Freeh, Kundra to speak at FOSE 2009
Former FBI Director Louis Freeh will be one of the keynote speakers March 12 on the final day of the FOSE 2009 government IT expo in Washington. Freeh will speak from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on the convergence of homeland security and cybersecurity. Freeh's landmark investigations with high-profile cases also will be part of his address.
Heralded for transforming the FBI from a national law-enforcement agency into a global-security institution, Freeh doubled the number of bureau branches worldwide. The FBI's focus on counterintelligence, cybercrime, DNA technology, and electronic surveillance expanded and put Freeh at the forefront of a global war on terrorism.
New federal CIO also on the agenda
Following Freeh, new federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra will deliver his own keynote address. President Barack Obama appointed Kundra to his new post March 5; Kundra had been the chief technology officer for the Washington, D.C. city government. Kundra’s new role also encompasses the former title of the Office of Management and Budget's Administrator for E-Government and Information Technology, a job that had been previously thought of as the federal CIO.
The appointment of Kundra — who has shown an appreciation for Web 2.0 technologies and a distaste for cumbersome government procurement — appears to be a logical step forward for the federal government’s IT agenda, even though it could cause some duress on the part of federal agencies, many of which have valued deliberation over speed, a trait Kundra has railed against.
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