Perhaps no agency captures the public’s imagination like the CIA. The impressions, however, aren’t always welcoming. One stereotype is that officers are white men with similar backgrounds and beliefs. It’s Carmen Middleton’s job to counter that image. As director of the CIA center for mission diversity and inclusion, she sends scouts to Arab American festivals and other events to tell some of the most skeptical Americans: they could be part of the CIA too.
Paul Wormeli — executive director emeritus, Integrated Justice Information Systems Institute, IBM
Ever since the Sept.11 terrorist attacks, justice and public safety agencies have struggled to improve communication with local law enforcement. Maybe they should try cloud computing. A new report by the IBM Center for the Business of Government says the technology holds great potential, if agencies can get past some common pitfalls.
Ed Zurndorfer — registered employee benefit consultant
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-10 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.