Richard Spires

  • 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.

    August 27, 2015
  • Four major overhauls can turn massive data breaches from disasters to catalysts for change. Attracting talented cyber professionals and streamlining the IT cyber acquisition process are some of the key ingredients Richard Spires recommended to the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government. He is the former chief information officer at the Department of Homeland Security and the Internal Revenue Service, and now CEO of Resilient Network Systems. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose that he sees systemic weaknesses in government IT security that need to be fixed now.

    June 29, 2015
  • Federal agencies are experiencing a drought of IT professionals. The best way to get around it is to build an elite team of IT experts that can spearhead innovation at your agency. Richard Spires is CEO of Resilient, and former Chief Information Officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared ideas for how to build that elite cadre of IT professionals.

    January 27, 2015
  • Seventy-eight fusion centers scattered across the country help streamline information sharing during a terrorist attack or natural disaster. The fusion centers bring together local, state and federal agencies to quickly deal with those types of threats. Richard Spires is CEO of Resilient Network Systems. He's also former chief information officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained whether modern information-sharing techniques, like the fusion centers, are actually making the country safer.

    October 31, 2014
  • The Air Force might be on a path to insolvency because of its weapons contracts, so it's reinventing its approach to focus more on strategic sourcing. Your agency could probably use some reinvention of its own, especially in the case of large IT contracts. That's according to Richard Spires -- he's CEO of Resilient Network Systems and former Chief Information Officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the right relationship an IT contractor needs to have with your agency's contract program office.

    September 18, 2014
  • The intelligence community is ready to start deploying shared IT systems. Federal News Radio's Jared Serbu reports all 17 IC agencies will use the Intelligence Community Information Technology Enterprise or ICITE. It's just one of the big IT programs government agencies are working on. Richard Spires, CEO of Resilient Network Systems and former CIO of the Homeland Security Department, is writing about five elements for managing a successful IT program.

    April 16, 2014
  • On the In Depth show blog, you can listen to our interviews, find more information about the guests on the show each day, as well as links to other stories and resources we discuss.

    January 29, 2014
  • Resilient Network Systems appointed former Homeland Security CIO Richard A. Spires as its new chief executive officer. Spires stepped down from the DHS post in May.

    December 13, 2013
  • News and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed this week.

    May 28, 2013
  • After taking administrative leave for nearly two months, Richard Spires has decided to step down as chief information officer of the Homeland Security Department.

    May 07, 2013
  • News and buzz in the acquisition and IT communities that you may have missed this week.

    April 29, 2013
  • FedRAMP and other initiatives are helping CIOs become more comfortable with securing data and applications in the cloud. But changing the way agencies buy, manage and oversee technology is a bigger roadblock in moving systems to the cloud.

    March 07, 2013
  • The CIO Council will add 25 more examples of IT project management excellence to its best practice database. DHS CIO Richard Spires said at the Excellence.gov awards Tuesday the goal of all of these success stories is to share what worked and leave a broader legacy across all of Federal IT.

    March 06, 2013
  • Rep. Darrell Issa plans to formally introduce the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act before the end of March. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held its second hearing on the draft bill. Current and former federal officials say the bill should place a stronger emphasis on project management and workforce issues.

    February 28, 2013

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