Gov Actually Episode 9: Can innovation survive federal downsizing?

In this episode of Gov Actually, Phaedra Chrousos joins hosts Danny Werfel and Dan Tangherlini to discuss federal innovation and whether the recent moves of the current administration will extinguish that spark.

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Tony Scott added to board of Baldrige Foundation

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 days ago

Former U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott is taking his expertise to the private sector.

What Trump’s budget blueprint says about federal IT

by Samantha Ehlinger • 1 week ago

President Donald Trump's initial budget proposal, while short, doesn't leave out technology's role in federal government operations and management.

FBI would get $61M to fight cybercrime, encryption in Trump budget proposal

by Chris Bing • 1 week ago

President Donald Trump’s budget blueprint for the federal government proposes a $61 million increase for the FBI and Justice Department in fiscal 2018 to better track terrorist communications and combat cybercriminals.

White House adviser promises funding, centralization for federal cybersecurity

by Shaun Waterman • 1 week ago

“President Trump intends to put his money where his mouth is,” White House homeland security adviser Thomas Bossert said Wednesday.

Pro-Trump Twitter bots are now promoting WikiLeaks’ CIA dump

by FedScoop Staff • 2 weeks ago

Our sister publication CyberScoop details how about 32,000 unique Twitter accounts — more commonly known as “bots” — tweeted more than 170,000 times using the #Vault7 hashtag on March 8, the day the leaked information was made public.

Rep. DelBene continues push to extend U.S. Digital Service as its future remains uncertain

by Patrick O’Neill • 2 weeks ago

"One thing I've been working is making sure we have longterm support for the U.S. Digital Service," DelBene told FedScoop.

Good signs for federal IT under Trump, Rep. Will Hurd says

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 weeks ago

The Trump administration's transition teams are asking "all the questions" that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has been asking for the last two years around IT, the chairman of a key House subcommittee said in an interview with FedScoop.

FISMA 2016: White House claims progress against cyberattacks

by Shaun Waterman • 2 weeks ago

For the first time, agencies were required to report only incidents that affected their operations, and to break those incidents down based on the attack vector used.

Ex-18F Director Aaron Snow joins an old friend at cBrain

by Billy Mitchell • 2 weeks ago

Aaron Snow has joined cBrain as chief operating officer for North America, the Danish government digitization and automation firm announced Thursday.

Confide messaging app used by Trump team has multiple critical vulnerabilities

by Patrick O’Neill • 2 weeks ago

Security researchers at Seattle-based IOActive found multiple critical vulnerabilities in Confide after it underwent a security audit for the first time in February.

Gov Actually Episode 8: Trump’s OMB

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

Gov Actually is back this week with a new episode featuring Robert Shea, a former Office of Management and Budget associate director for administration and government performance under President George W. Bush.

Cyber order coming soon, says exec briefed by White House

by Shaun Waterman • 3 weeks ago

The White House is putting the finishing touches on a new draft of the executive order, originally scheduled for signature in January, former IBM CEO Sam Palmisano said Monday.

Thiel protege Michael Kratsios named White House deputy CTO

by Shaun Waterman • 3 weeks ago

The chief of staff to billionaire Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel is slated to be a new deputy chief technology officer in the Trump White House, according to news reports.

Former Veterans Affairs CIO LaVerne Council joins MITRE

by Billy Mitchell • 3 weeks ago

Council will serve as senior vice president and general manager for the Center for Connected Government, which focuses on MITRE's business with civilian agencies.

Bill could expand NIST’s role in federal cybersecurity

by Shaun Waterman • 3 weeks ago

Under a bill approved Wednesday by a House committee, the National Institutes of Standards and Technology would show federal agencies how to implement the Cybersecurity Framework that it developed for companies that own and operate critical industries.

White House announces new top adviser for tech and cybersecurity policy

by Samantha Ehlinger • 4 weeks ago

The head of the National Economic Council announced staff appointments Monday, including a special assistant to the president for Technology, Telecom and Cybersecurity Policy.

Veterans Affairs hiring new CISO

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking to hire a permanent replacement for former CISO Roopangi Kadakia.

Exit interview: 18F’s Aaron Snow candid about IG report as he departs government

by Billy Mitchell • 4 weeks ago

Aaron Snow stepped down from his position as a TTS adviser Thursday and opened up about his thoughts on the recent GSA IG audit critical of 18F security compliance.

Experts: Trump to follow Obama’s lead on cyber policy

by Shaun Waterman • 1 month ago

There is likely to be a great deal of continuity between the Trump presidency and its predecessor, scholars and executives said Wednesday.

