Fedscoop Radio http://fedscoop.com/radio Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:58:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=342 Up & Comers: Education Department’s Mindy Chiathttp://fedscoop.com/radio/comers-education-departments-mindy-chiat/ http://fedscoop.com/radio/comers-education-departments-mindy-chiat/#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:57:54 +0000 http://fedscoop.com/radio/?p=1700 Up & Comers is FedScoop’s regular feature profiling young feds excelling in federal IT. Mindy Chiat, 29, @mchiat Program Manager for the Integrated Student Experience project, Office of Federal Student Aid, Education Department When Mindy Chiat joined the Education Department in 2006 as an intern, the federal student aid process was spread across 14 different […]

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Up & Comers is FedScoop’s regular feature profiling young feds excelling in federal IT.

Mindy Chiat, 29, @mchiat

Program Manager for the Integrated Student Experience project, Office of Federal Student Aid, Education Department

Chiat bootstrapped the Education Department’s integrated student experience when she struggled to find funding for the project.

When Mindy Chiat joined the Education Department in 2006 as an intern, the federal student aid process was spread across 14 different websites. Now, Chiat leads the office’s integrated student experience project that works to combine all of those options into one.

“Through the internship, I ended up staying on throughout the year and then ended up getting hired,” Chiat said in an interview with FedScoop. “Along the way, I’ve been doing just different projects, but a lot of them IT projects. [I] originally worked on developing the college.gov website, and now I am managing our studentaid.gov, which is part of a project we call the integrated student experience.”

When Chiat began working on ISE, the effort had little to no funding. Despite seeking backing for the initiative, the project remained unfunded. But with the encouragement of a supervisor, Chiat moved some in-house resources to make the project happen.

“I first tackled it just as I thought I should be begging for money and funding, and that really wasn’t working out very well because budgets are very tight around here,” Chiat said. “There was really just one point a few months in where my supervisor said, ‘We have to be creative here, now what else can we do?’”

Two developers in the office’s technology department began work on creating a website while some of the office’s writers began working on content. Chiat justified the process to the finance office by explaining the cost-savings that an integrated website experience would bring.

Chiat said despite the negative stereotype that comes with the word “millennial,” the work of the generation can speak for itself.

“I think our place can be just as important as anyone else’s place in the federal space,” Chiat said. “I think that from what I’ve seen, it’s people of all ages. It doesn’t really matter what your position is, if you’re ready to work hard, they’ll come together.”

Nicole Callahan, one of Chiat’s colleagues and one of FedScoop’s Top 25 under 40, said Chiat is modest in taking responsibility for the progress of ISE.

“She keeps a super low profile and will never take the credit, but she is really the woman behind it all,” Callahan said. “She started here as an intern and in a short amount of time has risen to lead one of our organization’s largest projects.”

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM’s path to governmenthttp://fedscoop.com/radio/microsoft-dynamics-crms-path-government/ http://fedscoop.com/radio/microsoft-dynamics-crms-path-government/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:46:15 +0000 http://fedscoop.com/radio/?p=1695 Amir Capriles, the general manager of U.S. public sector for Microsoft Dynamics, joined FedScoop to discuss the launch of Microsoft Dynamics CRM for government. In the interview, Capriles talks about what its CRM platform means for Microsoft’s cloud capabilities and why this move signals “a new world” for the company. Greg Otto contributed to this […]

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Microsoft's Amir Capriles

Microsoft’s Amir Capriles

Amir Capriles, the general manager of U.S. public sector for Microsoft Dynamics, joined FedScoop to discuss the launch of Microsoft Dynamics CRM for government. In the interview, Capriles talks about what its CRM platform means for Microsoft’s cloud capabilities and why this move signals “a new world” for the company.

Greg Otto contributed to this story.

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Microsoft’s Chris Niehaus on the government cloud forecasthttp://fedscoop.com/radio/microsofts-chris-niehaus-government-cloud-forecast/ http://fedscoop.com/radio/microsofts-chris-niehaus-government-cloud-forecast/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:36:41 +0000 http://fedscoop.com/radio/?p=1690 Chris Niehaus, senior director of Microsoft’s Cloud Computing Program, sat down with FedScoop at the 2014 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C., to discuss current trends in public sector cloud computing. In the interview, Niehaus talks about federal adoption rates of Office 365, how agencies can leverage multiple cloud services and where the company […]

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Microsoft's Chris Niehaus

Microsoft’s Chris Niehaus

Chris Niehaus, senior director of Microsoft’s Cloud Computing Program, sat down with FedScoop at the 2014 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, D.C., to discuss current trends in public sector cloud computing.

