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Friday Roundup: Cyber skirmishes, telework efforts, FISMA guidance and a "frugal innovation agenda"

More opposition to executive order. Another congressman is standing against the administration's decision to pursue a cybersecurity executive order. "House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) blasted the White House on Thursday for failing to consult with him on a potential executive order to enhance cybersecurity," The Hill reports. Rogers "also charged that the White House has failed to reach out to the business community."

National Security Agency director and head of the U.S. Cyber Command Gen. Keith Alexander spoke at the same cybersecurity conference, on Oct. 4. AOL Defense reports that the general tried to find common ground with the Chamber of Commerce, which had successfully lobbied against the cybersecurity legislation that Alexander had hoped would pass. 

FISMA guidance out.
The Office of Management and Budget on Oct. 2 released FY 2012 guidance for agencies on FISMA reporting and privacy management programs. There is little change from the previous year's guidance, though OMB does reiterated that agencies must "participate in CyberStat accountability sessions," and that "all existing Federal requirements for data protection and remote access are applicable to mobile devices."

GSA advances telework. The General Service Administration is stepping up its telework efforts, the Federal Times reports, through such innovations as conducting office meetings virtually -- even among participants who actually are in the same building. The idea is to help managers prepare for "bolder changes when GSA moves into its renovated headquarters building in northwest Washington next year."

DISA aids Apple's bottom line.
The Defense information Systems Agency is getting new toys for its DOD Mobility Test Program. Postings on FedBizOps.gov report purchases of nearly $900,000 worth of iPhones, iPads and Samsung tablets, along with carrier access through which to use them.

Private sector also feels fiscal crunch. The private sector is facing budget pressures every bit as acute as those affecting agencies, Harvard Business Review suggests a "frugal innovation agenda." Among the guidelines:  Champion "good-enough" projects when perfection is impractical or unaffordable.

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