The new leader at the Education Department has some plans to change the way that agency does business. Secretary Arne Duncan detailed his plan at a hearing of the House Budget Committee last week.
Gene Zapfel, group vice president at Unisys, discusses the declining federal contracting dollars. Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz, chief of the Army Reserve, and John Gage, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, talk about stepping down from their respective jobs. Jim Shelton of the Education Department explains why the Office of Management and Budget gives his department high marks.
While government IT resources are shrinking, a dire need for improvements with customer interaction will be key to agencies survival.
The government will save money on mass transit for federal employees thanks to this year’s SAVE award winner. Frederick Winter’s idea to switch eligible feds from a regular transit fare to a reduced senior fare will lower the cost of those employees’ travel by 50 percent.
Jerry Williams will become the new chief information officer at the Education Department’s Office of Federal Student Aid. Patsy Garnett, HUD’s acting deputy CIO for IT and business modernization, also is heading to a new agency.
During his 40-plus years in the federal service, Philip Rosenfelt, the Education Department’s acting general counsel, has bolstered the rights of students and advanced the teaching profession through his work in education law.
If confirmed by the Senate, Beth Cobert would become the DDM and lead the second term management agenda. Obama nominated deputy secretaries at VA and Education, and senior officials at the Navy and State.
Seven months after the White House issued a new policy and executive order, some agencies have met the requirements to release their data inventories and create a “/data” page. But many agencies have yet to follow through on the milestones.
The inconsistent way inspectors general review the security of federal networks and computers is causing uncertainty around what is working and what isn’t in the federal government. A recent State Department IG management alert is a prime example of this growing disconnect.
The goal is to more accurately evaluate the security of the government’s computer networks and systems. These efforts could bring more consistency to the cyber auditing process and engender more confidence in its results.