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FCW Insider: July 8

Top White House technology officials want agencies to use the $50 billion, 10-year Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions telecom contract to support IT modernization but Mark Rockwell found out that in the early stages most customers want to make sure the phones stay on.

The U.S. intelligence community is attempting to transform the way it uses and manages digital information. Derek B. Johnson talked to Office of the Director of National Intelligence CIO John Sherman and others about how a new emphasis on technology is unlocking crucial data.

Defense Department CIO Dana Deasy said the organization is putting together a list of bases across the services to test and eventually roll out 5G capabilities. Lauren C. Williams reports.

Michael E. Horowitz, Inspector General at the Department of Justice, is launching a probe into the decision to scuttle a longstanding plan to move FBI headquarters to a suburban location and allow commercial development on the current downtown site. Adam Mazmanian has more.

Submit your 2019 Rising Star nominations today! Help us identify the early-career innovators and change agents in government IT -- and be sure to do so before the July 17 deadline. Learn more and make your nomination.

Quick Hits

*** Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) said on Meet the Press on Sunday that the Census Bureau needs to focus on delivering an accurate and secure count without delays to pursue a question on citizenship that was rejected by the Supreme Court. "Does the Census Bureau have the right technical capabilities to protect the information that is being collected?" Hurd asked. "I used to serve on the committee that oversaw this in the last Congress and there were problems with their cybersecurity defense," he said. "The Supreme Court has ruled. Let's move forward. We shouldn't stall the census and we need to make sure the information we're collecting is protected."

*** Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, wants an investigation from the DHS Inspector General into a private Facebook group that includes potentially thousands of Border Patrol agents and other current and former Customs and Border Protection employees. The Facebook group, potentially known to CBP leadership, included racist and threatening pictures and comments aimed at undocumented border crossers. Thompson wants to know if the existence of the group was known to CBP leadership and what action if any they ordered against current employees who were members.

Posted on Jul 08, 2019 at 2:14 AM


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