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FCW Insider: Sept. 12

Dale Cabaniss was confirmed by the Senate to lead the Office of Personnel Management on Sept. 11. The former Federal Labor Relations Authority chairwoman steps into a tough job – taking over a department poised to merge into the General Services Administration over the objections of congressional Democrats and many Republicans. Adam Mazmanian takes a look.

Years after the Office of Management and Budget began pushing the idea of soft paternalism in federal programs, a GSA office is quietly leading cutting-edge efforts. Steve Kelman explains in his latest blog post.

The DOD's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification framework could have a negative impact on small business and startups because of compliance costs. Lauren C. Williams reports.

Much of the underlying architecture that supports the internet is under threat -- and it's not clear who in government or industry can or should take the lead to protect it. Derek B. Johnson has more from Capitol Hill.

Quick Hits

*** The Defense Appropriations Subcommittee marked up the Senate version of the Pentagon's funding bill on Sept. 10. The bill calls for $694.8 billion in overall spending, divided between $622.4 billion in base funding, $70.7 billion in contingency funding and $1.7 in emergency funding. The bill also seeks $341 million in additional cybersecurity spending and $436 million for the DOD's 5G efforts.

*** The U.S. Senate confirmed James Byrne to serve as deputy secretary of Veterans Affairs by a vote of 81 to 11. As deputy secretary, Byrne is the senior official in charge of the $16 billion, 10-year project to modernize the agency's homegrown electronic health record system by implementing a commercial solution based on Cerner's software. Byrne has been acting in the deputy role since August 2018.

Posted on Sep 12, 2019 at 2:15 AM


  • Cybersecurity
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    CMMC clears key regulatory hurdle

    The White House approved an interim rule to mandate defense contractors prove they adhere to existing cybersecurity standards from the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

  • Budget
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    House passes stopgap spending bill

    The current appropriations bills are set to expire on Oct. 1; the bill now goes to the Senate where it is expected to pass.

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