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DorobekInsider: What’s behind the GSA leadership vacancy — the NewsChannel 8 liner notes

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We’ve been following following the ongoing trials, tribulations and drama at the General Services Administration in recent months. And tonight, on NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Tonight program to talk about GSA.

Federal News Radio’s Jason Miller recently had a special report on GSA called Agency Instability.

Some data points:

The most recent discussions has been around the sudden and unexpected departure of Danielle Germain. She was named to that job June 10, 2008 — and then decided to leave that GSA post to join the National Academy of Public Administration’s Collaboration Project.

The conventional wisdom has been that Germain left is a sign that Johnson’s nomination is in trouble. That may be true — there is increasing concern that the longer the nomination process lasts, the less likely it appears that Bond’s hold may may not be lifted.

We’ll talk about all of this tonight.

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January 19, 2010 at 6:39 PM

DorobekInsider EXCLUSIVE: NASA scores Gardner as the new Goddard CIO

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It has been one of the worst kept secrets in town, but it is now official — Adrian Gardner has been appointed the chief information officer for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Insiders confirm that Gardner will start on Feb 1.

Adrian Gardner

Gardner is currently the CIO of the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service. As the DorobekInsider told you first, the NASA Goddard CIO position was vacated when Linda Cureton was tapped as the NASA CIO.

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, located in Greenbelt, Md., manages many of the space agency’s Earth observation, astronomy, and space physics missions.

Gardner’s National Weather Service bio:

Adrian R. Gardner
Chief Information Officer
National Weather Service
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Mr. Gardner’s Federal career is distinguished by over 15 years of assuring mission capability and readiness within the Federal Government through sound leadership approaches for implementing and maintaining geographically dispersed information security and information management organizations. Mr. Gardner was the recipient of 2005 Federal 100 award, which honors individuals from government, industry, and academia whose ideas and accomplishments had the greatest impact in shaping the missions, solutions, and results achieved by the government information technology community. Mr. Gardner also serves as a member of Industry Advisory Council’s (IAC) Infosec and Privacy Shared Interest Group’s Advisory Board.

Mr. Gardner currently serves as the Chief Information Officer for the National Weather Service. In this role, he oversees implementation of IT throughout the National Weather Service including advising the NOAA Assistant Administrator for Weather Services and Director of the National Weather Service (NWS) on the performance of IT investments, overseeing the development of enterprise architectures within and across National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), participating in the activities of the NOAA and Department of Commerce Chief Information Officer (CIO) Councils. He also has responsibilities in the areas of capital planning and investment control, information security, privacy, accessibility of IT for persons with disabilities, and access to, dissemination of, and preservation of national and international weather data and information.

From October 2006 to January 2007, Mr. Gardner served as the Deputy Associate CIO for IT Reform. In this capacity, he was responsible for assessing the Department of Energy’s Program and Business Offices capabilities in the context of their strategic, investment, and tactical plans, necessary to meet their information technology requirements and enable their mission objectives and goals.

From September 2005 to October 2006, Mr. Gardner was the Deputy Associate CIO for Cyber Security for the Department of Energy. In this position, he ensured, on behalf of the CIO and Associate CIO for Cyber Security, that the Department of Energy information systems adhered to Departmental security policies, principles, standards, and guidelines; and ensures that classified, unclassified, and sensitive information was protected.

From January 2004 to September 2005, Mr. Gardner led the Department’s Cyber Security Program through a major expansion in size and scope, incorporating such new missions as critical infrastructure protection; privacy; active incident management and response operations; public key infrastructure; Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12, “Policy for a Common Identification Standard for Federal Employees and Contractors;” and reengineering the Department’s network topology and security architecture. He has also led successful major acquisition programs such as the Department of Energy A-76 Competitive Sourcing of Information Technology Support Services, which includes a wide range of Information Technology (IT) support services (i.e., IT Management, Systems Development and Engineering, Cyber Security, and IT Operations Support) for the Washington DC metropolitan area and approximately 18 DOE field sites nationwide and a contract cap of $1 billion dollars.

Previously, he served as Director for the Policy and Planning Division, within the Office of Cyber Security, where he guided security investment strategy recommendations for the Department’s $32 million annual expenditure for cyber security resources. Prior to that, he served as the first Director for Headquarters Cyber Security Division, where he was responsible for protecting and securing the more than 8,000 desktops and 200 servers supporting the 14 Headquarters Department of Energy facilities. From 2001 to 2002, Mr. Gardner served at the Department of Energy in the Office of Independent Oversight and Performance Assurance as the Chief Information Officer.

