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FCW : November 30, 2012
Trending November 30, 2012 FCW.COM 3 Several of the 70-odd newly elected representatives and senators who will be on Capitol Hill for the next Con- gress are already familiar to agency of cials. Four of them have federal government experience: • Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who won Republican Sen. Scott Brown s seat, served as chairwoman of the Congressional Oversight Panel for the Troubled Asset Relief Program. She is largely credited with creating the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. • Rep.-elect Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a military veteran who was wounded during Operation Iraqi Freedom, became President Barack Obama s assistant secretary for pub- lic and intergovernmental affairs at the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2009. There, she oversaw the VA s work to end homelessness among veterans and pushed the department to focus on initiatives that benefit women veterans and increase acces- sibility at the VA s Of ce of Online Communications. • Rep.-elect Keith Rothfus (R-Pa.) worked at the Department of Home- land Security from 2006 to 2007. He created and then led the department s Center for Faith-Based and Com- munity Initiatives (now the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships). • Rep.-elect Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) served nearly six years in the Navy as a judge advocate general of cer. During his naval service, he supported opera- tions in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and deployed to Iraq as an adviser to the Navy SEALs during the 2007 troop surge. There is tech experience to be found in the new class as well. Rep.- elect Suzan DelBene (D-Wash.) was a vice president at Microsoft, served as president of start-up Nimble Technol- ogy and helped launch Drugstore.com. Rep.-elect Steve Daines (R-Mont.) was an executive at RightNow Technolo- gies, a cloud computing rm recently acquired by Oracle. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.) once worked at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory as a physicist and particle accelerator designer. And Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) is a former telecom- munications executive and onetime president of COMPTEL, a trade asso- ciation for communications service providers. Foster and Salmon also share a different sort of relevant experience: Both have been members of Congress before. Salmon served from 1994 to 2000 and then decided against seeking a fourth term, while Foster served a single term before losing in 2010 to current Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Ill.). New lawmakers boast agency, tech experience FCW CALENDAR 11/30 Online elections The next Tech@ State gathering will explore the digital aspects of recent U.S. elections and how technology is reshaping the electoral process. Tech@ State:ElecTech, Washington, D.C. http://is.gd/cenabi 12/10 HealthIT Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle tops the list of participants for this Bipartisan Policy Center discussion on the use of online tools and technologies, including mobile, as a central component of high-quality and cost-effective care. Improving Quality and Reducing Costs in Health Care, Washington, D.C. http://is.gd/dufudi 12/11 Geospatial intelligence The Defense Department's National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is hosting a forum to discuss its "overarching strategy to collaborate with industry over a sustained period of time." NGA Collaboration Forum Outreach Event, Spring eld, Va. http:// is.gd/TgRV8Z 12/12 Big data Amazon Web Services Vice President Teresa Carlson, Census Bureau CTO Avi Bender and NOAA CIO Joseph Klimavicz are among the speakers at this brie ng on the ways in which big data is affecting government organizations and will continue to do so in the future. FCW Executive Brie ng, Washington, D.C. http://is.gd/igevaz is the average cost per minute of down- time after an attack on public-sector sites, the Ponemon Institute says $15,447 Tammy Duckworth Elizabeth Warren
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