In the interview, Niehaus talks about federal adoption rates of Office 365, how agencies can leverage multiple cloud services and where the company is looking to make significant investments.

Greg Otto contributed to this story.

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Threat Matrix: Episode 21 — Bitcoin challenges governmenthttp://fedscoop.com/radio/threat-matrix-episode-21-bitcoin-challenges-government/ http://fedscoop.com/radio/threat-matrix-episode-21-bitcoin-challenges-government/#comments Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:02:39 +0000 http://fedscoop.com/radio/?p=1675 Threat Matrix brings you insight into the latest news and trends in cybersecurity and national security. This week we hear from the Government Accountability Office, which recently released a new podcast on the emerging challenges that virtual currencies pose to federal financial regulatory and law enforcement agencies in carrying out their responsibilities. Ways to Obtain […]

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Threat Matrix brings you insight into the latest news and trends in cybersecurity and national security.

This week we hear from the Government Accountability Office, which recently released a new podcast on the emerging challenges that virtual currencies pose to federal financial regulatory and law enforcement agencies in carrying out their responsibilities.

Ways to Obtain and Spend Bitcoins. (Source: GAO)

Ways to Obtain and Spend Bitcoins. (Source: GAO)

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Threat Matrix: Episode 16 – What could the Pentagon buy with the $448 billion it wastes?http://fedscoop.com/radio/threat-matrix-episode-16-pentagon-buy-448-billion-wastes/ http://fedscoop.com/radio/threat-matrix-episode-16-pentagon-buy-448-billion-wastes/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 14:44:46 +0000 http://fedscoop.com/radio/?p=1681 Threat Matrix brings you weekly insight into the latest news and trends in cybersecurity and national security. This week, we learned the cost growth of the military’s major weapons systems — that’s the amount the pentagon pays contractors above and beyond their initial cost estimates due to mismanagement and inefficiencies — totals about $448 billion. What […]

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Threat Matrix brings you weekly insight into the latest news and trends in cybersecurity and national security.

This week, we learned the cost growth of the military’s major weapons systems — that’s the amount the pentagon pays contractors above and beyond their initial cost estimates due to mismanagement and inefficiencies — totals about $448 billion.

What could the nation buy, in terms of military power, for all of that money we waste?

Dan Verton has a few ideas from this week’s Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on reforming the defense acquisition system.

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FedScoop Radio: Does digital government make sense?http://fedscoop.com/radio/fedscoop-radio-digital-government-make-sense/ http://fedscoop.com/radio/fedscoop-radio-digital-government-make-sense/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:54:45 +0000 http://fedscoop.com/radio/?p=1667 There’s a revolution brewing in our government. Since the Obama administration released its Digital Government Strategy two years ago, agencies and industry have been working to modernize citizen-facing services. In a recent fireside chat, U.S. CIO Steven VanRoekel said “that transformation … is really starting to happen.” However, as well-intentioned as the effort has been, […]

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There’s a revolution brewing in our government. Since the Obama administration released its Digital Government Strategy two years ago, agencies and industry have been working to modernize citizen-facing services.

In a recent fireside chat, U.S. CIO Steven VanRoekel said “that transformation … is really starting to happen.” However, as well-intentioned as the effort has been, a recent survey found that it has gotten lost in translation. The 2014 Digital Government Study, administered by FedScoop and underwritten by Xerox, shows that while nearly everybody agrees on the need to create a digital government, the initiative faces significant challenges at the agency level.

Hear Goldy Kamali, CEO and founder of FedScoop, Camille Tuutti, editorial director at FedScoop, Chuck Brooks, vice president and client executive for the Department of Homeland Security at Xerox, and Fred Baradari, VP and client executive for Department of Justice at Xerox, discuss the digital government revolution in this BlogTalkRadio podcast, which originally aired here.

