The Circuit

NASA CIO Set to Leave

Less than a year into the job, NASA acting chief information officer Paul Strassmann has decided to leave the agency, sources say. Strassmann took the position in July 2002 after former CIO Lee Holcomb was detailed to the Office of Homeland Security.

Strassmann came to NASA in May 2002 as a senior information technology adviser to the agency's administrator, Sean O'Keefe. The two men worked together at the Defense Department and at Syracuse University. At the Pentagon, Strassmann was an adviser to the DOD deputy secretary and, later, director of Defense information.

He is rumored to be going to a defense agency. There is no official word on his departure date or his successor, according to NASA spokesman Brian Dunbar.

DHS: Coke Is It?

The Bush administration is considering hiring New York City's counterterrorism chief and the Coca-Cola Co.'s top cybersecurity watchdog for top jobs in the new Homeland Security Department, Federal Computer Week has learned.

Retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Frank Libutti, who took the New York post Jan. 16, 2002, is being considered for undersecretary for intelligence analysis and infrastructure protection at DHS.

Robert Liscouski, director of information assurance for Coca-Cola, is under consideration for assistant secretary for infrastructure protection.

Libutti's office at the New York City Police Department declined to comment, and calls to Liscouski's office were not returned.

E-Government Help Wanted

Mark Forman may have a new title, but he still doesn't have his own staff. Earlier this month, President Bush named Forman administrator of the Office of Management and Budget's Office of E-Government, which was created under the E-Government Act of 2002.

Seems the Information Technology Policy Branch in OMB's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs is where most of Forman's employees are. However, they may not be able to move because the branch has responsibilities under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980 that must stay within OIRA, Kamela White, a security policy analyst within the branch, told the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board last week.

Officials are sorting out the legal details, but for now branch staff members will continue to do the e-government work they've been doing for almost two years, White said.

Security Clearinghouse Coming?

Edward Roback, chief of the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Computer Security Division, likes the idea of creating a Web-based clearinghouse for security checklists and configuration guides developed by the National Security Agency, the Center for Internet Security and others.

The Cyber Security Research and Development Act requires the security configuration checklists. But developing them will demand a creative solution, because the funding authorized in the act did not appear in the fiscal 2004 budget, Roback told the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board.

Many details must be worked out, he said, but the idea is to allow agencies to go to a NIST portal, type in what software they are adding to their network and find any relevant configuration assistance they need.

If only getting funding was so easy.

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