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Trending of corporate directors say cybersecurity is now discussed at every board meeting 35% Extended vacancies in agencies’ inspector general offices can put act- ing IGs in a difficult position, watch- dog groups told lawmakers earlier this month. Without a Senate-confirmed IG, agencies must make do with acting IGs, who can end up being “more lapdog than watchdog,” Danielle Brian, executive director of the Project on Government Oversight, told members of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmen- tal Affairs Committee. Acting IGs have fewer protections and safeguards against being shuttled from one department to another, for example. Consequently, they might try to curry favor with agency leaders, which can undermine the indepen- dence that is essential for IGs to con- duct effective oversight, Brian said. The uncertain tenure of acting IGs can also lead to an avoidance of long- term investigations. The Department of Veterans Affairs has been without a Senate-confirmed IG for more than a year and a half, the Labor Department for more than four years and the Interior Department for more than six. Daniel Epstein, executive director of Cause of Action, raised the question of whether IG positions have been left open for political reasons. Having fewer independent IGs could enable the Obama administration to pressure acting IGs into not pursuing investigations that could lead to embarrassing revelations. The speakers at the hear- ing stressed the urgent need to streamline the recom- mendation and confirma- tion process, and Brian referred to the current administration’s “general ambivalence” toward IGs. The confirmation pro- cess takes far too long, said Michael Horowitz, IG at the Justice Department and chair of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency. He added that a simple title change from acting IG to deputy IG could extend an individual’s tenure past the mandated 210-day limit, which has con- tributed to extended vacancies. — Eli Gorski Acting IGs: ‘More lapdog than watchdog’ 6 June 30, 2015 FCW.COM The Defense Information Systems Agency is gradually changing the way it delivers Web content across the global Defense Department tele- communications network, starting with a recently awarded contract to Hewlett-Packard and Akamai. The new contract will help DISA begin to transition from the Global Content Delivery Service to a system that uses a unified platform, DISA Team Lead Terrace McCaa told FCW earlier this month. The agency is still working out the requirements and funding for the new system, dubbed the Universal Content Delivery Service. The contract with HP and Akamai, which DISA announced in April, has a $469 million ceiling and will run through 2018 with an option for a three-year extension. GCDS taps into hundreds of spe- cially equipped servers to deliver Web content and applications across the department’s unclassified, classified and coalition networks, according to DISA. Meanwhile, UCDS will serve as a “unified platform that can accelerate and secure” all the content it delivers and will unite a diverse set of stake- holders within DOD’s IT ecosystem, which includes end users, enterprise application owners and those in charge of cyber defense, said Larry Underhill, Akamai’s director of custom government engineering. He added that the goal of UCDS is to unite two key sets of technologies into a single service offering: content delivery networks and secure Web gateways. The gateways filter poten- tially harmful content, and the CDNs are a distributed set of servers that seek to deliver content smoothly to users. — Sean Lyngaas DISA is redoing content delivery Join the conversation FCW uses Twitter to break news, field questions and ask our own. Learn more at Twitter.com/FCWnow. 1:12PM-2Jun2015 Phaedra Chrousos @PSChrousos Reply Retweet Favorite So close @marydavie @cscairns! GSA agile RFP expected this week http://fcw.com/articles/2015/06/02/gsa-agile-rfp.aspx ... via @FCWnow The Project on Government Oversight’s Danielle Brian told lawmakers that acting IGs lack the power of their Senate-confirmed counterparts. POGO.ORG 0630fcw_003-007.indd 6 6/10/15 9:02 AM
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