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FCW : April 15, 2014
CRITICAL READ Join the conversation FCW usesTwitter to break news, eld questions and ask our own. Learn more atTwitter.com/FCWnow. Congratulations to @DanGSA and @robinlineberger for their Eagle awards at last night's @FCWnow #Fed100 dinner. Well deserved! 5:44 AM - 21 Mar 2014 Rick Holgate @rickholgate Reply Retweet Favorite Trending in revenue could be lost by U.S. cloud computing rms due to backlash over NSA surveillance practices $22 billion WHAT: "Rethinking the President's Daily Intelligence Brief" by C. Law- rence Meador and Vinton G. Cerf, published in the CIA's quarterly jour- nal, Studies in Intelligence. WHY: The President's Daily Brief (PDB) is one of the most fussed-over documents in government. Histori- cally, it has been a printed docu- ment with up-to-the-moment threat information and foreign intelligence presented in person to the president by a top intelligence of cial, often the CIA director. Meador and Cerf were recently involved in an experiment to test a digital version of the PDB. They supplemented their nd- ings with a survey of senior intel- ligence and White House of cials to demonstrate how delivering the PDB on a tablet PC could enrich the qual- ity of the brie ng by making it more visual, interactive and analytical. The authors envision the updated PDB as a platform through which the president could access actionable intelligence. The daily brie ng would be the outer layer, but the informa- tion would be dynamically updated via trusted agency feeds that could be queried and it would be connect- ed to other communications, such as email. However, the report does not advocate giving the PDB recipient access to raw intelligence sources and recommends rigorous access control for the PDB tablet, including a biometric signature or token if fea- sible and a self-destruct feature. VERBATIM: "The largest challenges to implement- ing such shifts will be making adjustments to the PDB process and the culture that now governs the relationship between intel- ligence of cials and senior lead- ers. In making these changes, the [intelligence community] has the potential to move from a model of providing primarily nished analytic products --- in relatively staged, controlled interactions --- to a new model of engaging in dynamic relation- ships between policymaker and intelligence of cer." --- Adam Mazmanian 10 April 15, 2014 FCW.COM The IRS has tapped McKinsey and Co. for an $843,000 consulting job to help the agency assess a series of IT projects that support the implemen- tation of the Affordable Care Act of 2010. The IRS is seeking outside help in part because of the complications involved in keeping up with changes to HealthCare.gov as the website con- tinues to evolve. The IRS role in the law takes place largely behind the scenes. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are responsible for the bulk of the IT contracting, including the HealthCare. gov portal that opped publicly when it launched last October. The IRS plays a role in connecting with the portal s data services hub, which checks the accuracy of enrollment information; providing advance tax credits to sub- sidize premium payments; and recon- ciling those credits with individual tax returns once they are led. The IRS has an IT of ce dedicated to complying with the law, and so far, according to contracting documents, it has met its production deadlines. But a group of ve releases due by 2016 is expected to be particularly complicated. Changing business requirements, potentially coming from CMS and the states that maintain their own insur- ance exchanges, add to the challenge. The IRS is asking McKinsey for an assessment of the agency s ability to deliver the promised new releases on time and on budget. The scope of work includes analyzing existing plans and documentation to assess the potential risks, evaluating the agency s capacity to deliver and identify any major readiness gaps, and making recommendations to avert problems. --- Adam Mazmanian McKinsey to help IRS comply with health care law FLICKR.COM/WHITEHOUSE President Barack Obama is shown receiving a portion of his intellifence brief via tablet PC.
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