Up & Comers: RATB’s Samantha Hoang

At RATB, 27-year-old Samantha Hoang regularly looks for vulnerabilities in its information security systems and makes sure that patches are up-to-date.

SEC’s outgoing CIO reflects on IT successes, future challenges for commission

Bayer’s departure four years after taking over the CIO spot came at a natural time, he said. A release from the SEC said he’ll say his goodbyes in October.

Navy promotes first woman 4-star admiral

Michelle Howard, the first African American woman to command a ship in the U.S. Navy made history again today when she became the first woman to be promoted to Admiral in the service’s 239-year history.

FedScoop documentary on women in STEM hits DC

FedScoop will premiere its first mini-documentary tomorrow during an invitation-only screening at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, D.C. Get an exclusive preview today.

How a ‘weather geek’ became CIO

Many high school students are unsure of their career trajectory, but Barry West never had any doubts. A 30-year government veteran and now chief information officer at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation, West knew from a young age exactly what his professional calling was.

Connecting the big and small with Kshemendra Paul

Kshemendra Paul’s position was birthed out of the 9/11 Commission, where members of the panel recommended the nation’s need to improve its information-sharing culture. The position started as a way to share data on terrorism, but grew to include weapons of mass destruction, homeland security and cyber-threats.

Putting back together US history, one bit and byte at a time

National Archives CIO Michael Wash’s daily challenge is to keep the history of the United States in order by making it available online to researchers, organizing it, digitizing it and making it retrievable, all while making room for innovation.

Health IT turns toward data

The United States has a lot of medical records. Referrals, prescriptions, doctor visits and test results all pile into a huge amorphous being of data. Morgan Crafts, Northrop Grumman’s director of health IT, is trying to manage that monster.

Simon Szykman: The seven-year CIO

The average lifespan of a chief information officer in the federal government is 18 months. Simon Szykman has surpassed that lifespan — twice.

Congress’ tech evangelist

Anyone who says Congress is idle has never met Gerry Connolly. It is past regular business hours, and the Virginia congressman has just wrapped a meeting with a former federal chief technology officer. Connolly has 30 minutes to spare before he’s off to vote on a slate of issues — and then the evening continues long after the sun sets in Washington.

Voluble and chipper, David Wennergren reflects on 32 years of pushing for change

Over his three-plus decades of work — most notably as the Navy’s chief information officer, DOD’s deputy CIO, vice chair of the federal CIO Council, and, finally, DOD’s assistant deputy chief management officer — David Wennergren earned the reputation as a talker, yes, but also as a leader who values collaboration, forward thinking and personal interactions.

Romine: Cyber framework – ‘on time, actionable’

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is about to host its second of four workshops with the private sector in creating the cybersecurity framework outlined in President Barack Obama’s cybersecurity executive order.

#socialgov: Rebecca Frank

Rebecca Frank is a new media content specialist in the USDA’s Office of Communications.

Postal Service turns to data to deliver IT results

The U.S. Postal Service handles 160 billion pieces of mail per year and, starting in January, a new barcoding system will allow the agency to know the location of nearly every one of them.

Procurement update with OFPP Administrator Joe Jordan

Joseph Jordan, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy at the Office of Management and Budget, sat down with FedScoop on Thursday to discuss what his office is focused on and what to expect in the future with respect to federal government acquisition.

The scoop with Hot 99.5 Radio’s Intern John

We tuned in with Intern John to get the scoop, on how he plans to treat his own apprentice one day and how he’d like to pull a Kane Scam on Abe Lincoln.

USDA’s NASS looking to pass on so many passwords

Dr. Michael Valivullah, the chief technology officer at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agriculture Statistics Service, is looking to minimize the number of passwords agency employees need to remember.

GSA’s OCSIT continues innovation momentum

In the past month, the U.S. General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies has released a set of baseline social media metrics for the federal government, a social media application programming interface and is looking into privatizing parts of FedRAMP.

HHS set to launch virtual desktop pilot

The Department of Health and Human Services plans to launch a virtual desktop infrastructure pilot next month in the Office of the Secretary that will act as a proving ground of sorts for VDI in the rest of the Department, HHS chief information officer Frank Baitman told FedScoop.

SEC.gov: 1.6 billion monthly hits and counting

The Securities and Exchange Commission has been making changes to SEC.gov and the results are already paying off: In the last eight months, the number of hits has steadily increased by 100 million each month.

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