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DorobekINSIDER: Green government – and telework

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I had the pleasure of moderating a panel last week… ostensibly on green IT, but it ended up being about the larger issue of green government.

The program was sponsored by the Java Team of the American Council on Technology and Industry Advisory Council’s Partners program, which is a marvelous development program designed to help government and industry understand each other better.

And we had a great line-up:

Jeff Eagan, Energy Department, who is on assignment at the White House reviewing the agency sustainability plans. I should note he is a 2010 Fed 100 winner.
Emile Monette, director of GSA’s Federal Technology Service’s sustainability division
Kimberly T. Nelson, Microsoft and former EPA CIO
Marian Van Pelt, a principal at ICF and a carbon inventory expert.

And we discussed Executive Order 13514: Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance [PDF] — read more from the White House about EO 13514 here… and a WhiteHouse.gov blog post on the green initiative here.

The executive order essentially calls on agencies to cut energy use by 28 percent… and they were required to submit “sustainability plans” to the Office of Management and Budget by the begging of this month. (I understand all are in now.)

There were several issues that came out of our discussion.

One was that this just seems overwhelming. One CIO for one of the big agency departments asked, essentially, help me know what are the best things to do out there. Agencies — and agency CIOs — have scores of mandates on them… and most of them generally want to be as green as possible. That being said, the greening discussion became so broad that it became almost overwhelming.

The general response was…
1. Work with your sustainability officer… Each agency is required to appoint a chief sustainability officers. I can’t seem to find a list of those names, unfortunately, but the first recommendation was to find out who that person is and work with them.

2. Measure… The second was to come up with a plan for measuring what your organization’s energy footprint is… so you can then determine if you are having an impact.

3. Just do it… Start doing something… turning off computers at night… turn off lights in buildings… reduce your data centers… GSA Administrator Martha Johnson has actually taken this issue quite seriously. At recent conferences, GSA executives were prohibited from renting their own cars. Instead, GSA organized a bus to shuttle people where they needed to go. And, it was pointed out to me, GSA actually sought public input on its sustainability plan.

4. See helpful links below for other ideas.

The other big issue that was discussed was — ready for it — telework. I should note that this is now the third green focused panel that I have moderated — and it is the third time the panel has been dominated by telework issues. And again, people asked why the government seems to be so reluctant to institute telework — and why there isn’t more of a push for telework.

Last week on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Dorobek Insider, we spoke about telework — and a new FedScoop survey on the government’s attitudes towards telework [PDF]. The survey shows the government is still behind, but that attitudes are changing.

Anyway, during the discussion, there were a number of helpful sites mentioned… I promised I would round them up.

* The Federal Electronics Challenge: http://www.federalelectronicschallenge.net
The Federal Electronics Challenge (FEC) is a partnership program that encourages federal facilities and agencies to:
Purchase greener electronic products.
Reduce impacts of electronic products during use.
Manage obsolete electronics in an environmentally safe way.

* EPEAT: http://www.epeat.net
EPEAT is a system that helps purchasers evaluate, compare and select electronic products based on their environmental attributes. The system currently covers desktop and laptop computers, thin clients, workstations and computer monitors.

* Energy Department’s Federal Energy Management Program
The Energy Department’s Federal Energy Management Program’s (FEMP) mission is to facilitate the Federal Government’s implementation of sound, cost-effective energy management and investment practices to enhance the nation’s energy security and environmental stewardship.

Other resources from Federal News Radio 1500 AM:

* For Earth Day, we spoke to Michelle Moore, Federal Environmental Executive in the Executive Office of the President. She is the person who is leading the oversight of the agency sustainability plans. Hear that conversation here.

* Somebody who just did it: Want to have hope in what you can do… and in young people… Last week, I got to talk to a 29-year-old woman who is making a difference. Saskia van Gendt is a resource conservation specialist at the EPA… and she is working in the field of “climaterials” — essentially the greening of all the materials to make buildings. And she launched a contest — the Lifecycle Building Challenge, a yearly online competition that recognizes cutting-edge building design and challenges students, architects and builders to reduce the environmental impact of buildings. This ‘just do it’ attitude scored her a place as a finalist for the Service to America Medals — the SAMMIES. Hear Ms. van Gendt talk about what she did here.

