Cybersecurity

Agile development faces entrenched resistance

Policies and guidance help move agile development along, but agencies are struggling with challenges rooted in cultural issues.

Cybersecurity

DHS seeks future all-stars from program manager ranks

DHS official sees managers toiling in obscurity as a farm team, people to train and mentor so that they can step in larger leadership roles in the future.

Cybersecurity

DHS’ IT overhaul is paying off, but challenges lie ahead

GAO finds some shortcomings in DHS's information sharing efforts, alomg with budget challenges, that could hamper further progress on the ambitious undertaking.

Cybersecurity

Rising Star: Benjamin Black

Benjamin Black, an enterprise architect at DHS, lead an analysis of systems, data and policies to support budget decisions.

Cybersecurity

Data-sharing is good ... when agencies do it right

Agencies understand the importance of sharing information, but it still can be difficult to do well. Two new reports document some of the reasons.

Cybersecurity

Found in translation: How one person unites a leadership team

An agency's business leaders speak a different language than its technology heads, but to accomplish the agency's mission goals they must communicate. At the intersection of these contentious constituents there is often one person providing translation.

Cybersecurity

Former DHS privacy head moves to law firm

Mary Ellen Callahan headed up the first statutorily required privacy office while at Homeland Security Department and now takes that experience to the private sector.

IT Modernization

Technology to clear FOIA backlog underused, GAO finds

Releasing documents under Freedom of Information Act requests is part of an agency's mission, but some agencies are not making the most of tools that could help do it faster.

Cybersecurity

DHS considers rule change to protect subcontractors

The Homeland Security Department is suggesting changes to the Homeland Security Acquisition Regulation designed to prevent 'windfalls' for contractors.

Cybersecurity

How DHS is tackling the Digital Government Strategy

The "workplace as a service" program that DHS will debut this fall is just one of several innovative forays into digital government at the department.

Cybersecurity

DHS officials drop new questionnaire

Homeland Security Department officials opt for the existing vendor communications plan rather than one that would have put more scrutiny on agency/vendor communications.

Cybersecurity

VA fails to communicate clearly; who gets a better grade?

A new report finds few agencies have made progress in meeting the requirements of the 2010 Plain Writing Act.

IT Modernization

7 challenges to 'cloud first'

Agencies are well on their way to the cloud but better planning is needed to fully realize the cloud-first policy.

Cybersecurity

Cyber incident reports skyrocket over three-year period

Cyber incidents reported by critical infrastructure managers jumped by more than 2,000 percent between 2009 and 2011, according to a new report.

IT Modernization

DHS claims strides in cloud, enterprise initiatives

At DHS, progress is being made in cloud offerings and enterprise services, according to CIO Richard Spires.

Cybersecurity

DHS struggles with mobile device management

IG finds the agency's biggest challenge is ensuring the security of portable devices and information stored on them.

Cybersecurity

DHS could provide 'security in a box'

A DHS proposal would potentially help agencies solve their cybersecurity challenges.

Cybersecurity

IG: DHS needs protection from employees' portable devices

Primarily for consumers, portable devices lack security features needed survive in a government environment.

Cybersecurity

DOD cyber expert heads to DHS

Rosemary Wenchel will help bridge the cyber gap between DOD and DHS.

Cybersecurity

Can new mobile government plans overcome old problems?

Federal agencies are rolling out a host of mobile strategies, but will it be enough to overcome decades-old challenges?

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