FCW Insider: Feb. 6

Is it the tsunami? Maybe not, but according to data from the Office of Personnel Management retirement claims for federal employees spiked to more than 17,000 for the month of January, 2020 – the largest number in eight years. Lia Russell has more.

The Army is in the last leg of a tactical cloud pilot that's experimenting with delivering capabilities and data to warfighters on the battlefield. Lauren C. Williams reports.

Data interoperability has a special role to play in the world of cybersecurity. Derek B. Johnson learned the challenge to impose standards is as much about people and process as it is technology.

Despite an ongoing campaign to try to push tech companies to open up encrypted devices to law enforcement, FBI Director Chris Wray declined to say whether he would endorse legislation to force the issue. Derek has more from a Capitol Hill hearing.

Three agencies with stakes in protecting critical infrastructure in the energy sector renewed their efforts to develop cyber threat protections. Mark Rockwell takes a look.

Quick Hits

*** Leidos won the Navy's $7.7 billion service management, integration and transport contract – the network component of the big Next Generation Enterprise Network Recompete solicitation. This is the second of the two NGEN recompetes to be awarded, since the contract was divided into two components, one focusing on hardware and the other focusing on services. HP won the hardware portion of the contract. FCW will have more on this story as it develops.

*** The House of Representatives passed the FedRAMP Authorization Act on a voice vote on Feb. 5. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) enshrines the cloud security and authorization program into law.

*** The Army CIO/G6 has brought on a new architecture and integration director. Farhan Khan, who was previously the infrastructure operations management chief at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the chief technology officer for the Food and Drug Administration, started his new role Feb. 3. The move comes as the Army looks to boost its cloud capabilities and shortly after launching its enterprise cloud management office.

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