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Agency CIOs Sound off on Federal IT Job Recruitment

Department of Homeland Security CIO Richard Spires said predictions that the government would lose its best IT experts to retirement and attrition have proven akin to the claims of Chicken Little. “It tends be a bit of a sky-is-falling discussion about this. I’m not trying to say it’s easy but, …

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McClure: GSA Office ‘Spark Plug’ for Government Innovation

Innovation was the watchword when government technology expert Dave McClure delivered his remarks at a recent ACT/IAC Management of Change conference in Hot Springs, Va. McClure, the associate administrator of the General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies, said, as the name of his unit implies, innovation …

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Chopra to Make Appearance at Smart Grid ‘Who’s Who’

White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra will travel to the West Coast for ConnectivityWeek, a series of workshops and panels Silicon Valley BizBlog called a “who’s who” in smart-grid technology and deployment. The event, spanning four days and some 250 speakers, will also feature representatives from Silicon Valley giants …

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Defense, Diplomatic Officials Roll out International Cybersecurity Strategy

The public unveiling of the administration’s international cybersecurity strategy yesterday brought out leading national security advisers, diplomats, and industry and academic representatives, all recognizing  that in 2011 cybersecurity is a part of national security. White House counterterrorism adviser John O. Brennan and cyber coordinator Howard A. Schmidt hosted the event, …

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FCC Talks Small-business Cybersecurity at Roundtable Event

The Federal Communications Commission is kicking off Small Business Week with a look at the importance of cybersecurity for smaller firms. As part of its efforts, FCC launched an online portal featuring cyber resources and held a cybersecurity roundtable today in Washington, specifically geared toward small businesses. The new portal …

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FCC’s Baker Trades Commission for Comcast

Meredith Attwell Baker, one of two Republicans on the Federal Communication Commission, has announced she will step down from her post next month to join Comcast, the nation’s largest cable company. Baker joined a majority of FCC commissioners in January in approving Comcast’s venture with NBC Universal. According to a …

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GSA Issues Request for Cloud Services Quote

The General Services Administration has put out a new request for quotation for a number of email-as-a-service cloud-computing services, according to a Federal News Radio report. The $2.5 billion five-year blanket purchase agreement contract — for e-mail, office automation and electronic-records management — is part of GSA’s bid to get …

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