Simon Szykman

  • 5 lessons CIOs can take from confusion around FCC’s alleged cyber attack

    Former federal CIOs offered suggestions for how current technology executives can tamp down controversy in the aftermath of a cyber attack.

  • Breathing life into stagnant CIO authorities must begin with consistency

    Six former federal IT executives offers opinions and insights about the latest attempt to strengthen the roles of agency CIOs.

  • The real cost of CRs and shutdowns

    What are the real impacts of continuing resolutions and government shutdowns? Find out when Attain CIO Simon Szykman and Lohfeld Consulting Group CEO Bob Lohfeld join host Mark Amtower on this week’s Amtower Off Center. March 26, 2018

  • White House’s new 36-point plan to modernize federal IT

    The White House’s American Technology Council is seeking comments on its draft plan to move agencies off legacy IT.

  • GWACs, IDIQs & category management

    Celero Strategies President and CEO Stan Soloway and Attain CTO Simon Szykman join host Mark Amtower to discuss the big issues facing the professional services contractor community. September 19, 2016

  • Episode 1: Insider Tips For Marketing to Senior Government Executives

    Do you ever wonder how your marketing efforts are connecting with your government customers? Hear from 5 former federal senior IT and acquisition executives what marketing tactics work and don’t work only on “Market Chat” – a new program brought to you by Government Marketing University “Market Chat’ brings clarity to the clutter in government marketing.

  • OMB draft policy begins IT modernization with or without Congress

    The Office of Management and Budget is developing an IT modernization policy for civilian agencies that would require them to do a majority of the up-front planning to prepare for the funding should Congress approve the initiative.

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

    President Obama wants to build one of the fastest supercomputers ever in the next 15 years. The exascale computer would run about 30 times faster than today’s fastest supercomputer. It’s part of the National Strategic Computing Initiative in collaboration with the Energy Department, Pentagon, and National Science Foundation. Simon Szykman is the chief technology officer for Attain’s federal services division and former chief information officer at the Commerce Department. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose that the project might not live up to all the hype.

  • 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 is, three months still remain in the fiscal year. How do you deal with a situation like that? Simon Szykman is the chief technology officer in the Federal Services Division at Attain, and a former federal CIO. He joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some advice for how senior leaders in a department can deal with a problem that affects them all.

  • 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, said industry also must play a bigger role by automatically enabling two-factor authentication and using more secure chips.