From 2000 to 2001, Mr. Gardner served as the Deputy Director, Office of Information Management and Tracking, which provided and expert analysis and trending of the Department’s safeguards and security, cyber security, and emergency management information to effectively focus and target Departmental oversight activities. From 1997 to 2000, Mr., Gardner served as a Lead Management Systems Evaluator for Department of Energy’s Office of Environment, Safety and Health, where he provide oversight for the Department and it’s stakeholders over National Laboratory (e.g., Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratory, and Los Alamos National Laboratory, etc.) and Production Facility (e.g., Y-12 Plant, etc.) environment safety and health programs for approximately 180,000 workers among nearly 60 remote field sites. From 1994 to 1997, Mr. Gardner served as a Senior Environmental Protection Specialist for the Office of Environmental Policy and Assistance, where he provided technical assistance in the areas of environmental planning, National Environmental Policy Act compliance, deactivation and decommissioning of DOE facilities. From 1991 to 1994, he served as a Senior Budget Analyst for the Office of the Chief Information Officer, where he oversaw the planning and budgeting activities for the Department’s Environmental Programs with direct responsibility for activities totaling $1.2 billion.

Mr. Gardner is a Doctoral Candidate (ABD) at the University of Southern California’s School of Public Policy and Planning where he holds a Masters degree in Public Administration. Mr. Gardner also holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies from Hood College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Science and Ecology from the esteemed Tuskegee Institute. Mr. Gardner has received numerous awards including the Secretary’s Distinguished Award and Secretary’s Gold Medal Award from the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy. Mr. Gardner was the recipient of Federal Computer Week’s 2005 Federal 100 Award, which honors individuals from government, industry, and academia whose ideas and accomplishments had the greatest impact in shaping the missions, solutions, and results achieved by the government information technology community. Mr. Gardner also serves as a member of Industry Advisory Council’s (IAC) Infosec and Privacy Shared Interest Group’s Advisory Board.

An Air Force veteran, Mr. Gardner was commissioned as a Launch Control Officer in 1986 and served with distinction until he separated in 1989 and was honorably discharged in 1994. He received the Air Force Achievement Medal in 1987.

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January 19, 2010 at 1:04 PM

The DorobekInsider Reader: Martin Luther King Jr.

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Today, of course, is a federal holiday celebrating the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. — technically his birthday was January 15 and he would be 81 this year.

As President Obama noted in this year’s White House presidential proclamation for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, this is good time to think about service to others — and equality for all people.

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., challenged our Nation to recognize that our individual liberty relies upon our common equality. In communities marred by division and injustice, the movement he built from the ground up forced open doors to negotiation. The strength of his leadership was matched only by the power of his words, which still call on us to perfect those sacred ideals enshrined in our founding documents.

Federal News Radio senior correspondent Mike Causey, in his Federal Report today, noted that it is a good time to thank people who do serve.

Back when Congress authorized the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, most federal workers got the day off. Just like other federal holidays.

Some, maybe many, private sector firms give their employees some (but usually not all) federal holidays off…

But since 9/11, everything has changed. More feds work on holidays – people in VA and PHS hospitals, law enforcement officers, people patrolling the borders and air traffic controllers. IRS types, Agriculture and Interior Department workers. And the gang at the CIA, FBI, DEA and DIA.

Employees of the State Department, AID and Defense are also busy today with Haitian relief. USGS is keeping a keen eye on the aftershocks. Also on duty are Homeland Security, TSA and lots, lots more.

So we say it every time and we mean it. Thanks for being there and for doing what you do.

Read Causey’s full column.

Some resources around the MLK Jr. holiday…

Of course, the remarkable “I have a dream” speech, delivered on August 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. If you haven’t listed to this speech in some time, it is simply remarkable.

The other site worth visiting is mlkday.gov, which pulls together Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service projects across our country.

GovLoop is asking what you are doing for others

MLK Jr Memorial… Here in Washington, check out the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial plans, which will be constructed across from the Jefferson Memorial.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Center has all sorts of information about the man and his message.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Center has all sorts of information about the man and his message.

