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FCW Insider: April 12

The IRS is seeking $2.7 billion from Congress to modernize its legacy IT over the next six years. But some lawmakers are worried the tax agency is throwing good money after bad. Derek B. Johnson has the story.

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer says adding a new assistant secretary for cybersecurity and tightening contractors' security practices are top priorities for 2020. The pitch to Congress comes in the wake of a scathing internal report on the Navy's cyber vulnerabilities. Lauren C. Williams explains.

The U.S. Air Force is looking to attract and retain talent by providing paths to promotion through a new slate of disciplines, including intelligence, space and cybersecurity. Lauren reports on the new USAF career categories.

ACT-IAC named David Wennergren as its new CEO. The longtime federal IT executive will succeed Kenneth Allen to lead the industry-government organization. Anne Armstrong reports.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was ejected from the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he'd spent almost seven years and arrested by British authorities on local charges and because of a U.S. indictment that claims he conspired to hack into a classified U.S. government system. What does the case mean for cybersecurity and for press freedom? Derek takes a look.

Quick Hits

*** The new Department of Homeland Security's C-suite is taking shape after the ouster of former Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and former Acting Deputy Secretary Claire Grady. David P. Pekoske, administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, is taking over the duties of deputy secretary. Before his TSA post, Pekoske served as vice commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard.

*** The Department of Defense is looking for a contractor to perform administration, management support, security engineering, desktop support, communications and other duties on its 10-year, $10 billion enterprise-wide cloud acquisition. The request was posted on FedBizOpps just a day before it became publicly known that the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure procurement had been winnowed down to two bidders -- Amazon Web Services and Microsoft.

*** Russell Vought, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, reminded federal agency chiefs in an April 11 memorandum that the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at OMB is the hub of rulemaking under the Congressional Review Act. The memo reiterates some of the definitions and analyses to be used by agencies that loops in OIRA before agencies share rulemaking reports with Congress and the Government Accountability Office, as required under the Congressional Review Act.

Posted on Apr 12, 2019 at 1:22 AM


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