The growing cyber threat is a scary reality...and a little like something Woody Allen once said, former Defense Secretary William Cohen told an audience Sept. 29 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.
Cyber warfare "may be the biggest threat of all that we have to confront. It reminds me of Woody Allen’s speech to a graduating class where he said, ‘America is at a crossroads, a critical time in history. On one path we face utter despair and frustration…and on the other path we face total extinction. May you choose wisely.’ And sometimes we feel that way, except we’ve got to remind ourselves that we still are a great power,” he said.
Posted by Amber Corrin on Sep 30, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments
Douglas Wiltsie is set to take over as Army Program Executive Officer-Enterprise Information Systems, picking up where Gary Winkler left off when he stepped down in April. Wiltsie is currently Deputy Program Executive Officer-Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors. He will officially take over with an Oct. 5 change of charter, according to Nancy Self, PEO-EIS public affairs.
According to his bio, as PEO-IEWS Wiltsie has been responsible for the development, acquisition, fielding and life-cycle support of Army intelligence, electronic warfare and target acquisition programs. He has also worked within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASAALT), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, NATO and with the former Future Combat Systems and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance programs.
Terry Watson, deputy PEO-EIS, has been serving as interim PEO-EIS since Winkler’s departure.
Posted by Amber Corrin on Sep 29, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments
The Homeland Security Department has named Suzanne Spaulding as the new deputy undersecretary for the National Protection and Programs Directorate, according to a news report by Federal News Radio.
Spaulding most recently was principal with the Bingham Consulting Group and also has been general counsel for the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and minority staff director for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
She replaces Phil Reitinger, who left in July for a position at Sony. Spaulding will oversee the US-VISIT program, infrastructure protection, the Federal Protective Service and the Office of Risk Management and Analysis.
Rand Beers, undersecretary for the directorate, also named Greg Schaffer as deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity on an interim basis, Federal News Radio said in its Sept. 22 report.
Posted by Alice Lipowicz on Sep 22, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments
Kay Ely is coming aboard as the new director of the General Services Administration’s largest Multiple Award Schedule, IT Schedule 70, according to a tweet Sept. 14.
“Two big pieces of news in the @GSA_ITS world—welcoming Kevin Youel-Page as the ITS Deputy AC & Kay Ely as the Director of Schedule 70,” tweeted Mary Davie, assistant commissioner for the Federal Acquisition Service’s Integrated Technology Service at GSA.
Ely starts Sept. 25.
Ely is the chief learning officer at the Office of Personnel Management and had been deputy associate director for contracting for facilities and administrative services there.
Davie chose Kevin Youel Page as her deputy, making the announcement to staff Sept. 13. He too will start Sept. 25.
Schedule 70 is one of GSA’s most lucrative schedules. In 2010, IT Schedule 70 had $16 billion in federal sales.
First quarter sales for fiscal 2011 indicate that 2011 may surpass fiscal 2010's sales, according to EZGSA, a consulting firm that specializes in GSA Schedules contracts. The IT schedule had $4.7 billion in sales in the first quarter of 2011, and $4.5 billion during the same period in 2010, a 7 percent increase.
Here's Davie's announcement.
It's a big week in ITS! I'm pleased to announce the selection of Kay Ely as the Director of the IT Schedule 70 Program. Kay is a current Senior Executive at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) where she most recently served as the Chief Learning Officer. She has an extensive background in federal IT acquisition, including both policy and operations, through both private and public sector positions. At OPM, Kay also served as the Deputy Associate Director for Contracting, Facilities and Administrative Services and was the Procurement Executive leading the information technology branch. She served as a Senior Principal at Acquisition Solutions where she led the federal civilian acquisition consulting practice. She also served as the Associate Administrator for Acquisition Implementation at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy and as the Director of Acquisition Resources Services at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Kay's well-rounded experience in IT acquisition and leadership positions across government give her a unique perspective that will add tremendous value to GSA and to the ITS leadership team. Kay will be joining ITS on September 25.
Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Sep 15, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments
Kevin Youel Page soon will be deputy assistant commissioner of the General Services Administration’s Integrated Technology Service.
He starts the new position Sept. 25, and Mary Davie, ITS' Assistant Commissioner, will be his boss.
Youel Page has been the deputy director of the Office of the Procurement Executive at Treasury Department since 2010.
Here's the letter Davie sent out about the announcement.
I am thrilled to announce that I have selected Kevin Youel Page as the ITS deputy assistant commissioner. Kevin is joining us from the Department of the Treasury’s Office of the Procurement Executive. I have personally known and worked with Kevin since 2005 when the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative was launched and Kevin and the Department of Treasury provided the leadership to gain governmentwide attention for aggregating and leveraging [spending]. Kevin most recently served as the deputy director in the Office of the Procurement Executive at the Department of Treasury, and brings extensive public- and private-sector experience supporting federal agencies with acquisition strategy development, systems analysis, modernization and implementation. Serving as an 1102, he has deep “in-the-trenches” government IT contracting experience. He has successfully led complex and high-profile initiatives, such as the consolidation of the headquarters procurement operation and standing up and leading the procurement team for Treasury’s Troubled Asset Relief Program. Kevin is an innovator and thought leader and will be a wonderful addition to GSA and the ITS leadership team.
I want to also sincerely thank Bruce Caughman for his outstanding contribution as Acting Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the last 18 months. Bruce has been essential during my transition to ITS and has played an invaluable role in many ITS programs such as co-leading our Cloud IT Services Program Management Office with OCSIT. Bruce will stay on in ITS and become our chief of staff on Sept. 25 when Kevin joins us.
Please join me in welcoming Kevin and Bruce to their new positions.
Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Sep 13, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments
Chris Willey already has started tweeting from his new post as the first chief information officer of the newly-formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which was created by Congress in response to the sub-prime mortgage crisis.
“Great first day @CFPB,” Willey tweeted on Sept. 7 from his Twitter account @ChrisWilleyDC. “Dream team, ton of energy and passion. There’s nothing we cannot accomplish.”
Willey previously was deputy CIO at the Office of Personnel Management since March 2010. Prior to that position, he was deputy chief technology officer for the District of Columbia, and served seven months as interim CTO.
Willey has 20 years of experience in business and IT and holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He also holds an MBA from the University of Maryland.
The consumer protection bureau oversees rules for mortgages, credit cards and checking accounts.
Posted by Alice Lipowicz on Sep 12, 2011 at 12:56 PM2 comments