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 firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter or LinkedIn.
Articles by Molly Bernhart Walker
The Veterans Affairs Department is using the recent information system breaches at the Office of Personnel Management as an opportunity to review current security practices and push existing protocols that may not have been fully implemented.
The Office of Personnel Management notified federal agencies and departments June 29 that the web-based platform used to submit background investigation forms, known as e-QIP, will be offline for four to six weeks for security enhancements.
During the last of three congressional hearings held last week to address data breaches at the Office of Personnel Management, OPM Director Katherine Archuleta held her ground in refusing to peg a final number on compromised records.
"Vastly, what we're seeing across the government is the realization that they've had a chance to input into those baselines – and it is a lot of controls, I won't deny that either – but you are actually going through and doing all of those controls versus agencies haven't been going through and doing those controls themselves," said Matt Goodrich, FedRAMP director.
What began as an effort to improve governance and assess the security risk of the Federal Communications Commission's information technology systems quickly became an opportunity to consolidate and reduce costs through IT modernization.
Big data will be the most critical component to moving their agencies forward, said three federal IT officials June 17 at the Brocade Federal Forum in Washington, D.C.
The federal government already has a great deal of talent in data science, but agencies aren't organized to best leverage it for their programs, said Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott.
The Social Security numbers of some 4 million current and former workers that were potentially compromised in a breach of an Office of Personnel Management database were not encrypted, said OPM Director Katherine Archuleta.
Eligible members of the Army's active duty and enlisted personnel now have a clear path for reclassifying as cyber operations specialists.