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute at Stanford University also has all sorts of resources, including speeches. And MartinLutherKing.org also has resources about the man and his message. You can also find King quotes.

The National Park Service has information on the historic site in Georgia, including King’s birth home just outside of Atlanta.

And the FBI has posted King information that has been requested under the Freedom of Information Act.

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January 18, 2010 at 12:37 PM

The DorobekInsider on Gov 2.0 Radio podcast Sunday – the liner notes

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Yes, I have a four-hour radio program on Federal News Radio 1500 AM each day, you may have heard — Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, which airs from 3-7p ET weekdays. But on Sunday evening, the DorobekInsider will be on the Gov 2.0 Radio podcast series.

The program will be on Sunday, January 17 at 9p ET LIVE. Listen online at gov20radio.com.

The program is hosted by…

* Adriel Hampton, producer and co-founder of Gov 2.0 Radio, is a Gov 2.0 and new media strategist, public servant and blogger
* Steve Ressler, is Founder and President of GovLoop.com, the “Facebook for Government” which connects and fosters collaboration among over 23,500 members of the government community

It also generally features Steve Lunceford, a strategic communications professional and founder of GovTwit.com, the world’s largest directory of government on Twitter, but I believe Lunceford will be out of town this Sunday. So the guest host, I just learned, will be Luke Fretwell of GovFresh.

People are invited to call in during the second part of the show, so… I hope you’ll call in.

The program is fairly loose, so… we have a wide range of areas we can cover. Suggestions welcome… here… via Twitter… via Facebook

Here are the topics that the hosts said they would like to cover:

  • Ressler: Since Gov 2.0 radio, will be interested in your take on Gov 2.0, Open gov directive and movement, and any thoughts on implementing big directives (something I’m particularly interested in).
  • Fretwell: I’m interested in hearing your thoughts on the culture change in government around tech. How has it evolved? Has it? What’s the state of tech culture in government, especially around social, open source.
  • Hampton: I second Steve in wanting to get your thoughts on implementation of big picture reforms, and want to bounce around the idea of how much overlap there is between “social media” and “Gov 2.0,” and perhaps “how much overlap should there be?” Also, is this idea of government as a platform and how that fits in with the history and promise of egov. I’d like to play a little off of an interesting conversation I had with the SF CIO about whether the energy around Gov 2.0 can help revitalize some of customer-centric vision of egov.
  • Lunceford: I’d also like if Chris could address the vertical media/media covering government/gov contracting and how the social revolution is/has changed. I still read the traditional fed/govt verticals that I did 10 years ago, but haven’t picked up a hard copy in quite some time – can 1105/GovExec and the like survive this new model? And how about Federal News Radio 1500 AM? The station brought on lots of experienced talent a while back (Chris, Jason, etc) and have totally redesigned web; is the online cutting/hosting/sharing of stories as important or more-so than the actual live/on-air shows?

It should be fun… LIVE tonight at 9p ET on gov20radio.com.

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January 17, 2010 at 2:12 PM

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DorobekInsider: Most read for January 10-16, 2010 – Germain, TSP, and Causey

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The most read stories from the week of January 10-16, 2010… on the DorobekInsider.com, on the Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, for Mike Causey, and for FederalNewsRadio.com…

…from the DorobekInsider.com

  1. DorobekInsider: GSA chief of staff Germain steps down, no replacement named
  2. DorobekInsider: Germain to lead NAPA’s Collaboration Project, while NAPA’s Munz joins GSA
  3. DorobekInsider poll: What gov buzzwords should be retired in 2010?
  4. DorobekInsider: Kempf named deputy for GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service
  5. DorobekInsider: What you read Jan. 3-9 on the DorobekInsider, Daily Debrief, and FederalNewsRadio.com
  6. DorobekInsider: White House names Leeds as GSA’s new acting administrator
  7. DorobekInsider: Welcome 2010 – what you may have missed while we were away
  8. DorobekInsider: OMB hires performance guru Shelley Metzenbaum
  9. DorobekInsider: My “dinner” with the President
  10. DorobekInsider: Meet “the good bureaucrat” — Dwight Ink
  11. DorobekInsider: What you read in December 2009 on the DorobekInsider, Daily Debrief, Causey, and Fed
  12. DorobekInsider: What you read in 2009…. on the DorobekInsider
  13. DorobekInsider EXCLUSIVE: USDA undertakes extensive management reorg – downgrading the CIO, CF
  14. DorobekInsider: What’s the deal with GSA administrator nominee Johnson? The Kansas City Star f
  15. DorobekInsider: USDA gets approval for employee buy outs from OPM as mega-management reorg continues
  16. DorobekInsider: What are the top government stories of the week?

