as HR Solutions to GSA.
An unusually active last few weeks in the federal IT community brings changes in executive positions at DHS, EPA, GSA and USDA.
When it comes to cybersecurity, the Homeland Security Department doesn’t just play defense by shoring up its own vulnerabilities. The department also goes on the offensive by tracking cyber-criminals lurking on the dark corners of the internet.
Barry West is acting deputy chief information officer and senior accountable official for risk management at the Homeland Security Department.
The U.S. Mint is searching for a new chief information officer, while the Senate confirmed NIST’s new director.
Near-weekly, worldwide cybersecurity threats underscore the importance of network, end-point, and application monitoring. Federal agencies have worked under a policy of continuous monitoring/continuous diagnostics and mitigation for a decade. But given the seemingly unending growth in attack vectors, the spread of internal infrastructure to commercial cloud providers, and the rise of insider threats – they’ve got to up the game into what might be called advanced cyber monitoring.
Dr. Barry West has a title that means business. As senior advisor and senior accountable official for risk management at the Homeland Security Department, he basically has the job of seeing that the Trump administration executive order on cybersecurity is carried out at DHS.
There is a little more clarity about the mystery of Barry West, the seemingly now-former chief information officer at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. West’s LinkedIn page says he left the FDIC in this month and also started at the Mason Harriman Group this month.
When someone goes on administrative leave, the rumor mill heats up across the federal community and agencies respond with the ubiquitous, “We can’t comment, it’s a personnel matter,” or “Yes, [fill in the person’s name] is still an employee at the agency and we have no other details.”
Multiple sources confirm that West left the agency recently, but it’s unclear why.