2015 Rising Star Awards

Michael H. Brody

Michael Brody has a unique ability to reconcile mission needs with privacy protections, which requires close collaboration with DHS' many independent-minded components.

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Groups want OMB to reconsider info policy revisions

A collection of public interest groups wants to preserve sections on the importance of public information in the key A-130 information policy document.

2015 Rising Star Awards

Akosua Ali

Akosua Ali ironed out complex acquisition issues and found millions of dollars in unused funds at DHS.

2015 Rising Star Awards

Teresa Rodriguez

Teresa Rodriguez spearheaded 10 initiatives at USDA in the past year, including the first integrated safety and workers' compensation system implemented in the federal government.

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IG: State lax on information security

A newly released audit concludes that the State Department is not complying with federal information security standards and has failed to fully implement a continuous monitoring strategy.

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In Sentinel, the FBI finds an unlikely poster child for agile

The FBI has struggled with case management over the years. The bureau’s CTO thinks lessons learned along the way have taught the FBI how to do agile development,

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TSA seeks free outside help with social media pilot

TSA is looking for an unpaid, short-term industry expert to help test a social media service that would respond to air travelers questions in real time.

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Pentagon and VA set to certify on health record interoperability

The 2014 defense bill required the VA and the Pentagon to get their acts together on sharing health data. The agencies' two giant health systems are about to certify that they have complied.

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Education Department faces tough criticism from Congress on its IT security

The department’s CIO fielded questions from Democrats and Republicans alike during a House oversight hearing on information system shortcomings.

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IG finds lapses in DHS IT security

An audit of fiscal 2015 information security practices noted progress but found that DHS components did not maintain their security programs on a continuous, year-round basis.

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Moving forward with FITARA

Agency CIOs can lead real and lasting change with the help of other government leaders and old-school performance grades.

CMU denies working for the FBI in targeting Tor users

Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute released a statement vaguely denying Tor's claim that the FBI paid the institute $1 million to de-anonymize users.

The Fed 100

Nominations for the 2016 Federal 100 Awards are now being accepted. 

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