DHS Launches ICT Sector Supply Chain Risk Task Force

The Department of Homeland Security on Oct. 30 announced launch of the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Supply Chain Risk Management Task Force, which the agency said is charged with developing “consensus recommendations” to identify and manage risk to the global ICT supply chain.

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DHS’ Manfra Discusses FISMA Update, Impact to CDM

Jeanette Manfra, assistant secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications at the Department of Homeland Security, said today that the new update to Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) guidance will place even more accountability on department leaders and reflects an evolution in discussions between agencies and DHS.

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NASA, IBM Plan to Use AI in Climate Change Research

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center and computing giant IBM plan to use artificial intelligence (AI) tech to improve climate change research, according to an announcement IBM posted on Feb. 1.

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Admiral Chase Details JFHQ-DODIN 2023 Goals

U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Bill Chase, deputy commander of Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network (JFHQ-DODIN) this week outlined a list of the command’s cybersecurity goals for 2023.

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House Oversight Puts COVID Relief Fraud in the Crosshairs

The newly constituted House Committee on Oversight and Accountability dedicated its first hearing of the 118th Congress on Feb. 1 to investigating fraud in the distribution of Federal COVID-19 relief funds, and committee leadership said that focus will continue down the road.

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GAO Prods CISA, DoD, OMB on Big-Picture Cyber Work

The Government Accountability Office offered some big-picture marching orders in a new report this week for three Federal agencies with major cybersecurity portfolios to improve how the agencies are undertaking their security missions.

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ADI Pitches FCSF Funding to Boost FedRAMP Program

Tech-sector trade group Alliance for Digital Innovation (ADI) is calling on Federal technology leaders to boost funding for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) through allocations from Federal Citizen Services Fund (FCSF) that is maintained by the General Services Administration (GSA), which also oversees FedRAMP.

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DISA Awards $223M EIS Contract to Lumen for Mission-Critical Comms

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) has awarded Lumen Technologies a $223 million contract to provide secure, mission-critical communications services to the Department of Defense (DoD).

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NSF Switching up CIO Office; Aronson Shifts to Principal Advisor

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is modifying the role of its chief information officer (CIO) and is looking to establish a new office – the Office of Business Information Technology (BIT) Services – that will be led by an individual who will serve as both the CIO and chief technology officer (CTO).

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DOT’s Buttigieg: FAA Upgrading Systems, Southwest on Notice

Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Pete Buttigieg said today that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is in the middle of upgrading their outdated IT systems following a news-making tech breakdown last month.

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PRAC Data Scientists Uncover $5.4 Billion in Potential Loan Fraud

Data scientists working for the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) data scientists said they have identified more than $5.4 billion in potentially fraudulent loans issued under Federal government relief programs that were obtained by crooks using 69,323 stolen or fraudulent Social Security Numbers (SSNs).

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House Clears Bill That Would Send Feds Back to the Office

The House voted 221–206 on Feb. 1 to approve legislation that would roll back Federal agency telework policies to their year-end 2019 levels, and require agencies to justify any future changes in telework policies through reporting to Congress.

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