from the Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris

  1. Now a good time to review where your money is in the TSP
  2. OPM prepares for relaunch of USAJobs.gov
  3. Your Turn preview: How big is your TSP?
  4. All TSP funds see gains in 2009
  5. The best and worst jobs of 2010
  6. Conficker worm alive and well
  7. How to be a ‘good bureaucrat’ — see photos of Dwight Ink with presidents through the years on the DorobekInsider
  8. Federal agencies face challenges responding to Haitian earthquake
  9. NARA talks about lessons learned from lost PII incident
  10. TSP Snapshot: Your money is working hard for you
  11. Monday Afternoon Federal Newscast
  12. GAO: DoD needs to improve fiscal management
  13. FCC launches Reboot to create 2.0 Web site
  14. Report suggests mentality on information sharing should change
  15. Agencies look at lessons learned from H1N1 employee absences in 2008
  16. Friday Afternoon Federal Newscast
  17. Wednesday Afternoon Federal Newscast
  18. How a proper risk management plan could help your agency
  19. How Web 2.0 tools help victims of Hatian quake
  20. New app from Sunlight Foundation tracks Congress for you
  21. U.S. needs plan for state-sponsored cyberattacks
  22. What the Pentagon really fears when it comes to cybersecurity
  23. China’s most popular search engine targeted
  24. TSP funds see slow but steady gains in 2009
  25. Examining a controversial BRAC project in Va.
  26. GSA’s lack of leadership frustrating many
  27. NARA recently featured on Jeopardy!
  28. Cyber Maryland Summit held at NIST
  29. Will GSA administrator nominee Martha Johnson ever be confirmed?
  30. Bonasaro hints Senior Executive Service might be in trouble
  31. Gathering resources, lessons learned to prevent troop suicides
  32. Stories of the Decade: TSP sees many positive changes
  33. Report suggests mentality on infomation sharing should change
  34. Update: TSP’s Roth option
  35. Senior Medicare Patrol works to prevent Medicare fraud
  36. Daily Debrief Reports: No required minimum distributions for your TSP in 2010?
  37. TSP’s Trabucco: Thrift Savings Plan posts strong results in November
  38. Participants borrow less from their TSP accounts
  39. GSA’s Tyree Varnado reflects on 39 years of government service
  40. Pentagon working to deal with drone data
  41. Australia says Gov 2.0 Taskforce a success, shares best practices
  42. Obama: Current approach to technology unacceptable
  43. Stories of the Decade: Information sharing and cybersecurity
  44. USAF CIO: cyber command and nuclear command decisions weren’t related
  45. Will House healthcare bill affect the Federal Employee Health Benefits Program?
  46. Friday Fun Day
  47. Tuesday Afternoon Federal Newscast
  48. Nortel Government Solutions is now Avaya Government Solutions
  49. What 2010 might bring: A Your Turn preview

…for Mike Causey’s Federal Report

  1. 2011 Pay Raise Poker Chip
  2. TSP Balances: Size Counts
  3. Retirees $250 Tax Credit
  4. Super Investment for Office Elders
  5. Health Care Reform: Include Me Out!
  6. The Perils of 2010
  7. Your 2010 Lucky Numbers
  8. Big Career Changes Coming at You
  9. Annual/Sick Leave Into TSP Dollars?
  10. Your Investments: Are We There Yet?

