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FCW : November and December 2014
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. has named Barry West as its new CIO. West, who currently serves as CIO and deputy chief management officer at the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., will start his new job on Dec. 1. Will Hurd, a former CIA covert agent and a senior adviser at cybersecurity vendor FusionX, won a narrow, upset victory over Rep. Pete Gallegos (D-Tex- as) to represent a district that borders Mexico and includes parts of San Antonio and El Paso. Hurd is the first black Republican from Texas to be elected to the House. “We need to make border security, countering drug traf- fickers and fighting cyber criminals all national priorities,” he said in a pre- election speech. Steve Viar, who has been director of the General Services Administration’s Federal Systems Integration and Man- agement Center since 2010, is retiring. Operations Director Chris Hamm took over as director on Nov. 1. “Steve has been at GSA for 15 years,” Hamm said in an interview with FCW, adding that following in Viar’s shoes is probably the most daunting part of his new job. “He is a legend.” Topside Consulting Group President Bob Woods, who is a former commis- sioner of GSA’s Federal Technology Service, said Hamm is well prepared for the job. “FEDSIM has always had a deep bench” of talent, Woods said, “and Chris has been a great deputy who got a lot done.” Karen DeSalvo’s promotion to acting assistant secretary of health at the Department of Health and Human Services, where she will play a key role in the agency’s response to Ebola, does not mean she is abandoning her leadership of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. DeSalvo’s apparent exit from ONC followed the depar- tures of several other top officials and had called into question the future of the agency as spending on health IT subsi- dies winds down. The agency quickly clarified that she would not be leaving ONC entirely. Army Sgt. Maj. David Redmond is replacing Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Slater as command senior enlist- ed leader for U.S. Cyber Command and senior enlisted adviser for the National Security Agency. Redmond is current- ly assigned to the Army’s intelligence department. — FCW staff November/December 2014 FCW.COM 9 employees don’t access secure business apps because they can’t remember their passwords, Intercede research found 1in10 The General Services Administration added Verizon Enterprise Solutions’ cloud-computing platform to its list of providers that have authority to operate under the Federal Risk and Authoriza- tion Management Program. The company said its Enterprise Cloud Federal Edition (ECFE) is an infrastructure-as-a -service solution that is backed by geographically diverse, enterprise-class architecture. The ATO came through the Department of Health and Human Services and brings the total number of cloud service providers with agency-backed authorization to nine. Matthew Goodrich, acting director of FedRAMP, told FCW one of the pro- gram’s key areas of focus is to engage with agencies directly and help them complete more ATOs. According to Verizon and GSA, ECFE is delivered from data centers in Cul- peper, Va., and Miami, where core infra- structure components are shared by government customers. Those facilities have multiple layers of redundancy and are protected by guards, with continu- ous physical and virtual surveillance. Verizon said ECFE is available in multi- tenant and dedicated configurations. It gives government customers the capability to provision virtual servers, storage, load balancers and firewalls for deploying their applications, Verizon officials said. “We are seeing accelerating inter- est in cloud computing across our public-sector business, and achieving FedRAMP authorization underscores our commitment to providing reli- able, flexible and high-performance on-demand computing solutions that enable the business of government,” Michael Maiorana, senior vice presi- dent of public-sector markets at Veri- zon Enterprise Solutions, said in a Nov. 6 statement. — Mark Rockwell Verizon gets ATO for cloud services Join the conversation FCW uses Twitter to break news, field questions and ask our own. Learn more at Twitter.com/FCWnow. 9:58 PM - 21 Oct 2014 Craig Newmark @ craignewmark Reply Retweet Favorite yup! RT @TroySchneider: @craignewmark Was that really you giving the comment shoutout to David Bray here? http://fcw. com/articles/2014/09/25/the-next-us-cio.aspx ... FCW Insider: People on the move Karen DeSalvo