Molly Bernhart Walker

Biography for Molly Bernhart Walker

Molly Walker is the managing editor of FierceMarkets' Government and Enterprise IT groups. She contributes regularly to publications in both groups. Prior to joining FierceMarkets, she was managing editor of Employee Benefit Adviser, a B2B magazine serving the insurance industry, as well as an intern at and When she's not exploring the nexus of business and technology, she enjoys spending time in the outdoors and cheering on her beloved Virginia Tech Hokies. She is based at the FierceMarkets main office in Washington, D.C., and can be reached at Follow @mollsiebee on Twitter and find her on LinkedIn.

Articles by Molly Bernhart Walker

Severe shortage of tech talent in government, says report

Existing levels of information technology talent within government and civil society do not meet the current needs, finds a report based on dozens of interviews and secondary research. Those technically skilled programmers, designers and engineers with expertise in computer science and data science that are in government are not distributed evenly across agencies, it adds.

NIST unveils AppVet for mobile application evaluation

The National Institute of Standards and Technology released version 1 of a free, open source system comprised of a web application, tools and clients for testing and evaluating the security of mobile applications.

SAM 'inelegant and cumbersome' says GSA CIO

The System for Award Management is operational but it's not what the future of acquisition should look like, said Sonny Hashmi, chief information officer at the General Services Administration. Commonly called "SAM," the consolidated acquisition system launched in August 2012 to bring together three previously separate systems.

DoD and VA will achieve EHR interoperability, says Miller

Electronic health record interoperability between the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments has been a long time coming, but an interagency program office is making progress, a DoD official told lawmakers during an April 9 hearing.

IT security controls at IRS endanger taxpayer data, says GAO

Information security controls at the Internal Revenue Service are so deficient the confidentiality, integrity and availability of taxpayer data is at risk, finds the Government Accountability Office in an April 8 report.

Clarity in OMB, DHS roles should be addressed in cybersecurity legislation

Confusion over which responsibilities for federal cybersecurity policy reside in the Office of Management and Budget rather than in the Homeland Security Department isn't helping federal networks be more secure, a witness told a Senate panel.

House appropriators propose $3.87B for VA IT spending

House appropriators propose a $3.87 billion budget for information and technology systems at the Veterans Affairs Department. That amount, released April 2 in a draft (pdf) of the fiscal 2015 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill, includes $344 million for the department's electronic health record. 

Surveillance technology companies are arms dealers, says researcher

"There are companies that may be incentivized through other means to behave responsibly, but there are other companies that are basically arms dealers and they are selling technologies that are empowering bad people and that are contributing to an Internet that is not human-rights compatible in much of the world," said Rebecca MacKinnon, senior research fellow at the New America Foundation.

Spotlight: DoD approves Amazon cloud

All military services and Defense Department components are now permitted to lease computing space through Amazon Web Services.

HHS plans for health IT exchange vague, says GAO

The Health and Human Services Department's strategy for advancing health information exchange focuses too much on general principals and not enough on deliverables, says the Government Accountability Office.