… and from FederalNewsRadio.com

  1. Problems Accessing FederalNewsRadio.com Content
  2. TSP Snapshot: Your money, working hard
  3. OMB investigated for intimidating OPM
  4. Work on Army BRAC project proceeds, despite local concerns
  5. OMB to give agencies plan to modernize services
  6. Agency Instability: GSA begins to feel toll of not having permanent leader
  7. CyberMaryland seeks federal jobs from cybersecurity push
  8. New report: Presidential transition flawed
  9. DISA wants collaboration marbled through enterprise
  10. Coast Guard HQ at St. Elizabeths gets full speed ahead
  11. Report: Presidential transition flawed, changes needed
  12. Acquisition Solutions buys consulting firm
  13. House to vote on GAO improvement bill
  14. NIAC tries to understand resilience and homeland security
  15. Congress tells agencies to check creditworthiness of employees
  16. Senate: Con artists are using stimulus scams to fleece citizens
  17. Agency Instability: GSA nominee remains in limbo
  18. OGIS: New FOIA dispute agency begins to grow
  19. Problems with business systems could cost vendors
  20. VA touts success of electronic medical records pilot
  21. GSA releases FY 2010 per diem rates
  22. HHS is one step closer to universal, electronic health record
  23. Federal News Radio Reports
  24. Analysis: Northrop Grumman follows the money to D.C.
  25. OGIS: Starting small, but growing
  26. Agencies to justify not using cloud computing to OMB
  27. EXCLUSIVE: OMB guidance sets technology tone for 2010, beyond
  28. OMB wants to change the tone of management
  29. DoD makes it official: FCS is cancelled
  30. DHS marks new milestone with St. E’s campus groundbreaking
  31. Salary Council suggests locality pay increase for 2011
  32. OMB, NIST release draft of new FISMA metrics
  33. White House cuts federal pay raise
  34. DHS to hire help to promote cybersecurity awareness
  35. CBP wants company to analyze traffic at ports of entry
  36. The end for NSPS?
  37. Senate committee increases civilian pay raise to 2.9 percent for 2010
  38. Nuclear Security Administration goes thin and green
  39. DoD makes NSPS pay raise equal to GS employees
  40. DoD memo mandates cybersecurity reciprocity
  41. More Info: President changes how terror information is handled
  42. GSA, DHS issue RFI for next set of cyber tools
  43. NASA issues first RFP under I3P program
  44. Transition out of NSPS begins
  45. NASA’s Nebula cloud begins hosting USASpending.gov today
  46. NARA expands credit monitoring services for March data breach
  47. NMCI to NGEN = 43 months Navy says
  48. DISA to decide on future of DKO
  49. DHS expands use of TSA’s IdeaFactory department-wide
  50. DHS renews SBINet contract with Boeing despite shortcomings

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January 17, 2010 at 10:11 AM

DorobekInsider: What are the top government stories of the week?

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Each Friday, Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Francis Rose is asking the question: What are the top stories of the week? And at 2p ET on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s In Depth with Francis Rose, he culls three experts to offer their thoughts.

Here are the stories that his guests suggested this week — vote for yourself or suggest your own.

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January 15, 2010 at 12:29 PM

DorobekInsider: Meet “the good bureaucrat” — Dwight Ink

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Government workers generally despise the term “bureaucrat” — mostly because it has all sorts of negative connotations. Generally politicians use it dripping with derision as they scoff at the work done by government workers. And so the term has come to be synonymous with red tape and government problems.

Today on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris, we spoke to “the good bureaucrat” — Dwight Ink.

Giving credit where credit is due, the idea comes from William Eggers, global director of Deloitte’s public sector research program and co-author of the wonderful book If We Can Put a Man on the Moon: Getting Big Things Done in Government. (Hear Eggers here.) Eggers and his co-author John O’Leary of Harvard University, have a column in Government Executive today titled, “The Silent Leader,” in which they write about Dwight Ink.

History tends to adore the person at the helm, the president who calls the shots from the Oval Office. Overlooked are the bureaucrats who actually carry out the commands. Out of the limelight, Ink served seven consecutive presidents, from Dwight Eisenhower to Ronald Reagan. Now retired, this unassuming bureaucrat was often the one doing the heavy lifting.

Read the full column here.

But Eggers got me photos of Ink through the years.


Kennedy & Test Ban


Kennedy & Nuclear Space

LBJ & Alaskan Recovery

LBJ & HUD Leadership

Nixon & Ink

Ford & Arab Embargo

Reagan & CSA Closeout

Bush & Agency Termination

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January 14, 2010 at 4:54 PM

DorobekInsider: What you read Jan. 3-9 on the DorobekInsider, Daily Debrief, and FederalNewsRadio.com

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The most read stories from the week of Jan 3-9, 2010…

