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Daniel Pitcairn

Research Analyst, Government Business Council Daniel Pitcairn is a research analyst with Government Business Council, where he writes and produces content on a variety of federal and defense topics. He holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Yale University.
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The Human Factor at the Core of Federal Cybersecurity

June 19, 2014 Two years ago, President Obama warned that cyber threats pose one of the most serious security challenges the nation faces. But despite widespread concern for cybersecurity, the current state of cyber defenses across federal agencies remains unclear. New research provides greater insight into this issue and highlights human error and...

Inside Federal Cybersecurity

June 17, 2014 Click here to download the full report.

Transition to New Internet Protocol Raises Security Concerns

June 4, 2014 Two years ago, on June 6, 2012, thousands of websites and Internet service providers launched a new version of the Internet Protocol, the mechanism that directs and routes communications through the Internet. Though Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) currently accounts for only three percent of all Internet communications, this figure...

Positive Military Recruitment and Retention Numbers Mask Quality Concerns

May 23, 2014 The military’s recruitment and retention numbers are in for the first half of FY 2014, and the verdict is, yet again, good. Continuing a trend since 2008, each of the military branches met or exceeded its recruitment goals and “exhibited strong retention numbers.” Moreover, the quality of recruits is also...

Approaching DoD Audit Readiness Through Asset Visibility

May 20, 2014 The Department of Defense has set an ambitious accountability goal for itself: achieve overall audit readiness for the first time ever by 2017. To get there, DoD must drastically improve information collection on mission critical assets. But increasing asset visibility is not only important for audit readiness; it is critical...

Leadership, Not Technology, is the Key to Government Innovation

May 13, 2014 The word “innovation” is regularly thrown around as a solution for all types of government problems, but it is rarely defined or broken down. If federal agencies are to foster a culture that embraces innovation, they need to have a clear sense of what the near ubiquitous buzzword actually means....

Data-Driven Government: So Close, Yet So Far Away

May 12, 2014 Measuring performance in government is not new. For at least twenty years, since the initial Government Performance and Results Act was passed in 1993, using metrics to determine the impact of policies has been a federal priority. However, according to Office of Personnel Management Chief Operating Officer Angela Bailey and...

A New Framework for a Troubled Civil Service

May 12, 2014 The American federal civil service system is increasingly outdated and needs structural reform to compete with the private sector for in-demand talent. That’s the central message presented by Booz Allen Hamilton Vice President Ron Sanders and Partnership for Public Service Vice President of Communications and research Lara Shane at Excellence...

Open Data at Core of New Governance Paradigm

May 12, 2014 Rarely are federal agencies compared favorably with Facebook, Instagram, or other modern models of innovation, but there is every reason to believe they can harness innovation to improve mission effectiveness. After all, Aneesh Chopra, former U.S. Chief Technology Officer, reminded the Excellence in Government 2014 audience that government has a...

Two Agencies Responsible for 85 Percent of Open Data Site

May 1, 2014 In December 2009, the Obama administration announced the Open Government Directive requiring federal agencies to expand public access to their data and to begin posting information on Data.gov, the government’s open data hub. One year ago, the administration provided further guidance through its Open Data Policy, which mandates that agencies...