The Internal Revenue Service is working to roll out a new agency-wide email system by the end of the year that will automatically archive messages for record-keeping purposes. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration said under legacy processes, the IRS is running afoul of federal records laws in several ways. Greg Kutz, assistant inspector general for audit at TIGTA, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about what the office found when it took a deep dive into records.
Federal agencies trying to fend of the cybersecurity threat are about as not always effective, as breaches and losses are common. In fact, according to research by Thales E-Security and 451 Research, one third of agencies experienced a data breach just in the last year. Wayne Lewandowski, vice president of federal at Thales, joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss the numbers.
Greensight Agronomics uses drone technology to survey agricultural land and reduce the use of chemicals, water, and labor.
Roger Waldron gives GSA plans for streamlining and reform of procurement processes a thumbs up on behalf of The Coalition for Government Procurement
Initiatives to share and publish agency data, like the Digital Accountability and Transparency Act, are working toward making more transparent how government spends money, and the Government Accountability Office is overseeing the efforts.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has finalized a rule requiring companies to file their data using XBRL, which stands for extensible markup language. Mike Starr, vice president for government and regulatory affairs at the financial compliance firm Workiva, tells Federal Drive with Tom Temin what this all means.
For government at all levels, having a chief data officer could help put data to better use. That’s according to Jane Wiseman, a fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School. She discussed her research on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
John Loughlin, the director of business insights at HighPoint Global, offers a how-to guide to tame the metrics beast.
Cybersecurity isn’t what it used to be. The rise of social engineering, the internet of things, and the convergence of the cyber and physical worlds mean the old model of building a virtual moat around your network castle isn’t so much obsolete as having been rendered a subset of the complete cybersecurity mission.
The Small Business Administration’s CIO says her first year at the agency will be focused on improving the SBA’s website, migrating data to the cloud, and building up a digital workforce.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology gives a holiday gift to agencies and organizations in a how-to guide for recovering from a cyber attack.
From Shaun’s perspective, if an agency has just discovered a zero-day threat it is about a day too late. Policies should be in place that can immediately respond to threats. Shaun also addressed budgeting and suggested that perhaps the constant refrain of increasing resources should be balanced with leveraging existing investments. Many agencies may feel secure if they comply with all the rules and regulations from security agencies, but the truth is that compliance may not be enough to prevent attacks.
Proper records management should be focused on informing senior leadership and empowering them to make data-driven decisions quickly, according to Mark Patrick, chief of the Information Management Division of the Joint Staff.
For data-driven problem-solving to have continuing impact, it has to be baked into the bureaucracy.
As the federal government moves steadily, if not quickly, toward IT modernization and data-driven solutions, executives from fields other than IT are looking at how new technologies, like simulations, can benefit their missions.