…from the DorobekInsider.com

  1. DorobekInsider: My “dinner” with the President
  2. DorobekInsider: GSA chief of staff Germain steps down, no replacement named
  3. DorobekInsider: Germain to lead NAPA’s Collaboration Project, while NAPA’s Munz joins GS
  4. DorobekInsider: Welcome 2010 – what you may have missed while we were away
  5. DorobekInsider poll: What gov buzzwords should be retired in 2010?
  6. DorobekInsider: White House names Leeds as GSA’s new acting administrator
  7. DorobekInsider: Godspeed Nick DeCarlo
  8. DorobekInsider: What’s the deal with GSA administrator nominee Johnson? The Kansas City Star f
  9. DorobekInsider: What you read in December 2009 on the DorobekInsider, Daily Debrief, Causey, and Fed
  10. DorobekInsider: Kempf named deputy for GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service
  11. DorobekInsider: What you read in 2009…. on The Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morri
  12. DorobekInsider: OMB hires performance guru Shelley Metzenbaum
  13. DorobekInsider: Government 2.0 from down under — the final report of the Government 2.0 Task F
  14. DorobekInsider: Remembering Officer Stephen Tyrone Johns
  15. DorobekInsider: More GSA FAS shifts — King to retire, Ghiloni shifts, and FAS SES regional com
  16. DorobekInsider EXCLUSIVE: USDA undertakes extensive management reorg – downgrading the CIO, CF
  17. DorobekInsider: BREAKING NEWS — Sens. Collins, McCaskill, Bennett introduce acquisition workfo
  18. DorobekInsider: What you read in 2009…. on FederalNewsRadio.com
  19. DorobekInsider: DorobekInsider: What you read in December 2009 on the DorobekInsider, Daily Debrief,
  20. DorobekInsider: GSA names Danielle Germain as chief of staff
  21. DorobekInsider: What you read in 2009…. on the DorobekInsider
  22. DorobekInsider: Rumoring around the halls of GSA — playing GSA musical chairs
  23. DorobekInsider: USDA gets early out approval from OPM as mega-management reorg continues
  24. DorobekInsider: USDA gets approval for employee buy outs from OPM as mega-management reorg continues
  25. DorobekInsider: GSA’s Tyree Varnado to retire
  26. DorobekInsider: USDA officials offer more details on management reorganization
  27. DorobekInsider: What you read in 2009: Mike Causey edition
  28. DorobekInsider: Changes within the VA IT shop
  29. DorobekInsider: OPM’s Berry reorganizes giving the CIO a more prominent role
  30. The DorobekInsider reader: Howard Schmidt as cybersecurity coordinator
  31. DorobekInsider: The Better Buy Project — the liner notes

… from the Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris

  1. All TSP funds see gains in 2009
  2. Bonasaro hints Senior Executive Service might be in trouble
  3. Monday Afternoon Federal Newscast
  4. OPM prepares for relaunch of USAJobs.gov
  5. Tuesday Afternoon Federal Newscast
  6. TSP funds see slow but steady gains in 2009
  7. 2009: The best year for federal employees yet?
  8. TSP Snapshot: Your money is working hard for you
  9. What 2010 might bring: A Your Turn preview
  10. Wednesday Afternoon Federal Newscast
  11. Colleges adding cybersecurity to curricula
  12. Australia says Gov 2.0 Taskforce a success, shares best practices
  13. Senior Medicare Patrol works to prevent Medicare fraud
  14. Sen. Reid’s amendment would shield FEHB from public option
  15. DHS, Michigan launch unique cybersecurity partnership
  16. National Nuclear Security Administration moves into 21st century
  17. Stories of the Decade: TSP sees many positive changes
  18. How your Thrift Savings Plan has changed over the past decade
  19. The best and worst jobs of 2010
  20. TSP continues success; memo details participant behavior
  21. Researcher show that most of world’s cell phones at risk for hack
  22. Stories of the Decade: Information sharing and cybersecurity
  23. Update: TSP’s Roth option
  24. Participants borrow less from their TSP accounts
  25. Attempted bombing now confirmed as al Qaeda attack
  26. What the Pentagon really fears when it comes to cybersecurity
  27. Nortel Government Solutions is now Avaya Government Solutions
  28. Details about NSA cyberattack during Bush administration revealed
  29. Daily Debrief Reports: No required minimum distributions for your TSP in 2010?
  30. CrimeReports uses 2.0 technology to keep communities safe
  31. Lawmakers continue to discuss turning unused sick leave into TSP dollars
  32. TSP’s Trabucco: Thrift Savings Plan posts strong results in November
  33. Coming up on Your Turn: A personal Open Season?
  34. Postal Service’s National Reassessment Process
  35. GSA’s Tyree Varnado reflects on 39 years of government service
  36. U.S. Coast Guard HQ approved by National Capital Planning Commission
  37. Senior Correspondent Mike Causey mulls over 2009
  38. Agencies updating terrorism watchlist procedures
  39. Networked strategy could help government better connect dots
  40. Researchers: Cell phone security algorithm could be easily hacked
  41. Unisys predicts increased focus on biometrics, data protection in 2010
  42. Making sure Gov 2.0 is Section 508 compliant
  43. Who has the most challenging cybersecurity job in the government?
  44. DDOT’s Twitter use keeps department ahead of blizzard cleanup
  45. Analysis: Cybersecurity Coordinator faces many challenges, opportunities
  46. The new Office of Government Information Services
  47. Stories of the Decade: For Microsoft, FDCC made a big difference
  48. DISA rolling out plug-and-play option for desktop tools
  49. NIST competition for new secure algorithm now in second round