Software vulnerability disclosures by NSA will continue under Trump, officials say

by Chris Bing • 1 month ago

The disclosure process that governs how and when federal agencies should tell tech firms about flawed computer code is in no immediate danger of termination under the Trump administration, current and former U.S. officials said.

‘All of our federal data assets are currently at risk’ — here’s how people are trying to protect them

by Samantha Ehlinger • 1 month ago

A group of coders, librarians, scientists, storytellers and others passionate about data came together at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., to help preserve federal data some worry could disappear during the Trump administration.

J. Michael Daniel, Obama’s cybersecurity czar, to head industry nonprofit

by Shaun Waterman • 1 month ago

Michael Daniel, the career federal official who served as White House cybersecurity coordinator under President Barack Obama, will helm a nonprofit alliance founded by cybersecurity giants to better share information about cybercrime and other threats.

Gov Actually Episode 7: The dissent channel

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

This episode of Gov Actually features guest Heather Higginbottom, who served as Secretary of State John Kerry's deputy for management and resources until the end of the Obama administration.

Bush’s federal IT chief hopes for role in Trump administration

by Shaun Waterman • 1 month ago

“I would be honored if the Trump administration asked me to come in and work on our nation’s problems,” Karen Evans said in an interview on the sidelines of the RSA security conference Tuesday.

Confide, a favorite app of Trump’s White House, is ‘a triumph of marketing over substance’

by Patrick O’Neill • 1 month ago

Republicans in D.C., including members of the Trump administration, are now using Confide, an encrypted messaging app that quickly deletes old chats.

New CISO takes lead at Customs and Border Protection

by Greg Otto • 1 month ago

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has hired Alma Cole as its chief information security officer.

FITARA law is failing to give IT chiefs the power of the purse, insiders say

by Samantha Ehlinger • 1 month ago

“The department CIO really has nothing other than the bully pulpit,” former HHS CIO Frank Baitman told FedScoop.

New draft of Trump’s cyber executive order would increase burden on tech sector

by Shaun Waterman • 1 month ago

The text of the draft order, which was originally slated to be signed this week, was posted online by the Lawfare blog. Its future is unclear.

Democrats call for probe into White House’s cybersecurity practices

by Chris Bing • 1 month ago

Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, Dan Lipinski, D-Ill., and Don Beyer, D-Va., signed and sent a letter to the committee’s Republican leadership requesting a hearing on the matter.

Trump administration looking to continue IT savings through category management

by Billy Mitchell • 1 month ago

Trump's White House is looking at IT risk management beyond the obvious cybersecurity concerns, and category management plays role on the acquisition side of that, says Bill Zielinski.

Exit interview: Former Transportation CIO says team has network improvement plan

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

The Transportation Department may be without a new chief information officer for now, but its former IT leader says he left behind a plan to continue to make changes to the department's network architecture.

NSA’s No. 2, its top civilian, will retire shortly

by Shaun Waterman • 2 months ago

Richard Ledgett, deputy director of the National Security Agency, announced he will retire this spring.

Don’t despair over Trump policies, civic tech leader says

by Jason Shueh • 2 months ago

Code For America founder Jennifer Pahlka says technologists should continue serving government and put the mission of improved citizen services ahead of partisan politics.

IT management and tech-driven transparency remain at forefront for House Oversight

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

The House Oversight and Government Reform committee on Thursday approved 20-to-14 its authorization and oversight plan for the 115th Congress, which included plans to continue to oversee the federal government's ability to manage its IT, and to push for technology-based solutions that make government more transparent.

Transparency shouldn’t change when presidency changes, Republican lawmaker says

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

The transfer of party and president presents an opportunity for activists to hold the Republicans accountable for the government transparency standards they advocated for during the Obama administration, said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif. on Wednesday.

Critical DOD cybersecurity functions safe from hiring freeze

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

Defense Department civilian jobs "critical" to cybersecurity are safe from the hiring freeze, according to a new memorandum released to the public Thursday.

OPM hearing devolves into shouting match about cybersecurity

by Chris Bing • 2 months ago

During Thursday’s hearing, lawmakers displayed what appeared to be a basic misunderstanding of federal cybersecurity, encryption technologies and rudimentary facts concerning the actual 2014 OPM breach incident.

Veterans Affairs shuffles cyber leadership

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

Dominic Cussatt, an executive of the VA Office of Information and Technology's Enterprise Cybersecurity Strategy team, will serve as acting CISO as Roopangi Kadakia assumes a new role as cloud implementation expert in the EMPO.

Congress is writing cybersecurity legislation under a cloud of uncertainty

by Chris Bing • 2 months ago

Despite the legislation’s strong comeback after stalling last year, its chances of enactment could be diminished by a presidential administration that is evaluating the role and responsibility of the Homeland Security Department in the nation’s cyber-defense.

