The Department of Homeland Security issued a draft solicitation to Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions vendors for headquarters data networks.
The Defense Department wants prototype solutions to combat the novel coronavirus disease and other emerging bio-threats, according to a March 15 request to industry.
Federal agencies are focused COVID-19 response telework, and telecom carriers are working to help so modernization promised under the $50 billion governmentwide next generation telecom contract will have to wait.
The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau is requiring employees to telework while frontline agencies are sharing assessments for lowering risk of exposure for employees who cannot telework.
A March 18 executive order positions President Trump to invoke enhanced contracting powers granted under the Defense Production Act.
Former DHS officials and unions worry whether existing security measures will help protect federal employees from the growing coronavirus pandemic.
The sudden expansion of federal telework in response to the coronavirus pandemic is teaching agencies how to move ahead with remote workers.
Deputy director Michael Rigas will lead OPM on an acting basis, a spokesperson said. The resignation appears linked to friction with White House personnel officials.
Federal agencies are being asked to realign non-mission critical activities and minimize face-to-face interactions with the general public to reduce coronavirus transmission.
As virtual meetings and other online interactions become a reality for many federal agencies and businesses, so too do cybersecurity threats.
Special acquisition powers in a 1950 law could help the government obtain needed medical equipment in the coronavirus response.
The Defense Department's networks have been stressed since expanding telework to minimize coronavirus at defense agencies.