Other Federal Agencies, People

DC CTO to be White House CIO

Just reported for Internetnews :

DC CTO named as Obama Administration’s CIO

The Obama administration has named Vivek Kundra to be the the first-ever White House-level chief information officer.

Kundra is currently chief technology officer for Washington, DC’s city government, and has risen in the public eye because of his innovative approaches to managing the city’s technology projects. As the first-ever Federal Chief Information Officer, he’ll be responsible for managing the entire federal government’s technology portfolio and budget, and overseeing its enterprise architecture.

I’ll link when the story is live.

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Other Federal Agencies, Policy

DHS Cyber-czar says Federal cyber goals would be nice, thanks

Ron Beckstrom, director of DHS’s national security center, told Homeland Security conference attendees that “the end state (of a cyber security effort) is not adequately discussed”, and that the Federal government needs to set some concrete goals.”Do we want a stable Internet for commerce, for communication, for intelligence, for information-sharing or for the warfighter to have an electronic advantage in war? We need clearer directives.”

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Defense Department

12,000 Soldiers and Marines to Afghanistan

And here comes the second surge

President Barack Obama has ordered a Marine expeditionary brigade and an Army Stryker brigade combat team — totaling 12,000 soldiers and Marines — to Afghanistan.

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates signed the orders today. The soldiers are part of the 2nd Infantry Division’s 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team based at Fort Lewis, Wash., and the Marines serve with the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade from Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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Policy

Cloud computing meets Ow’d computing at White House

All the Web 2.0 savvy, Facebooking, Twittering, Crackberrying technorati coming into the White House this week got the ultimate wake-up call about the state of government IT: some of them didn’t even have phones waiting for them, according to the Washington Post.

The Press office continues to use GMail to do its work, while web divas coming in to work on the White House website were horrified to find that rather than Macs, they would be using Windows XP.

Considering the turnout at a recent Web 2.0 breakfast run by the Bethesda AFCEA chapter, it would seem that there are many who share their pain — and also many who have no idea what they’re talking about. A favorite moment from that breakfast: after a discussion of how NASA JPL was using Second Life for educational purposes, a woman asked if Second Life was interactive, and how questions got answered. Eventually the nice young AFCEAn tending the mic explained to her that maybe this wasn’t the forum for these questions….

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Policy

Cloud computing meets Ow'd computing at White House

All the Web 2.0 savvy, Facebooking, Twittering, Crackberrying technorati coming into the White House this week got the ultimate wake-up call about the state of government IT: some of them didn’t even have phones waiting for them, according to the Washington Post.

The Press office continues to use GMail to do its work, while web divas coming in to work on the White House website were horrified to find that rather than Macs, they would be using Windows XP.

Considering the turnout at a recent Web 2.0 breakfast run by the Bethesda AFCEA chapter, it would seem that there are many who share their pain — and also many who have no idea what they’re talking about. A favorite moment from that breakfast: after a discussion of how NASA JPL was using Second Life for educational purposes, a woman asked if Second Life was interactive, and how questions got answered. Eventually the nice young AFCEAn tending the mic explained to her that maybe this wasn’t the forum for these questions….

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