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Cybersecurity To-Do List

Officials at the Homeland Security Department are likely to recommend that the federal government work with a private firm to set up a cybersecurity certification program to help agencies and businesses find or train security experts.

That's one of many ideas being considered by DHS for inclusion in a cybersecurity to-do list for the next 180 days. The department is now responsible for the government's National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace.

DHS officials are also considering a more comprehensive method for sharing security vulnerability and incident information between the government and the private sector, said Andy Purdy, cybersecurity adviser for the Information Analysis and Infrastructure Protection Directorate at DHS. He spoke May 14 at a symposium sponsored by the Computing Technology Industry Association Inc. in Washington, D.C.

Currently, most information flows from the government to the private sector, and "it really has to be a two-way street," Purdy said. "The importance of improving the form and structure of the two-way street is something we're working hard on, and we have a ways to go."

AT&T Veteran Promoted

AT&T Government Solutions has named a replacement for former president Chris Rooney, who took over AT&T's entire sales division in a restructuring last month.

Louis Addeo, former vice president of the homeland security and national information systems division for AT&T Government Solutions, will lead the organization, a company spokesman said. The change takes effect June 2.

In his role as vice president, Addeo, a 30-year AT&T veteran, worked closely with the White House, the State Department and agencies associated with homeland security and the intelligence community. Before moving to government solutions, Addeo was with the AT&T Solutions unit, where he supported and directed large-scale outsourcing and managed services.

Citizen Customer Service

The General Services Administration wants to help citizens have an easier time communicating with the government.

GSA's Office of Citizen Services and Communications, the public's point of contact for government information and services, found that hundreds of thousands of questions and comments from the public — sent via phone, fax and e-mail — arrive at the wrong federal agency or even the wrong branch of government.

So the office, also the lead agency for the USA Services initiative to provide a single customer service center for citizens, is partnering with other agencies to handle those misdirected inquiries.

M.J. Jameson, associate administrator for the office, said an initial list of agencies participating in the partnership will be announced at the expected launch of USA Services in June.

FBI Names Acting CIO

The FBI's executive assistant director, W. Wilson Lowery Jr., has been named acting chief information officer for the bureau while officials search for a permanent replacement for Darwin John, who retired May 16 after serving as CIO since July 2002. He was previously information and communications chief for the Mormon Church.

Lowery joined the bureau about 10 months ago. He has worked on the Trilogy modernization project and the Virtual Case File system, a Web-based data warehouse slated to be completed in December.

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