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FCW : March 15, 2016
is the projected total value of the Army’s IT Enterprise Solutions–3 Services contract $12 billion Former National Security Adviser Tom Donilon and former IBM CEO Sam Palmisano will lead a special presiden- tial cybersecurity commission. The White House announced Feb. 17 that Donilon is being appointed chairman and Palmisano vice chair- man of the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, which Presi- dent Barack Obama established via executive order in early February. Donilon is a veteran civil servant, having served in the Clinton and Obama administrations, including a stint as Obama’s national security adviser. Palmisano has worked in the technology industry since the 1970s. He once described the moniker “cloud computing” as an unfortunate name and suggested replacing the now-stan- dard buzzword with the phrase “highly virtualized environment.” The Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity could even- tually include a dozen presidential appointees, as well as members named by congressional leaders. Its goal is to review and issue policy recom- mendations to help the government, private sector and general public beef up digital security while preserving privacy. “Right now we are not as well organized as we need to be to make sure that we’re dealing with all these threats in an effective way,” Obama said during a meeting to announce the commission leaders. “We’ve made some enormous prog- ress since I came into office, chipping away at the problem, trying to upgrade certain systems, trying to patch over certain security vulnerabilities. This is going to be a big agenda, a long- term agenda that is extremely com- plicated, extremely technical and is going to require us to overhaul a bunch of legacy systems that are already in place.” “The president has the highest confidence in these men being able to deliver on the crit- ical task of providing the country a series of detailed recommendations on actions that can be taken over the next decade to enhance cybersecu- rity,” a White House official said. — Zach Noble Obama names picks for cyber commission Tom Donilon One of the great things about the federal IT community is that it’s just that: a community. There are hubs for collaboration, a shared sense of pur- pose and a huge range of individuals who work outside their basic job descriptions to forge the connections that make real progress possible. For 30 years now, FCW has worked to chronicle that com- munity and help spark the discus- sions that can make a difference. There’s a danger, however, in letting decision-makers — those who are most visible and, more often than not, based in Wash- ington — drive those discussions too much. There are thousands in government and industry who are doing the heavy lifting on cyber- security, legacy system upgrades, smart acquisi- tion, workforce training, cloud, mobile and more. More often than not, those efforts take place outside the IT conference spotlight and often far from the grid- locked lanes of the Capital Beltway. The opinions and ques- tions that come from the trenches often don’t get the attention they deserve. The Federal 100 awards are one way FCW looks beyond the usual suspects, but we want to make sure that every day’s coverage is serving the interests of the entire federal IT community. So while we have some definite ideas about FCW’s focus for 2016 and beyond, we want to hear your ideas as well. What topics matter most? What do you wish FCW cov- ered differently? Are there impor- tant stories you think we’re missing — or ones you’d rather we hadn’t covered? We want to hear it all. Please go to FCW.com/ReaderSurvey and share your thoughts on FCW’s focus. The coverage is intended for you, and we want your voice in the conversation. — Troy K. Schneider firstname.lastname@example.org @troyschneider EDITOR’S NOTE What’s your take on federal IT? March 15, 2016 FCW.COM 9 Sam Palmisano WIKIMEDIACOMMONS/GAGESKIDMORE 031516fcw_003-010.indd 9 2/24/16 9:50 AM
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