Simon Szykman

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2019 file photo, former Republican congressman Darrell Issa speaks during a news conference in El Cajon, Calif. The race to fill the vacated seat of former Republican U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter of California has turned into a GOP slugfest. Hunter held one of the party's few remaining House seats in California before he pleaded guilty to a corruption charge and resigned last month. The race to replace him has been especially bitter between the Republican front-runners, former congressman Issa and San Diego radio host and political commentator Carl DeMaio. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Idea to reduce the number of CIOs per agency reemerges

Reps. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) say it’s time to reconsider having only one person per agency with the title chief information…

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Episode 1: Insider Tips For Marketing to Senior Government Executives

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OMB draft policy begins IT modernization with or without Congress

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Simon Szykman: A new inter-agency project might not live up to the hype

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Simon Szykman: Dealing with sudden budget shortfalls

Veterans Affairs faces a budget shortfall of more than $2.5 billion this year, mainly because of increased demand by veterans for health care. The problem…

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OPM data breach starkly reminds CIOs to tighten up cyber

The Office of Management and Budget wants to create a cyber playbook, and a digital services teams focused on IT security. Tony Scott, the federal CIO,…

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Szykman: Some of the hardest CIO challenges are cultural

Five agencies score zero on using strong authentication with their IT networks. That’s according to the White House’s annual compliance review of the Federal Information Security Management Act. Nextgov reports three of those agencies had cybersecurity breaches in recent years. Simon Szykman is chief technology officer for the federal services division at Attain, and former chief information officer of the Commerce Department. He broke down the results from the 2014 FISMA review on In Depth with…

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