… and from FederalNewsRadio.com

  1. Coast Guard HQ at St. Elizabeths gets full speed ahead
  2. Analysis: Northrop Grumman follows the money to D.C.
  3. HHS is one step closer to universal, electronic health record
  4. VA touts success of electronic medical records pilot
  5. DISA wants collaboration marbled through enterprise
  6. Nuclear Security Administration goes thin and green
  7. DHS to hire help to promote cybersecurity awareness
  8. Terrorist watch list improvements a matter of standardization
  9. CBP wants company to analyze traffic at ports of entry
  10. OMB Watch recaps the year in open government
  11. Agencies to justify not using cloud computing to OMB
  12. NARA expands credit monitoring services for March data breach
  13. DHS marks new milestone with St. E’s campus groundbreaking
  14. Army to test new personnel system at Aberdeen lab
  15. New policies on the way to better secure House lawmakers’ computers
  16. Problems Accessing FederalNewsRadio.com Content
  17. White House issues order for new way of classifying documents
  18. Intelligence Community plans workforce of the future
  19. Attempted terrorist attack shows continued holes in information sharing
  20. Federal labor unions push back against senator’s TSA ‘hold’
  21. OMBWatch recaps the year in open government
  22. White House cuts federal pay raise
  23. Senate: Con artists are using stimulus scams to fleece citizens
  24. Salary Council suggests locality pay increase for 2011
  25. Agencies struggling in applying 508 standards to Web 2.0 tools
  26. EXCLUSIVE: OMB guidance sets technology tone for 2010, beyond
  27. President faces New Year’s Eve deadline on classified documents
  28. Congress tells agencies to check creditworthiness of employees
  29. Federal government closed Monday due to snow
  30. GSA releases FY 2010 per diem rates
  31. Federal News Radio Reports
  32. OPM says safety is paramount in government closure decisions
  33. DoD makes NSPS pay raise equal to GS employees
  34. DoD makes it official: FCS is cancelled
  35. St. Elizabeth campus not big enough for DHS
  36. More Info: President changes how terror information is handled
  37. Agencies open under unscheduled leave policy on Tuesday
  38. With Schmidt in place, who’s his deputy?
  39. House passes omnibus spending bill with pay raise, agency funding
  40. The end for NSPS?
  41. OPM Director John Berry chats with Mike Causey
  42. Analysis: No easy answers for a lawmaker’s contactor inquiry
  43. OMB, NIST release draft of new FISMA metrics
  44. Report highlights problems in Senior Executive Service
  45. Transition out of NSPS begins
  46. NIST director striving for optimization of labs
  47. GSA, DHS issue RFI for next set of cyber tools
  48. Senate committee increases civilian pay raise to 2.9 percent for 2010
  49. Army implements new BCT modernization quickly after FCS
  50. DHS expands use of TSA’s IdeaFactory department-wide

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January 10, 2010 at 11:04 AM

DorobekInsider: Kempf named deputy for GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service

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Steven J. Kempf has been named the deputy commissioner for the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service, the DorobekInsider has confirmed as reported by Federal Times and NextGov.

Kempf replaces Tyree Varnado, who retired earlier this month. This is return to the deputy position. Kempf was first in that post in 2008 in an acting capacity for a period of time.

Kempf currently serves as the assistant commissioner of GSA’s Office of Acquisition Management, and NextGov reports that he will continue to hold that post until a replacement is named.

