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FCW : March 30, 2015
Johnson takes over as Energy CIO The Energy Department will replace interim CIO Don Adcock with Michael Johnson, who was assistant director for intelligence programs at the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. Adcock retained his position as deputy CIO when he took over the acting CIO position last September after Bob Brese left government for the private sector. Adcock resumed his full-time focus on the deputy position when Johnson began his new job on March 9. Johnson will manage policy and oversight of DOE’s $2 billion IT budget, which is spread across more than 25 national laboratories and facilities that enable federal missions that range from advanced research to nuclear security. As interim CIO, Adcock led initiatives in open data, cloud computing and energy-efficient IT strategies. Halvorsen named CIO at DOD Terry Halvorsen, who had been acting CIO at the Defense Department since May 2014, dropped the “acting” from his title on March 8. Halvorsen, who served as the Navy CIO for four years before stepping into the DOD role, spoke with FCW on March 9 about his push to explore the poten- tial of public/private data centers. “If we can pull this hybrid [data center model] off...we will absolutely lower the cost of operation,” he said. USDA’s Cook steps down Agriculture Department CIO Cheryl Cook stepped down on March 6. Joyce Hunter, USDA’s deputy CIO for policy and planning, has been named acting CIO. USDA officials confirmed Cook’s departure but offered no reason for it. Cook, who is among the 2015 Federal 100 award winners, could not be reached for comment. Sonny Hashmi leaving GSA General Services Administration CIO Sonny Hashmi is taking a job in the private sector. Hashmi confirmed his departure plans to FCW on March 10, saying he would transition out of GSA in early April. He declined to name his new employer. An industry executive said Hashmi has been contemplating a change for some time, including CIO roles at other agencies, “but then an interesting opportunity in the private sector came along, and he decided to take it.” — FCW staff FCW INSIDER Trending DOD cybersecurity employees can be hired under the Schedule A authority granted by OPM on March 5 3,000 8 March 30, 2015 FCW.COM Top military cybersecurity command- ers told Congress in early March that a return to sequestration-level spend- ing would be a major setback for U.S. cyber forces, which have been steadily maturing. The spending cuts would signifi- cantly affect U.S. Cyber Command’s ability to defend Defense Department information networks, National Secu- rity Agency Director Adm. Michael Rogers, who also leads the command, told the House Armed Services Com- mittee’s Emerging Threats and Capa- bilities Subcommittee. The automated spending cuts man- dated by the Budget Control Act of 2011 are set to return in fiscal 2016, unless new legislation overrides them. At a separate hearing, a top Democrat on the House Appropriations Commit- tee’s Defense Subcommittee said there were “insurmountable obstacles” in moving that legislation forward. Military cyber leaders testifying with Rogers echoed his warning. Sequester- level spending would throw a “monkey wrench” in the Navy’s network mod- ernization plans, said Vice Adm. Jan Tighe, commander of Navy Fleet Cyber Command. The Navy’s planned $1 bil- lion in cyber spending from fiscal 2014 to 2020 is “built on the premise that our future budgets will not be drastically reduced by sequestration,” she added. Lt. Gen. Edward Cardon, com- mander of Army Cyber Command, said sequestration would disrupt the Army’s ongoing process of consoli- dating its information networks and could leave weapons systems vulner- able by depriving them of software upgrades. Furthermore, some mem- bers of the cyber workforce the Army has built up in recent months might have to be laid off, he added. Rogers said sequestration threatens other non-IT aspects of cybersecurity because funding might fall short for a project to build the Cyber Command’s infrastructure. He also expressed con- cern that sequestration could increase the likelihood that DOD’s cyber work- force would leave for jobs in the pri- vate sector, which often offer higher salaries. — Sean Lyngaas Top cyber leaders warn Congress about sequestration Terry Halvorsen 0330fcw_003-009.indd 8 3/11/15 12:52 PM
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