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OMB names category management leads

Ten newly-named managers will wrangle specific procurement categories.

Beth Cobert testifying before HSGAC Feb 4 2016

Senator blocks vote on Cobert's OPM nomination

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is blocking Beth Cobert's nomination to lead the Office of Personnel Management because of unanswered questions about how Congress is covered by the Affordable Care Act.

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Connolly again backs big raise for feds

The Virginia Democrat looking to give federal employees an almost 4 percent base pay bump, plus a hike in locality pay.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) and FBI Director James Comey

Lieu asks Comey to back off Apple court order

In a letter to the FBI director, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) argued that forcing Apple to unlock the San Bernardino shooter's phone could have adverse Internet security consequences.

Donna Seymour, CIO for OPM. (August 2015)

Embattled OPM CIO steps down

Departing OPM CIO Donna Seymour had been under intense pressure to deliver on crucial IT projects in the wake of the hack of OPM that exposed the personal data of at least 22 million Americans.

Education Department CIO Danny Harris testifying on Feb. 2, 2016

Education CIO retires weeks after Capitol Hill confrontation

Danny Harris will leave his job as CIO of the Department of Education after 32 years of federal service.

Phyllis Schneck

DHS cyber official: Einstein key to the future of big data at agencies

The latest version of the Einstein intrusion and detection system would not have saved OPM from a massive hack. But Phyllis Schneck, the Department of Homeland Security's top cybersecurity official, told FCW she still has big plans for the multibillion-dollar program.

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Departing US-CERT boss to launch cyber venture firm

In an exclusive interview with FCW, Ann Barron-DiCamillo talked encryption, the OPM hack and her legacy as director of the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team.

David Cotton, Deputy CIO for Information Enterprise at United States Department of Defense

DOD CIO weighs giving mil branches more leeway on enterprise services

The dialogue between Terry Halvorsen and his advisers on how much control of IT services they want to cede to the military branches and how much they want to retain continues to this day.

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Next-generation IT talent is hard to find

Agencies are able to put business value on their IT operations, but without younger tech experts, that might not mean much.

Beth Cobert testifying before HSGAC Feb 4 2016

IG says law bars Cobert from leading OPM on acting basis

OPM IG Patrick McFarland said in a memo to Beth Cobert that under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, "any actions taken by you since the date of your nomination are void and may not be subsequently ratified."

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Obama names picks for cyber commission

A presidential commission aimed at sizing up the nation's cybersecurity is getting a leader with government background and a vice chairman from industry.