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FCW : August 30, 2014
August 30, 2014 FCW.COM 7 is GSA's compliance rate with contractor past-performance reporting requirements, up from 3% a year ago 13% Although the Internet of Things opens many doors for innovation, it opens an even bigger door to cybersecurity risks. Randy Garrett, program manager in the Information Innovation Of ce at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, said the most wor- risome security vulnerabilities occur when organizations that don t typically work together --- countries, large busi- nesses and criminal organizations --- team up. "Each one of those groups has a capability that it wouldn t have by itself," Garrett said at the Internet of Things: Connected Government event on Aug. 6. "If you re a nation- state and you have a criminal organi- zation working for you, they can do things you don t want to take credit for and have areas of expertise you don t have." A related issue is the lack of col- laboration between U.S. intelligence organizations --- a problem that per- sists despite the attention it drew in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks. "If you want to do something nefari- ous and you just cross multiple bound- aries...it s almost going to depend on luck for us to know if that s happen- ing," Garrett said. DARPA is working on several pro- grams to address the problem. XDATA is designed to perform fundamental algorithms for large-scale comput- ing, and the Cyber Grand Challenge pits hackers against one another in a competition to build software that can protect itself from attack. On a smaller scale, Garrett said everyone needs to be conscious of the security risks associated with the Internet of Things. Cybersecurity mea- sures such as changing usernames and passwords and being aware of what devices are connected to the Internet might give people an extra edge. --- Colby Hochmuth What keeps DARPA up at night? Trudeau leaves GSA for AWS Lena Trudeau has left her position as associate commissioner for the Gen- eral Services Administration's Of ce of Strategic Innovations for a job at Amazon Web Services. Greg Godbout will take over Trudeau's duties as executive direc- tor of the 18F team at GSA, and Garren Givens will be in charge of the Presidential Innovation Fellows program. --- Colby Hochmuth No. 1 position at DIA changes hands Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn retired Aug. 7, and Deputy Director David Shedd has taken over as acting director until a permanent replacement is con rmed by the Senate. The Washington Post reported in April that Flynn had been asked by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Jr. and others to leave DIA a year before his tenure was up in the wake of a number of leaked intelligence disclosures. --- Sean Lyngaas Roat moves to DOT Maria Roat, director of the General Services Administration's Federal Risk and Authorization Management Pro- gram, will transfer to the Department ofTransportation in September and become that agency's chief technolo- gy of cer. DOT CIO Richard McKinney announced the move on Aug. 13. Roat's FedRAMP responsibili- ties will be assumed, on an interim basis at least, by Program Manager Matthew Goodrich. --- Mark Rockwell Navy gets new information dominance commander On Aug. 7, Rear Adm. David Lewis replaced Rear Adm. Patrick Brady as commander of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command. During his four-year tenure, Brady established a single Technical Author- ity for IT, which sets standards and architectures for IT acquisition. Lewis was most recently a program execu- tive of cer in charge of shipbuilding and foreign military sales. --- Sean Lyngaas FCW INSIDER Although federal agencies have got- ten better at reporting on their con- tractors performance, compliance with federal reporting rules remains uneven, according to a new Govern- ment Accountability Of ce study. The Of ce of Federal Procurement Policy has been pushing agencies to improve their reports by develop- ing a compliance-tracking tool and consolidating systems for ling past- performance data. But GAO found that the rate of com- pliance varies widely by agency, with most falling far short of OFPP s targets. GAO listed 10 agencies and their compliance rates. The Defense Depart- ment topped the list with an 83 percent compliance rate, while the General Ser- vices Administration was at the bottom at 13 percent --- an increase from 3 percent in scal 2013. --- Mark Rockwell Agencies falter on past performance
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