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FCW : February 2013
Trending additional personnel are planned for the U.S. Cyber Command, currently a roughly 900-person operation. 4,000 At a Jan. 22 hearing on IT reform led by the House Oversight and Govern- ment Reform Committee, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) asked whether the government should devote more of its limited budget to securing older com- puter systems. However, it seems there might be an upside to obsolescence. Some of the government s systems are so outdated that hackers don t even take notice of them. For example, there are internal systems that are unable to connect to the Internet and can only be operated locally and others that run on such obsolete machines and operating sys- tems that it is a waste of time for hack- ers to even attempt to in ltrate them. Systems written in Cobol, for instance, are "pretty much hack-proof," said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chair- man of the committee. "It s so bad that hackers can t even bother," he added, noting that most hackers are too young to have been exposed to the programming language. Norton s response? "Be grateful for small favors," she said. --- Matthew Weigelt The bright side of obsolescence Thomas Sharpe named FAS commissioner Thomas Sharpe, a senior procurement executive at the Treasury Department, has been appointed commissioner of the General Services Administration's Federal Acquisition Service. He will oversee a wide range of acquisition activities that include cus- tomer service and strategic sourcing and will manage more than $55 billion in sales of products, services and solu- tions to federal agencies. Sharpe has held senior procure- ment and managerial positions at the Environmental Protection Agency and the Defense Department. Prior to government, Sharpe was a consulting principal at IBM Business Consulting Services. Sharpe's "experience as an acqui- sition leader both in government and the private sector as well as his work representing a key customer of GSA at the Treasury Department make him uniquely quali ed to help GSA better serve all of our partners, " said Dan Tangherlini, GSA's acting administrator. While at Treasury, Sharpe raised concerns about pricing under GSA's Multiple Award Schedules program and is a proponent of choosing the lowest price over the best value, said Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners. He expects Sharpe to "turn up the volume" on strategic sourcing. The Of ce of Management and Budget recently gave GSA a lead role in that effort. Mike Locatis leaving DHS cybersecurity role Mike Locatis has resigned as assis- tant secretary of cybersecurity and communications at the Department of Homeland Security after just nine months in the job. Citing an email mes- sage from Rand Beers, undersecre- tary of DHS' National Pro- tection and Programs Directorate, Federal News Radio reported that Locatis is return- ing to Colorado. Bobbie Stemp ey, who held the position before Locatis, will take over. She is currently deputy assistant secretary of cybersecurity and communications. Joe Caggiano, fed insider, dies Joe Caggiano, a 23-year veteran of the federal contracting marketplace, died Jan. 14 at his home in Bethesda, Md., of a massive heart attack. Caggiano, 48, was a principal at business advisory rm Reznick Gov- ernment. He is perhaps best known for turning around FedSources, where he was chief operating of cer until the company was purchased by Deltek in April 2011. He joined Reznick Government in October 2011 with the goal of expand- ing the rm's business into the federal market. He had extensive experience in knowledge management, business performance consulting and customer relationships. He is survived by his wife, ve children and his father, Paul Caggiano, who was president of the Washington Management Group and the Coalition for Government Procurement. FCW INSIDER Mike Locatis 8 February 2013 FCW.COM CHANNELWEB.CO.UK
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