* Beneath the Green Dome: My colleague Amy Morris did a series looking at the greening of the Capitol. Find that series here.

Tomorrow… is there a better way to do sustainability plans?

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June 21, 2010 at 9:51 AM

DorobekINSIDER: Week in review: June 13-19 — telework, pay freeze, and salaries

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What stories made news for the week of June 13-19?

Here are the most read stories across Federal News Radio 1500 AM … on the DorobekInsider.com … for Mike Causey’s Federal Report… on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris… and for FederalNewsRadio.com

…from the DorobekInsider.com

  1. Government still faces numerous teleworking challenges
  2. Obama orders cuts in federal building costs
  3. How to get your TSP questions answered
  4. DOJ sues Oracle for alleged overcharging
  5. How to create the best federal cybersecurity workforce
  6. Agencies to compile ‘do not pay list’
  7. Agencies to crack down on waste, fraud, abuse
  8. Google Apps could help agencies move to the cloud
  9. Are Katrina/Deepwater comparisons appropriate?
  10. Report endorses pay for performance for Intel community
  11. Dorobek Must Reads – June 11
  12. Military Health System works out e-record kinks
  13. Dorobek Must Reads – June 17
  14. Web inventor discusses importance of open data
  15. Rep. Towns supports MMS restructuring
  16. Dorobek Must Reads – June 14
  17. How to get more minorities, women to participate in TSP
  18. What the cuts in federal building costs really mean
  19. Analysis: New cybersecurity bill promises big changes
  20. GAO: Collaboration is important for national security
  21. DHS requires agencies to provide network monitoring data
  22. U.S. electrical grid faces cybersecurity challenges
  23. House members support Senate cyber bill
  24. Dorobek Must Reads – June 15
  25. Why there’s still worry about the Conficker worm
  26. Is blaming the MMS really fair?
  27. Analysis: SCOTUS upholds ‘sexy text’ search
  28. DorobekINSIDER: Most read on Federal News Radio 1500 AM: June 6-12
  29. Learn all about the new Good News Czar
  30. Worldwide cybersecurity framework needed
  31. DoD: Improvements coming soon for health e-records
  32. Dorobek Must Reads – June 16
  33. How to improve the leadership skills of executives
  34. American man in custody after plot to kill bin Laden fails
  35. Agencies must justify non-competitive contracts
  36. Hiring reforms could mean big changes for veterans
  37. Senate cybersecurity bill: one step closer to passing
  38. Enterprises need to be proactive in cyber war
  39. Friday Fun Day: Plan to go to the National Harbor
  40. Most TSP funds suffer losses in May
  41. Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn launches new museum tour app
  42. Chances good for passage of TSP/annual leave bill
  43. U.S. agencies now collaborate to fight drug cartels
  44. DorobekINSIDER: Is cybersecurity over-hyped?
  45. Preview: Your monthly TSP Snapshot
  46. A look at the level of technology in federal offices
  47. House committee examines SBINet success
  48. Should feds be allowed to telework from anywhere?
  49. House says cybersecurity threat worse than it thought

… for Mike Causey’s Federal Report

  1. Pay Freeze? We Need To Talk
  2. Pay Freeze: Everybody in the Pool!
  3. The Smartest Fed Investors Work For…
  4. The $3 Million G-Man
  5. Time is Running Out for FEHBP Dependents
  6. Federal Pay Freeze: A November Surprise?
  7. Travel, Training, Hiring Hit List
  8. Good Son of NSPS or Bride of Frankenstein
  9. TSP Millionaires & Record Rollovers
  10. NSPS Express: Train Wreck or Rest Stop?

