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*** Former Federal Emergency Management Agency CIO Adrian Gardner retired from the federal government, FCW confirmed. Gardner also resigned from the board of the Association for Federal Information Resource Management. In an email to that organization obtained by FCW, Gardner said he had decided to pursue opportunities outside government.

Garder, who was a Fed 100 award winner in 2018 for his work directing FEMA's "survivable communications" strategy, was reassigned last spring as Executive Director of Recovery Communications Technology in the Caribbean Area Division. Earlier in 2018, FEMA's inspector general released a management alert alleging that Gardner misled auditors about the agency's IT management.

Federal News Network first reported the move.

*** A third court has struck down the Trump administration's plan to add a question on citizenship to the 2020 Census.

Federal District Court Judge George Hazel ruled April 5 that the question violates both the Administrative Procedure Act, as well as the Constitution, "by unreasonably compromising the distributive accuracy of the Census."

The Supreme Court is set to hear the case April 23 with three lower courts having found the question’s addition illegal.

The question could have significant implications for the cost and accuracy of the count. Census officials have said they need a final answer about whether or not the question can appear on the decennial questionnaire by the end of June.

Posted on Apr 08, 2019 at 12:37 AM


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