Health care alpha geeks, makers and the new HHS CTO
June 30, 2015
New HHS CTO Susannah Fox wants to match the ideas of health care "alpha geeks" with the maker movement to hack health care innovation.
David Stegon was a staff reporter for FedScoop and StateScoop from 2011-2014.
The Defense Information Systems Agency won two awards at the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer Awards held last week at the Pentagon.
Miyi Chung, deputy commander and technical director at the DISA Pacific Korea Field Office, won the first place award in the individual category.
Chung was selected for her work in supporting U.S. Forces Korea. She coordinated the first-ever information assurance professional development effort in a sub-unified command. In that role, she provided and sponsored more than 80 IA training classes for 1,500 students across all services, components and agencies that saved more than $4.5 million in temporary duty funding across the Western Pacific region.
The White House Communications Agency Cyber Operations Team — who won second place in the team category — led the DOD and the Presidential Community of Interest in innovation, pushing the edge of technology to provide the best possible support to the president and the warfighter.
The WHCA Cyber Operations Team became the first DOD unit to develop and field a new, near real-time, mobile device intrusion detection system. The new approach gave the White House Military Office the ability to instantly detect anomalous activity on its BlackBerry handheld devices, and provide continuous global monitoring, regardless of device location. This capability eliminated manual scans with active monitoring, resulting in a reduction of more than 3,200 man hours of work per trip — totaling roughly 19,200 man hours on travel missions. Implementation marked the first-ever enterprise-wide network defense coverage for all BlackBerry devices in the WHCA inventory.
Additionally, the WHCA Cyber Operations Team deployed more than 250 different applications, enabling significant collaboration across the PCI networks, including the development of a Common Operational Picture for use by the White House to directly support the military aides to the President and the President's Emergency Operations Center.