Leadership

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.

5 Lessons Learned as the CISO for the U.S. Postal Service

Agencies cannot stop hackers from targeting them. But we can—and should—develop risk management strategies.

Defense Business Board Relaunches After Pentagon Review

Former Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James named chair of the diverse advisory board.

Biden Names His Pick for Permanent Defense CIO

John Sherman, currently serving in an acting capacity, will step down during the confirmation process.

Government Hall of Fame Inductees To Be Unveiled Next Week

Honorees in the annual Theodore Roosevelt Government Leadership Awards will also be unveiled before a virtual gala in October.

Federal CIO: Diversity, Accessibility Are Key to Improving Customer Experience

A diverse workforce and focus on accessibility will be central to administration’s efforts to improve customer experience.

CISA Brings in Former Obama Official as Chief of Staff

Agency leadership stressed Kiersten Todt’s experience working with the private sector.

National Cyber Director Outlines Staffing Framework for 75-Person Office 

Chris Inglis is still trying to distinguish his role and responsibilities from other leading cyber officials.

The Government's Software Transparency Journey Moves from Plan to Practice

Allan Friedman, the leader of a transparency initiative at the Commerce Department, is now at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to realize the ultimate vision for a software bill of materials. 

Air Force’s First Software Chief Steps Down

Leader of a Pentagon-wide DevSecOps initiative, Nicolas Chaillan cited lack of support from senior leadership as one reason for his  departure. 

OMB Names New U.S. Digital Service Chief

Mina Hsiang is the third administrator of USDS since it launched in 2014.

Air Force Software Chief Provides Update on DOD’s Enterprise DevSecOps Initiative

He shared hard numbers to demonstrate how the massive implementation is saving the department time and money.

Veterans Affairs Department Selects New Acting Chief Information Officer

The experienced VA insider will be the second person to serve in the position this year.

IG: State Office of the Science and Tech Adviser Needs Stable Leadership and a Formal Strategy

The 10-year-old office has done good work, the inspector general found, but suffers from staff turnover and a lack of strategic vision.