Since the inception of the federal CIO position, one thing has become clear: The federal CIO practically proves his worth by setting goals and issuing mandates.
After two solid years I was worried we had already found and recognized most of the fierce people in government IT. Fortunately, innovation breeds innovation. And there are more dynamic people in government than ever to inspire us.
In case you haven't been following along on Twitter or the comments section of tech blogs, the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace is in a public relations battle for its life.
In a White House blog post this week, the Obama administration offered rare insight into its thought process on when to reveal and when to remain mum on cyber vulnerabilities. Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel noted that weighing the tradeoffs is not easy.
Gaze long into an abyss, and the abyss also gazes into you, is the easy way to sum up the Economic Development Administration 18 month long adventure of a botched malware incident response that came to a close only this past March--a time for which during parts the Commerce Department bureau shut itself off from the Internet, during which its workers "became reacquainted with their neighborhood post office and the beep-squeak-hiss of the fax spitting out paper."