A few months into the sequester, what are we to make of all this fiscal austerity? Some agencies have rescinded furlough notices. They say forcing employees to take unpaid leave isn’t necessary after all. Others, like the departments of Defense and Justice, are still planning on multiple weeks of furloughs.
Vivek Kundra executive vice president Salesforce.com
Vivek Kundra was President Barack Obama’s first federal chief information officer. He launched the cloud computing initiative and the idea of mobile government. Lately, he’s been an evangelist for online software at Salesforce.com We spoke to him when the company staged an event in Washington. First we asked Kundra why agencies are, one by one, adopting cloud computing.
Federico Pena former secretary Transportation Department
The president has nominated Katherine Archuleta to become director of the Office of Personnel Management. She was the chief of staff for former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. But perhaps no one knows Archuleta better than Federico Pena. She was his chief of staff when he was mayor of Denver and later when he was Transportation Secretary in the Clinton Administration.
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Two years ago, the Navy set out to reduce its IT spending by 25 percent, mostly through efficiencies. Officials say they’ve been successful, but the overall budget picture hasn’t gotten any rosier since then. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu reports, the service will turn to IT for still more reductions.
Open data advocates are worried about a possible loophole in the open data policy. The section would let agencies withhold data they believe could create a mosaic effect. The mosaic effect is the idea that multiple data sets taken one-by-one provide no private information. But taken all together, the information could shed light on personal or classified data. Steve VanRoekel, the federal chief information officer, sat down with reporters recently to talk about the open data policy and other issues. Federal News Radio’s Executive Editor Jason Miller was there and brings us back excerpts from that discussion, including why VanRoekel says the mosaic effect isn’t that big of a deal.
Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-9 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC 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.