… on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris

  1. Cyberthreat of Joe Biden leads to arrest
  2. Monday Morning Federal Newscast – June 14th
  3. Friday Morning Federal Newscast – June 18th
  4. Federal retirees should consider the Roth IRA
  5. How to succeed in the SES
  6. Tuesday Morning Federal Newscast – June 15th
  7. OMB redefines performance expectations
  8. GAO: Agency rules allow conferences at resort locations
  9. Thursday Morning Federal Newscast – June 17th
  10. GPO reassures your passport is secure
  11. NSPS move cuts raises of the ‘best and brightest’
  12. Wednesday Morning Federal Newscast – June 16th
  13. Agencies allow conferences at resort locations
  14. How to translate language skills into success
  15. USPTO turns to Google for help with TMI
  16. The ten biggest errors federal employees make, pt. 2
  17. ‘Shady’ porn site practices pose cyber risks
  18. DLA and FEMA prepare for hurricane season
  19. U.S. seeks allies in battle against cyber warfare
  20. Friday Morning Federal Newscast – June 11th

… and from FederalNewsRadio.com

  1. OPM wants to settle the fed salary debate
  2. Federal pay freeze proposal defeated
  3. GSA plans to take e-mail, collaboration to the cloud
  4. OPM freezes transfer of employee files, for now
  5. Navy CIO Carey leaving
  6. OMB pressing agencies to get IT projects on track
  7. House bill would require manager training at all agencies
  8. Air Force saves cash by changing cell phone rate plans
  9. DoD shows off health IT progress
  10. OMB preparing performance management dashboard
  11. Support snowballs early for Senate cyber bill
  12. Exclusive: OMB to propose major changes to financial management systems
  13. Bill would put DHS in charge of all civilian networks
  14. VA tries to speed claims processing for vets
  15. Cybersecurity bill gets first Senate hearing
  16. Telework success depends on clear expectations
  17. DHS women convene inaugural diversity forum
  18. Senate’s newest cyber bill on fast track to passage
  19. Critical tests to decide future of DHS’s virtual fence
  20. Feds lead Smart Grid development effort
  21. White House tells agencies to use data analysis to reduce improper payments
  22. Task force seeks comments on small business contracting
  23. HHS creates process to certify health IT systems
  24. NTEU slams federal pay freeze
  25. HUD embraces Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
  26. NIH faces economic strains in 2011
  27. Hearing offers suggestions for reducing Medicare waste, fraud
  28. No federal pay freeze for now
  29. Federal News Radio Reports
  30. CIS upgrading E-Verify Web site
  31. Feds lead smart grid development effort
  32. Mobile apps, TechStat lead OMB’s IT evolution
  33. VA reaping rewards from IT oversight
  34. OMB must sell Congress on budget cuts
  35. Section: WFED Stories
  36. Executive Order seals OPM hiring reforms
  37. OMB finally details broad management doctrine
  38. SBA CIO Naylor resigns
  39. OPM tests letting feds work without a schedule
  40. TSP Snapshot: What goes up does go down
  41. GSA SLAMs its IT modernization project
  42. White House asks agencies to cut spending by 5 percent
  43. GOP lawmakers pitch fed workforce reduction bill
  44. House lawmakers uneasy about hiring reforms
  45. GSA reissues RFQ for cloud computing
  46. OPM to test new employee health services
  47. OPM proposes changes to management of personnel files
  48. OMB’s Werfel lays out new plan to follow agency money
  49. DoD vows to become a leaner organization
  50. FISMA’s facelift focuses on four areas, for now

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June 21, 2010 at 7:23 AM

DorobekINSIDER: Take your puppy to work day

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Yes… if DorobekInsider producer Emily Jarvis sounds a bit distracted during the program today, here is why:

Ruby

Ruby is visiting Federal News Radio 1500 AM today — something like ‘take your dog to work day.’ Ruby is my third. See the other two here.

Yes – she is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. She is 9-weeks old. And she is much smaller in real life.

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June 18, 2010 at 1:49 PM

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DorobekINSIDER: News Channel 8 discussing cyber-war — is it real?

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I will be on NewsChannel 8’s Federal News Tonight at 7:30p tonight — and we’ll be talking about the ongoing debate: Is the threat of cyber-war exaggerated?

As I mentioned earlier, this question was the subject of an Intelligence Squared debate earlier this month.

You can hear the debate here… or see the debate here.

We are looking for your thoughts… how would you answer the question: The threat of a cyber-war is exaggerated?

Arguing that the threat of cyber-war was exxagerated were:
* Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
* Bruce Schneier, the cryptographer, computer security specialist, and writer who is the founder and chief technology officer of BT Counterpane, formerly Counterpane Internet Security. He writes the popular Schneier on Security blog.

