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Posted: 3/14/2011 - 7 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

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Taking after the world's most famous patron saint, Vivek Kundra's focused on driving the inefficiency snakes out of Fed IT. And, like any good Irishman, he's shaking the 25 Point Fed IT management plan as the "hair of the dog" cure for Uncle Sam's IT hangover. But, many tipplers at the OMB ABC report dizziness, but little euphoria - and some are questioning the complexity of the computing cocktail.

In fact, questions abound. Will agencies imbibe? Where's the carrot, swizzle stick, or olive? How will we measure success? Perhaps a better way to view the 25-shot bar menu is as a series of drinks, rather than one single Long Island Iced IT? And, importantly, what's OMB's by-the-drink plan to engage and educate the community? No wonder the room's spinning...
 
OMB is asking for $25 million to roll out the 25 Point IT plan. And, to be sure, the Hill's throwing a St. Kundra's Day party to debate the merits and monies involved. Hosted by Senator Carper (D-Del.), chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security, on April 12, the hearing provides a platform for Mr. Kundra to make the case for the 25 IT commandments.
 
As an A-lister, you're invited to the party - and we want your perspectives. MeriTalk is fielding a survey on the 25 Point plan - our goal is to provide a sober voice for the Fed IT community. We'll package up the responses and provide them to Senator Carper. Mark your calendar to pull up a stool at the hearing in room 342 at the Hart Senate Office Building. Green beer optional.
 
P.S. If one party's not enough for you, make a date to attend MeriTalk Innovation Nation on August 23 at the D.C. Convention Center. Co-located with GOSCON, we're asking the tough operational questions on data center consolidation, cloud, cyber, and open source.

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Posted: 3/2/2011 - 3 comment(s) [ Comment ] - 0 trackback(s) [ Trackback ]

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Move over worms and viruses. The piggy pandemic panic’s a “poultry” concern. There’s a new germ in D.C. - and Uncle Sam’s burning up with the fever. Yep, I’m talking Angry Bird Flu ­- a despicable new strain of cyber scourge that’s jumped from pixels to people. While Hitchcock smiles insidiously, we’re literally abandoning our work and families. People aren’t safe on the roads. Some of us barely want to get out of bed anymore. 

Angry Bird Flu. It started like most infections. I’m sitting on a plane next to a PhD from NIH. She’s acting erratically - playing with her phone during the flight. Yes, I’m talking about you, smart lady. Ironic that you’re working on cures for diseases... “I just can’t seem to stop myself.” You’re a doctor, you should know better.
 
The bug sat dormant ‘til my wife bought an iPad. Then the symptoms hatched. First the free download, then you’re an addict - paying for your fix. Unless you use the Droid…
 
And, don’t pretend you don’t have the fever. Look me in the eye and tell me you’ve never flung a feathered friend into TNT or cheered like the Big Bad Wolf as you pummeled the poor piggies’ place. So what did green pigs do to you? Why do you love blue and yellow birds so? Have you discovered the angry eagle - and, if so, do you fear the wrath of the Court of Human Rights? Do digital pigs have rights? Good point.
 
Here’s my question for General Alexander at U.S. Cyber Command and Bobbie Stempfley at DHS NCSD - what are you doing to save us? We’re not all carrying BlackBerry devices, you know. Oh, and before you ask, this ain’t no tweet.

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