Karen Evans will have at least one big advantage over her predecessors in her new position of administrator of the Office of E-Government and Information Technology at the Office of Management and Budget her years as a career federal employee.
Mark Forman, who served as the e-government leader for two years, spent time on Capitol Hill and in industry but not in the executive branch.
Evans, on the other hand, has come up through the agencies, so she has had to deal with OMB policies and regulations just like the people she will now oversee, pointed out Norm Lorentz, OMB's chief technology officer.
Any time someone tries to complain or say that something cannot be done, Evans will be able tell them that she managed to do it, so there is nothing to whine about, Lorentz said.
Industry leaders need to step up and join in the fight for cybersecurity, instead of just talking a good game, federal officials said last week.
Information about hacker incidents and vulnerabilities cannot only come from the government while industry officials talk about partnerships and the barriers to sharing, said Frank Libutti, undersecretary for information analysis and infrastructure protection at the Homeland Security Department.
"We need solution sets, we don't need stale rhetoric," he said during a breakfast sponsored by the Information Technology Association of America. "You must kick it in the butt to help us help you."
True to his word, former Army chief information officer Lt. Gen. Peter Cuviello has accepted a top information technology position in industry.
Lockheed Martin Corp. officials announced last week that they had hired Cuviello as vice president of information infrastructure for the company's mission systems division in Gaithersburg, Md. The Buffalo, N.Y., native said prior to his July retirement that he wanted to stay in Washington, D.C., and work on defense programs for industry.
"Pete Cuviello will be invaluable in guiding Lockheed Martin information management activities to support joint, interagency and multinational forces," Terry Drabant, president of Lockheed Martin Mission Systems, said in a statement. "His knowledge of using information for warfighting superiority will help focus our efforts to deliver integrated solutions to the battlefield."
Hiring Cuviello is a coup for Lockheed. The company and General Dynamics Corp.'s C4 Systems division are vying for the Army's $10 billion Warfighter Information Network-Tactical program.
What avid motorcyclist and commissioner of the General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service was heard recently talking dreamily of a certain young congressman?
Sandra Bates spoke briefly last week about testifying before Rep. Adam Putnam's (R-Fla.) subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census.
Not only is the handsome lawmaker the youngest member of Congress at age 29, Bates said, "he is a breath of fresh air, and he's very interested in smart cards." n
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