Along with Danny Toler, Dave DeVries, OPM’s CIO, is leaving government service and Grant Schneider takes on additional duties at the NSC.
On the personnel front, the Trump administration had an up-and-down week. The departure of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and the withdrawal of Labor Secretary Andrew Puzder set Washington abuzz. But the Senate confirmed Michael Mulvaney as director of the Office of Management and Budget, Steve Mnuchin as Treasury secretary, and Dr. David Shulkin as VA secretary.
The National Security Council will be forced to trim its staff over the next year and a half, but that may not curb the growth of advising employees under the Trump administration.
The Senior Executive Service, National Security Council and more will see staff reductions if the President signs the bill into law.
President Barack Obama signed a memorandum promoting diversity and inclusion in the national security workforce. The memo calls for the collection, analysis and dissemination of demographic data, as well as develop practices for exit and stay interviews.
Among hundreds of provisions in the House Armed Services Committee’s version of the annual Defense authorization bill, a restraint on the size of the National Security Council is one of a relative handful singled out by Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), the committee's chairman.
A top Department of Homeland Security official thinks 2017 is the big year for cybersecurity investment.
The Office of Personnel Management was improving the cybersecurity of its IT systems, when it discovered hackers had breached two of its networks.
Before leaving office, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) released a thorough study of the cybersecurity mission at the Homeland Security Department. Coburn says DHS is struggling to protect federal networks from intrusion. And he says its efforts at working with the private sector on cyber protection are sketchy. Melissa Hathaway, president of Hathaway Global Strategies, a former director of the Joint Interagency Cyber Task Force during the Bush Administration and a member of the National Security Council for President Barack Obama, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with reaction and some ideas for where DHS should go next.
For her work as the National Security Council's director of nuclear energy policy, Joyce Connery is a finalist for the Service to America medals.
In a first, the Department of Homeland Security launched its annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month from two cities at the same time: Washington, D.C. and Seattle. Officials reminded government, industry and the general public about good cyber hygiene.
Ponemon Institute study details why.
The councils will focus on three main areas to develop competency framework. Agencies have until Jan. 15 to submit data about how they classify cyber positions. Interagency working group also will conduct a survey of cybersecurity workforce in the spring.
President Barack Obama announced Tuesday he is combining White House staffs dealing with international and homeland security, predicting the change will make Americans safer. The Associated Press is reporting, Obama also is creating a new office intended to communicate more effectively with other countries about U.S. security policy. The Homeland Security Council, created after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, will be kept as a venue for discussing issues concerning domestic security, including terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, natural disasters and pandemic influenza. Its staff will be integrated into the National Security Council.