And in opposition:
* Mike McConnell, former vice admiral in the Navy, the former director of the National Security Agency and the former Director of National Intelligence. He now works for Booz Allen Hamilton.
* Jonathan Zittrain, professor of Internet law at Harvard Law School and a faculty co-director of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He writes the Future of the Internet blog and is on Twitter.

Some additional resources:

There currently are more than 40 cyber-security bills somewhere in the legislative process on Capitol Hill.

After heading up the President’s 60-day Cyberspace Review last year, Melissa Hathaway has some analysis. She has complied all that knowledge in a 31-page report which broke down the different bills into sections. Nine bills make the legislation to watch list, including updates to FISMA. Hathaway also says there great need for more public awarness for cybersecurity issues both in the U.S. and abroad.

That assessment came before Sens. Joe Lieberman (DI- Conn.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Tom Carper introduced the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, which was discussed at a hearing today. (More information on the hearing here.) Today on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s Dorobek Insider, we spoke to Bob Gourley, the former chief technology officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency and the the editor in chief of CTOVision.com, said he thinks the bill would be a step forward. (Read his post here.)

Finally, Gen. Dayle Meyerrose, former CIO of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, addressed this issue on Federal News Radio 1500 AM’s In Depth with Francis Rose. More here.

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June 15, 2010 at 5:55 PM

DorobekINSIDER: Most read on Federal News Radio 1500 AM: June 6-12

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The most read stories across Federal News Radio 1500 AM from June 6-12… on the DorobekInsider.com … for Mike Causey’s Federal Report… on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris… and for FederalNewsRadio.com

…from the DorobekInsider.com

  1. Obama orders cuts in federal building costs
  2. How to get more minorities, women to participate in TSP
  3. Causey: How agency budget cuts will affect you
  4. Is DoD ignoring lessons learned from insourcing?
  5. Dorobek Must Reads – June 11
  6. Why there’s still worry about the Conficker worm
  7. How to make that performance review work for you
  8. Federal contracts: How many is too many?
  9. Most TSP funds suffer losses in May
  10. Influence others and change your office culture
  11. Dorobek Must Reads – June 7
  12. Military Health System works out e-record kinks
  13. Dorobek Must Reads – June 10
  14. How to create the best federal cybersecurity workforce
  15. GSA to launch open government apps platform
  16. Preview: Your monthly TSP Snapshot
  17. DorobekINSIDER: Is cybersecurity over-hyped?
  18. Dorobek Must Reads – June 8
  19. How the Internet is affecting you
  20. Chances good for passage of TSP/annual leave bill
  21. OMB to change how agencies implement financial management
  22. Vote now: Is cybersecurity overhyped?
  23. GAO: Collaboration is important for national security
  24. SSA makes rural America accessible to all
  25. Federal pay raises safe … for now
  26. Dorobek Must Reads – June 9
  27. Labor Department focuses on security aspects of cloud
  28. DHS might soon be in charge of civilian networks
  29. Analysis: White House asks agencies to trim budget
  30. Dorobek Must Reads – May 25
  31. Analyst accused of leaking classified information
  32. Get ready for the Public Service Career and Internship Fair
  33. The DorobekINSIDER iPad review: Will you see them in government?
  34. DoD to rearrange $100 billion in budget
  35. Cornell’s Regulation Room helps DoT with rulemaking
  36. Section: Blog Entries
  37. Strasburg prepares to take field for Nats
  38. Federal agencies launch Gulf oil spill websites
  39. DorobekINSIDER: Crowdsourcing Gulf Coast oil spill info
  40. Mother finds kidnapped kids through Facebook
  41. AT&T first under Networx to get cybersecurity approval
  42. The TSP as a model for other 401(k)s?
  43. Report: FDA needs to reorganize to better protect food
  44. Gulf oil spill tests President’s management style
  45. A look inside BP’s operations center in Houston
  46. U.S. needs coherent cyber-war policies
  47. DorobekINSIDER: Most read on Federal News Radio 1500 AM: May 23-June 6
  48. GovExec honors top chief executives
  49. Dorobek Must Reads – June 3

