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OPM Handbook Suggests Tool for Getting, Keeping IT Professionals

August 1, 1998 s the National Security Agency has found, competing with the private sector for information technology talent is not easy. But federal managers may not be as completely overmatched as they might think. To help government executives recruit and retain a solid IT workforce, the Office of Personnel Management has crafted ...

Sign of the Times: House Intelligence Committee Criticizes NSA

August 1, 1998 t's not often that NSA is publicly rebuked. So sensitive is the agency's dual mission-code-making and code-breaking-that criticism, constructive or otherwise, is generally offered behind closed doors. But the Soviet Union is gone now, and NSA is in many ways a different agency than it was 10 or 15 years ...

The Secret's Out

August 1, 1998 rice Waterhouse didn't become a force in the consulting world by ignoring market trends. So it was no surprise when the firm decided to expand its information security operation. After all, the Internet has completely changed the way business is done: Paper is out, electrons are in. But just as ...

Keeping Secrets

March 1, 1998 emocracy means government by discussion," wrote former British Prime Minister Clement Attlee, "but it is only effective if you can stop people talking." For the U.S. Security Policy Board, these should be words to live by. The board, a senior-level group chaired by the Defense secretary and the director of ...

Keys to the Code

July 1, 1997 hrough the decades of the Cold War, the Defense Department's National Security Agency was the government's most secretive organization. Responsible for keeping U.S. communications secure while eavesdropping on the nation's enemies and allies alike, NSA worked hard at maintaining a low profile. The few who knew about NSA and what ...

Access Denied

February 1, 1997 he denial or revocation of a security clearance is serious business. Losing access can easily stunt one's prospects for promotion, or worse. In fiscal year 1995, the Defense Department denied Confidential, Secret or Top Secret clearances to 657 military, civilian and contractor employees, according to a January 1996 report to ...

The Need to Know

February 1, 1997 hree years ago this month, Aldrich Ames was arrested for swapping information about U.S. intelligence operations for about $ 2 million, first to the Soviet Union, then to Russia. Almost overnight, the veteran employee of the Central Intelligence Agency became one of this nation's most notorious spies. Indeed, the gravity ...

The Board Meets in Private, But Is It Legal?

April 1, 1996 he U.S. Security Policy Board, its subgroups and committees conduct their meetings in private. Only designated government officials and invited defense industry representatives are permitted to attend the gatherings. Due to the extreme sensitivity of the often classified material discussed, this is understandable. But is it legal? Well, yes and ...

Behind Closed Doors

April 1, 1996 uarding the government's secrets is big business. Every year, hundreds of thousands of federal and private-sector employees spend billions of dollars making sure classified information, facilities and people are properly protected. But while business may be booming, it's not necessarily good. Over the years, U.S. national security policies, practices and ...