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FCW Insider: Feb. 5

FCW Editor-in-Chief Troy K. Schneider introduces this year's Federal 100 -- the federal employees and contractors being honored for their exceptional contributions to federal IT. Meet the 2019 Fed 100.

When the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud program was first announced, it sounded to some like the Pentagon wanted "one cloud to rule them all." More than a year later, the Defense Department's long-awaited cloud strategy document places JEDI atop the cloud hierarchy as the organization's first line of computing. Lauren C. Williams has the story.

During the shutdown, feds complained they couldn't take out loans against their retirement plans while on furlough or working without pay. Now, just 10 days ahead of another shutdown deadline, a rule change allows feds in non-pay status to borrow against their Thrift Savings Plan accounts. Chase Gunter has more.

MHS Genesis, the $5.5 billion commercial health record system being adopted by DOD, is "not survivable in a cyber-contested environment," according to an internal Pentagon report. Adam Mazmanian reports.

Roger L. Stone – not that Roger Stone -- was announced as White House CIO as part of a raft of personnel announcements on Feb. 2. Get more from Chase.

Quick Hits

*** Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) are among at least a dozen lawmakers who will be bringing federal employees and contractors impacted by the shutdown to the State of the Union address on Feb. 5. Connolly is bringing Amer Al-Mudallal, a chemist at the Environmental Protection Agency. Van Hollen's guest is Lila Johnson, who works as a janitorial contractor at the Department of Agriculture. Kaine is bringing Paul Rinaldi, head of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association. Other lawmakers bringing feds or contractors include Rep. Jennifer Wexler (D-Va.) .), Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.), Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.).

*** Ellen Lord, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, is leading the charge to make sure defense contractors are safeguarding their IT systems. In keeping with new cybersecurity requirements in the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, Lord issued a memo requiring the director of the Defense Contract Management Agency to validate contractor compliance with regulations covering the protection of controlled, unclassified information. The move is an effort to push the DFARS and National Institute of Standards and Practices standards on CUI into contractor purchasing systems to cover compliance with subcontractors and suppliers.

Posted on Feb 05, 2019 at 2:47 PM


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