Federal News Countdown: Cyber bill, SES shakeup and duplicative programs

Today’s guests on the Federal News Countdown:
Dan Mintz, Powertek chief operating officer and former Transportation Department CIO
John Palguta, vice president for policy at the Partnership for Public Service

Dan Mintz’s stories
#3 Cybersecurity Bill Rejected; Alternative Proposed
From FedScoop:

A group of Republican senators rejected the proposed Cybersecurity Act of 2012 that would give the Department of Homeland Security authority over private networks critical to the country’s security, but offered an alternative in the form of the SECURE IT Act.

#2 Report predicts post-PC era for agency IT
From Federal News Radio:


Mobile computing and devices – think iPads, Androids and more – have made inroads at federal agencies. But is it time to declare the post-PC era just yet? Aileen Black, vice president of federal at IT virtualization company VMware, told In Depth with Francis Rose she thinks agencies are well into the mobile future

#1 Google privacy change taking effect today is illegal, EU officials say
From Ars Technica:

European regulators today claimed that Google’s new privacy policy violates European law, but Google has started rolling it out to users anyway. Google announced the new policy in January, stating that it would take effect by March 1, and it was implemented today as scheduled.

John Palguta’s stories
#3 Dems vow: No more cuts for federal workers
From The Hill:

Leading Democrats charged Republicans this week with “discrimination” against federal workers amid Congress’s struggle to cut deficit spending.The Democrats said a series of federal pay cuts – most recently as part of the payroll-tax package – pile the deficit-reduction burden on one group of Americans while the rest of the country gets a free pass.

#2 Moran crafting bill to shake up Senior Executive Service
From Federal News Radio:

Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) says he will sponsor legislation to jostle the federal government’s top career folks out of their “comfort zones.” Moran spoke at the release of a report that found found that nearly half of federal senior executives had never changed positions, contrary to what Congress envisioned when it created the SES in 1978.

#1 Watchdog finds tens of billions in cost cutting opportunities
From GovExec:

The Government Accountability Office on Tuesday issued a report identifying many overlapping or wasteful government functions, saying the government potentially could save tens of billions of dollars annually if the right remedies were pursued.