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FCW Insider: Sept. 10

The federal government's cloud policy was overdue for an update after 9 years, writes ACT-IAC CEO David Wennergren in this FCW commentary. Cloud Smart is a worthy upgrade, emphasizing new approaches for applications, security, procurement and the workforce over past practices like counting data centers.

A House-passed appropriations bill looks to void certain union contracts that support workforce policies backed in three Trump administration executive orders. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and more than 200 of his Democratic colleagues are urging leaders to maintain the tough language in any funding bill that is sent to the White House. Lia Russell has more.

The 2019 defense bill banned China-made Huawei and ZTE gear from federal networks. That ban requires a lot of compliance activity on the part of contractors and contract officials in government. The General Services Administration put out guidance to make the supply chain effort a little less burdensome. Mark Rockwell reports.

The latest version of the privacy framework from the National Institute of Standards and Technology includes increased flexibility for organizations and a concerted effort to align the agency's privacy and cybersecurity efforts. Derek B. Johnson explains.

Quick Hits

*** Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is hoping lawmakers can crank out a few appropriations bills before the close of the fiscal year. In a statement sent to reporters Sept. 9 in advance of the return of lawmakers to Capitol Hill said, that "a major focus of the Senate this month will be moving forward as many of the regular appropriations bills as possible and then passing a temporary continuing resolution for the outstanding parts of government before the end of September."

The House of Representatives passed multiple appropriations bills and expects to pass a continuing resolution in the week of Sept. 16 to make sure the government stays funded into fiscal 2020.

*** Acting Office of Personal Management Director Margaret Weichert announced that special occupation pay for feds will rise 2.6% in Jan. 2020 in line with the pay raise requested by President Donald Trump. Agency heads seeking a different rate of increase for special occupations must respond to an OPM data call.

Posted on Sep 10, 2019 at 2:14 AM


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