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FCW : October 30, 2012
Editor'sNote For federal technology executives, risk management is always a challenge. But as demands multiply and dollars shrink, there seem to be more risks than ever. That is certainly true in the case of cybersecurity, where the days of impenetrable defenses --- if they ever truly existed --- are clearly gone for good. (Brian Robinson looks at some of the choices agencies must make in the article that begins on Page 14.) But there are risk management challenges in broader budget categories as well and in the personnel churn that inevitably comes after any presidential election, regardless of who wins the White House. This fall, that balancing act is even more dif cult because budget politics have intensi ed the usual game of political chicken over funding the government. The continuing resolution pushed Congress most basic responsibility six months into the new scal year. Although agencies are grateful to have at least six months of funding, the threat of sequestration, triggered by the supercommittee s failure to trim the debt, has injected a new level of uncertainty and risk into everything federal managers are trying to accomplish. The continuing resolution provides a scant 0.6 percent across-the-board increase above scal 2012 levels and precludes new starts or projects. Should Congress fail to avert sequestration, agencies will face automatic cuts of some 10 percent come Jan. 2, 2013. Just calculating how much they actually have to spend could consume a good part of the next six months for large agencies. Perhaps the one challenge that is clear and constant for FCW readers these days is the need to connect with Congress and make certain the oversight committees know what is happening. (On Page 20, Bob Woods draws on his agency experiences to show how and why agencies should forge strong ties with Congress.) Even if the Hill is not performing its most basic function, legislators need to be kept up-to-date on the consequences. It s the only way for executives to navigate these dif cult times. --- ANNE ARMSTRONG firstname.lastname@example.org Managing risk, cyber and otherwise The need for risk management extends to the budget and agencies' relationships with Congress October 30, 2012 FCW.COM 5 FCW (ISSN 0893-052X) is published 21 times a year, two issues monthly except one issue in Jan, Feb and Dec by 1105 Media, Inc., 9201 Oakdale Avenue, Ste. 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311. Periodicals postage paid at Chatsworth, CA 91311-9998, and at additional mailing of ces. Complimentary subscriptions are sent to qualifying subscribers. Annual subscription rates payable in U.S. funds for non-quali ed subscribers are: U.S. $125.00, International $165.00. Annual digital subscription rates payable in U.S. funds for non-quali ed subscribers are: U.S. $125.00, International $125.00. Subscription inquiries, back issue requests, and address changes: Mail to: FCW, P.O. Box 2166, Skokie, IL 60076-7866, email FCWmag@1105service. com or call (866) 293-3194 for U.S. & Canada; (847) 763-9560 for International, fax (847) 763-9564. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to FCW, P.O. Box 2166, Skokie, IL 60076-7866. Canada Publications Mail Agreement No: 40612608. Return Undeliverable Canadian Addresses to Circulation Dept. or XPO Returns: P.O. Box 201, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 4R5, Canada. CHIEF CONTENT OFFICER EXECUTIVE EDITOR Anne Armstrong Troy K. Schneider PRINT MANAGING EDITOR ONLINE MANAGING EDITOR Terri J. Huck Michael Hardy SENIOR WRITER Matthew Weigelt STAFF WRITERS Amber Corrin, Camille Tuutti CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Alan Joch, Brian Robinson CREATIVE DIRECTOR Jeff Langkau ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR Dragutin Cvijanovic SENIOR WEB DESIGNERS Biswarup Bhattacharjee, Martin Peace SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGING EDITOR Heather Kuldell DIGITAL MEDIA PRODUCT MANAGER William Winton EDITORIAL ASSISTANT Dana FitzGerald EDITORIAL INTERN Emily L. Cole PRESIDENT Anne Armstrong CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Abraham M. Langer SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT/GROUP PUBLISHER Jennifer Weiss VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING Carmel McDonagh PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER Neal Vitale SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER Richard Vitale EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT Michael J. Valenti VICE PRESIDENT, FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Christopher M. Coates VICE PRESIDENT, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY& APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT Erik A. Lindgren VICE PRESIDENT, EVENT OPERATIONS David F. Myers CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD Jeffrey S. Klein HOW TO REACH THE STAFF You can reach sta members of 1105 Government Informa- tion Group. A list of sta members can be found online at www.fcw.com. E-mail: Sta members can be reached by using the naming convention of first initial followed by their last name @1105govinfo.com. Vienna O ce (weekdays, 8:30 a.m. -- 5:30 p.m. ET) (703) 876-5100; Fax (703) 876-5126 8609 Westwood Center Drive, Suite 500, Vienna, VA 22182-2215 Corporate O ce (weekdays, 8:30 a.m. -- 5:30 p.m. PT) (818) 814-5200; Fax (818) 734-1522 9201 Oakdale Avenue, Suite 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311
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