Who & Where

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.

LinkedIn image: Ann Barron-DiCamillo.

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.

Shutterstock image (by Studio_G): female coding concept design, learning to code.

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."

Shutterstock image: the White House.

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.

John Brennan

Cyberwar keeps CIA's Brennan up at night

CIA Director John Brennan said a terrorist attack on American soil is inevitable, the Paris attack resulted from a "failure of intelligence" and the growing threat of cyberwarfare is "the thing that keeps me up at night."

Will Hurd

Hurd sees promise in revolving IT fund but wants agencies to carry the ball

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) welcomed the administration's cybersecurity budget and IT modernization efforts but said it is up to agencies to make the most of them.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.)

New bill seeks to preempt state encryption rules

Two lawmakers want to head off efforts by states to write their own rules when it comes to encryption and law enforcement.

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