Federal News Countdown: New CIO, debt deal

Today’s guests on the Federal News Countdown:
– Jeff Koch, Associate Partner in Global Business Services, IBM
Molly O’Neill, Vice President, CGI Federal

Jeff Koch’s stories
#3 Transparency ‘enforcer’ in new oversight role
From Federal News Radio:

Satisfied with the work of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board — the independent agency created to oversee the infusion of federal dollars from the 2009 Recovery Act — the Obama Administration is having another go-round.

#2 At Black Hat gathering, passions flow on the B-Side
From Government Computer News:

Sign up for the online chat with Air Force Deputy CIO Bill Marion II on May 9, at 10 a.m. (EDT).


Attendees at this week’s Black Hat Briefings and Defcon will have an alternative cybersecurity conference to consider, the Security B-Sides conference being held Aug. 3 and 4 a couple miles off the Vegas Strip.

#1 New federal CIO VanRoekel’s goal is execution
From Federal News Radio:

The new federal chief information officer Steven VanRoekel officially starts Aug. 5, but he already knows what he’s getting into.

Molly O’Neill’s stories
#3 NIST Tests Ways To Secure iPhones, iPads
From Information Week:

The organization that creates standards for the federal government’s use of technology is testing iPhones and iPads to devise the best ways of securing them for government use.

#2 White House Names a New Chief of Information Technology
From New York Times:

‘If you’re a really good federal worker, you should welcome’ the reorganization plan, OMB says

Steven VanRoekel, a former Microsoft executive, will become the next chief information officer for the federal government — a bigger, more policy-oriented technology job than any he held at the software giant.

#1 White House, congressional leaders reach debt-limit deal
From Washington Post:

President Obama and congressional leaders Sunday night sealed a deal to raise the federal debt limit that includes sharp spending cuts but no new taxes, breaking a partisan impasse that has driven the nation to the brink of a government default.