Leadership

Researchers Push FITARA-Like Scorecard for Cybersecurity

A recent MITRE report lays out eight ways the federal government can improve cybersecurity habits across all agencies, hinging on enhanced Congressional funding and oversight. 

DISA Moves to Combat Intensifying Cyber Threats with Artificial Intelligence

As part of its pursuit, the agency is forming an Office of the Chief Data Officer.

National Cyber Director Explains Appointment of Federal CISO to His Office

The move comes amid confusion about the roles and responsibilities of various federal cybersecurity leaders.

Vacancies Act Deadline Looms for Many of Biden’s Acting Officials, But the OMB Director Is an Exception

A statutory provision allows the deputy director of the management and budget office to serve as the agency’s acting leader indefinitely. 

DOD Searches for a Responsible AI Lead as the Conflict Landscape Evolves 

Alka Patel, the Pentagon’s first ethical AI expert, left for the private sector.

White House Names Leaders for FCC and NTIA

With the nomination of Gigi Sohn, the FCC is also now poised to have a full suite of commissioners to tackle issues under its remit, including cybersecurity.

CISA Selects Washington Official for Election Security Team

Kim Wyman, former Secretary of State for Washington, brings a history of implementing cybersecurity practices into election procedures and enjoys support among former agency heads. 

Critical Update: The Federal CISO Is Prioritizing Flexibility for Agencies

In a new age of cyberattacks, Chris DeRusha says agencies must have more room to implement practices that enable constant vigilance.

Audit: Labor Department IT Governance ‘Ambiguous,’ Unorganized 

A report from the Office of the Inspector General showcases several weaknesses in the agency’s IT governance, particularly highlighting the lack of CIO oversight.

Federal Data Officers Council Seeks Input on Mission, Focus Areas 

This request “signals a maturation of the [chief data officer] position,” said a data expert. 

Lack of Diversity in the Government Workforce Can Lead to Retention and Trust Issues

African Americans and Hispanics are underrepresented among managers and professionals, and women are underrepresented among chief administrative officers, according to a report.

Help Celebrate the Boldest Projects in Government

Nextgov and Government Executive’s BOLD Gov showcases excellence in government—and nominations are open.

The Air Force’s First Software Chief Stepped Down—But He Won’t Be Quiet

Nicolas Chaillan briefed Nextgov on his government exit, what’s to come, and why he believes the U.S. should ban TikTok.

Federal CISO Considers Including Technology Modernization in Cybersecurity Metrics

Chris De Rusha is also thinking about how to use the Technology Modernization Fund to create a new shared services program for zero-trust implementation.

State Department Wants Data at the Core of its Strategic and Diplomatic Operations

Chief Data Officer Matthew Graviss detailed how the new guidelines came together—and data-centered work that’s already unfolding.

Intentionally Creating a Culture that Prioritizes Customer Experience

Culture begins to shift when new behaviors are established that generate meaningful results, and wins are loudly, publicly celebrated.