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

Open government is not without privacy challenges, finds paper

In an effort to be more transparent and participatory governments are making more data publicly available in machine-readable formats and under open licenses, but such noble aims are not immune to privacy issues, says a paper published June 18 in Future Internet, a Switzerland-based scholarly journal.

Proactive social media monitoring drives online citizen services at HHS

Recent revelations of widespread government surveillance, or the "Snowden effect," may have given the practice of digital monitoring a bad rap, but a Health and Human Services Department official says proactive social media monitoring can drive positive citizen services.

Cybersecurity policies lacking at small agencies, finds GAO

Even federal agencies that are considered small – those with 6,000 employees or less – can face major cybersecurity risks, but a recent Government Accountability Office report finds policy gaps leave them largely unprepared.

FITARA, FISMA reform and DHS cyber authority bills advance from Senate committee

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee June 25 advanced legislation that would give federal chief information officers more acquisition oversight, modernize the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 and clarify the Homeland Security Department's role in federal cybersecurity efforts.

American tech industry suffering due to unresolved surveillance policy issues, says exec

One year after U.S. government surveillance activities were revealed by former Defense Department contractor Edward Snowden, American technology companies continue to feel negative repercussions, said Brad Smith, executive vice president and general Counsel for Microsoft.

Don't blame funding for NextGen's slow rollout, says DOT IG

While some lawmakers find the Federal Aviation Administration's implementation of key 2020 NextGen program milestones slow, the Transportation Department's Inspector General says it's not due to inadequate funding.

HHS considering Desktop as a Service

The Health and Human Services Department is interested in moving as many as 200,000 desktop computers to the cloud as part of a shift to Desktop as a Service, or DaaS.

FBI.gov to get a reboot

The Federal Bureau of Investigation plans to relaunch its public-facing website, according to a June 20 presolicitation notice from the Justice Department. "The Federal Bureau of Investigation has a requirement for information technology services for Internet web presence software applications, content management, content delivery and technology environments," says the post.

NIST launches new cloud computing working groups

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is standing up three new working groups to fulfill requirements laid out in the U.S. government's Cloud Computing Standards and Technology Roadmap. The roadmap (pdf), which NIST published in November 2011, details high priority tasks necessary to further cloud adoption in the federal government and elsewhere.

OIG wants to know how the Internet of Things applies to USPS

The Postal Service office of inspector general wants to know how the Internet of Things, data strategy and analytics could be applied to USPS operations, infrastructure, products and services, according to a solicitation posted June 17 to FedBizOpps.