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Leveraging data to enable reformhttp://fedscoop.com/radio/leveraging-data-reform/ http://fedscoop.com/radio/leveraging-data-reform/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:41:18 +0000 http://fedscoop.com/radio/?p=1658 Reform today is viewed by many as the new normal, especially in government. It’s no longer defined by episodic change, but by the continuous evolution of technologies, policies, procedures and strategic thinking. Today’s reform leaders approach reform not as a one-time fix, but as a normal part of their organization’s day-to-day mission. And of course, […]

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Ezmeralda Khalil, Booz Allen Hamilton

Ezmeralda Khalil, Booz Allen Hamilton

Reform today is viewed by many as the new normal, especially in government. It’s no longer defined by episodic change, but by the continuous evolution of technologies, policies, procedures and strategic thinking. Today’s reform leaders approach reform not as a one-time fix, but as a normal part of their organization’s day-to-day mission. And of course, data is playing a greater and greater role in the day-to-day operations of government and private sector enterprises. A particular challenge facing these organizations is finding ways to effectively extract value from their data.

To help us better understand these issues, FedScoop Radio recently spoke with Ezmeralda Khalil, a principal in the Strategic Innovation Group at Booz Allen Hamilton.

The interview runs about 8 minutes.

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On government reform and IT with Michael Farberhttp://fedscoop.com/radio/government-reform-michael-farber/ http://fedscoop.com/radio/government-reform-michael-farber/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 13:21:53 +0000 http://fedscoop.com/radio/?p=1651 Reform in government is no longer defined by episodic change, but by the continuous evolution of technologies, policies, procedures and strategic thinking. The process of reform, according to experts, has shifted from being viewed as a one-time fix to becoming a regular part of the day-to-day mission of most federal agencies. And technology is playing […]

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Michael Farber, Booz Allen.

Michael Farber, Booz Allen.

Reform in government is no longer defined by episodic change, but by the continuous evolution of technologies, policies, procedures and strategic thinking. The process of reform, according to experts, has shifted from being viewed as a one-time fix to becoming a regular part of the day-to-day mission of most federal agencies.

And technology is playing an increasingly important role in agency reform efforts. To get a better understanding of the most important IT trends and their role in government reform efforts, FedScoop Radio recently spoke with Michael Farber, executive vice president with the Strategic Innovation Group at Booz Allen Hamilton.

The interview runs about 8 minutes.

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TechTake: Women’s History Month editionhttp://fedscoop.com/radio/techtake-womens-history-month-edition/ http://fedscoop.com/radio/techtake-womens-history-month-edition/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:41:11 +0000 http://fedscoop.com/radio/?p=1693 TechTake explores the bigger issues and trends in the federal IT community, and twice-monthly features a “Women in Technology” segment. March has seen an impressive national turnout of people, ideas and results for Women’s History Month. At FedScoop, we’ve celebrated those women through our D.C.’s Top 50 Women in Tech list, video interviews and profile […]

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TechTake explores the bigger issues and trends in the federal IT community, and twice-monthly features a “Women in Technology” segment.

March has seen an impressive national turnout of people, ideas and results for Women’s History Month. At FedScoop, we’ve celebrated those women through our D.C.’s Top 50 Women in Tech list, video interviews and profile pieces on impressive women working in government. The status of women working as entrepreneurs and in STEM fields in 2014 is still significantly unbalanced; only 26 percent of those working in STEM are women, and about one-third of entrepreneurs are women.

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Threat Matrix: Episode 15 – Zuckerberg’s surveillance reality checkhttp://fedscoop.com/radio/threat-matrix-episode-15-zuckerbergs-surveillance-reality-check/ http://fedscoop.com/radio/threat-matrix-episode-15-zuckerbergs-surveillance-reality-check/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 14:46:58 +0000 http://fedscoop.com/radio/?p=1684 Threat Matrix brings you weekly insight into the latest news and trends in cybersecurity and national security. President Barack Obama today is scheduled to meet with the CEOs of several major Internet companies to discuss civil liberties and privacy, and the government’s commitment to reforming bulk surveillance practices. But the Threat Matrix’s Dan Verton thinks […]

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Threat Matrix brings you weekly insight into the latest news and trends in cybersecurity and national security.

President Barack Obama today is scheduled to meet with the CEOs of several major Internet companies to discuss civil liberties and privacy, and the government’s commitment to reforming bulk surveillance practices.

But the Threat Matrix’s Dan Verton thinks some of the CEOs attending today’s White House meeting may leave disappointed with the president’s timeline for change and the cost.

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