Federal News Countdown: 2013 budget, defense industry and Chopra’s departure

Today’s guests on the Federal News Countdown:
Stan Soloway, president and CEO, Professional Services Council
Dan Chenok, senior fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government

Stan Soloway’s stories
#3 College grads uninterested in government careers
From Federal Computer Week:

The federal government is facing serious issues with recruiting and attracting new talent as a new report reveals that only a trivial number of college graduates are considering a public service career.

#2 DoD Wants Innovation, Firms Want Less Risk
From Defense News:


As U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta previewed upcoming budget cuts and force restructuring Jan. 26, he made one point clear: Innovation is at the heart of the Pentagon’s future.

#1 Budget Plan Has Familiar Ring
From The Wall Street Journal

President Barack Obama will release his budget plan next week, calling for $3 trillion in deficit reductions over 10 years, including $1.5 trillion in tax increases to fall mostly on the wealthiest Americans.

Dan Chenok’s stories
#3 Commerce Recommends Private Sector Lead Internet ID Board
From Nextgov:

The Commerce Department plans to initiate a government-funded steering board that eventually would be privatized to build a global system for safekeeping online identities.

GSA open to outsourcing federal PKI operation
From Federal Computer Week:

The General Services is looking for new ideas about how to manage the Federal Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) Trust system, including the possibility of turning it over to a contractor.

#2 FedRAMP eases vendors’ path to offer secure cloud services
From Federal News Radio:

Agencies will have more options to buy secure cloud services under a major change detailed in the concept of operations for FedRAMP.

#1 The Interview: Aneesh Chopra
From The Atlantic:

When the president needs advice on technology policy, he calls on Aneesh Chopra. As the first Chief Technology Officer of the United States, a post created by Barack Obama as the manifestation of a campaign promise, Chopra is charged with advising the president about where technology and innovation can spur job growth, boost industry, and improve quality of life for 21st century Americans when it comes to energy, education, health care, and more.