Gov Actually Episode 6: The political communication cycle, ft. Eric Schultz

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

Eric Schultz, the former principal deputy press secretary under Barack Obama, joins this episode of Gov Actually for his first public interview since leaving the White House.

DHS may require U.S. visitors turn over social media, web history

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

"All of this is under development. But those are the kinds of things we’re looking at," DHS Secretary Kelly said of possibly requiring foreign visitors to disclose their social media and web history.

How the hiring freeze could impact the federal IT and cybersecurity workforce

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

Experts say the freeze and the plan from the Office of Management and Budget to follow could make the federal government a more unattractive employer in a competitive market for a small pool of talent.

New CIA director inherits an agency that is quickly developing cyber capabilities

by Chris Bing • 2 months ago

The CIA’s Directorate of Digital Innovation "is firing on all cylinders."

CIO transition shakeup: The new (and old) faces under Donald Trump

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

President Donald Trump has appointed his cabinet and some other top positions, but not many of the federal government's top IT leaders have been selected.

States call for collaboration with federal government on cybersecurity

by Jake Williams • 2 months ago

With a new presidential administration in town, the chairman and vice chairman of the National Governors Association called for more collaboration between the federal government and states on cybersecurity.

Superstar cybersecurity committee proposed by senators

by Chris Bing • 2 months ago

A new bipartisan bill introduced Wednesday in the Senate would create a “Select Committee on Cybersecurity” designed to act as a central entity overseeing cybersecurity efforts across multiple federal agencies.

Mulvaney: DATA Act crucial for sorting out federal spending

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

After two confirmation hearings Tuesday, it was clear that President Donald Trump's nominee to head the Office of Management and Budget has DATA Act implementation in mind.

White House’s Cecilia Muñoz takes position directing national civic tech network

by Jason Shueh • 2 months ago

The former Domestic Policy Council director is taking a position with policy and tech outfit New America to develop a network for professionals working in civic tech.

USDS = taxpayer value, former White House deputy CTO says

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

Taxpayer value might not be one of the U.S. Digital Service's core focuses, but it is an outcome often related to its mission of developing more effective and efficient digital services for Americans, Nick Sinai said.

Defense systems agency’s CTO to retire in February

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

After about 31 years in government, Defense Information Systems Agency Chief Technology Officer David Mihelcic is set to retire from federal service in February.

Trump’s White House: cyberweapons development is a ‘priority’

by Chris Bing • 2 months ago

President Donald Trump will prioritize the development of “offensive cyber capabilities,” offering new resources to U.S. Cyber Command to “safeguard our national security secrets and systems,” according to newly published information on the White House website.

On Inauguration Day, Obama makes innovation fellows program permanent

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

In one of his last acts as president, Barack Obama signed Friday a bill focused on bringing innovators and technologists into government.

‘State of Federal IT’ report offers advice for Trump team

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

If the Donald Trump administration issued a multi-year strategic vision for federal IT, it would help agencies stay focused on the administration’s highest priorities, a new Federal CIO Council report says.

Policy tied Obama’s hands in cyberspace, says White House Cybersecurity Coordinator

by Shaun Waterman • 2 months ago

"The relationship that we want to have with industry, and the private sector, it's weird! What is it?" asked Michael Daniel.

Santa Clara County nabs former EPA CIO Ann Dunkin

by Jason Shueh • 2 months ago

After roughly two years of service, the former tech chief of the Environmental Protection Agency follows Obama out the door.

DHS: We won cyber turf wars under Obama

by Shaun Waterman • 2 months ago

Einstein became a symbol in some ways of DHS’s struggle to assert its authority over the security of federal networks — a fight DHS has won, Schneck said.

Former Google engineer to lead USDS in interim

by Samantha Ehlinger • 2 months ago

Matt Cutts, now the director of engineering at the U.S. Digital Service, has resigned from Google to remain in government and is now poised to be the team’s acting administrator, he said in a blog post Wednesday.

Greg Touhill steps down from federal CISO role

by Greg Otto • 2 months ago

Retired Brig. Gen. Gregory Touhill has stepped down from his role, despite being appointed to the position just in September.

Gov Actually Episode 5: Federal leadership 101

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

Gov Actually returns this week to address the forthcoming leadership challenges with the transition of administrations and how a major driver of success for new leaders will be their ability to keep their workforce happy and engaged.

How Beth Cobert resurrected OPM IT after historic cyber breaches

by Billy Mitchell • 2 months ago

In one of her final interviews as acting director of OPM, Beth Cobert describes the progress the agency has made in cybersecurity and IT since the devastating breaches of its systems in late 2014.

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