Kempf has served in numerous posts at GSA’s procurement organization including the deputy assistant commissioner for Integrated Technology Services (ITS), where he was responsible forGSA’s information technology schedules, Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC) and Network Services Program.

According to GSA, Kempf joined the agency in 1992, beginning as a marketing coordinator for the Office of Technology Assistance and the Center for Federal Systems Integration and Management (FEDSIM). He then joined GSA’s regional program in California, where he was the technical chairperson for GSA’s first GWAC. Kempf also managed projects for a variety of clients in the Monterey area. In January 2000, he returned to FEDSIM, where he served as a senior project manager, operations manager, and customer services director for DoD programs. Mr. Kempf was appointed Deputy Assistant Commissioner for ITS in 2007.

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January 7, 2010 at 11:15 PM

DorobekInsider: Germain to lead NAPA’s Collaboration Project, while NAPA’s Munz joins GSA

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We told you yesterday that Danielle Germain decided to step down as the General Services Administration’s chief of staff for “other opportunities.” Her last day was yesterday.

That left many questions about what those opportunities are. The DorobekInsider has learned that Germain will return to the National Academy of Public Administration as the director of it’s innovative Collaboration Project, which helps federal agencies use these collaborative tools to accomplish their missions. The Collaboration Project has really been one of the remarkable under-reported stories. In fact, back in 2008 when NAPA launched the Collaboration Project, I thought it was important enough to put on the cover of Federal Computer Week. And I think the NAPA team have proven that was a good decision. The Collaboration Project has enabled some of the very innovative ideas ranging from the Bush administration’s dialogue around health IT security and privacy the the current Better Buy Project with the General Services Administration. The Collaboration Project also highlighted wonderful projects such as Virtual Alabama, which is becoming a prototype for a Virtual USA, and TSA’s Idea Factory, which the Homeland Security Department has just decided to use across the agency.

Meanwhile, NAPA’s Dan Munz, who has been working with NAPA’s Collaboration Project, has announced that he is joining GSA’s Office of Citizen Services And Communications.

In my new role, I’ll be helping to build an initiative that’s still in its developing stages, but couldn’t come at a more important time: the GSA citizen engagement program.

The note he sent to friends:

If you’re getting this note, it might be because you, like me, have spent some portion of your life — maybe years, maybe weeks — being interested in how collaboration and social media can bring people together and help build a better government from the outside in. “Government 2.0,” as it’s sometimes called, has a lot of different moving parts to it. For about the past two years, my interest and passion have been particularly drawn to public engagement: The question of how technology can enable leaders in government to hear the voices of citizens and leverage the wisdom of crowds.

That’s why I’m so excited to share the news that, as of January 11th, I’ll be joining the U.S. General Services Administration’s Office of Citizen Services and Communications. In my new role, I’ll be helping to build an initiative that’s still in its developing stages, but couldn’t come at a more important time: the GSA citizen engagement program.

GSA has long been a leader in connecting citizens to government using the Internet, and some of GSA’s recent initiatives — like go.USA.gov and the Apps.gov portal — have been some of the coolest innovations I’ve seen in enabling government to really take advantage of the ubiquity of social platforms. I’m so excited to be joining an incredible team with an incredible mission.

So what, exactly, is the mission? Well, it’s rapidly evolving — that’s part of the fun! — but it’s basically this: Over the past few years, I’ve been honored to meet hundreds of public servants who are passionate about engaging people in the work of government, and leveraging their effort and expertise to make government better. That passion deserves to be matched by easy access to the tools, resources, and best practices that can make this vision a reality. That, broadly, is our mission: Connecting people with each other, challenges with solutions, and citizens with their government.

The team is also, as the great philosopher Peter Griffin once put it, friggin’ sweet. I get to work with Bev Godwin, Dave McClure, Martha Dorris, and tons of other great folks at GSA. And, of course, the thousands of innovators across and outside of government who share this mission. I count among my colleagues a pretty amazing community.

So while it was a big decision to leave my current home at the awesome National Academy of Public Administration, I’m really excited about this new opportunity — I think I have a lot to share, and I know I have a ton to learn. It’s been an honor to be part of the Gov 2.0 movement so far, not least because of the incredible partnerships and friendships that I’ve built and hope to keep building. I can’t wait to get started.

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January 7, 2010 at 12:15 PM