Bill Vajda returns to the federal government after spending the last decade in state government and replaces Sylvia Burns.
Sylvia Burns, the Interior Department CIO since 2014, is taking a new position in government.
The CIO Council’s event highlighted the role of women and the impact they are making in the federal IT, cybersecurity.
The Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act made it through the defense authorization bill conference intact.
Sylvia Burns, the Interior Department’s chief information officer, said her team responded aggressively over the last 18 months to improve the agency’s cybersecurity posture, including using two-factor authentication for computer access.
Interior CIO Sylvia Burns shined a brighter light on the agency’s implementation of DHS’ continuous diagnostics and mitigation (CDM) program in the wake of auditors saying the effort was “immature.”
Office of Personnel Management officials told House Oversight and Government Reform Committee lawmakers that they didn’t encrypt employee Social Security numbers because its systems couldn’t handle the new technologies. Lawmakers pointed to previous breaches of contractors as a highly-probable way hackers got into OPM’s system this time around.
NASA CIO Larry Sweet has mandated enterprise services first for all commodity IT. Other agencies, such as GSA and Interior, are trying to find the right balance between giving field offices latitude and rigid IT requirements.
Bernie Mazer becomes the eighth senior IT executive to leave federal service or move to a new role in the last six months. Mazer helped transform the way Interior manages and oversees technology.