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Does It Matter That Michael Daniel May Indeed be a ‘total n00b’?

September 26, 2014 White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel made some comments recently about the demands of his job that subsequently blew up on Twitter. When questioned about whether a 17-year veteran of the OMB like himself really had the technological chops to serve as the nation’s cybersecurity czar, Daniel responded that “you...

What Could the Workplace Design Revolution Mean for Government?

September 23, 2014 Last week, I wrote about telework as a private sector perk that agencies might adopt to boost creativity and attract talent. However, from a workplace culture perspective, the most valuable aspect of telework may be its prioritization of flexibility and autonomy, rather than the physical act of working from home....

A Telework Option May Help Agencies Compete For Talent

September 17, 2014 Nextgov recently reminded us of one of the biggest perks of tech startup life. Not the gorgeous office design that we’re used to coveting, but rather the ability to work at any time or place. Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg spoke about his problems with the traditional workplace “factory model” at...

iCloud Celeb Photo Leak Highlights Human Factor of Cyber Threat

September 10, 2014 Early last week, a massive leak of private celebrity photos prompted dozens of articles and hashtags. Inevitable social commentary about the affected women was quickly redirected by critics who pointed out that the photos were password protected, making the leak a case of theft and harassment. Apple’s security policies came...

Information Collection Challenges Could Exacerbate Budget Tensions

August 28, 2014 As agencies increasingly rely on data to make decisions, information collection is more important than ever for budget justification, oversight and compliance requirements. Defense News recently reported on rising fears of sequestration as the Pentagon turns to its financial plans for 2016. During a speech earlier this month, Army General...

Public Health Data Ambitions Outpace Available Tools

August 21, 2014 The word was officially out after NIH announced its commitment of $96 million to establish Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Centers last year -- the vast industry plagued by inefficiency is embracing big data to improve the quality of healthcare in this country. Software company Truveris yesterday introduced a modelling...

Agencies' Data Reporting Practices Reduce Accuracy of Official Stats

August 14, 2014 Quartz recently reported that the $33 billion deal made at the Africa Summit last week might not go as far as its investors would like, largely due to the “terrible state of statistical reporting in most of Africa.” The article cites Nigeria’s sudden leap in GDP, which allowed the country...

New Identity Management System Unlikely to Prevent Future Mass Military Shootings

August 7, 2014 Nextgov reported this week on a new effort to continuously check criminal records of those with access to secure facilities. The Identity Matching Engine for Security and Analysis (IMESA) interface will automatically screen individuals at the entrances of military installations by running their information against the FBI’s criminal databases, and...