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The Professional Services Council (PSC) is boosting its forecast for Federal civilian agency IT spending through 2027, to a 2.3 percent year-over-year growth rate over that period, up from its estimate of 1.8 percent growth last year.
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  1. VA Creates Two New Positions for its EHRM Program
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that it will be advancing its electronic health record modernization (EHRM) program and add two new positions to help the program more forward.
  2. GAO Spotlights IT in the Fight Against COVID-19, Warns Against Improper Use 
    Digital vaccine credentials and exposure notification apps can be used to safely reopen social and economic activities and allow for more rapid and broader contact tracing. However, an official from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) said the improper implementation of both technologies sparked concerns about privacy, effectiveness, interoperability, and equity that may limit their use and potential public health benefits.
  3. cybersecurity chip AI GAO Prods DoD to Firm Up IP Acquisition Processes
    The Department of Defense (DoD) has been taking steps to improve how it acquires and licenses intellectual property (IP) for technology required for cutting-edge weapons systems, but the agency still has more work to do with firming up responsibilities of a new IP Cadre group that it formed to make sure that the IP licensing functions work better.
  1. FedRAMP Senators, Industry Discuss FedRAMP Bill, Security Issues
    The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee held a roundtable discussion on Nov. 30 with Federal officials and industry experts about proposed reforms to the General Service Administration’s (GSA) Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).
  2. CISA CISA Names Members of New Cybersecurity Advisory Committee
    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) announced the members of its new Cybersecurity Advisory Committee, which will be tasked with advising and providing recommendations to the CISA director on policies, programs, planning, and training to enhance the nation’s cyber defense.
  3. DoE Awards Verizon $34.6M EIS Deal for Data, Voice Modernization
    The Department of Energy (DoE) has awarded Verizon two digital communications modernization contracts totaling $34.6 million, utilizing the General Service Administration’s Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) contract vehicle, the telecommunications company announced Dec. 1.
  4. Pentagon Military Defense DoD Leveraging Enterprise Cloud for JADC2
    From the frontlines to the home base, our nation’s warfighters must be connected at all times to enable information sharing and support joint decision-making. To deliver on these goals, the  Department of Defense’s Joint All-Domain Command and Control concept – or JADC2 – aims to connect all military services on a single network.
  1. Senate Progress on NDAA Stumbles; Leaders Pledge to Work Out Differences
    After returning from the Thanksgiving break yesterday, the Senate’s progress on consideration of the fiscal year (FY) 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) stalled last night with Senate Republicans refusing to vote for cloture due to disagreements on the amendment process for the defense spending act.
  2. Fed Officials on the Top Challenge in Digital Transformation
    Digital transformation allows agencies to modernize their information technology portfolios more disciplined, well-managed, and controlled. However, Federal officials said that a lack of governance and direction makes a digital transformation difficult to achieve.
  3. LaPlante Nominated for Acquisition Role at DoD
    President Biden announced today that he would be nominating William LaPlante for Under Secretary for Acquisition and Sustainment at the Department of Defense (DoD).
  4. 18th Airborne Corps Signs Educational Technology Partnership Agreement
    The U.S. Army’s 18th Airborne Corps has partnered with several universities to collaborate on education and research as a part of its strategy to become the first “AI-ready corps,” the Army announced.
  5. NCI Official: For Digital Transformation a Culture-Focused Strategy is Crucial 
    When the National Cancer Institute (NCI) embarked on a digital modernization overhaul to provide highly capable services to staff, NCI’s Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) soon realized he needed so much more to be successful.
  6. Biden Administration: Agencies Should Delay Penalties for Unvaccinated Feds Until 2022
    The Biden Administration announced this week that agencies should not enforce penalties for Federal employees who remain unvaccinated against COVID-19 until after the holiday season.
  7. Commerce Proposes New Software Supply Chain Safety Criteria
    The Department of Commerce is proposing new safety criteria for connected software to help better secure information and communications technology and services (ICTS) supply chains, including potential third-party audits of connected software and ICTS transactions, according to a proposed rule posted to the Federal Register Nov. 26.
  8. Energy Department Seeks Comments on Energy Sector Supply Chain
     The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is requesting information from all stakeholders involved directly or indirectly with the energy sector supply chain to help inform the DoE’s efforts in building an energy sector industrial base that is diverse, resilient, and competitive while meeting economic, national security, and climate objectives.
  9. Senate Resumes NDAA Debate, Kicking Off Busy Legislative Sprint
    The Senate returned to work Monday afternoon to continue consideration of the fiscal year (FY) 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), beginning a torrid stretch of legislative work leading up to the end of the calendar year.
  10. DoE Needs Work on Managing Data Analytics, Protecting IP, and AI
    The Department of Energy (DoE) could improve how it manages its fraud, waste, and abuse practices by improving access to the data used by the agency and its contractors for data analysis, as well as using all tools available to keep the department’s research secure, according to a Nov. 26 DoE Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report.