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Lew Confirmed to Head OMB after Months of Senate Stall

After months of Senate stall tactics, Jacob “Jack” Lew was confirmed Thursday night by a voice vote to be the next director of the Office of Management and Budget. Lew, who previously served as OMB director in the Clinton administration and is now deputy secretary of state, was selected by …

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Zients and Berry Break Clearance Backlog

Who says the federal government can’t ever solve a problem? Not Director of Personnel Management John Berry or acting head of the Office of Management and Budget Jeffrey Zients. For the second year in a row, the federal government has met its goals for processing security clearances, breaking up the …

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Kundra, Carper and Streufert Take Home Top Cyber Honors for Work on ‘Continous Monitoring’

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra and State Department Chief Information Security Officer John Streufert were awarded the National Cyber Security Leadership Award by the SANS Institute. Carper, Kundra and Streufert were selected by the information security training organization and think tank for their efforts to …

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Gov’t Cyber Certification Board Sparks Controversy

Cyber observers agree there is a shortage of cybersecurity professionals within the federal government, but two recent competing reports cannot agree on a solution for the problem. An overwhelming majority of cybersecurity professionals polled by (ISC)2, an IT and security certification group, oppose a government-run board of examiners to oversee …

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Cyber Expert Hathaway Presses for Public-Private Partnerships

Former White House cyber guru Melissa Hathaway, who most recently called on Congress to take action on key cybersecurity initiatives, spoke before the American National Standards Institute about continuing cyber developments. Hathaway, who is the president of Hathaway Global Strategies and is also a senior adviser at Harvard Kennedy School’s …

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Gates Wants ‘Better Protections for both .Gov and .Com’

Speaking at a meeting of The Wall Street Journal CEO Council, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the recent partnership between the Department of Homeland Security, a civilian agency, and the Defense Department’s National Security Agency would lead to better Internet security. Gates said his hope is that the partnership, …

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