FCW Insider

Blog archive

FCW Insider: Nov. 18

Trump fires top DHS cyber official who debunked election misinformation

Chris Krebs is out as the government's top cybersecurity official following a tumultuous election and his agency's campaign to debunk election misinformation.

OPM aide tapped as next federal CIO

The chief of staff at the Office of Personnel Management is taking over the top federal tech job for the last days of the Trump administration.

NOAA looks to modernize with EIS

The weather and science agency sets up future 5G capabilities, critical sensor bandwidth with $311M Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions task order.

House lawmaker stumps for 5-year term for CISA's director

Rep. Lauren Underwood (D-Ill.) says House lawmakers will continue to push to enshrine in law 5-year terms for CISA directors, despite resistance in the Senate.

NAPA working group floats proposal to roll back Trump's workforce orders

A team at the National Academy of Public Administration wants the incoming president to order a reduction in the number of General Schedule job classifications while expanding the use of recruitment, relocation and retention payments.

Get to know the 2020 Rising Stars

FCW profiles 12 early-career phenoms who are driving change in government IT.

Quick Hits

*** Federal employees logged 28% fewer hours of official time in 2019 as compared to 2016, according to a new report from the Office of Personnel Management. The cost of those work hours devoted to union business also decreased. The Trump administration issued an executive order in 2018 cracking down on the use of official time.

*** The Department of Homeland Security issued new documents purporting to nail down the legality of the disputed appointment of Chad Wolf to be acting DHS secretary. The Government Accountability Office and several federal courts have issued opinions or rulings stating that there were legal missteps made in determining the succession to retired DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and those missteps will result in the overturning of multiple decisions made by Wolf and other acting occupants of the top DHS job. DHS disputes the GAO opinion and the court rulings, and is issuing the documents, it says, out of "an abundance of caution."

*** Nominations for the 2021 Fed 100 are now being accepted. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 31.

*** Did you miss FCW's recent Digital Transformation Workshop? Register now for a free encore presentation and learn how IT leaders at DHS, SBA, FCC, the Navy and the Defense Digital Service are driving transformation efforts across government. The presentations cover proven strategies for retooling business practices, building stakeholder consensus, moving to user-centered design and responding rapidly to unexpected crises. Sign up here for an on-demand viewing.

Posted by FCW Staff on Nov 18, 2020 at 2:34 AM


  • Federal 100 Awards
    Federal 100 logo

    Nominations for the 2021 Fed 100 are now being accepted

    The deadline for submissions is Dec. 31.

  • Government Innovation Awards
    Government Innovation Awards - https://governmentinnovationawards.com

    Congratulations to the 2020 Rising Stars

    These early-career leaders already are having an outsized impact on government IT.

Stay Connected