Biography for Molly Bernhart Walker
Molly Walker is Executive Editor of the Government Publishing Group at FierceMarkets. She writes for, edits and oversees daily editorial operations for FierceGovernmentIT, FierceGovernment, FierceHomelandSecurity and FierceMobileGovernment. She also manages custom eBook and webinar content for the Government publications. Walker previously served as Managing Editor of both the Government and Enterprise IT groups at FierceMarkets. Prior to joining Fierce, she was a Managing Editor at SourceMedia and got her feet wet with internships at FoxNews.com and USAToday.com. She lives in Northern Virginia and is based at the FierceMarkets main office in Washington, D.C.. She can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter or LinkedIn.
Articles by Molly Bernhart Walker
Two and a half years in, the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, which aims to help agencies and departments more quickly and securely procure cloud services, is being adopted in pockets across the federal government, but not always correctly, say General Services Administration officials during a Dec. 16 press briefing.
The FBI issued a confidential "flash" report Dec. 12, warning defense contractors, energy firms and education institutions, among other U.S. businesses, to monitor for an Iranian hacking campaign, according to a report from Reuters.
The General Services Administration wants to know how it can provide better due diligence for acquisitions involving government information technology. It's working with customer agencies to establish a common set of indicators that could be used to for a supply chain risk assessment.
The General Services Administration, which oversees and manages the federal government's open data hub, has released a document to help more agencies publish their datasets to the platform for public use. Because the platform called Data.gov doesn't actually host the data, but instead aggregates metadata about open data assets in one place, the metadata is only as good as agencies' data, writes the agency in a DigitalGov blog post Dec. 10.
The Navy Department's new Acting Chief Information Officer John Zangardi is reviewing his office's operations to identify areas where administrative burdens can be eliminated or reduced, he said in his first address since taking the position Oct. 24.
Federal retirement claims processing will eventually be fully automated, at least that's the vision of one Office of Personnel Management official. In the interim, OPM is focused on procuring a process and case management system to track business workflows that increase transparency and efficiencies, said Kenneth Zawodny, assistant director of retirement services at OPM.
Complex, non-standardized cloud computing service level agreements make comparing cloud offerings during procurement and ensuring proper execution once work is underway difficult for federal agencies and departments, said a Homeland Security Department Official.
Defense Department Acting Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen is working with commanders, including U.S. Cyber Commander Adm. Michael Rogers, to set cyber technical and mission standards across the department. A core focus of the effort is standardizing the way data is output, said Halvorsen during a Dec. 5 press call.
The Defense Department will begin going live with pieces of its Joint Regional Security Stacks on January 1 and will continue rolling out JRSS across locations with the goal of reaching all JRSS installations by the end of 2016, said DoD Acting Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen. JRSS will reach initially operating capability across the DoD network by the end of 2016, and JRSS capability will be 98 percent complete by the end of 2017, he said.
The Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, or FITARA, will be rolled in to the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act, according to a Dec. 3 statement from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The legislation would give federal chief information officers more acquisition oversight.