Navy CIO Torpedoes Public-Facing Blog - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Software // Information Management
Commentary
12/3/2010
11:34 AM
John Foley
John Foley
Commentary
Connect Directly
Google+
LinkedIn
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

Navy CIO Torpedoes Public-Facing Blog

The first public blog post by the U.S. Navy's new CIO is also his last. Less than two weeks into the job, Terry Halvorsen has posted a blog to explain that he will no longer communicate via that platform.

The first public blog post by the U.S. Navy's new CIO is also his last. Less than two weeks into the job, Terry Halvorsen has posted a blog to explain that he will no longer communicate via that platform."I'm sure you'll find it interesting and maybe a bit ironic that the new CIO's first blog is his last blog," Halvorsen writes in the Dec. 1 post.

Formerly the deputy commander of Navy Cyber Forces, Halvorsen replaced Robert Carey as Navy CIO on Nov. 22. Carey, a regular blogger when he had the job, was recently named deputy CIO of the Department of Defense, after 10 years as the Navy's top IT decision maker.

Halvorsen's decision seems to fly in face of the Obama administration's open government strategy, which encourages government officials to increase public engagement, not do less of it. Halvorsen writes that he believes "in the value of social media" and that it "has its place" in the Navy, but he doesn't expand on that line of thinking.

Why kill the CIO blog? Halvorsen says "there is much work to be done" in his new job and that "blogging must be a lower priority." He plans to focus on face-to-face meetings and is considering writing a column on the Navy CIO Web site.

In lieu of the public-facing blog, Halvorsen directs the Navy's civilian employees and contractors to use the Navy's Pulse site to collaborate in a "secure" environment. A .mil account is required to access that site. In other words, it's out of public view.

Among the casualties of this new policy are the writings of Halvorsen's predecessor, Rob Carey. Carey's earlier posts have apparently been taken off line, though you can still find some of them in Google's cache.



Compute clouds created for government data centers must adhere to a range of specifications designed to support data and system security, privacy, and governance. shared-services cloud model. In this report, we identify the key specs that need to be factored into any federal cloud architecture. Download the report here (registration required).

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Slideshows
9 Steps Toward Ethical AI
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  5/15/2019
Commentary
How to Assess Digital Transformation Efforts
Lisa Morgan, Freelance Writer,  5/14/2019
Commentary
Is AutoML the Answer to the Data Science Skills Shortage?
Guest Commentary, Guest Commentary,  5/10/2019
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
A New World of IT Management in 2019
This IT Trend Report highlights how several years of developments in technology and business strategies have led to a subsequent wave of changes in the role of an IT organization, how CIOs and other IT leaders approach management, in addition to the jobs of many IT professionals up and down the org chart.
Slideshows
Flash Poll