Federal News Countdown: Buyouts, Mobile strategy and OMB shakeup

Today’s guests on the Federal News Countdown:
Alan Paller, director of research at the SANS Institute
Larry Allen, Allen Federal Business Partners

Alan Paller’s stories
#3 FedRAMP includes 168 security controls
From Federal News Radio:

Vendors wanting to provide cloud service to the government must meet as many as 168 security controls under the FedRAMP program. The General Services Administration released specific requirements around each of the security controls for FedRAMP last week for systems needing low and moderate security levels.

#2 Agencies struggle with continuous monitoring mandate
From Federal News Radio:


Federal cybersecurity managers are unprepared and struggling to implement continuous monitoring. A recent survey of more than 200 federal cyber managers found only 27 percent are currently putting the capabilities in place to analyze their computer networks in real time.

#1 Delaware student takes first place in U.S. Cyber Foundations competition
From the Newark Post Online:

U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Chris Coons, Governor Jack Markell and Mayor James Baker recognized the top scoring students of the 2011 United States Cyber Foundations fall competition at a special award ceremony at the Wilmington Charter School on January 5.

Larry Allen’s stories
#3 VanRoekel Details Government Mobile Strategy At CES
From Information Week:

U.S. CIO Steven VanRoekel introduced Wednesday a draft outline of the federal mobility strategy that aspires to do more with less, partly by being more assertive in pushing the private sector to deliver products and services that meet government requirements.

#2 Air Force marks 4,500 more civilian jobs for elimination
From Federal News Radio:

The Air Force has targeted an additional 4,500 civilian positions for elimination as it completes a broad restructuring of its civilian workforce. The latest reductions follow a rebalancing in November, which saw 9,000 positions marked for elimination. However, that realignment also called for the addition of 5,900 new positions in higher-priority areas.

#1 OMB’s Jack Lew to take over as White House chief of staff
From Federal News Radio:

Office of Management and Budget Director Jacob “Jack” Lew will take over as White House chief of staff, following the departure of William Daley, the current top aide to the President. The change will be effective at the end of the month.