Federal News Countdown: Lerner held in contempt, DoD triples cybersecurity staff

Two experts in the world of the federal government choose and rank the three news stories from the current week that they think are most important to people who work for the federal government. This discussion gives Federal employees and contractors a chance to hear what their peers are thinking about, talking about and dealing with.

Alan Paller of the SANS Institute and Jenny Mattingley of Shaw Bransford & Roth counted down the top federal stories of the week with Francis Rose. (Photo by Michael O’Connell/Federal News Radio)

Guests on the Federal News Countdown:

  • Jenny Mattingley, Shaw Bransford & Roth
  • Alan Paller, SANS Institute

Jenny Mattingley’s stories:

White House ends hiring freeze, mandates workforce, mission restructuring

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#3 Parties stake out dueling positions on federal workforce issues (The Washington Post)

#2 Republicans Want to Fire Someone to Stop Preventable Veteran Deaths (National Journal)

#1 Panel holds Lerner in contempt (FCW)


Jeff Koch’s stories:

#3 Canada halts online tax returns in wake of Heartbleed (Computerworld)

#2 GAO: Federal Incident Response is Erratic (GovInfoSecurity)

What it would take to create real hiring reform

#1 Pentagon to triple cybersecurity staff to thwart Internet attacks (Fox News)