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Former CIA official on ransomware attacks: “You’re not going to solve this problem”

The Department of Homeland Security says ransomware attacks have doubled in the last four years. The Treasury Department will create sanctions to try to prevent cyber criminals from profiting from those attacks. Ron Marks, president of ZPN Cyber and National Security Strategies, former CIA official and intelligence advisor to two Senate majority leaders, said the […]


NASA deputy administrator: “We’re going back to the moon to stay this time”

For nine years in a row, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been rated the best place to work in government. It is sending people back to the moon and eventually to Mars. Col. Pam Melroy (USAF, ret.), deputy administrator of NASA, said the Apollo program proved going to the moon was possible […]


Award finalist has helped federal government bring in over $200 billion in revenue

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the federal agency responsible for America’s communications law and regulations. When space on the electromagnetic spectrum is available, the FCC runs competitive auctions to determine which companies can operate in that spectrum. These auctions have brought in over $200 billion in revenue for the federal government. That’s in large […]


Department of Veterans Affairs office embracing IT governance framework

Agencies have been working for years to institute strong IT governance strategies that lead to savings and better performing IT systems. The Department of Veterans Affairs has been continually tweaking its plan. Merissa Larson, executive director for quality and risk in the VA Office of Information and Technology (OIT), said her team has embraced IT […]


New agency initiative would use data to improve injury prevention and control

The CDC wants to create a new team to support training at its National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). The training would improve data collection and analysis across the organization. Linda Degutis, lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health and former director of the NCIPC, said the new effort would train doctors […]


Former chief information officers support idea to consolidate role at federal agencies

Representatives Gerry Connolly and Darrell Issa want to consolidate the chief information officer (CIO) role across the federal workplace. The idea to reduce each agency to one CIO has been discussed for almost a decade. Karen Evans, partner at KE&T Partners and former CIO for the Department of Energy, said the suggestion comes up periodically […]


Defense Department must continue focus on intellectual property to support innovation, says supply chain expert

There are two issues the Defense Department (DoD) will need to address on the path to innovation: intellectual property and security. That’s according to Jerry McGinn, executive director of the Center for Government Contracting at George Mason University. McGinn, former principal deputy director for manufacturing and industrial base policy in the Office of the Secretary […]

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