… for Mike Causey’s Federal Report

  1. Federal Pay Freeze: A November Surprise?
  2. Travel, Training, Hiring Hit List
  3. TSP: Investing in Where You’ve Been
  4. NSPS Express: Train Wreck or Rest Stop?
  5. Good Son of NSPS or Bride of Frankenstein
  6. Six Ways to Beat the Bear Market with Your TSP
  7. Federal Unions: Dynamos or Dinosaurs?
  8. Pay Freeze as Union Recruiting Tool
  9. Payoff the Boss’s Credit Cards?
  10. Big Career Changes Coming at You

… on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris

  1. Wednesday Morning Federal Newscast – June 8th
  2. Thursday Morning Federal Newscast – June 10th
  3. How to avoid a June swoon with the TSP
  4. NSPS move cuts raises of the ‘best and brightest’
  5. Tuesday Morning Federal Newscast – June 8th
  6. Monday Morning Federal Newscast – June 7th
  7. Incumbent rage leaves budgets in limbo
  8. ‘Shady’ porn site practices pose cyber risks
  9. Cybersecurity box claims to block threats
  10. Analysis: Should DoD cut benefits or guns?
  11. Friday Morning Federal Newscast – June 11th
  12. Friday Morning Federal Newscast – June 4th
  13. Mission, then religion, in the federal workspace
  14. The ten biggest errors federal employees make
  15. The ten biggest errors federal employees make, pt. 2
  16. Bill would give DHS emergency cyber powers
  17. Agencies create a STAR to guide science policy
  18. GSA tries to make office supplies easy
  19. Guns and butter in Defense
  20. USPTO turns to Google for help with TMI

… and from FederalNewsRadio.com

  1. Bill would put DHS in charge of all civilian networks
  2. White House asks agencies to cut spending by 5 percent
  3. DoD vows to become a leaner organization
  4. Exclusive: OMB to propose major changes to financial management systems
  5. TSP Snapshot: What goes up does go down
  6. OMB must sell Congress on budget cuts
  7. Senate’s newest cyber bill on fast track to passage
  8. GSA, DHS approve first governmentwide cyber provider
  9. National Archives CIO Martha Morphy retires
  10. DHS, DoJ, EPA, Energy earn top green electronics award
  11. CIS upgrading E-Verify Web site
  12. DoD has limited cyber situational awareness
  13. GOP lawmakers pitch fed workforce reduction bill
  14. Navy declares war on sexual harassment & assault
  15. No federal pay freeze for now
  16. SBA CIO Naylor resigns
  17. Federal News Radio Reports
  18. OMB’s Werfel lays out new plan to follow agency money
  19. FISMA’s facelift focuses on four areas, for now
  20. Intellipedia provides lessons for FedSpace initiative
  21. OPM tests letting feds work without a schedule
  22. DoT’s Patillo moving to VA
  23. Census troubleshoots broken software
  24. OMB’s Paul to lead information sharing environment
  25. Information sharing challenges ahead for Paul
  26. TSA ready to move on with ITIP contract
  27. DoD, USDA putting secure ID cards to work
  28. Congress considers a new budgetary tool
  29. VA solving acquisition workforce shortage
  30. OMB shutting down financial systems office
  31. Executive Order seals OPM hiring reforms
  32. DHS tries sharing cyber threat data differently
  33. GSA releases FY 2010 per diem rates
  34. DHS promotes tech from workbench to market
  35. OFPP defines ‘inherently governmental’
  36. OMB shifts to real time cybersecurity monitoring
  37. OMB to set new real property policy
  38. White House works to change online transactions
  39. Bill would create White House cyber office
  40. Agencies to plan for program and budget cuts
  41. OIRA calls for further standardization of rulemaking
  42. NTEU files motion to end internship program
  43. House rejects telework bill
  44. DHS: cybersecurity is more than herding cats
  45. Postal Service prepares to move to five day delivery
  46. NMCI to NGEN = 43 months Navy says
  47. State evolving to 21st century diplomacy
  48. Feds map progress on road to health IT
  49. OMB’s new performance framework to combine the best of the past
  50. Bureau of Labor Statistics responds to federal pay in the media

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June 14, 2010 at 8:58 AM

DorobekINSIDER: Is cybersecurity over-hyped?

