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FCW Insider: May 14

The Cyberspace Solarium Commission, chartered in last year's defense bill, is getting its structure sorted before diving into debating three visions for defending U.S. interests in cyberspace. Sen. Angus King (I-Maine), a co-chair of the commission, said that effort will center around developing and debating strategies for offense, deterrence and multilateral regulation. Derek B. Johnson has the story.

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced delays to plans for new career categories and promotion paths, including in cybersecurity. As Lauren C. Williams reports, the proposed changes to the USAF career track are some of the biggest in 30 years.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) wants info on whether the penetration of an American voting tech firm referenced in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report is related to a 2016 election day breakdown of e-poll book systems in North Carolina. Derek has more.

Customs and Border Protection's new contract for business management support services will push new analytics capabilities to managers as well as agents in the field. Mark Rockwell reports.

Quick Hits

*** Starting this week, the federal government will take the temperature of the federal workforce. Feds will get the chance to respond to the 2019 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey in two waves. The first wave begins this week, and each agency's survey will remain open for six weeks and will be open to "every eligible employee," said acting Office of Personnel Management Director Margaret Weichert in a reminder to agency heads.

As agencies are preparing to conduct the survey, Weichert also asked their leaders to share past survey results, as well as to provide official time for feds to complete the survey to help boost participation rates. She also stressed the importance of agency heads' showing employees "how you support the survey."

After several consecutive years of improved scores, the 2018 FEVS results showed stagnation at many agencies, particularly civilian ones. However, more employees responded and were offered the chance to respond than in previous surveys. Results of the 2019 survey will start being rolled out in August.

*** Accenture opened its new Digital Studio in downtown Washington, D.C. to reporters on May 13, to showcase its new 20,000 square foot space that combines data scientists, developers and others who are tasked with supplying digital and design expertise to federal clients. The studio was created in 2016 after Accenture's acquisition of Fjord and its leaders also include veterans of the startup Agilex, which Accenture acquired in 2015. Ira Entis, a managing director in Accenture's federal practice, told FCW that the Digital Studio was increasingly seeking out – and winning -- opportunities that required demos or design challenges rather than traditional statements of work.

*** Also, a special note for our readers in industry: Washington Technology's June 7 Power Training -- a daylong professional development course on Mastering Stakeholder Engagement -- is filling up fast. Click here to learn more and register.

Posted on May 14, 2019 at 12:53 AM


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