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FCW : April 15, 2015
Trending was the average 2014 salary for private-sector workers with waterfall experience. Demand for those workers jumped 23 percent. $107,937 8 April 15, 2015 FCW.COM The specter of Hillary Clinton shad- owed a federal records management conference in Washington in March, not least because a former litigator for the National Archives and Records Administration opted to open a slide deck with the iconic image of the for- mer secretary of State consulting a BlackBerry from her seat in a C-17. “The firestorm that’s happening with recordkeeping policy, I think, is a dream come true,” said Jason Baron, former director of litigation at NARA. He’s been making the rounds on cable news in an attempt to explain the over- lapping tangle of authorities that gov- ern federal recordkeeping. For feds who work in records management, Clinton’s contretemps points to a key problem they face in doing their work: They lack meaning- ful authority to enforce the rules that apply to top agency officials governing what records to save and for how long. Also, there are no rules specifically pro- hibiting senior officials from using pri- vate or commercial email accounts. A recently enacted law requires offi- cials using private email accounts to forward copies to their agency within 20 days, but a lot of discretion is built into the law. Therefore, there does not seemtobeanywaytoreininatopoffi- cial who is determined to work outside existing communications and records channels. “The statute leaves it to the official in charge to make that determina- tion of what is personal and what is official for transferring their records to an appropriate recordkeeping sys- tem,” Baron said. “It is leaving it to the end user on his or her smartphone or device as to what to transfer.” Under a 2012 presidential directive, agencies are required to designate a senior agency official at the assistant secretary level or higher to ensure com- pliance with records policy. The goal is to have someone with enough stature to initiate a conversation with a top official whose records management practices might be less than optimal. — Adam Mazmanian A silver lining to the Clinton email kerfuffle? The past several weeks have seen plenty of personnel changes. There are new CIOs at the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency; the Agriculture Department and General Services Administration are looking to replace Cheryl Cook and Sonny Hashmi, respectively; the Pentagon finally filled its deputy chief management officer slot; and the White House added both a director of IT and U.S . chief data scientist. FCW, of course, covered each and every shuffle. Yet those senior positions are just a tiny slice of the IT workforce and hardly the only ones worth showcasing. Top lead- ers are important, but it’s the rank- and-file talent that makes agencies run. We’d like your help in finding individuals who are doing great things today and are likely to be filling the senior slots tomorrow so we can honor them through FCW’s Rising Star awards. The trick, of course, is knowing where to look. The true Rising Stars are often in the background, making their bosses look good. Not sure what makes for a Rising Star? Here are five points to remember: 1. Anyone in the federal IT com- munity is eligible: military and civilian, career and political, con- tractor, academic and association expert alike. 2. Winners go above and beyond, whatever their level or rank. A fancy job title is not required, and just doing one’s job well is not enough. 3. You can make multiple nomi- nations. Do so early and often. 4. Impact matters. The judges need to know not only what a nom- inee did but also what all that work accomplished. 5. Age does not matter, but nominees must be less than 10 years into their work in the federal community. So if you know someone who should be considered — or sev- eral someones! — please be sure to nominate him or her at FCW. com/2015risingstars. And please spread the word to your colleagues so we can get the best possible batch of winners. — Troy K. Schneider firstname.lastname@example.org @troyschneider EDITOR’S NOTE Looking for future leaders 0415fcw_003-009.indd 8 3/24/15 1:14 PM
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