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I had the pleasure last night to attend the Intelligence Squared debate series — the first one held in Washington, DC. (Yes, it was a wonk-fest. After all, there were some other big events in DC last night. Washington Nationals pitching sensation Stephen Stassburg was proving worthy of all the hype over at the Washington Nationals ballpark… and James Taylor and Carole King were in DC for their tour. Moderator John Donvan from ABC News joked that people had to be really wonky to show up given the competing events.)

The packed house at the Newseum were treated to a fascinating debate focused on the “motion”: The cyber war threat has been grossly exaggerated.

Arguing in favor of that contention:
* Marc Rotenberg, executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)
* Bruce Schneier, the cryptographer, computer security specialist, and writer who is the founder and chief technology officer of BT Counterpane, formerly Counterpane Internet Security. He writes the popular Schneier on Security blog.

Arguing in opposition to that contention:

* Mike McConnell, former vice admiral in the Navy, the former director of the National Security Agency and the former Director of National Intelligence. He now works for Booz Allen Hamilton.
* Jonathan Zittrain, professor of Internet law at Harvard Law School and a faculty co-director of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. He writes the Future of the Internet blog and is on Twitter.

The debate started out by polling the audience asking us the question: The cyber war threat has been grossly exaggerated.
Initial results:
* Yes: 24 percent
* No: 54 percent
* Undecided: 22 percent

Before we offer more about the debate, how would you vote?

The debate actually focused on the question: Yes, there is a treat, but is it war?

The proponents of the arguement essentially made the point: Show me the war. Schneier said that the Internet has proven to be more resiliant then expected then anticipated or expected. While both he and Rotenberg acknowledged the threats, they argued that the “war” terminology is exaggerated… and dangerous.

“What you do with a threat of war is you call in the military, and you get military solutions,” Schneier said.

Rotenberg argued the militarization of the Internet is part of a long effort by the military and intelligence organizations to take the reins of the Internet — and he pointed to the infamous “clipper” chip from the 1990s, which would have given the government the keys to strong encryption. The argument: If something becomes a “war,” then other important issues — such as privacy — get shoved aside.

McConnell argued that the treats are very real, and, essentially, the country needs to understand how significant they are. And yes, there hasn’t been a “cyber Pearl Harbor,” but… during the Cold War, there were no nukes fired. The question is how you best prepare and defend these mission critical systems. He argues that society depends on trust and interdependency.

The cyber-war debate (Parente photo)

Zittrain said there is little argument that these are, in fact, hostel actors out there who are interested in attacking U.S. interests and livelihood. And he argued that these technologies are more fragile then we might believe.The two sides even disagreed about the now infamous Russian — or, more accurately, believed to be Russian — cyber-attack on Georgia. Schneier argued that it amounted to a fancy denial of service attack and he scoffed arguing that is it really a war if you can’t go to the Department of Motor Vehicles? McConnell, however, argued that the Russian attack helped bring Georgia to its knees.

Somewhat surprisingly, there wasn’t much discussion about the motivation of those stoking the cyber-war stories. Let me just say I’m not saying that the threat is exaggerated. From the people I talk to, there are real threats out there. And I have spoken to the people who, for example, are responsible for the the network at the Pentagon itself, which sustained a major attack back in 2007. That attack forced DOD officials to spend years even trying to determine what data was stolen. I am also keenly aware of how dependent we are on technology. But I thought there would be some discussion of the Threat Level piece from earlier this month that raised the issue of whether we can trust the people assessing the threats. From Wired.com’s Danger Room blog:

Coincidences sure are funny things. Booz Allen Hamilton — the defense contractor that’s become synonymous with the idea that the U.S. is getting its ass kicked in an ongoing cyberwar — has racked up more than $400 million worth of deals in the past six weeks to help the Defense Department fight that digital conflict. Strange how that worked out, huh?

Read the full post.

The panel was asked to make policy recommendations. McConnell stressed that we are a nation of laws, and therefore we need to get the laws correct. Although somewhat unrelated, Rotenberg scoffed at that idea and pointed to NSA’s warrentless wiretapping as a case where he says the laws don’t get implemented.

