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Idea of distributed workforce is not new, explains Department of Homeland Security chief human capital officer

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will bring in nearly 300 new cyber employees after a 60-day cyber sprint. DHS has another 500 tentative job offers in the works too. Angela Bailey, chief human capital officer at DHS, said the “distributed workforce” these new hires will be joining is not a new concept, providing examples […]


Department of Homeland Security plans to strengthen employee soft skills to improve resiliency

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will take a new look at how it trains its new recruits and current employees as a result of the pandemic. The department is doing its evaluation as it prepares to hire thousands of new employees across its components. Clothilda Taylor, chief learning and engagement officer at DHS, said […]


Former federal chief information officers discuss new cybersecurity executive order

President Biden’s new executive order on cybersecurity has some important tasks for agencies, some of which have been around for a while. Former Federal Chief Information Officer Karen Evans said one critically important element of the order is the element about a Software Bill of Materials, a formal record for enhancing software supply chain security. […]


Too many in government worried about compliance reporting, says former department chief information officer

The SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange breaches remind leaders at agencies the policies that govern cybersecurity across government are not stopping damaging breaches. Remaking the Federal Information Security Management Act, which requires development of agency-wide information security programs, could involve as many as six steps. Former Chief Information Officer of the Department of Homeland Security and […]


New Department of Homeland Security contract will prioritize cybersecurity

The Department of Homeland Security has a new draft of its FirstSource III solicitation. The agency will use the $10 billion small business contract for information technology software and hardware. Soraya Correa, Chief Procurement Officer at the Department of Homeland Security, said some areas of improvement since the 2012 FirstSource II contract are cybersecurity provisions, […]


OPM culture shift from compliance to assistance is necessary, says NAPA report author

The congressionally mandated review of the OPM-GSA merger is complete. The National Academy of Public Administration finds the merger would not have solved the problems at OPM that the Trump administration thought it would. Janet Hale, Former Associate Director for Economics and Government at OMB and on the team who produced the report, said they […]

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