Molly Bernhart Walker

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 molly@fiercemarkets.com or on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Articles by Molly Bernhart Walker

Some agencies report limited or no savings from data center consolidation

Federal agencies report more than $3.3 billion in total planned savings since the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative launched four years ago, but the program hasn't produced impressive savings for every agency. 

Military services' role in cloud acquisition to get a boost, DISA role gets a downgrade

A memo to be released next month will allow the military services to handle their own acquisition of cloud computing technology rather than requiring them to work through the Defense Information Systems Agency. 

IRS should better manage worker identification data, says watchdog

The Internal Revenue Service's voluntary classification settlement program, or VCSP, allows employers to classify workers as independent contractors instead of employees, but an internal audit takes issue with the accuracy of data collected as well as its management of the applications.

IG exposes information security gaps at federal, state health insurance exchanges

A recent review of three health insurance exchanges identified a variety of information security vulnerabilities ranging from unauthorized database access to poor information storage practices.

FBI's 2-year-old, $550M electronic case management system frustrates users

More than half of FBI employees using the bureau's electronic records and case management system for day-to-day activities are dissatisfied with search functionality and say indexing is a productivity drain.

Paper highlights legal, ethical issues with open health data, makes policy recommendations

Government open data initiatives have made patient health information more readily available online through healthdata.gov and third-party sites that pull from public sources. But coherent legal and ethics policies are lagging data innovation, says a paper recently published in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal.

Regulatory agencies doing less regulating, more advising for cyber resilience and response

Federal regulatory agencies are taking on a greater advisory role in helping critical infrastructure and financial services companies apply the National Institute of Standards and Technology's cybersecurity framework and reduce their cyber risks, several experts recently said.

'Data deserts' could have negative social and economic impacts, warns paper

Data is increasingly seen as a valuable resource. But a new paper published by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation warns that if high-quality data collection regularly excludes certain individuals or communities then their problems could be neglected.

Data localization movement won't improve privacy, says Internet governance panel

Data localization and "technological sovereignty" movements have gathered strength in Europe and South America since the National Security Agency's surveillance programs became public knowledge. But it's a knee-jerk reaction to require that data reside within a country's borders and it doesn't necessarily ensure security or privacy, said Internet governance experts at a Sept. 19 New America Foundation event.

Federal CIO steps down to bring tech expertise to Ebola response efforts

Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel will be leaving his post at the Office of Management and Budget, said an Obama administration official speaking on background Sept. 19. VanRoekel will become the chief innovation officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development, where he will work with the agency's Ebola response team.