Rotenberg policy proposal: More openess and transparency. And this is one that I think is important. In fact, I’m hearing a lot of cyber-security minded people talk about the importance of sharing some information. Earlier this year, I moderated a panel at the AFCEA homeland security conference. On that panel was Marcus Sachs, Verizon’s executive director for national security and cyber policy. He formerly worked at the Army was with the Joint Task Force for Computer Network Defense and for the National Security Council’s Director for Communication Infrastructure Protection. And he suggested that there needs to be more of a conversation around cyber-security. Hear highlights here. I have been quite concerned that the Web 2.0 advocates have been almost loggerheads with cyber-security advocates, when I still think there is an opportunity to collaborate around cyber-security problems.

After all the debating was done, the audience was again asked to vote on the question: The cyber war threat has been grossly exaggerated:
* Yes: 23 percent
* No: 71 percent
* Undecided: 6 percent

What do you think?

A special thanks to Chris Parente, managing director at Strategic Communications, who invited me to the debate. Very much appreciated. Parente has posted his take of the event here.

Also read Fierce Government IT’s coverage.

Written by cdorobek

June 9, 2010 at 1:43 PM

DorobekINSIDER: Most read on Federal News Radio 1500 AM: May 23-June 6

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It was a record week on FederalNewsRadio.com — as several stories got highlighted by the Drudge Report.

That being said… the most read stories across Federal News Radio 1500 AM from May 23-June 6… on the DorobekInsider.com … for Mike Causey’s Federal Report… on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris… and for FederalNewsRadio.com

…from the DorobekInsider.com

  1. How to make that performance review work for you
  2. Most TSP funds suffer losses in May
  3. Dorobek Must Reads – June 2
  4. Dorobek Must Reads – June 3
  5. Federal pay raises safe … for now
  6. FISMA one step closer to overhaul
  7. Off Topic: What your email address says about you
  8. Software remembers passwords for you
  9. Federal contracts: How many is too many?
  10. Health 2.0 Conference, HHS hope to change the practice of medicine
  11. The impact of the Federal Workforce Reduction Act
  12. U.S. Navy Considering Wii Fit and DDR For Boot Camp
  13. SSA makes rural America accessible to all
  14. How Manor, Texas, could help your federal agency
  15. Influence others and change your office culture
  16. James Cameron brainstorms on Gulf oil spill
  17. Get ready for the Public Service Career and Internship Fair
  18. Chances good for passage of TSP/annual leave bill
  19. NIST details continuous monitoring for your agency
  20. ICE thrust into spotlight as immigration reform debate rages
  21. GAO: Centralized federal contract database needed
  22. Dorobek Must Reads – May 28
  23. DorobekINSIDER: Crowdsourcing Gulf Coast oil spill info
  24. Situation with Gulf oil spill continues to worsen
  25. The TSP as a model for other 401(k)s?
  26. NAPA examines pay for performance
  27. 2010 Census faces, fixes IT setbacks
  28. Analysis: Kshemendra Paul to lead ISE
  29. Update: Oil spill pictures reveal devastation
  30. Joint Chiefs: Cyber will change the way we fight
  31. Dorobek Must Reads – June 1
  32. iRobot demonstrates new weaponized robot
  33. Community Health Data Initiative launches
  34. Book review: Civil servants v. elected officials
  35. DoD might get more funding for cybersecurity programs
  36. Dorobek Must Reads – May 25
  37. TSP numbers: Look past the short term trend
  38. Feds, industry collaborate on cybersecurity
  39. Are Google Apps and Microsoft heading for a showdown?
  40. Preview: Your monthly TSP Snapshot
  41. Pew: More than half use social media to manage reputations
  42. Hiring reforms could mean big changes for veterans
  43. Rep. Towns: Birnbaum resignation was right decision
  44. U.S. Navy symposium confronts sexual assaut
  45. Causey Awards: Optimal workforce created despite budget
  46. DorobekINSIDER: The Gov 2.0 status report — where are we now?
  47. Federal retirements hit seven-year low
  48. This Memorial Day, honor the fallen & help vets
  49. Pentagon told to save billions for use in war

