The Office of Personnel Management has postponed the deadline for federal employees to contribute to the Combined Federal Campaign, giving furloughed and exempt workers an opportunity to donate to charities only after they’ve been paid following the shutdown.
Rob Burton, procurement attorney at Venable, and Mark Forman, vice president for IT services at TASC, count down the week’s top federal stories with Francis Rose.
Federal News Radio has been tracking the turnover of CIOs and other senior level IT officials between November 2013 and October 2014. All combined, the 23 total CIOs or senior IT leaders that either left government or changed jobs within government had 96 years of experience and their average tenure was 4.2 years.
More agencies are hiring Chief Data Officers, or at least designating an official to lead data collection and curation efforts. That data may make Congress’s oversight job easier. Shawn Kingsberry is director of cloud services at TASC, and former chief information officer for the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said he expects Congress will use a lot more data to oversee Federal agencies this year.
Republican leadership in the House of Representatives is finalizing the new leaders of the House Appropriations Committee. Bloomberg reports today it names staff for the Defense Appropriations subcommittee, the Energy and Water subcommittee, and the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs subcommittee. As the new Congress takes shape, those leaders will prioritize spending for federal IT. Mark Forman is vice president for IT services and cloud at The Analytic Sciences Corporation (TASC) and he was the first e-gov administrator of the United States. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he shared a Federal IT wish list for the new Congress.
The Veterans Affairs Department fails its 16th cybersecurity audit in a row. The State Department shuts down its unclassified email system, and the National Weather Service and the Postal Service report cyber attacks. It’s all happening as agencies are deploying their continuous diagnostics and mitigation plans while they maintain their FISMA compliance environments. Mark Forman is vice president for IT services and cloud initiatives at TASC, and former administrator of the Office of e-Government and IT. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what the latest chain of events may mean for the future of cybersecurity policies.
The nomination of Shaun Donovan to be director of the Office of Management and Budget as well as a variety of bills dealing with federal IT reform and cybersecurity updates crowded the docket of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee business meeting Wednesday.
Jon Desenberg of the Performance Institute and Mark Forman of TASC count down the week’s top stories with Francis Rose.
Verizon’s annual data breach report says federal employees cause nearly 60 percent of reported cyber attacks in government. And 34 percent of those breaches come from small mistakes, like emailing documents to the wrong person. Mark Forman, former administrator of the Office of e-Government and IT or the first federal CIO, is vice president for IT services and cloud initiatives at TASC. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose you and your co-workers could be the reason for a cyber breach at your agency.
The FBI hopes a new portal, iGuardian, will enable the FBI to help companies protect themselves against malware by creating a repository of cybersecurity breaches.