David Perera

Biography for David Perera

David Perera is executive editor of the FierceMarkets Government Group, which includes FierceGovernment, FierceGovernmentIT, FierceHomelandSecurity, and FierceMobileGovernment. He has reported on all things federal since January 2004 and is co-author of Inside Guide to the Federal IT Market, a book published in October 2012. Based in greater-metro Washington, D.C., Dave can be reached here and can be found on LinkedIn or here. Tweeting at @daveperera.

Articles by David Perera

Agile development addresses project failure risk, say panelists

Anyone who thinks Agile Development for federal software projects is a riskier proposition than traditional, waterfall methods "is just wrong," said a senior federal technologist Thursday. "New things that aren't well known are perceived as more risky,"  said Mark Schwartz, chief information officer at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

U.S. tech companies knew of NSA digital surveillance, says NSA attorney

American technology companies were not ignorant of National Security Agency surveillance of digital content transmitted through their services, a top National Security Agency official said Wednesday.

Major departments seek continuous monitoring acquisition independence from DHS

Some federal agencies are choosing to buy continuous monitoring tools independently of the Homeland Security Department-set schedule for the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Program despite forfeiting DHS procurement money for those tools.

DoD abandons DIACAP in favor of the NIST risk management framework

An effort to align defense and federal civilian cybersecurity guidance culminated this month with the Defense Department jettisoning its specialized certification and accreditation process.The change is an expected one that grew in likelihood as the DoD and NIST actively sought over the past few years through a joint task force common ground in their cybersecurity guidance documents.

Long term decline in DHS OCIO spending

Spending controlled by the Homeland Security Department office of the chief information officer would diminish somewhat White House budget proposal for the coming fiscal year, cementing a long-term decline in DHS OCIO spending authority.

NIST requests $8M increase for NSTIC

An Obama administration effort to replace online passwords with an "identity ecosystem" led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology would receive $24.5 million under the White House budget proposal for the coming fiscal year.

Internet naming to leave U.S. control

Administration for Internet domains and addresses management will pass from the United States to a non-governmental entity in 2015. Currently, ICANN, a California-based non-profit, manages under contract to the NTIA management of Internet addresses, making ICANN the designated Internet Assigned Numbers Authority.

NIST seeks increased funding for securing cyber-physical systems

A new generation of smart systems that network previously stand-alone devices – such as your thermostat – also bring the potential for dramatic new cyber attacks, says the National Institute for Standards and Technology. In newly released details of the agency's budget proposal for the coming year, NIST says it needs $18.8 million to study "cyber-physical systems," with $5 million of that dedicated to improving their security.

Coast Guard not absorbing oil spill lessons learned

The Deepwater Horizon environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico caused no fewer than seven after actions reports containing 549 recommendations for improving the response to oil spills – but the Coast Guard can't say with certainty how many of them it's following.

Johnson: Candidates for ICE director being vetted

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and senators pledged further action Thursday on filling empty leadership positions within the department. The rate of high-level vacancies – positions empty or filled in an acting capacity – at the Homeland Security Department was about 38 percent at the time of Johnson's December confirmation.