Weekly News Kick Off: Hagel Resigns, Agencies Can Address the Federal Talent Shortage with IT, and more - (Archived)

Welcome to the weekly news kickoff from FedPulse. Defense Secretary Hagel resigns, and as the majority of the government’s senior executives become eligible to retire in 2016, there may be at least one IT solution to address the talent shortage.

Defense Secretary Hagel Resigns
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel submitted his resignation Monday, bowing to pressure from the White House to step down after less than two years in the job. According to The Washington Post,Possible contenders for replacement include Michele Flournoy and Ashton Carter, former high-ranking defense officials during Obama’s first term who were passed over for the top job in favor of Hagel two years ago.

Agencies Can Address the Federal Talent Shortage with IT
Nearly two-thirds of government’s career senior executives will be eligible to retire by 2016. This and other workforce challenges require agencies to look at a new approach to hiring and onboarding to help reduce turnover and fill open positions quickly and efficiently. By applying talent science principles and technology to human capital management processes, agencies can create a completely new model to choose the right employee for the right job, according to an article in FCW.

Cybersecurity Remains Top-Five Challenge for Justice Department, IG says
The IG recently issued a list of top management and performance challenges facing the Justice Department for 2014. Among them is bolstering cybersecurity, Fierce GovernmentIT reported. According to the IG, the department’s fiscal 2015 budget shows that cybersecurity is a top priority. It requested $722 million – $7.6 million more than the prior year – to protect IT systems and deal with computer intrusions and cybercrime.

Democrats: Todd Park Subpoena Sends Negative Message to Private Innovators
As Republicans questioned former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park on his involvement in the Healthcare.gov rollout last fall, some Democrats fear his forced testimony and the continued “political theater” surrounding his service to Healthcare.gov could discourage private sector innovators from offering their IT talents to the federal government, FedScoop reported.

US Needs National Strategy, Industry Cooperation to Stop Cyber Crime
Adm. Michael Rogers, National Security Agency director and head of U.S. Cyber Command, said the U.S. needs a cyber strategy that combines national defense and collaborative methods, DoD News reported. “Cyber blur” is an enormous challenge to those seeking to defend the nation’s networks, he said.

IT Should Base BYOD Policies on Users, Device, App, Content
Lisa Durant, a research analyst at Nemertes Research, says information technology companies that adopt bring-your-own-device programs should develop policies for the applications, content, users and their devices to protect the organization from data leaks, ExecutiveBiz reports.

Agencies Have More Options Than Just Public Cloud
Steve Picot of Vion Corp. told ExecutiveBiz that Federal agencies wishing to acquire cloud computing technologies and services should realize public cloud platforms are not the only way forward for them as they push to adopt cloud tools.


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