VA Secretary McDonald’s web idea problem, FREE e-book, and more!

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Hello friends,

August is my favorite month in DC. This year is especially great since humidity levels haven’t been so bad. What is your favorite month of the year in DC?

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MY COMMENTARY: Bob McDonald’s VA web idea reveals the real customer service challenge his agency faces:

FREE E-BOOK: “The OPM Cyber Breach: An in-depth look at the worst cyber attack in government history,” is now FREE for Amazon Kindle, or for any device.

Kindle version: go to and download. It’s free STARTING TOMORROW, August 15, until August 19 though, so don’t wait! And please leave a review after reading.

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EVENTS: The summer event lull is in full swing. With vacation and other commitments, my schedule of events isn’t very busy for August. As we get closer to September, I’ll add more events to my calendar.

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Matt Goodrich: Reuse of FedRAMP authorizations could save $70M annually

Justice IG Horowitz: legal decision could kill independent oversight

Exit interview: Colleen Kelley on 16 years as leader of NTEU

Nick Nayak on What OMB’s latest cyber guidance for vendors REALLY means

Karen Evans explains why a European court case could affect how Fed CIOs do their jobs

All my interviews from this week:

Thanks for reading! Have a great week.