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FCW Insider: March 21

Acting OPM Director Margaret Weichert said that the pay raise approved by lawmakers in the most recent appropriations package will hit paychecks after "exceedingly legalistic" hurdles are cleared. Chase Gunter has more.

Also on the workforce beat, the White House is seeking $50 million in no-year money to support the proposed merger of the Office of Personnel Management into the General Services Administration and the Office of Management and Budget. Chase reports.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is inching closer to developing two new encryption standards to protect the federal government from new and emerging cybersecurity threats. Derek Johnson explains.

Quick Hits

*** The White House launched AI.gov this week – a portal designed to aggregate federal government information and activity around artificial intelligence. GCN has more here.

*** A Pentagon spokesperson told the New York Times that the ongoing conflict of interest probe into a former defense employee who also worked for Amazon is "expected to impact the award date" in the $10 billion JEDI cloud contract.

*** Washington Technology editor-in-chief Nick Wakeman says a flat IT budget is no reason to panic. WT insiders can get more here.

*** Correction: FCW Insider incorrectly reported March 20 that a TBM playbook released by GSA was the work of the Technology Transformation Service. In fact, the playbook was put together by the GSA IT shop and the Department of Education CIO office.

Posted on Mar 21, 2019 at 10:50 AM


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