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FCW : March 15, 2015
It’s a common refrain in federal IT: “If only the government could be more like the private sector.” If only agencies would be more agile. If only we could hire more Megan Smiths and Tony Scotts and Mikey Dick- ersons and DJ Patils. If only there were enough Presidential Innova- tion Fellows for every IT shop. If only... The converse, mean- while — that steady brain drain as talented feds take jobs in industry — is dismissed as “cashing out” or smart people get- ting fed up with government. It’s worth remembering, how- ever, that great things get started at both ends of the street. And there were two excellent examples of that in recent weeks. First, there is Hyperion — a malware detection and software assurance package developed by the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory that outshines existing commercial solutions. R&K Cyber Solutions licensed Hyperion in January, and it was the second government cyber technology to go commer- cial via the Department of Homeland Security’s Transi- tion to Practice program. Then there is Sqrrl, a big-data security startup that FCW flagged as a “hot company to watch” in 2013. It was founded by former White House and National Security Agency officials, and a few weeks ago it launched Enterprise 2.0 — a full- fledged version of a product that grew out of NSA’s Apache Accumu- lo data-mining system. In both cases, technology devel- oped for government missions has proven to have much broader potential — and the private sector has jumped on those innovations. Commercial adoption of fed- eral technology dates back to the earliest days of IT and continues unabated — even if we sometimes act as though it ended with NASA’s Apollo program. None of this is to knock the Obama administration’s aggressive recruiting in Silicon Valley. Federal IT absolutely needs new blood, but let’s not pretend that government lacks homegrown innovators. We will showcase a slew of them in FCW’s next issue, in fact, and there are countless others. Innovations — and innovators — are tucked away in all sorts of places. Let’s not forget to look in government. — Troy K. Schneider firstname.lastname@example.org @troyschneider EDITOR’S NOTE Trending of the global cloud infrastructure market now uses Amazon Web Services, according to Synergy Research Group 28% 8 March 15, 2015 FCW.COM When government is the innovator Acquisitions expert Rich Beutel helped write and managed passage of the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act while serving as a senior staffer on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and he has now turned his attention to industry. His new consultancy, Cyr- rus Analytics, is aimed at guiding midsize cloud service providers through the maze of compliance directives required to do business with the federal government. Beutel launched Cyrrus in late Janu- ary, and so far he’s landed Adobe and MeriTalk as clients. “I [will] be problem-solving issues that are hindering clients’ ability to do business with the federal government,” Beutel told FCW in an email message. He said his areas of practice include achieving certification under the Fed- eral Risk and Authorization Management Program, keeping up with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s security guidance, navigating agency procurement models and understanding general gov- ernment contracting issues. Jeremy Grant, the National Insti- tute of Standards and Technology’s senior executive adviser for identity management, is leaving government. Federal News Radio reported that Grant, who leads the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace, has not announced future plans but will leave NIST in April. Dana Keoki Jackson is now vice president and chief technology officer and Rodney Makoske is senior vice president of corporate engineering, technology and operations at Lock- heed Martin. Jackson has worked for the defense giant since 1997, most recently as the vice president in charge of integrating the firm’s five disciplines. Makoske was most recently a vice president in charge of the company’s Mission Sys- tems and Training business area. — FCW staff FCW Insider: People on the move Rich Beutel 0315fcw_003-010.indd 8 2/25/15 9:27 AM
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