WHY CPIC Matters More than Ever to Cybersecurity

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Federal CIOs are on the hot seat over cybersecurity after the revelation that the personal information of 4.2 million current and former federal employees was hacked. US Chief Information Officer (CIO) Tony Scott said this week that agencies need to rethink how they fund cybersecurity. Scott said funding should not be an overall percentage of […]

How to Practice Good Cyber Hygiene

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In this digital age, we depend on our computers and devices for so much that we need to be constantly proactive to protect against cyber threats and attacks. Multiple studies show that government, corporations, and individuals are being increasingly targeted. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for example, said federal cybersecurity incidents were up […]

5 Ways to Improve Your Federal CPIC Process

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Recently, the Integrity Matters blog asked the question, “Are You Making the Business Case for Federal Cybersecurity?” in an article about why and how to develop a business case through the Capital Planning Investment Control (CPIC) process in order to justify return on investment in cybersecurity programs. Now we ask the question, “Are You Making […]

Acquisition and Program Management Tools for 2015

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It’s the time of year when many of us take stock of the last 12 months and vow to improve next year. We will be smarter, more organized, perhaps even try something new. The numerous Integrity Matters articles written by our on-the-ground experts in 2014 provide a leg up for the New Year. They contain […]

3 Tools Worth Reading to Spur Innovative Federal IT Acquisition

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In this time of tight budgets and potential loss of global technological superiority, the need for innovation is greater than ever.   As Frank Kendall, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics shared with an audience of defense industry leaders recently, “We have to focus more on innovation, and we have to get better capability […]

Are You Making the Business Case for Federal Cybersecurity?

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Cybersecurity has been one of the fastest growing sectors in the federal government over recent years, with round-the-clock threats in an online world.  In fact, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported in June that “the number of cyber incidents reported by federal agencies increased in fiscal year 2013 significantly over the prior three years,” and […]

AGILE ACQUISITION SUPPORT: REAL-WORLD CONSIDERATIONS

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Since 2001, software developers have used the Agile methodology, employing short sprints and cross-team collaboration, to bring products to market faster with earlier customer input. Others have begun to apply the tenets of Agile beyond IT to the general field of acquisition. Why?  To speed results, lower risk, and benefit from lessons learned throughout the […]

Gold Plating vs Value Engineering– Recognize the Difference for Smoother Project Management

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You manage or are part of a project and decide to add additional features or functionality to the product or service you provide. You think it will please the customer and make the team look good. But what if it slows the project, adds costs or isn’t what’s needed? There is a proper and an […]

Requirements Development is Key to Successful Software Development Acquisition

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Anyone who keeps up with national news is aware of a recent problematic website deployment.  Media pundits were quick to blame leadership problems.  A noted information technology pundit pointed to acquisition and contracting failures and the government’s inability to “hire” talented contractors.  An Inspector General review will undoubtedly identify functional and leadership problems that led […]

Using a Cross-functional Team for Effective Capital Planning Investment Control (CPIC)

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It’s a commonly-used process, and yet so few manage to execute it effectively on a consistent basis. Capital Planning Investment Control (CPIC), if performed as intended, provides a strategy for capital planning that enables organizations to demonstrate and maximize value from scarce public resources. With the current funding environment, CPIC is ever-more important as a […]