Federal News Countdown: Cybersecurity executive order, sequestration prep

Today’s guests on the Federal News Countdown:
Alan Chvotkin, executive vice president and counsel, Professional Services Council
Alan Paller, director of reserach, SANS Institute

Alan Chvotkin’s stories
#3 Agencies could communicate better during rule-making, GAO says
From Gov Exec:

Proposed major regulations on subjects ranging from health care to air cargo are published without public notice in more than one-third of cases, the Government Accountability Office has found.

#2 GSA names Sharpe new FAS Commissioner
From Federal News Radio:


Tom Sharpe, the senior procurement executive of the Treasury Department and long-time federal acquisition expert, has been named the new commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service. Sharpe replaces Steve Kempf, who left in July to take long-term medical leave, as the head of GSA’s acquisition department.

#1 Unions, industry groups spar over impact of sequestration
From Federal News Radio:

Guidance from the administration on what steps federal agencies should take to prepare for potential across-the-board budget cuts has set off a war of words between federal-employee unions and industry groups.

Alan Paller’s stories
#3 General Dynamics Earnings Fall Short, Shares Dive
From Nasdaq:

General Dynamics Wednesday reported fourth quarter earnings that missed analyst estimates and shares fell. Further, revenue came in short of analyst projections for the quarter and the company guided well below forecasts for the full year 2013. Shares moved sharply lower on the news.

#2 Obama’s Executive Order on Cybersecurity Fighting Words to GOP
From CIO magazine:

With Congress facing an impasse over new legislation to strengthen the country’s defenses against cyberattacks, President Obama is widely expected to issue an executive order mandating new cybersecurity provisions.

#1 DHS Secretary Warns of Potential Cyber Attacks
From Threat Post:

There is no shortage of problems for President Obama and the new Congress to tackle as they settle into their offices in Washington, D.C., this week, and one of the topics that’s at the top of that list is cybersecurity. Earlier this week a group of Democratic senators introduced a new cybersecurity bill, and now Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, is taking to the stump, saying that new legislation is required to prevent a “cyber 9/11.”