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FCW : May 15, 2013
May 15, 2013 FCW.COM 21 Jonathan Kraden, Counsel Kraden has been a central gure on cybersecurity and other key IT issues --- work that earned him a Federal 100 award earlier this year. A longtime aide to former Chairman Lieberman, Kraden works with Of ce of Management and Budget leaders on PortfolioStat, House counterparts on IT acquisition reform, and the General Services Administration on interagency collaboration. Now, in his sixth year working for the committee, Kraden is a trusted adviser to Carper on just about everything. When IT legislation starts to move this year, Kraden is the one to ask where it's headed. Matt Grote, Senior Professional Staff Member Grote handles information management issues, including federal IT. He has a background in computer science, and worked on security and management issues at the Government Accountability Of ce before he joined the committee's staff in 2010. The cybersecurity legislation he helped champion won bipartisan support in the committee in 2012 but ran into a Republican- sponsored libuster in the Senate. The experience will no doubt help Grote as he seeks new opportunities for consensus on that important issue. Emily Spain, Communications Director A veteran of the Capitol Hill communications wars, Spain has worked on both the Senate and House sides and in several federal and local campaigns. She joined Carper's personal staff in 2010 and has become a font of information about his work and that of the committee. Her expertise in policy and political strategy gained a bipartisan avor when she married Ken Spain, a former top House Republican campaign spokesman who now works for a private-equity trade group. The order addressed many of the chief issues with which Congress wrestled last year but left other topics unresolved --- such as the role of the Department of Homeland Security. The White House s national security aides have been work- ing on legislative options. Lieberman was instrumental in the legislation that created DHS in 2002 and a consistent ally of the depart- ment. Carper, however, takes a broader approach to government management and has "less ownership of homeland security," said a Democratic aide who has worked on related issues. That will result in a fresh perspective on the han- dling of cybersecurity, another Senate Democratic aide suggested. Encouraging ef ciency Although Carper has moved more delib- erately on IT legislation, he has worked extensively on the issue over the years through his efforts to improve govern- ment ef ciency and combat waste and abuse of taxpayers money. Issa s early action on his own pro- posal to reform federal IT has set the ini- tial framework. That measure includes greater authority for CIOs in most Cab- inet departments and an approach to streamlining acquisition practices that emphasizes a centralized program and technical expertise. Carper said congressional oversight --- with hearings, on occasion --- can be an effective tool to encourage agencies to operate more ef ciently. However, "sometimes you can accomplish things by sending a letter," he said. He cited his past efforts to reduce the more than $100 billion agencies spend annually in improper payments and his experience as a "recovering governor" who under- stands the public s demand for results. Carper plans to work closely with Coburn on oversight and seek support from the Government Accountability Of ce, the Of ce of Management and Budget, and private-sector watchdog groups. "I believe in leverage," Carper said. "We spotlight behavior that needs to be improved...[and] encourage good practices." Carper and Coburn also serve on the Senate Finance Committee, where they have worked together on steps to reduce waste and fraud, especially in programs such as Medicare and Medic- aid. Such strategies could be especially popular among lawmakers this year as Congress pursues a possible grand bargain on de cit reduction that would likely include entitlement savings. He said he is counting on working closely with Sylvia Mathews Burwell, whom Obama has nominated for OMB director and who appeared before Carper s committee for an April 9 con- rmation hearing. "She is the complete package," with deep expertise on both
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