Richard Spires

  • Private industry feels impact of partial government shutdown

    Anyone who has had a career that switches from government to industry, or vice versa, has probably lived through more than one lapse in funding.

  • Allen to leave after 14 years at the helm of ACT-IAC

    A search committee will begin looking to replace Ken Allen, the executive director of the industry association ACT-IAC, who announced he is leaving in March.

  • Lawmakers ‘baffled’ by state of DHS’ human resources IT

    Reps. Scott Perry (R-Pa.) and J. Luis Correa (D-Calif.) expressed their “continued frustration” with the Homeland Security Department’s rollout of a unified system to track employees’ training and performance.

  • 30 ways to improve federal IT reform efforts

    The Government Accountability Office brought in 13 experts on federal technology last fall to have a frank discussion about what’s working and what’s not with the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act.

  • Understanding why some federal IT projects take so long

    Federal IT Dashboard data compiled exclusively for Federal News Radio shows the average time it takes an agency to complete an IT program to is 1,018 days and the average cost is $23.2 million per program. Both of these data points demonstrate the need to change how CIOs and mission owners measure project success.

  • A “blended” approach to continuous learning

    Richard Spires, CEO of Learning Tree International, joins host John Gilroy to discuss how to use continuous learning to close the “skill gap” in the federal government. May 10, 2016

  • Richard Spires & Alan Balutis: Expectations for upcoming presidential transition

    Richard Spires, former Homeland Security Department chief information officer and CEO of Learning Tree International, and Alan Balutis, former Commerce Department CIO and senior director and distinguished fellow at Cisco Systems, discuss what challenges are ahead in the upcoming presidential transition on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • IT Workforce Optimization: The New Alignment between Mission Needs and Human Capital

    This discussion will feature an in-depth discussion of how government is tackling these issues through workforce optimization and training.

  • Federal CIO Scott offers a new idea to measuring cyber progress

    Federal CIO Tony Scott said because of the wide-spread use of legacy IT systems, agencies should consider a similar approach to cybersecurity to one that manufacturers use when addressing product defects.

  • Richard Spires: Digging into root causes of government’s IT security

    Chief information officers know more now about long standing issues with federal IT security thanks to the cyber breaches at the Office of Personnel Management. Those problems date back to the 1990s when cyber threats started to change and agencies didn’t try to keep up. Richard Spires is CEO of Resilient Network Systems and former chief information officer at the Homeland Security Department. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about three big problems with federal IT security.