The Missile Defense Agency will soon have its first Navy leader if all goes as planned: Rear Adm. James Syring has been nominated as the agency’s new director, according to a Pentagon release.
If confirmed by the Senate, Syring would succeed Army Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly, whose leadership was criticized in a May 2 Pentagon Inspector General report, Bloomberg Businessweek reported.
The report indicated that the general’s alleged abusive treatment of subordinates hindered operations at MDA.
“Witnesses testified that O’Reilly’s leadership style resulted in a command climate of fear and low morale,” the inspector general found.
Syring currently serves as program executive officer for naval integrated warfare systems in Washington. He’s also been nominated for promotion to vice admiral along with the MDA post, which will be based at Ft. Belvoir, Va.
Posted by Amber Corrin on Aug 07, 2012 at 12:11 PM0 comments
Charley Barth has been tapped to lead the National Archives' Office of the Federal Register, the daily federal journal that provides citizens access to government information and regulations. Barth has more than 20 years of records management experience in the federal government. Archivist of the U.S. David Ferriero made the appointment.
“I am pleased to welcome Charley as Director of the Federal Register," Ferriero said in announcing the appointment. "He has the leadership qualities needed to guide the Federal Register—extensive and proven records management knowledge and experience.”
Acting Public Printer Davita Vance-Cooks also welcomed Barth to his new role, speaking on behalf of the Government Printing Office, which works in partnership with the National Archives to publish the Federal Register.
"I look forward to working with Charley to ensure that we meet the needs of our federal agency customers and the American people," she said.
Prior to his current position, Barth served as director of FOIA and Privacy Act at the Homeland Security Department and before that, as program manager for the chief information officer and contract specialist at the Navy. His public service began as a congressional intern for Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.).
One of Barth’s new focus areas as director will be to continue developing electronic publishing and access to the Federal Register and related information products.
Posted by FCW Staff on Jul 24, 2012 at 12:11 PM0 comments
Leave it to the man who prosecuted one of the world’s notorious hackers, Kevin Mitnick, to tell a hacker joke at an event.
Christopher Painter, cybersecurity coordinator at the State Department, told this one to the audience at AFCEA’s Second Annual Defense & Security MOBILE Technologies Symposium, held July 20:
A hacker is walking down the beach and he finds a lamp, He rubs it, and predictably a genie pops out. The genie says: “Look, you got three wishes but because you’re a hacker, there are some strings attached. Anything you wish for, other hackers gets twice as much.”
The hacker accepts the stipulations and the genie asks for his first wish. The hacker says: “I’d like a million stolen credit card numbers.” As his first wish gets fulfilled, he realized that every other hacker gets 2 million stolen credit cards, which irks him.
The genie then says: “Hurry up, what’s your second wish?”
“I want a Cray Supercomputer,” the hacker says, and he gets exactly that, annoyed by the fact that all other hackers will get the same the same but an even better one.
The genie says: “Hurry up, I got to get back to my bottle, what’s your last wish?”
The hacker pauses, thinks about his options and then deadpans: “I’d like to donate a kidney.”
Posted by Camille Tuutti on Jul 20, 2012 at 12:11 PM0 comments