TMF Sets New Funding Awards for HUD, OPM, Army

The Technology Modernization Fund today announced a round of new funding awards totaling $20.8 million to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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State Department Names Kelly Fletcher CIO

The State Department today named Dr. Kelly Fletcher as the agency’s new chief information officer (CIO).

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Turning Modernization into Digital Transformation at Labor Dept.

The Department of Labor (DoL) is placing a heavy focus on customer experience (CX) and the end-user experience to convert the agency’s modernization efforts into digital transformation, according to CIO Gundeep Ahluwalia.

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NARA Seeks Input on Customer Service Priorities in CX Push

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has released a draft Customer Research Agenda that seeks feedback from customers on the agency’s services, and will help inform a five-year plan by the agency improve customer experience.

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CISA Opens Nationwide Cybersecurity Review for SLTT Entities

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has opened their annual, voluntary cybersecurity assessment for state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) entities across the nation and aims to provide a broad picture of the current cybersecurity gaps and capabilities.

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Herckis Named Permanent Cyber Director in Fed CIO Office

Mitchel Herckis has been named to the permanent role of Director of Federal Cybersecurity at the Office of Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO) Clare Martorana, within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

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Alternative Data Storage Technologies Still Years Away, GAO Says

While concern in some quarters of the tech world continues to grow about how to keep pace with  growing data storage demand, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded in a new report that exotic alternatives – think options like synthetic DNA – to fill the gap are probably still years away.

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DoD CDO Spirk: People, Tech, and Culture Spurring Data-Driven Transformation

The Department of Defense (DoD) is using data to accelerate the Pentagon’s digital transformation, and DoD Chief Data Officer David Spirk said that a focus on people, technology, and culture has spurred that transformation.

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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.

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CISA Issues Revised Cloud Security TRA

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) today issued an updated version of its Cloud Security Technical Reference Architecture (TRA) that serves as guidance for Federal civilian agencies for secure migration to cloud services.

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Naval Postgraduate School Partnering with Microsoft for Emerging Tech

The Navy Postgraduate School (NPS) has entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with Microsoft to look to integrate and utilize emerging technologies in service of the warfighter and national security, the Navy announced May 2.

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DISA Appoints JWCC Program Manager

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has appointed Ryan McArthur to lead its program office for the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Joint Warfighter Cloud Capability (JWCC), according to McArthur’s LinkedIn.

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GAO: Feds Could Improve Collaboration When Helping SLTTs With Ransomware Attacks

A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that Federal agencies are successfully helping state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) governments prevent and respond to ransomware attacks; however, there is still room to improve collaboration. The GAO offered three recommendations for Federal agencies to improve collaboration.

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OPM to Work With Congress on Cyber Workforce

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM), during a government operations subcommittee of the House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing, said that it wants to work with Congress on developing a cyber workforce plan to compete for cyber talent.

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White House Kicks Off 120-Day Sprint to Boost Cyber Workforce

The White House, along with the Departments of Labor and Commerce, are kicking off a 120-day “sprint” aimed at promoting registered apprenticeships in cybersecurity as a way to begin tackling the persistent cyber workforce shortage in the U.S.

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Defense Secretary Austin Signs Off on JADC2 Strategy

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin signed and approved the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) strategy document last month, marking an official start to the marathon to implement the data-sharing strategy across the military, the Pentagon said at a June 4 press conference.

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GAO: OMB Data Center Definition Change Creates Cyber Vulnerability

A 2019 tweak by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to the definition of a data center – and thus how the Federal government proceeds with its Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) aimed at sharply cutting the number of data centers that Federal agencies operate – is having the effect of leaving the government more vulnerable to cyberattacks, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) official concurred today.

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Adapting to New Tech and Cybersecurity Key to Data Center Optimization

As agencies have continued to close data centers by participating in the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI), adapting to new technologies and cybersecurity must be front of mind for these closures, a Government Accountability Office expert said today.

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