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  • What to expect during a DCAA system audit

    April 20th Being audited by the DCAA is a necessary outcome of doing business with the government. Tune into this week’s Gov Con Straight Talk with Microsoft to learn what to expect during a DCAA system audit and what government contactors can do today to help ensure they successfully pass when faced with an audit. The panel will also address how CFOs of government contractors can set their organizations up for success by building a financial management foundation with growth options in out years.

  • Rapid Alignment – dramatically improves leadership effectiveness

    The business world seems to move faster every day, and success requires that organizations respond and adapt to rapid-fire change. After a recent merger, two of the world’s biggest banks managed large-scale change with the help of Rapid Alignment solutions, developed by Aon Consulting. By concentrating on middle managers– the layer where strategic initiatives often unravel -leadership effectiveness can be dramatically improved, says Aon Consulting.

  • Strategies for Maximizing Services AND Product Business Lines

    June 15th at 10 AM

    Companies that sell products to the Federal Government are always looking for ways to expand into more lucrative and higher margin service offerings. And service providers are often looking for product offerings to round out their business lines. Either way, it’s easier said than done. However, on this week’s Gov Con Straight Talk with Microsoft you’ll hear from a panel of top executives who know what it takes to successfully grow products and services business lines to the Federal Government.

  • Cybersecurity Framework Created for Governments Worldwide

    A software trade association has produced a first-of-its-kind cybersecurity framework to help guide governments’ security efforts worldwide. Officials with the Business Software Alliance say it’s needed to help countries put together policies that will thwart the many kinds kinds of cybersecurity threats that exist.

    Working with the private sector and prosecuting cyber-criminals are key parts of the framework.

  • Defining Federal Cyber Risk Management

    People exercise risk management, consciously and unconsciously, every day.

    Many of us drive on a daily basis. Some speed, and risk the chance of getting caught, while others are more conservative and drive the exact speed limit. We base our decision on whether or not to exceed the speed limit on the information available to us at the time, including our knowledge, past experiences, or the conditions we see in front of us. We weigh the risks against impacts and consequences, making decisions based upon our tolerance for the outcomes. The same is true for federal cyber risk management.

    Securing federal information and assets in cyberspace is the primary driver behind cybersecurity. Even so, other factors help define risk, including the potential for negative publicity if a cyber breach occurs, the impact to budget/performance plans if FISMA grades fall short, or the potential for investigations or congressional hearings if the burning issue of the day burns a bit too bright for too long. Federal cyber risk management fundamentally boils down to making risk decisions based upon an agency’s risk tolerance – and the drivers behind an agency’s tolerance vary across the federal government.

    Risk is defined as the likelihood of a future event that may have unintended or unexpected consequences. Federal agencies make the best cyber risk management decisions by using data and information to evaluate the agency’s strengths and weaknesses for delivering on its cyber mission in the context of potential threats.

    Agencies must use information and data from various disparate sources across the enterprise to make these decisions, including audit log information, vulnerability data, asset information, the agency’s regulatory compliance status, external and internal threat activity, human capital risks to the cybersecurity mission, and many more. As challenging as it may be for agencies to consume large volumes of disparate data, it is a challenge that is essential to overcome for agencies to make the best cyber risk management decisions.

    Is this achievable? Absolutely. The business intelligence movement established the foundation allowing agencies to minimize risk exacerbated by ad-hoc decision-making. Leveraging business intelligence capabilities for cybersecurity enables agencies to aggregate data across technical and organizational stovepipes and to provide agency cybersecurity leaders with mechanisms for making informed, risk decisions. By better understanding the cyber landscape, federal cybersecurity leaders can – much like our speeding driver example – understand ”how fast” to drive and make better investment decisions when addressing enterprise cybersecurity risks.

  • SBA names Jeanne Hulit as acting chief

    The Small Business Administration names agency official Jeanne Hulit as its acting head. Current SBA Administrator Karen Mills will leave her position at the end of August.

  • Judith Douglas, Hewlett-Packard

    The National Academy of Public Administration has elected a new class of fellows to report to Congress on some of the most complex management and policy issues in government. One of those fellows is Judith Douglas, a former division director at the General Services Administration and former adviser for management operations, information systems design and modernization at the IRS. Now she’s a client industry executive in the global government industry group at Hewlett-Packard. Douglas joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to discuss her career and induction into NAPA.

  • Program that backed Solyndra now showing successes

    The same program that funded high-profile flops like Solyndra, the California-based solar company that filed for bankruptcy, is now showing some success stories.

  • Jonathan Aberman: A closer look at DC’s business climate

    Exhaustive research commissioned by the local 2030 group looked into capital, entrepreneurship, business formation and mergers and acquisitions in the Washington, D.C. area. Report author Jonathan Aberman of Amplifier Ventures shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

  • Lawsuit: Trump business ties violate Constitution

    To fight what it called a “grave threat” to the country, a watchdog group on Monday filed a lawsuit alleging that President Donald Trump is violating the Constitution by allowing his business to accept payments from foreign governments.