… for Mike Causey’s Federal Report

  1. Pay Freeze as Union Recruiting Tool
  2. Payoff the Boss’s Credit Cards?
  3. Six Ways to Beat the Bear Market with Your TSP
  4. Federal Unions: Dynamos or Dinosaurs?
  5. Toil We Must
  6. Brother, Can You Spare $43,000?
  7. Porn Viewing vs. Coffee Breaks
  8. NSPS Rollback Hopes and Fears
  9. Another No-Cal COLA for Retirees?
  10. About Those Buyout Rumors…

… on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Amy Morris

  1. Bill would give DHS emergency cyber powers
  2. Monday Morning Federal Newscast – June 1st
  3. Friday Morning Federal Newscast – June 4th
  4. Thursday Morning Federal Newscast – June 3rd
  5. Wednesday Morning Federal Newscast – June 2nd
  6. How to avoid a June swoon with the TSP
  7. Google goes ABW: Anything But Windows
  8. How, and why, to modernize the legacy of COBOL
  9. Cyber chief Schmidt set to name senior director
  10. NIST offers Continuous Monitoring FAQ
  11. Voinovich: hiring reforms will take an act of law
  12. Beware the mobile cyberattack
  13. Postal Service works to deliver reforms
  14. Navy focuses on family matters
  15. Defense Authorization still ‘veto bait’
  16. Federal Drive
  17. The ten biggest errors federal employees make
  18. Coast Guard harbored concerns about oil rigs
  19. FCC plans to spread broadband broader
  20. Friday Morning Federal Newscast – May 28th

… and from FederalNewsRadio.com

  1. GOP lawmakers pitch fed workforce reduction bill
  2. DoT’s Patillo moving to VA
  3. GSA, DHS approve first governmentwide cyber provider
  4. No federal pay freeze for now
  5. Census troubleshoots broken software
  6. Information sharing challenges ahead for Paul
  7. Navy declares war on sexual harassment & assault
  8. SBA CIO Naylor resigns
  9. DHS promotes tech from workbench to market
  10. OMB’s Paul to lead information sharing environment
  11. DoD, USDA putting secure ID cards to work
  12. Bill would block BRAC traffic at the parking lot
  13. State evolving to 21st century diplomacy
  14. DoD has limited cyber situational awareness
  15. OIRA calls for further standardization of rulemaking
  16. Feds map progress on road to health IT
  17. TSA ready to move on with ITIP contract
  18. VA solving acquisition workforce shortage
  19. Federal News Radio Reports
  20. Intellipedia provides lessons for FedSpace initiative
  21. FISMA’s facelift focuses on four areas, for now
  22. Executive Order seals OPM hiring reforms
  23. Congress tells agencies to check creditworthiness of employees
  24. DHS: cybersecurity is more than herding cats
  25. White House works to change online transactions
  26. Feds expand virtual worlds use
  27. OMB shifts to real time cybersecurity monitoring
  28. Congress considers a new budgetary tool
  29. House lawmakers uneasy about hiring reforms
  30. DHS tries sharing cyber threat data differently
  31. GSA releases FY 2010 per diem rates
  32. GSA SLAMs its IT modernization project
  33. CIO Council report on cloud sets future vision
  34. Protest of TSA IT contract sustained
  35. OPM tests letting feds work without a schedule
  36. OFPP defines ‘inherently governmental’
  37. OMB drafts, seeks comments on FISMA metrics
  38. Federal labor unions push back against senator’s TSA ‘hold’
  39. DHS to release draft RFP for Eagle 2
  40. Obama drafts line-item veto bill
  41. USCG’s Adm. Thad Allen begins long farewell
  42. GSA reissues RFQ for cloud computing
  43. Moran wins reprieve for DoD agencies; no BRAC move until 2014 at earliest
  44. OMB outlines shift on FISMA
  45. DIA awards $6 billion IT services contract to 11 firms
  46. Salary Council suggests locality pay increase for 2011
  47. TSP Snapshot: April up, clouds over I fund
  48. OPM hosts CHCO hiring reforms summit today
  49. Agency cybersecurity reporting to get makeover
  50. DoD fixing its patchwork quilt of cybersecurity

Written by cdorobek

June 7, 2010 at 6:49 PM