FCW Insider: March 12

The latest news, analysis and other updates from FCW's reporters and editors.

The Trump administration's 2020 budget proposal includes cuts to federal retirement benefits and pay and advances a plan to divide the Office of Personnel Management and merge its functions across several agencies. Chase Gunter has more.

President Trump's $1.4 trillion budget proposal for 2020 boosts the central Technology Modernization Fund and gives agencies a push to launch their own working capital funds for IT. Adam Mazmanian reports.

The proposed defense budget includes increases for the Pentagon's cyber forces and carve outs for artificial intelligence and other advanced technology investments. Lauren C. Williams explains.

White House's budget proposal increases funding for the Energy Department's critical infrastructure cybersecurity office. Get more from Mark Rockwell.

Subject-matter expertise is important, Steve Kelman writes, but don't underestimate the value of fresh perspectives.

Quick Hits

*** The White House budget proposal includes $1.6 billion for work on the electronic health record modernization project at the Department of Veterans Affairs. That effort is expected to take 10 years to complete and includes a $10 billion contract with Cerner plus an estimated $6 billion in associated modernization costs. Additionally, VA 's Office of Information and Technology is slated to receive $4.3 billion in funding -- a $200 million boost to support cloud transition and a congressionally mandated push to improve IT infrastructure and accelerate telehealth programs.

*** A bipartisan group of lawmakers are teaming up to leverage the purchasing power of the federal government to improve cybersecurity of the Internet of Things ecosystem. The bill would establish security requirements for devices purchased by the U.S. government. The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2019 was offered in the Senate by Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) and in the House by Reps. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) and Will Hurd (R-Texas.) Gardner and Warner introduced a similar bill in the last Congress, but it didn't get a vote.

*** Tony Moraco will retire as CEO of Science Applications International Corp. at the end of July, the company announced March 11. SAIC's board elected company Chief Operating Officer Nazzic S. Keene as his successor.

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