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Cyber Social Network Launches

March 26, 2015 A new website fusing elements of Facebook and LinkedIn aims to help cybersecurity workers hone their skills and employers get a bead on new talent. U.S. Cyber Challenge, a nonprofit working to train the nation’s cyber workforce, and career-site conglomerate Monster.com officially launched Wednesday the new site, CyberCompEx. Its creators...

White House Picks Former Twitter Exec as First Chief Digital Officer

March 24, 2015 After devoting years to such Silicon Valley companies as Google and Twitter, Jason Goldman announced Tuesday he would soon be helping a new entity strengthen its digital presence -- the federal government. As part of its efforts to engage with members of the public on the Internet, the White House...

FTC Launches Investigative Arm to Tackle Internet of Things, Big Data

March 23, 2015 The Federal Trade Commission wants to make sure your refrigerator's privacy policy is on the level. On Monday, in a new push to examine consumer privacy in the realm of connected cars, smart homes and big data, the commission announced the creation of the new Office of Technology Research and...

Obama Nominates New CIO for VA

March 20, 2015 President Barack Obama has nominated former chief information officer of the international pharmaceutical conglomerate Johnson & Johnson to serve as the Department of Veterans Affairs’ IT chief. The White House announced Wednesday the president’s intent to nominate Laverne Horton Council to serve as VA’s assistant secretary for information and technology,...

Commerce Department's New Chief Data Officer No Stranger to Data

March 16, 2015 Eight months after Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker announced her department was looking to hire a chief data officer, a former presidential innovation fellow has stepped into the role. On Friday, during the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas, Pritzker announced the hiring of Ian Kalin as the Commerce Department’s...

Survey: CISOs Still Fighting for Respect from the C-Suite

March 13, 2015 Despite serving as an organization’s primary line of defense against the increasingly pervasive threat of a cyberattack, the position of chief information security officer is widely misunderstood and undervalued by C-level executives, according to a recent survey. The report, which polled more than 200 executives at organizations with CISOs, was...

US Postal Service Might Be Just Fine Without a Chief Data Officer

March 12, 2015 Despite the U.S. Postal Service’s piles of data generated by 31,000 facilities, almost half a million employees and 153 million delivery addresses, it has yet to follow the popular lead of other federal agencies and hire a chief data officer. But so far, it looks to be handling its data...

Meet the Digital Service Guru Who’s Helping New Recruits Navigate the Federal Bureaucracy

March 12, 2015 Correction: An earlier version this article misstated Erie Meyer’s title and her role at the U.S. Digital Service. She is a founding member of USDS and is not a recruiter for the office. The cast of talented technologists working to rid the federal government of clunky, out-of-date services is on...

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System Overload

March 12, 2015 Few people were surprised when the Government Accountability Office added veterans’ health care to its high-risk list of federal programs vulnerable to waste, fraud and abuse in February. The Veterans Affairs Department operates one of the largest nationwide health care systems, serving nearly 9 million veterans through 150 medical centers...

Behind the Scenes of the White House's TechHire Initiative

March 11, 2015 With more than 500,000 IT jobs across the country waiting to be filled, the White House is leading a new effort to expand the pool of qualified applicants. Announced Monday, the "TechHire" initiative is aimed at expanding the tech workforce namely by employing short, innovative training techniques to prepare more...