Workforce

Senate Dems have joined the push to block a Schedule F revival

As Republican groups discuss plans to reinstitute the controversial plan to strip tens of thousands of federal workers of their civil service protections, congressional Democrats have renewed their efforts to block it.

Cybersecurity

Finance sector looks to block cyber reporting rules for critical industry in House defense bill

Congress will return from the August recess faced once again with the challenge of building cybersecurity policy for private providers of critical infrastructure faster than industry can tear it down.

Commentary

Coding it Forward fellows share their stories

Two college students planning careers in tech told Steve Kelman why they chose to prioritize government service.

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ZTNA in the Federal Government: An Onramp to Zero Trust

Recent government mandates calling for agencies to strengthen their cyber defenses make Zero Trust top of mind for many federal departments.

Cybersecurity

Misinformation campaigns and threats are undermining confidence in U.S. elections, official says

CISA is ramping up efforts to defend voting systems from outside intrusion, but the spread of online misinformation and threats against election officials still damage faith in the electoral process.

Cybersecurity

DOD failing to track progress on military alternatives to GPS, GAO says

A new report says military leaders don’t have enough information to make crucial decisions about ongoing efforts to develop alternatives to the Global Positioning System.

Acquisition

DHA names ineligible companies for $1.5B IT contract

The Defense Health Agency is looking to weed out potential conflicts of interest before they could arise.

IT Modernization

Senate committee approves AGILE Procurement Act for IT and communications tech

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs advanced the AGILE Act of 2022 in an effort to help improve the federal government’s IT procurement process.

Congress

A new bill seeks to prevent the Secret Service from withholding records from its watchdog

“While I share the concerns of my colleagues about the actions of the current inspector general, it is also clear the Secret Service tried to impede the inspector general’s investigation into the events of Jan. 6,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn.

Cybersecurity

Text messages are federal records and must be saved, DOD orders

After news that Jan. 6 insurrection-related texts were wiped from former Pentagon officials’ phones, Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks ordered data on department devices must be retained. 

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Workday

Emerging Technology Survey Report

How are organizations utilizing Human Capital Management technologies in Human Resource Services.

Cybersecurity

A top senate democrat asks the defense watchdog to investigate a new batch of missing Jan. 6 texts

“I don’t know whether the failure to preserve these critical government texts from Jan. 6 is the result of bad faith, stunning incompetence, or outdated records management policies, but we must get to the bottom of it,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

Cybersecurity

National Cyber Director’s office sheds light on forthcoming cybersecurity strategy

Building a more resilient cyber ecosystem tops the list, according to a top official from the office tasked with leading the initiative. 

IT Modernization

Averting the next pandemic with real-time health data

The Center for Public Health Data would aggregate federal, state and local health data and make it accessible in real time so it can be used for decision-making as health threats unfold.

Cybersecurity

How the cyber ambassador in waiting plans to control $1.5 billion for open networks

The recently passed “CHIPS and Science Act” funds a grants program that the new State Department official will have a key role in steering, including to telecom networking firms.

Acquisition

Lawmakers push Biden for an order to root out dark money from federal contractors

A group of lawmakers want the White House to issue an executive order requiring large federal contractors to disclose their political spending – but not everyone is in support of the idea.

IT Modernization

TMF announces over $26 million for three projects

The Technology Modernization Fund is making good on its promise earlier this year to support projects focusing on improving public-facing digital services.

Cybersecurity

NIST, CISA finalizing guidance for identity and access management post-SolarWinds

The epic intrusion campaign has turned up the brights on vendors providing authentication services, but agencies will still need to be actively engaged for effective implementation.

Digital Government

Cross-agency group explores where government should go next with identity verification

A new report and simulation tool to help officials identify trade-off considerations for different methods.

Commentary

How federal agencies can integrate artificial intelligence into records management

COMMENTARY | Agencies need to factor newer forms of digital records—like those Zoom meeting recordings—into their records management plans.

Acquisition

Senate passes bill to root out conflicts of interest in federal contracting

The Preventing Organizational Conflicts of Interest in Federal Acquisition Act sets new disclosure requirements and expands authorities for federal contracting officers.