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Agencies challenged to balance data sharing and security, experts say

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Agencies are on the hook to publicly release more digital data in a way that protects citizen’s personal information and does not comprise government security. One challenge, however, will be determining how that data could be combined with existing public data to identify an individual or pose other security risks to agencies, according to experts speaking at ACT-IAC’s annual Management of Change conference this week. “The awareness is there, the concern is there, [but] the practice of it is relatively immature,” said Mike Howell, deputy program manager in the Office of the Program Manager of the Information Sharing Environment. “The…

Government nears release of mobile security standards

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Agencies are anxiously awaiting governmentwide standards for securing smartphones and tablet computers. Come May, they will have a checklist of security standards to use, organized by the sensitivity of data employees share or access on mobile devices and who data is shared with, whether another federal agency or citizens. Federal officials working on the project refer to the guidelines as a playbook or list of security standards that agencies should consider when using mobile devices. The playbook will include five common ways that most agencies use mobile devices and provide recommendations for securing devices in those environments, said Margie Graves,…

Technology could cut federal deficit by billions, report says

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As Congress and the administration grapple with how best to cut the federal deficit, a group of industry and government leaders are suggesting that information technology be used to reduce that number by billions of dollars. The American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council’s (ACT-IAC) Institute for Innovation on Tuesday released recommendations for the Obama administration to cut the deficit by $220 billion annually through increased use of data analytics and industry best practices. ACT-IAC  is public-private partnership focused on helping government use technology to serve the public. More than 100 volunteers from government and industry provided input for ACT-IAC’s first Quadrennial…

Few CIOs involved in agency succession planning

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Most federal information technology executives are not involved in their department’s succession planning activities, according to a new workforce study. The 25 IT executives included in the ACT-IAC (American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council) study said their agency’s succession planning program and human capital resource management strategy were either partially developed or poorly developed or non-existent. Seventy percent said they were not included in succession planning discussions. None of the 16 human capital executives surveyed had metrics that measured whether their agency’s succession, skills and management needs were being met.  “The human capital practitioners felt as though they are…