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FCW : November 15, 2013
nancial system requirements are in Circular A-123 Appendix D --- down from Circular A-127 s 500-plus. 70 Trending November 15, 2013 FCW.COM 3 President Barack Obama s nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security will have a newly strength- ened IT team to back him up at his new job. And he might need it more than some. Jeh Johnson has limited experience with the nuts and bolts of managing a technology bureaucracy, unlike some of the other rumored candidates for the position: retired Coast Guard Com- mandant Adm. Thad Allen, former DHS Deputy Secretary Jane Holl Lute, or DHS Acting Deputy Secretary Rand Beers, who had been undersecretary of the agency s National Protection and Programs Directorate. Johnson s most recent federal posting was overseeing the Defense Department s staff of 10,000 lawyers --- a challenging job, to be sure, but not nearly at the scale of DHS, where the secretary must deal with the sprawl- ing technical and everyday manage- ment needs of a department with 22 disparate components and more than 200,000 employees. On policy issues, Johnson s time at the Pentagon could prove useful. As one tech industry of cial in Washing- ton noted, "He sat at the table with the president on cybersecurity issues, where he was presumably exposed to key issues." But for the deeper dive into the arcane world of DHS technol- ogy, Johnson will need some help. Luckily, the White House has been moving in recent months to get the new secretary the support he will need to manage DHS myriad IT and cyberse- curity operations. Only days after Johnson s nomina- tion was unveiled, DHS named Luke McCormack, the Justice Department s CIO, as the next CIO at DHS. That job had been lled in an acting capacity by Margie Graves since the spring depar- ture of Richard Spires. Sources familiar with DHS said McCormack s previous work as CIO at Immigration and Customs Enforce- ment and multiple positions at Cus- toms and Border Protection give him valuable insight into DHS, its IT leader- ship and operations. In addition, former McAfee execu- tive Phyllis Schneck was con rmed as deputy undersecretary of cybersecurity at DHS in August. She stepped into the position after Mark Weatherford and Bruce McConnell left in quick succes- sion for the private sector. Assuming Johnson is confirmed, he and the incoming tech team will have plenty on their plates. DHS faces external technical challenges --- which include developing critical infrastruc- ture protection systems and imple- menting border and airport security technologies --- and internal challenges that require intricate IT know-how and management capabilities. --- Mark Rockwell Is Jeh Johnson ready for DHS tech challenges? FCW CALENDAR Software-de ned networks This GCN Tech Essentials brie ng, hosted by FCW s sister publication, will explain the basics and explore how SDNs will shape agency networks in the next two to ve years. Washington, D.C. http://is.gd/uminuz Health IT Speakers from the Veterans Health Administration, Federal Communications Commission and National Institutes of Health will explore mobile health initiatives at the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments. Arlington, Va. http://is.gd/mavezu 11/19 NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FCW s Federal 100 awards program offers the best opportunity to honor federal IT s top performers in government and industry. Submit nominations at FCW.com/fed100 by Dec. 23. 11/18-20 Jeh Johnson (left), President Barack Obama's choice for DHS secretary, will benefit from recent efforts to fill key IT and cybersecurity positions at the agency. AP IMAGES
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